The Avett Brothers @ Bluestem Amphitheater, Moorhead, Minnesota
Photos and review by Jenny Ramone Photo | May 16 2019
North Carolina Americana mainstays, the Avett Brothers stopped by the scenic Bluestem Amphitheater just outside Moorhead Minnesota for a sold out show May 16th, 2019. Having originally been scheduled for October of last year, but postponed due to inclimate weather, the show had a cloud of anticipation hanging over the crowd on the sunny Thursday evening.
From the moment the Avett Brothers stepped on stage, the band held the roughly 3000 fans in the palm of their hands, encouraging everyone to clap and sing along. Over the course of their 2 hour, early evening set the band drew from all corners of their discography, relying heavily on material from their "Emotionalism" and True Sadness albums, as wells as peppering in covers of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" (sung acapella) and Jim Croce's "Operator (Not the Way It Feels)". The Avett Brothers wasted little time between songs other than sharing a few gracious words with the crowd. After a brief pause following the main set, the band returned to the stage for a 3 song encore of fan favorites "I and Love and You", "Live and Die", and "No Hard Feelings" with the sun fully setting as the last notes were played.
A band nearly 20 years into their career, the Avett Brothers remain at the top of their game, showing now signs of slowing down anytime soon. A compelling, emotional, and down right fun live show make the Avett Brothers a must see for anyone who loves live music. And if you can manage to see them outdoors on a sunny but slightly cool early summer evening with the breeze on your skin, it’s all the more magic!