The Avett Brothers

Photos by Merideth C. & Review by Dave G.

Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon, and Jacob Edwards, of The Avett Brothers, were welcomed to the stage at the Fillmore with almost deafening screams on May 18 in Detroit. Fans clapped and cheered as vocalist and banjo player Scott Avett played the opening harmonica chords for “The Fall.” The crowd was clearly ready for a great show and this up-tempo folk rock jam got them dancing immediately.

The event, titled “An Evening with The Avett Brothers” featured a 2-hour, 29 song set that swung between heartfelt ballads like “The Perfect Space” and rocking songs like “Talk on Indolence,” which closed out the set. During “I Killed Sally’s Lover,” it felt like an old-fashioned bluegrass hoedown. One of my favorite moments of the night was when they played “Laundry Room.” This might be one of the most perfect Avett Brothers songs and was sincere and beautiful with the crowd repeating the lyrics back during the chorus.

The most emotional moment for me was when they played the gospel hymn “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” I’m sure I’m not the first person to hope that they release a full gospel album. They have a way of turning a beautiful old hymn into something even more wonderful. Honestly, I could listen to a full 2-hour set of just hymns performed by the Avetts.

The Avett Brothers have an almost magical quality live. This was a hard show to not get completely drawn into. At times I felt myself tearing up, at others I felt like my face would break from smiling so hard. It was like a perfect springtime big tent revival service. Some bands play great live music, others like The Avett Brothers create an experience that sticks with you forever. I will never forget this show and will never miss a chance to see The Avett Brothers live again.

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Set List

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  1. The Fall The Fall - Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions
  2. Will You Return Will You Return - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)
  3. Famous Flower of Manhattan Famous Flower of Manhattan - Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions
  4. The Perfect Space The Perfect Space - I and Love and You
  5. Paranoia in B Major Paranoia In B Major - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)
  6. Signs Signs - Mignonette
  7. January Wedding January Wedding - I and Love and You
  8. At the Beach At the Beach - Mignonette
  9. Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane - Mignonette
  10. Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise - I and Love and You
  11. Down With A Glistening Shine (Not available on iTunes)
  12. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (Earl Scruggs cover)
  13. The Once and Future Carpenter (Not available on iTunes)
  14. Laundry Room Laundry Room - I and Love and You
  15. I Killed Sally's Lover I Killed Sally's Lover - Carolina Jubilee
  16. Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Gospel Hymn)
  17. Sanguine Sanguine - The Gleam - EP
  18. Bella Donna Bella Donna - The Second Gleam
  19. Peltre (Not available on iTunes)
  20. Colorshow Colorshow - Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions
  21. Go to Sleep Go to Sleep - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)
  22. Kick Drum Heart Kick Drum Heart - I and Love and You
  23. Gimmeakiss Gimmeakiss - Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions
  24. I and Love and You I and Love and You - I and Love and You Encore:
  25. Please Pardon Yourself Please Pardon Yourself - Mignonette
  26. And it Spread And It Spread - I and Love and You
  27. Let Me In (Ola Belle Reed & Family Cover)
  28. Living of Love Living of Love - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)
  29. Talk On Indolence Talk On Indolence - Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions

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