1. I never get tired of seeing performers’ reactions as they take in the Cosmo’s rooftop stage. See: the awe in Seth Avett’s eyes as he plugs in his guitar for the first time and soaks up the Strip and the neon lights around him.
2. This is the first time I’ve seen the band since Mike Marsh (drums) and Paul DeFiglia (piano/organ) joined the touring lineup. The group has never sounded better, and Seth and Scott Avett still keep a kick drum and hi-hat at the front of the stage and frequently take turns on the piano, a vestige from the band’s DIY days.
3. The Avetts’ sound has evolved, and while the past two albums are more polished, the band hasn’t lost its sincerity. Songs like “Paranoia in B Flat Major,” “Shame,” “Murder in the City” and “Go to Sleep” feature a simple purity hard to find in modern pop music.
4. We get to hear a few cuts from upcoming LP Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers’ second album in 13 months. The songs, recorded during the sessions for last year’s The Carpenter, maintain a similar tone.
5. The Avetts perform with such enthusiasm, you’d think every show could be their last. Considering their ever-growing fanbase, I’m confident we’ll see them here again soon.