Concert review: The Avett Brothers
Wed, Sep 8, 2010 (4:05 p.m.)
Photo: April Corbin
- The Avett Brothers
- Silverton, September 2
As I raced past the Silverton’s slot machines and buffet line to watch The Avett Brothers play the first Vegas gig of their 10-year existence, I couldn’t help wonder how much setting influences experience. The first time I saw the band was at Coachella, where, under clear sky and sun, the folksy rock trio’s introspective songs of travel and love registered loud and clear. That perfect marriage of atmosphere and music blew me away. Would it do the same on a nondescript Thursday night in Vegas?
Simply put, yes. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett seamlessly split lead vocal duties, delivering every harmony and subtle intonation with near-perfect clarity. Cellist Joe Kwon (not officially the third member—that’s upright bass player Bob Crawford—but a constant accompanier) almost stole the show three songs in during “Salina,” he sounded so on point.
More miraculous, perhaps: The band sounded that good while exuding the kind of bouncy energy usually reserved for harder bands. Though some in the small audience stood disinterested between requisite favorites like “January Wedding” and closer “I and Love and You,” the band’s almost tangible passion and talent kept most captivated through a 90-minute set and two-song encore. We could have been anywhere.
Reminiscent of a rustic lodge, this off-the-Strip casino offers something for everyone, including affordable rooms, an array of dining options and family friendly features.
Silverton Casino Hotel is decorated in earth tones, stone and wood, and accented with amber-tinted lighting. The 90,000-square-foot casino includes more than 30 tables games, 1,900 slots, a high-limit lounge, a newly renovated poker room and the Cantor Gaming Sports Book.
One of the resort's most unique features is its 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, which houses more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish — and an occasional mermaid. Just steps away from the aquatic wonderland is the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, with everything from hunting, boating, fishing and camping gear.
Surrounding the casino floor is a vast array of dining options, such as the upscale-steakhouse Twin Creeks or the unique Mexican restaurant Mi Casa Grill Cantina.