Photos: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Played Irving Plaza

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals blew the roof off of Irving Plaza on March 9 with a raucous, rowdy sold-out show, riding the buzz from their 2010 self-titled album.

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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals blew the roof off of Irving Plaza on March 9 with a raucous, rowdy sold-out show, riding the buzz from their 2010 self-titled album. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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Potter, whose bluesy voice shares DNA with the likes of Janis Joplin, had the room in her thrall with otherwordly vocal wails and a hyper-kinetic stage presence. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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Potter, whose bluesy voice shares DNA with the likes of Janis Joplin, had the room in her thrall with otherwordly vocal wails and a hyper-kinetic stage presence. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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Multi-instrumentalist Potter pinged between her Hammond organ, a Gibson Flying V guitar and a tambourine. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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At one point, lamenting that the stage-front barrier was making her feel far away from the crowd, Potter hopped off the stage to see if it could be moved, to no avail. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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“It’s probably for your own protection,” Potter joked about the barrier’s unmovable floor bolts. “I’m a pretty big animal.” Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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The band regaled the crowd with their bluesy take on songs by other artists, such as My Morning Jacket’s song “Golden,” arranged for three acoustic guitars. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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The Nocturnals also rocked Heart’s bombastic “Crazy on You.” Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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Potter performed “Crazy on You” with Ann and Nancy Wilson at VH1’s 2010 Divas concert in one of the show’s most buzzed-about moments. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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Other highlights of the Nocturnals show included a crazy drum breakdown during the song “Medicine,” which had all five bandmembers grabbing sticks and playing the kit simultaneously. Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.
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