Seth Avett is the type of man you see from afar and note his dapper hair, his tailor-fit button-down shirt and the way he wields a guitar exuding suaveness. And you think yes, this is the one. Then you find out he’s happily married and you ask if he has a brother that has similar fashion tastes and also plays the guitar. Brother? Yes. Guitar player? Try banjo. I can work with that, you think.
But younger brother Scott is also taken, so dejected you are content to just watch from afar and pretend they are singing their love songs to you. The Avett Brothers complete with Bob Crawford strumming the upright bass and touring members Joe Kwon on cello and Jacob Edwards keeping the beat on drums rolled into town with one objective: to make Savannah swoon.
And swoon we did. This band from North Carolina played almost non-stop at the Johnny Mercer Theater for nearly two hours. And the crowd stayed on their feet dancing the whole time to this interesting mixture of folk, pop, rock and soul.
For the first half hour, the brothers had a mysterious aura and barely said a word in between songs. But the lyrics of their songs, more like clever poems sung over a folk beat, kept the audience more than satisfied. Band members switched between instruments and the songs were a perfect blend of slow, fast, medium and just right.
Why the music festival catalog compares them to the Ramones I have no idea because, no offense Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee, but these guys can actually play their instruments.
And play them they did. Their dancing was endearing, their songs entertaining and their emotions raw and captivating.
Near the end of the set, the band played its most mainstream hit, “I and Love and You,” and although the audience sang along it didn’t steal or make the show. The eager cheers came loudly with every new opening rift.
If you know nothing about The Avett Brothers, don’t be dismayed by their marital status because they still have a lot of pleasure to offer. With their witty, sincere yet inspirational lyrics, backed by musical ability that would make a rock roll, The Avett Brothers are an experience not to miss.
To hear the brothers, visit their website and prepare to fall in love.