Straight from last Sunday’s Grammy awards broadcast, where they performed with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers are bringing their show to DAR Constitution Hall on Friday night.
Linguistically speaking, folk rock is a genre that shouldn’t exist. Rock is too powerful, and folk is too sweet, to logically co-exist, right? And yet it does, and it is wonderful, and the result is pretty well captured in that photo at the top of this post: hard-rocking banjo, bluegrass with an edge, energy that rivals the Ramones and melodies and lyrics that wrap themselves around your head and won’t leave until you feel just a bit better about life. Listening to the Avetts, you learn what a kick drum can do to jump-start your heart.
The last time I saw an event at DAR was when Eddie Izzard returned to standup in 2008. The sound was so bad — no, seriously, I missed half the show because I just couldn’t hear anything — I haven’t been back since, missing Vampire Weekend and the Pixies and probably a dozen other great shows since then. The Avetts are that important — and that good — that I am willing to give DAR another chance. Some bands are just worth seeing, no matter what crappy venue they happen to book.