Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

With supermodel good looks, Grace Potter could have a musical career without much talent. But here’s the thing: Potter is immensely talented. And she proved it at the pool at Red Rock Resort on July 1, when she and her background band, the Nocturnals, experimented with a number of different genres—blues, rock, country, dance, pop, even reggae.

Potter’s voice is spectacular and her range impressive. Besides singing, she dances and plays organ, guitar and piano. Her take on Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” was engrossing and a worthy successor to Grace Slick’s singular vocals. “Apology,” which has been featured all over television, is a ballad that had many in the audience of twenty-somethings and Summerlin socialites singing along. And “Paris (Ooh La La)” is a dance pop tune that rivals any by the young female vocalists sitting on top of the charts. The least memorable were the country-tinged tunes. All in all, Potter’s music buzzed the ‘burbs with a welcome dose of energy.

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