The Avett Brothers have been on tour relentlessly since the start of this year and may have lost a bit of steam by the time they arrived at the LC Pavillion in Columbus Saturday. But despite missing the infamous Seth Avett scream, the band still put on an intelligent, lively and pitch-perfect show.
With 21 songs in the regular set, the performance came in just under the two-hour mark before continuing into a three-song encore. The concert seemed to fly by as the band kept hitting the ground hard with fan favorites both old and new. The set even included an intimate performance of “Tear Down The House” with just the two brothers and a guitarist on stage. Bob Crawford, bassist for the group, also joined the brothers on stage for a cover of “Just A Closer Walk” that the group has only released in YouTube videos. The Avett Brothers have grown tremendously in the studio since they hit the airwaves with “I And Love And You”; now it seems they are taking that experience and applying it to more songs from the 2009 breakthrough album. Songs such as “Kick Drum Heart” had an added energy when played live as the audience clapped and sang along to the refrain as well as the added guitar solo from Seth Avett as Scott Avett’s shadow illuminated on the wall off stage as he stomped about. Maybe that makes it sound as if the group it still full of energy but anyone who knows what the band is capable of knows the energy level could have been higher.