The Avett Brothers
—the bluegrass-punk fellas who rose from tiny spaces like Sadlack’s, Kings and The Cave to major amphitheaters and labels—announced via their e-mail subscription list that they would play a special New Year’s Eve show at Raleigh’s PNC Arena.
The announcement came as a big, seemingly last-minute surprise, especially less than a month before the close of 2013. But the band already has plans for this New Year’s Eve; they’ll play in Charlotte. Yup, Monday’s announcement was for New Year’s Eve 2014,
meaning tickets went on sale yesterday for a show that happens in more than a year. (This was a fan-only presale; no word yet on a public on-sale date.) Mayor or no, even Billy Joel didn’t get that kind of advance hype.
The move would be peculiar for almost any musical act, but it seems especially odd for an outfit like The Avett Brothers. The band hasn’t had any trouble with selling out its past New Year’s runs on much shorter notice. The shows are annual pilgrimages for some faraway fans. The really unfortunate implication, though, might be that this show in 54 weeks will prevent the group from making another Triangle stop in 2014. That will mark more than two years since their last area appearance and more than three since they played a room large enough to hold very many fans here. The Avetts’ last two local shows were both benefits—one 25-minute set at Kings in March of 2012
(Note: That event was produced b
y INDY Music Editor Grayson Currin.
) and a full set at Cat’s Cradle at the end of 2010
. They also briefly played Pat McCrory’s inaugural ceremony in January. The band's manager, Dolph Ramseur, could not confirm whether or not the band would play the Triangle before the PNC date. They hadn't considered it yet, he said.
And since we’ve gotten political, it’s worth noting that, earlier this month, The Avetts joined Aretha Franklin and President Obama
for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree earlier this month. Too bad that said Christmas tree will likely be lit again by the time the Avetts make it back to Raleigh...
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