Avett Brothers play for thousands

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette Seth Avett swings his hair around at the concert.


The Avett Brothers are a band in their prime with a sizable following. They seem to enjoy every second of the musical energy they create with each other and the audience.

Their songs were filled with joy and life when they stopped by the North Charleston Coliseum on Nov. 14.

Their blend of American folk and rock ‘n’ roll has scooped up thousands of listeners around the world, but these are southern boys at heart.

They are known for their banjo-playing Scott Avett, who shares lead vocal duties with his guitar playing brother Seth Avett.

When they get into it, feeling the music, sizzling with the rhythm – which is often – Seth lifts his skinny legs and stomps his boots onto the stage, Scott swings his well-past-shoulder-length hair around and cello player Joe Kwon twirls his instrument like a spinning top.

They played a variety of styles, covering everything from full volume blasts of rock ‘n’ roll to quiet ballads featuring only a guitar, a lead vocal and harmonies. Mostly they played songs somewhere in between, featuring a full band of guitar, banjo, bass, cello, drums and piano or organ. Their mid-tempo folk rock songs have heavy tinges of bluegrass and country.

The Concord, N.C. band is touring in support of their eighth studio album “Magpie and the Dandelion,” from which they played songs along with older fan favorites that the crowd sang along to such as “I and Love and You.”

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