Who knew Eisgruber was such a rock fan? Today, Princeton students received a rather formal email announcing that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will be performing at incoming Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber’s installation ceremony on September 22nd. These guys have been in the game a long time, but are definitely a recent radio favorite with their hit, “Stars” (also featured on The Voice). Princeton should get ready for an unusually rockin’ ceremony.
Hit the jump for the scoop on what is shaping up to be Lawnparties pt. 2, minus Aaron Carter and the prep-mockery, plus some minor but necessary formalities.
Many have drawn the comparison between Potter’s voice and that of blues-rock goddess, Janis Joplin — and they’re not wrong. Her attractive energy with the perfectly raucous Nocturnals make for great pop-rock tracks like “Stars” and “Paris (Ooh La La).” No doubt, fans and non-fans alike will find something to groove to at this concert. Also appropriately for a campus-wide event, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a dad-rock friendly band. That’s not to say that their sound is dated, but it definitely appeals to a wide range of ages. Maybe we’ll even spot a few dancing Princeton administrators…no twerking though, this will not be that kind of show.
Consistently catchy and undoubtedly talented, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have a wide range of repertoire as well. Be sure to check out favorite tracks, “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” “Never Go Back” and “Goodbye Kiss” for a good sample of tunes. All in all, it’s looking good for President Eisgruber’s first day in office — on a serious note, let’s hope this is a sign that the new administration will continue Shirley Tilghman’s dedication to fostering the arts on campus.