If you haven’t seen The Avett Brothers in concert, you are missing a rollicking good time that feels just at home in a backwoods barn as it does at a state-of-the-art performance venue. Scott and Seth – the titular siblings – share lead vocal duties along with playing a number of instruments including guitars, banjos, hi-hats and harmonicas. Bob Crawford handles bass duties, including some work on the double bass. And Joe Kwon soars on cello.
Along with that core four, the touring lineup swells to seven members, with a violinist, a piano player and a touring drummer.
“I and Love and You” was a crossover hit that garnered the brothers their most mainstream appeal. “Shame” features Scott and Seth trading vocal harmonies. “ “Ain’t No Man” is a hootenanny-ready foot stomper.
This Americana-rock unit is one of the best live acts out there, as those who experience their show at Stir Cove at Harrah’s Council Bluffs on Oct. 5 will surely attest to.