Concert Review: Not So Silent Night with Grace Potter, All American Rejects & The Script

Andrew Celani --

The frigid weather was hardly a deterrent for the hundreds of brave souls outside awaiting entry into the Lansdowne Pub for Not So Silent Night. After all, it’s not everyday you get to see Grace Potter, the All-American Rejects, and The Script free of charge.

Those who were closest to the door were within earshot of their favorite artists as they performed the routine soundcheck, which only added to the excitement. Everything had to be just right, and for the lucky 400 or so attendees, I think they would all agree that their evening was just that.

PHOTOS: Grace Potter at Not So Silent Night

The multi-talented Grace Potter ushered in the evening Saturday night, performing 3 of her most popular hits for the Mix crowd. Potter was a late addition to Not So Silent Night, which I’m sure was a pleasant surprise for the concert-goers. The Vermont native was on double duty for the evening, who right after her 3-song set bolted next door to the House Of Blues for her regularly scheduled concert.

PHOTOS: All-American Rejects at Not So Silent Night

Next to take the stage were the All-American Rejects. The Oklahoma natives began their set with “Dirty Little Secret,” the lead single off their second album Move Along. They played all the fan favorites, ones that paved the way for selling over 10 million albums worldwide such as “Move Along,” “Swing Swing,” and “Gives You Hell.”

During the middle of their set, frontman Tyson Ritter stopped on multiple occasions to sign autographs from the outstretched hands of fans in the crowd, as well as receiving multiple pints of beer and various shots of liquor (I guess it pays to be a rock star). Our town holds a special place in the heart of the Rejects, who announced to the audience with conviction, “Boston is, by far, our favorite American city.”

PHOTOS: The Script at Not So Silent Night

Last to take the stage were The Script. The Lansdowne Pub crowd was singing along throughout their whole set, as they serenaded the audience with their catalog of hits spanning three acclaimed studio albums. It was the Dublin trios first time back at the Lansdowne since performing at our Mix Lounge in December 2010, and quite a lot has changed since then.

Their second studio effort Science & Faith was released in the US shortly after (January 2011), and really catapulted them into superstardom, selling over 1 million records worldwide. Now they’re performing collaborations with and making routine appearances on morning television.

We couldn’t fit all of the great artists that we’ve booked into just one night. So on Friday, December 7th, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, acoustic songstress Tristan Prettyman and the Neon Trees will play Night 2 of Not So Silent Night at the Lansdowne. Try your luck by listening on air all this week for your chance to win tickets, hope to see you there!

Andrew Celani —


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