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Concert review: The Avett Brothers in Oklahoma City

The Avett Brothers performed Friday, July 27, 2012, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
By Tricia Pemberton, For The Oklahoman Modified: July 28, 2012 at 4:00 am •  Published: July 28, 2012
“Lotta love in the room, lotta love in the room,” Seth Avett said.
“Slight Figure of Speech” is an eclectic song – almost reminiscent of old surfer music with a harder edge. Scott raps through part of the song before a big drum finish.
Perhaps one of the best parts of the show was when the brothers shared a mic center stage with just the banjo, guitar and their superb harmony as the lights cast a magical glow. “Murder in the City” is such a poignant tribute to the love between brothers, and “Tear Down The House” is equally moving.
“Thank you for being so kind to us here in Oklahoma City,” Seth Avett said. “We have not been here enough.”
He promised to try and remedy that.
The band worked its way through more hits such as “Love Like the Movies” and “Go to Sleep.” “Kick Drum Heart” got everyone clapping. The song ends on a rock anthem high with Seth playing a blistering guitar, hammering the strings one-handed.
The band played the lovely “If It’s the Beaches” as the first encore song. As the beautiful bass and cello played, lights rippled over the crowd. “The Perfect Space” brought in the cymbals mimicking the sound of waves crashing against the beach. This is such a beautiful song both musically and lyrically until the point that Scott breaks into a rap like he’s had way too many Starbucks.
The Avett Brothers have their rough edges, sometimes screaming their lyrics, breaking into discordant bridges, or letting a beautiful song break down into chaos. But, overall, these gifted musicians put on excellent show.