The Avett Brothers will return to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on April 30, with an opening act to be named later, according to Birmingham-based booking agent Red Mountain Entertainment.
Frequent travelers to Tuscaloosa, the North Carolina-born group performed at the Bama Theater and other local venues during their rise, before headlining for the Amphitheater’s April 1, 2011 debut after the opening of Band of Horses.
The group, built around brothers Scott and Seth Avett, multi-instrumentalists who sing and write most of their material, also played the Amp in 2012, with the first part Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, and in 2016, with the first part Brandi Carlile.
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The band was scheduled here for April 2020, but as the coronavirus roared into a pandemic, that show was moved to August, then later canceled, along with the entire Amp 2020 concert season.
Tickets, priced at $75, $65, $55 and $35, plus fees, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com or at the Amphitheater box office. For more information, visit www.tuscaloosaamphitheatre.com.
The other permanent members of the band are bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon. On tour, drummer Mike Marsh, violinist Tania Elizabeth and pianist Bonnie Avett-Rini join the band, which mixes an array of influences from rock, pop, country, folk, bluegrass and more in a high-energy, rattling roots-rock sound that’s earned them three Grammy nominations and a string of No. 1 albums.
Avett Brothers albums “I and Love and You” (2009), “The Carpenter” (2012), “Magpie and the Dandelion” (2013), “True Sadness” (2016), “Closer Than Together” (2019) and “The Third Gleam” (2020) all went to the top of the US folk album charts, while also breaking the rock and AAA top 10. The band also recorded four live albums during this century, built around a relentless touring schedule.
The singles “Ain’t No Man”, “Victory” and “High Steppin'” rose to number one. The Avetts’ other hits include the title track of “I and Love and You”, as well as “Head Full of Doute/Route plein de promises”, “Live and Die”, “February Seven” and “Another is Waiting”.
In 2017, Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio co-directed the documentary film “May it Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers”, following the writing process of the album “True Sadness”. It is available on HBO Max and on DVD/Blu-ray.
Another project postponed by the pandemic is expected to materialize this year, in the musical “Swept Away”, inspired by and featuring the music of the Avett Brothers. Coronavirus permitting, it will debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, co-written by Tony winners John Logan and Michael Mayer. “Swept Away” is set in 1888, after a violent storm off the coast of Massachusetts sank a whaler, following the lives of four survivors.