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Energetic Avett Brothers keep crowd on its feet


Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2014 at 08:13 AM

TAMPA — The Avett Brothers hardly drop a curse on their own last name.

And just as the chorus of their new single “Skin and Bones” says: growing stronger and loud.

That’s exactly what the North Carolina-based folk music band did as Avett Brothers rocked the USF Sun Dome on Saturday evening on their Magpie and Dandelion Tour.

Playing hits from their eight studio albums, including their two most popular — 2009’s “I and Love a and You” and 2012’s “The Carpenter” — both Seth and Scott Avett lyrics echoed with fans and their voices were as sweet and tangy as a mouthful of barbecue sauce from their home state.

The Avett Brothers are country by heart, rock music in the soul. Their sound prominently features the banjo with plucking chords would make Steve Martin jealous.

The Avett Brothers, which got right to their most mainstream hit, “Live and Die,” generally play smaller venues, such as Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, but their kid-on-a-sugar-high energy and passionate happy feet that borders on tap dancing are perfect for a show with a crowd that was on its own feet from the start.

The Avett Brothers prove to be true musicians, showing they can, and will, use any instrument to rock a show. From piano to cello to snare drum to tiny percussion instruments such as an an egg and wood block, the brothers put on a performance that will kick start anyone’s heart because there’s more than one would expect.

The lyrics from “Kick Drum Heart” says it best:

“There’s nothing like finding gold/within the rocks hard and cold/I’m so surprised to find more/

Always surprised to find more.”

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