Ringing in the Roarin’ 2020s with The Avett Brothers
By: Melanie Leonard
It was the perfect set-up for the end to an unforgettable decade with The Greensboro Coliseum hosting The Avett Brothers for New Year’s Eve. I’m pretty sure most of the North Carolina population had their minds blown. The Avett Brothers are North Carolina-natives who started out in a dusty garage, performing mostly in Charlotte for years until they became a household name in the early 2000s. From knee-slapping jams such as “High Steppin’” to head-swaying ballads such as “Murder in the City,” The Avett Brothers found a way to become loved by many.
As usual, I arrived extra early at the popular Greensboro venue, which was great because I was able to experience the energy of the parking lot. Laughing people of all demographics surrounded almost every vehicle, which blared the fans’ favorite songs they were hoping to hear live that night.
Having a media pass doesn’t always get you special VIP treatment when it comes to big-name bands, and most tend to ignore you—but not these guys! Their laughter was contagious, and they were genuinely fun and friendly. When they finally got ready to start their set, my ears were ringing with applause and squeals from the crowd.
Within moments, the Coliseum was alive as we approached the New Year. The crowd-favorite was definitely the cellist, Joe Kwon. Korean-born and High Point-raised, this gifted musician spent most of his upcoming years as a busboy and a self-proclaimed guacamole expert. Kwon stole the spotlight intermittently with his sophisticated instrument, bringing a sense of awe to this band’s folk-rock sound.
I was pleasantly surprised to go into 2020 with amazing music and a happy crowd of people while balloons and confetti fell from the sky. New Year’s Eve with The Avett Brothers was the best New Year’s Eve “party” I have ever gotten to experience and would love to see this become a tradition in the band’s home state.