Final Wrap-up | Avett Brothers Chicago Run 2016


While we posted up our full show review of Friday's show, and a recap spotlighting the surprise Prince cover for Thursday's, Saturday's show closer ended up revealing quite a bit more about the The Avett Brothers than I had previously thought.

Not unlike many of the other bands we follow around here, it appears they are committed to giving their audiences a completely different show experience each night.  Scanning the set lists, I thought it'd be fun to call out some facts that summarize the run.

Over the course of three nights:

  • They played 78 songs, 79 if you included the quoted "When Doves Cry" from Thursday
  • Of these only 9 were performed multiple times, only one song (the new "Ain't No Man") was performed at all three shows
  • Only four of those were played on back-to-back nights
  • That's 69 individual songs!
  • And one marriage proposal
  • Five were cover songs (Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried", Doc Watson's "Country Blues", David Childers & The Modern Don Juan's "The Prettiest Thing", George Jones' "The Race Is On", and the traditional "Little Sadie")
  • Saturday's show contained the most songs (28), compared with 25 each for Thursday and Friday
  • Thursday's show had the most songs in the encore (5), compared with 3 on Friday and 4 on Saturday
  • Emotionalism took the crown for the album that sourced the most songs (it led the way on Thursday and Saturday, with Mignonette edging it on Friday)
  • Here's the breakdown across all albums

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And a color coded setlist for all three nights:

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yellow = Thursday & Saturday | grey = Thursday & Friday | orange = Friday & Saturday

Blue = all three | bold = encore

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