WANT TO GO?
The Avett Brothers
WHERE: Charleston Municipal Auditorium
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: SOLD OUT, though some may become available last minute at $40 to $50
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Avett Brothers have been playing shows in West Virginia for years. The band arrives at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston Saturday night, but it was one show in Huntington where everything sort of changed for the band.
"It didn't make sense, but we had a night off, and we were going through Huntington," said Scott Avett, one half of the brothers in the band's name. (Seth Avett is the other.)
So they decided to escape their motel rooms and check out the city. After a little food and a lot of drinks, things got a little wild --but not too wild, Avett said.
He laughed. "It really didn't amount to anything except some embarrassing moments in a bar -- and at an Outback Steakhouse."
Still, they ended up partying pretty hard and staying out way too late. The next day, still feeling the effects of the previous night, it took a lot of effort to crawl out of bed. They were late for sound check.
"It was kind of a moment," Avett said. "We realized we were there to put on a show for the people of Huntington, not to invite ourselves to the party. There were other evenings along the way and many conversations, but that's the night where that [lifestyle] ended."
The Avett Brothers have evolved, he said, or grown up a little maybe. The show still looks the same -- like a tribe of wildmen has picked up string band instruments -- but the guys are different off-stage than they used to be.
Avett said there are still plenty of nights of beer and pizza to be had, but just about everyone in the group has a family at home. They all try to eat right, get as much rest as they can and when their schedules allow, exercise.
"I think we all wish we could do more weights," Avett said. "What we do is kind of hard on your back."
They're also a more peaceful band. There was a time when they weren't so peaceful, when Scott and Seth sometimes fought, not unlike Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes or Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
"The things that some people could have written about us, and did, all happened when we were on a much smaller stage and in front of fewer people," Avett said. "Seth and I really worked those things out."
But conflict between brothers is nothing new.