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President Obama to get a taste of Coachella on Vermont visit

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When President Obama makes his first presidential visit to Burlington, Vt., on Friday he’ll likely be treated to many of the things that the Green Mountain State is famous for (think Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cabot cheddar cheese and anything maple-flavored). But, he’ll also get a little musical taste of what’s in store for thousands of Coachella-bound festival-goers in mid-April.

That’s because the March 30 fundraiser at the University of Vermont includes a musical performance by Vermont’s own Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (bandmates Scott Tournet, Matt Burr and Benny Yurco), who will be performing at the two-weekend music festival at the Empire Polo field in Indio starting April 13.

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When we caught up with singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter on the phone earlier Tuesday to talk fashion for an upcoming pre-Coachella-style story, the Waitsfield native was back in the 802. And while she had already narrowed her Coachella wardrobe choices down to a handful of contenders (her short list includes Stella McCarney, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy), she hadn’t yet decided what to wear for her presidential close-up.

‘That’s actually a good question,’ Potter said when asked what she was going to don for the high-profile event. ‘I got home thinking I had a whole wardrobe full of stuff here, but it turns out it’s all in our trailer in Nashville so I’ve got to figure something out.’

Potter explained that thanks to the hectic, coast-hopping schedule leading up to the upcoming release of the band’s latest studio album release (‘The Lion The Beast The Beat,’ due out June 12), she’s essentially left her clothes scattered across the country.

‘I have a [wardrobe] trailer in Nashville, I have a closet in L.A., I have three closets here and I’ve got a storage space,’ she explained.

But, whether she ultimately wears something like the leather-fringed, thigh-grazing Alexander McQueen dress she wore at a Hollywood Bowl performance last summer, or pays homage to Vermont’s unofficial state color combination with blue jeans and a hunter plaid shirt, the only thing Potter’s sure of is that she’ll be wearing something.

‘Yes,’ Potter said with a chuckle. ‘I will wear clothes for the president.’

And, for those of you who won’t be in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, but still want a pre-Coachella sample of the sound (and look) of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, they’re slated to perform on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on April 5.

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-- Adam Tschorn


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