Vermont’s Grace Potter is back at Burlington’s Waterfront for the Grand Point North Music Festival.
This year, the 34 year-old Waitsfield native is only headlining one night of the festival.
The singer planned it this way, because she’s now about five months pregnant.
“I wasn’t sure how pregnant I would be. We tried to do the math and figure it out, but honestly in those early phases of constructing the festival, we really were talking about me not headlining either night,” said Potter.
Sunday, The Trey Anastasio Band, led by the guitarist for Phish, will close out the festival.
“As people leave the festival on Sunday night, they’ll have a very warm fuzzy memory of Trey and his band, some of my favorite people and favorite musicians on earth. So I felt that it was perfect, it reflected exactly what I wanted it to reflect for the festival. It’s not just about me, it’s about everybody that is a Vermonter, that’s really what this festival is, a sort of a representation of all of us,” said Potter.
The last time many Vermonters saw Potter perform wasn’t at Grand Point North, but at a much more solemn occasion.
She sang her song ‘Stars’ at a celebration of life for the five Harwood teens who died in a wrong-way crash last October.
“I carry those families and those kids in my heart every day,” said Potter.
She reflects on the losses almost a year later.
“I’ve learned a lot about what grief does to people, and how many different angles it comes at you, you never really know how it’s going to hit you, but I’ve carried that with me every day and Harwood was one of those days, you just, there were no words. There still are no words. Especially when you’re ushering new life into the world, to think about how young these people were, and how much they all had to offer, these are incredibly talented kids that we lost last year. And it’s still unthinkable,” said Potter.
The singer admits there have been quite a few changes for her.
In August, she told fans she and her husband Matt Burr, her band’s former drummer, had divorced.
“I think I’m finally ready to really just let go of it and release those feelings and whatever was being harbored it needed to go, and make room for new stuff,” said Potter.
The singer has other news to celebrate, too.
“I’ve actually been with my partner and favorite collaborator on earth for some time now,” said Potter.
Potter revealed she is engaged to record producer, Eric Valentine.
“We really understand and recognize how much it takes to be in love and how hard it is to cross that line, but it’s the best thing I ever did,” said Potter.
She and Valentine are expecting a baby boy in January.
Potter will take the stage around 8:45 Saturday night.
The Trey Anastasio band will headline on Sunday night.