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Brooklyn Jubilee: Backstage at Barclays With the Avett Brothers

Rolling Stone gets a close-up look at soundcheck with America’s biggest roots band

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pictured from left: Seth Avett, Scott Avett during soundcheck

Sacha Lecca

Rolling Stone Deputy Photo Editor Sacha Lecca is a backstage-photo wizard. "Shooting bands behind the scenes and at soundcheck is one of my favorite things to do," he says. "I enjoy essentially being a fly on the wall and capturing the moments, the nerves, laughs, and being around the music." This weekend he tailed the Avett Brothers at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Here, he caught the band in a more serious moment that was quickly followed by some fun as the crew sang lyrics from random songs, including the chorus to "How Bizarre" by OMC.

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pictured from left: Seth Avett, Scott Avett during soundcheck

Sacha Lecca

Pit Crew

"Seth Avett in the foreground as his brother Scott explores the platforms and barricades in the photo pit."

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pictured from left: Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford look over notes for a possible setlist.

Sacha Lecca

Setting Up

"Soundcheck began with a slow, quiet and calm vibe. Seth and Scott Avett and Bob Crawford gather around and discuss written notes for that evening's show."

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pictured from left: Seth Avett, Scott Avett during soundcheck

Sacha Lecca

Catwalking

"In a nearly empty Barclays Center, Seth and Scott Avett on the part of the stage extending out into where the fans on the floor will be."

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pictured: Scott Avett gives a thumbs up during soundcheck

Sacha Lecca

Thumbs Up

"Scott Avett gives a thumbs up to the guys behind the soundboard. The show opens with Scott at this spot — sitting at the edge of the stage playing banjo on 'John Brown's Dream.'"

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pictured from left: Seth Avett, Scott Avett during soundcheck

Sacha Lecca

Joking Around

"Itt's near the end of soundcheck, and everyone is more relaxed and having fun. Seth and Scott Avett at the microphone trading lyrics to make each other laugh."

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pictured: during the Avett Brothers performance at the Barclays Center

Sacha Lecca

Showtime

"In dramatic contrast to the more reserved soundcheck vibe, the Avett Brothers are full on high energy  during their show at the Barclays Center."

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