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The Avett Brothers heading to ‘The Tonight Show.’ If fans have their way, things will get creative.

Seth Avett and The Avett Brothers play their annual New Year’s Eve show at Raleigh, NC’ss PNC Arena Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2017.
Seth Avett and The Avett Brothers play their annual New Year’s Eve show at Raleigh, NC’ss PNC Arena Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2017. ssharpe@newsobserver.com

The Avett Brothers will be logging a lot of TV time over the coming week, starting with a network star turn on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

The Grammy-nominated folk-rock group from Concord will appear on Wednesday night’s “The Tonight Show” alongside fellow guests Ice-T and Meghan Trainor.

And if the Avetts’ fan base has anything to say about it, the band will do more than just play a song in the traditional way.

This week has seen a grassroots lobbying effort on the Avett Nation Twitter account (@AvettNation) to get Fallon to do one of his “Classroom Instruments” bits with the Avetts. Past episodes have found Fallon and his regular backup band The Roots teaming up with Adele, Mariah Carey and Carly Rae Jepsen, covering each artist’s signature song on toy instruments. The videos tend to go viral; Adele’s video from a years ago has racked up 48.6 million YouTube clicks.

Avett Nation suggests they give the “Classroom Instruments” treatment to “Ain’t No Man,” from the group’s 2016 album “True Sadness,” and other fans have chimed in, too. Tune in to find out if it happens at 11:35 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday on NBC.

This is part of the run-up to the television debut of “May It Last,” the 2017 Avett Brothers documentary that was co-directed by Judd Apatow.

Following a limited theatrical run last fall, “May It Last” will hit HBO at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Monday.

After that, it will be available on demand on HBO starting the next day, Jan. 30.

The original members of The Avett Brothers perform "Shame" at a pop-up stage in the concourse between sets of their New Year's Eve concert at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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