Photos by G.
I have a new band crush! It’s Alaska-originated and Portland-based Portugal. The Man. They played a way sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of their Jagermeister tour on April 20, 2012 (420!) and it was sensational! As you will see below in the photos, they had one of the best light shows I’ve ever seen (and coming from me who sees hundreds of bands a year, that speaks volumes!) Varying lightbulbs were draped all over the stage, and for every song, the light display was displayed in every color, pattern and variation. Pairing the light show with their psychedelic rock sound and the fact that Jagermeister sponsored the tour and on 4/20, the international day of Marijuana – and the audience was generously partaking in the festivities – there were times where it felt like I was in another dimension!
Aside from thanking the crowd, lead singer John Gourley didn’t say much between songs, but considering Portugal. The Man played 20 songs in their two hour set, that hardly mattered. The band is getting a larger following, but according2g, their music needs to be heard and played in stadiums! Every song has a hook that is just begging to be sung by thousands of people in unison. I know this for certain as the whole of Music Hall of Williamsburg sang along to every track and it induced chills many times.
Almost every song off Portugal. The Man’s most recent album “In The Mountain In The Cloud” was played, with the exception of the wonderful track “Senseless,” and they also dove into their back catalog (and they have SEVEN albums already) for tracks such as “The Woods” and the show closer “And I.” A rockin’ cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” was also played and the “na na na” section of “Hey Jude” was also thrown in at the end of “Sleep Forever.” People, including myself, pretty much lost their shit when songs such as “So American,” “Floating (Time Isn’t Working My Side),” “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” and “All Your Light,” which was the opening song, were played. Talk about hook filled songs that sound incredible live! Wow.
After seeing Portugal. The Man live earlier this year and having such a great time, I got all of their albums, and they are great. If you are looking for a rock band to break you out of the doldrums of the current music scene, I highly recommend immersing yourself in Portugal. The Man’s music. You won’t regret it! Thanks guys for a great night and for a show that will definitely make my best shows of 2012 list.
See the set list after the jump as well as a photo of my encounter with John Gourley after the jump.
I chatted with lead singer John Gourley prior to the show and he was beyond nice! I even met his father (as you know rock star parents love me – and the feeling is mutual!) John was happy to sign the PTM catalog for me and when I complimented the amazing art work and packaging on their releases, John said “wait until you see what we’ve got for the next album.” I can’t wait. Thanks again to John and Portugal. The Man for a perfect evening!