Portugal. the Man Stun with Psychedelic Performance

Portugal. the Man Stun with Psychedelic Performance

Portugal. the Man

The Plaza Live 07 Apr 2017

photos and review by Rob McDonald

On Friday, April 7, veteran rockers Portugal. The Man rolled into Orlando, unleashing an all-out music assault on the DSC_0746storied and famed Plaza Live.

It was a symbiotic night of hip-hop and rock-n-roll. Opening acts, HDBeenDope and DJ J Hart delivered some serious hip-hop sound, showcasing their talents as potent lyricist and scratch maker—priming the crowd on hand with an infectious energy that floated through the venue all night.

As for Portugal. The Man, well, they had the roomy venue shaking, shagging and shimmying from the opening note of, “Creep in a T-Shirt” until the closing note of “Atomic Man.” In all, the band churned through eighteen tracks from their expansive and eclectic discography, pulling mostly from Evil Friends and In the Mountain in the Cloud.

Highlights of the night included songs like, “Feel It Still” and “So American” which seemed to garner the greatest amount of fan reaction. An always fan favorite, the guys laid down an ultra-smooth cover of “Dayman”, taken fromDSC_0576 the hit TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They also performed their signature cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” before transitioning back and closing the main set with the groovy track “Purple, Yellow, Red, Blue.”

The bands stage setup added just the right amount of psychedelia to the spectacle, utilizing an impressive light show and large LED backdrop that oozed a multitude of trippy graphics and visuals adding to the already hypnotizing atmosphere within the room.

Portugal. The Man will remain on tour through the summer in support of their forthcoming and eighth studio album titled Woodstock, set to release June 16. If the feels from the show are the same feels we get from the new record—well, I think us fans who are patiently waiting are in good hands.

Set List

1.  Creep In a T-ShirtDSC_0589

2.  Head is a Flame

3.  Got It All

4.  Once Was One

5.  Waves

6.  Modern Jesus

7.  All Your Light

8.  Noise Pollution

9.  And I

10. Hip Hop Kids

11. Holy Roller

12. Feel It Still

13. Evil Friends/Day Man

14. So American

15. People Say

16. PYRB #2

Encore

1.  Atomic Man

2.  Feel It Still