Portugal. the Man Kick Off Tour

Alaskan rockers Portugal. the Man kick off their tour at Irving Plaza as a part of the "Ones to Watch" concert series.

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Alaskan rockers Portugal. the Man kick off their tour at Irving Plaza as a part of the "Ones to Watch" concert series. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Tennessee based indie band Royal Bangs opened the show. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Royal Bangs' guitarist Sam Stratton strikes a chord. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Royal Bangs played a 45 minute set that impressed the sweaty and packed venue. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ryan Schaefer played keyboards and provided lead vocals for the group. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Portugal. the Man's setlist taped down to the stage. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Vocalist and guitarist John Baldwin Gourley leans forward while shredding a guitar solo. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Bassist and backup vocalist Zachary Carothers bathed in light. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band opted to leave their signature glowing orbs at home for this show, using moody backlighting and lots of lasers. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Portugal. the Man brought several guest musicians for this show including a small choir and members of The Dig. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Most of the members were hidden in the shadows for the entire set, and smoke covered the entire stage. Photos by Michel Dussack
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This sold-out show was on the smaller side for the band, who've previously played the larger Terminal 5. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The group has a new album entitled "Evil Friends", coming out on June 4th. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Portugal. the Man brought enough lasers to fill an arenas, and in the small confines of Irving Plaza it was quite overwhelming. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The already released new songs "Purple Yellow Red Blue" and "Evil Friends" sounded even tighter and sharper live, and surely added to the anticipation for the album. Photos by Michel Dussack
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One of the highlights of the night included the set closing "Sleep Forever" which transitioned into a cover and massive singalong of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Photos by Michel Dussack
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It wasn't long before the band returned for their two song encore that reached into their extensive back catalogue. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Portugal. the Man ended the night with "The Devil" which featured pieces of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" incorporated into it. The group will be back soon to play Governors Ball next month, and surely a much larger venue later in the tour. Photos by Michel Dussack
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