First let me preface by saying I've seen Portugal. The Man on more than a handful of occasions since 2006. I believe they're such an underrated band that really does deserve a much larger fan base. I was extremely excited the amazing ACLTV people thought so too!
After catching their set at this year's Austin City Limits Festival, I came away more impressed than ever. I would even venture to say that their set was near the top of my favorites from the second weekend. So when I heard they'd be taping a show for the 39th season of Austin City Limits, it couldn't have been more perfect timing. Portugal. The Man twice in one month, yes please!
Taking my girlfriend Kali along for the show, we arrived at the Moody Theater a few minutes after 7. Having never heard them before this year's ACL, she thought their set was really entertaining at the festival and was looking forward to the show as well. The crowd definitely took their sweet time arriving to the venue, but once Portugal. The Man took the stage there wasn't a empty seat to be found. The band without even so much as a hello started off the night with "All Your Light" and I knew this was going to be a great show. I'm also pretty sure I've never seen such a long intro from any band playing on the famed ACL stage. It definitely got the crowd smiling and had them clapping enthusiastically along to the music. A few words were spoken here and there, but mostly it was all about the music for the band.
In a span of an hour and half, Portugal ran through new jams "Evil Friends" and "Modern Jesus", and even paid homage to Pink Floyd by including a verse and the chorus from "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" in their own hit, "Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue". The crowd was loving it!
The entire set focused on three of the band's albums: The Satanic Satanist, In The Mountain in the Cloud, and this year's Danger Mouse produced Evil Friends. PTM's most recent album was featured prominent in the performance, with definitely no complaints from yours truly. It's a really good album.
The band closed with the epic "Sleep Forever" and it couldn't have ended better. We had such a fun night! A great show by a solid band.
Special thanks as always to our gracious hosts at the ACL studios! Thank you, thank you, thank you for always being so awesome! You can also read their review of the taping and see more of Scott Newton's gorgeous photos here.