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Portugal. The Man at Harlow’s

Zachary Carothers of Portugal. The Man performs at Harlow’s on June 18, 2010.

A roadie turned on the smoke machine, and a few moments later, Portland by way of Alaska band Portugal. The Man emerged from the dense fog to take the Harlow’s stage.  The experimental indie rock four-piece visited Sacramento Thursday night, touring in support of their latest full-length American Ghetto.

Portugal. The Man is John Gourley (Guitar/Vocals), Zachary Carothers (Bass/Vocals), Jason Sechrist (Drums), and Ryan Neighbors (Keys/Vocals).  Think psychedelic indie rock with synth and dashes of electronica and hip-hop beats thrown in for good measure.  It’s a progressive and complex soundscape, and at the same time very much melodic and head-bobbingly accessible.

Their show at Harlow’s drew evenly from their first five full-length albums, of which they have put out about one a year since 2006. Foregoing crowd interaction to work through the set, the group’s jangly choruses occasionally meandered into extended sonic jam sessions, anchored by the tightness of a group that has a few shows under its belt.  A lighting scheme that did not include spotlights on stage helped to create a dramatic mood for the show; the band was lit from a few low lights on the stage and the light/dark contrast (along with the smoke and lasers) created dramatic surroundings to accompany the upbeat performance.

I enjoyed the show a lot and I’m glad I caught these guys in an intimate setting as they continue to build a larger fanbase and play increasingly larger venues.  I definitely recommend checking out their albums and catching them live if you can.

Zachary Carothers (Bass/Vocals)


John Gourley (Guitar/Vocals)


John Gourley (background) and Ryan Neighbors (Keys/Vocals)


Zachary Carothers


Ryan Neighbors


Fans in front of the stage watch Ryan Neighbors on keys


John Gourley


Jason Sechrist (Drums)


 Zachary Carothers


The band gets ready to say goodnight



My Mind
The Sun
Guns & Dogs
Do You
The Woods
Oh Lord
Marching With 6
Stables & Chairs
And I
People Say
AKA M80 The Wolf


Photos by Steven Chea

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Portugal. The Man


Abstract Entertainment

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