On a Saturday night, there are always plenty of options to choose from musically in our city of Houston. Hell, there were two solid shows at Fitzgerald’s
that night alone. While I had the chance to check out the other one briefly (Wanda Jackson, who was awesome!), my choice performance of the evening was Portugal. The Man
in the upstairs room at Fitz. This was my third showing from the Oregonians in a little over a year, including last year’s Warehouse Live performance and at Austin City Limits in the fall, so I was no stranger to what they were going to bring to the table live – a solid performance to a packed and sweaty room. The younger audience was much more apparent at this show, rather than the other two, mostly due to a growing radio presence, and the use of their songs in hit teen television programming. Usually it doesn’t bother me when the younger music aficionado’s of Houston join the ranks of us seasoned concert goer’s, but for this particular occasion it was a bit too much. Bringing their high-pitched vocals with them, the quieter songs of the evening, particularly during opener Telekinesis’ set, were all but ruined by the rumblings of the tweens. Thankfully, Portugal. The Man decided to play louder than usual that night, because they destroyed any chance of the kiddo’s conversing throughout the majority of their set. That, and eventually half of them got kicked out for drinking underage just in time for us to enjoy songs like “People Say,” “AKA M80 The Wolf” and a flawless cover of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” All was perfect in the world when they closed their heavier than usual set with the rocker “Chicago,” one of my personal favorites of their growing cannon of songs. It was a great show overall, but would’ve been better if Fitz was 21 and over. Can’t win ’em all!
Check out the rest of my smoke and laser-filled shots and peep the full setlist after the jump