If it was not for the opening support (Crystal Fighters) then part of the show would have been a letdown. The opening support got the fans all sweaty, pumped up, and voices ready to sing along with Portugal. The Man.
A large constructed white iceberg or mountain was the backdrop for the stage. A large projector was up on the second level (which was closed) that emitted psychedelic images down to the backdrop for certain periods of their show. The stage was poorly lit and it was rather difficult to see the faces of the performing group. A few times during each song some bright strobes would flash and give their fans a split second to possible see one of their faces. Band interaction was very low and rare with the crowd. They performed maybe 20 feet back from the stage front which was boggling because when a fans pay a lot of money for tickets they want to see the show, their faces, and possibly interact with the artists.
Pausing between songs was absent for as they seemed to just start another one right after another. Only a few songs into the show and fans could be seen leaving the venue. Assuming benefit of doubt, many were giving them a forgiving chance and moved even closer to the stage filling up the empty spots of those that left to possibly sneak a peek at dark stage that seemingly just functioned as a projector screen that emitted music.
On the positive side, the music was great. Portugal. The Man are where they are at now due to their uniqueness and indie style of music. If they would have interacted with their fans and not performed on an almost-dark stage then it would have been a much better overall experience. They have gone through their ups and downs while getting all of their gear stolen (and recovered due to the power of social media) after their Lollapalooza performance in August 2011.
Portugal. The Man has released eight studio albums and three EPs. Their latest studio album, Evil Friends(Atlantic Records), is their seventh and was released on June 4, 2013. The album has peaked at No.9 on the U.S. Alternative charts and No.12 on the U.S. Rock charts. It was produced by five-time Grammy Award winner Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkely, The Black Keys, Sparklehorse).
Portugal. The Man has performed at SWSW, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, and headlined the Jagermeister Music Tour with The Lonely Forest. The group has also appeared on TBS’ Conan, NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!