Monday night at Stir Cove is one I won’t soon forget. There must have been something in the air that made it feel almost magical. The show opened up with a band called Cherry Glazerr, a 3-piece from Los Angeles. The band’s formation all began with lead singer Clementine Creevy when she was just 15 years old. Having only been around for 5 years, they do not portray the characteristics of a band who only just released their sophomore album last year. A young band indeed, but I’m willing to bet they go the distance.
And then the rain set in. We were lucky enough to be able to take refuge in the comfort of the back bar area where they have couches set up to relieve our stems. They also have projector screens filming the goings on of the stage, so we could keep track things while the roadies set everything up for the next band. Portugal. The Man was scheduled to come on at 9:15, but the band has something else planned for us. Members of the Winnebago tribe graced the stage and put on a performance of their own. It was beautiful to see this tribe carry on their traditions from so long ago. It really was a treat and I feel so privileged to have been able to witness it.
Not long after Portugal. The Man joined us. It went from a sprinkle to fairly steady rain at this point. But that wasn’t stopping them...right away. As the band came on stage, the screen behind them let us know that the band is not one for stage banter. Well, that’s just fine with me. I love it when a band just plays. Don’t get me wrong, I love a story, or a quip here and there. But when it’s all about the music, well that’s just something special. It wasn’t a big crowd last night. Given the weather and it being a Monday night, I’m sure a lot of folks didn’t venture out. For those of us who did, it was certainly worth it. It was intimate. And I think I got closer to the stage than I have been able to in quite some time.
Portugal. The Man hails from Wasilla, Alaska and began releasing albums in 2006. Originating with John Baldwin Gourley and Zachary Scott Carothers, the band has had a bit of a revolving door with other members. However, they’ve always stayed true to their sound. The shows was unfortunately cut short as the rain continued and the lightning picked up. But the set they gave us while it lasted, was full of non-stop energy.
Thank you, as always, to Stir Cove, staff, and security for putting on another great show and keeping us all safe when the lightning strikes. We’ll see you again on Friday for yet another sold out show, Halestorm, cheers!