Portugal. The Man

Veil at Silverton, April 5

The audience was one flannel shirt and beard away from being mistaken for the Lumberjack World Championships. Despite their casual attire, they responded passionately to the Portland, Ore., rock band’s fervent jam session.

With the exception of a few addresses from frontman John Gourley and bassist Zachary Carothers, it was all business through the band’s 19-song set that included crowd favorites “People Say,” “Floating” and “The Sun,” which segued into Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Other highlights included rocking renditions of “Bellies Are Full,” “Work All Day” and a cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” The evening’s only disappointment was seeing a portion of the crowd filter out early, missing a solid encore of “And I” and “So American.” Guess they didn’t know no rock ’n’ roll. ★★★☆☆

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