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Portugal. The Man Rocks the Santa Barbara Bowl

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Portugal. The Man playing the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 21. The band opened with

Portugal. The Man playing the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 21. The band opened with "Feel it Still" from their album Woodstock.

Photo credit: Emily Kuhn

Photo credit: Emily Kuhn

Portugal. The Man playing the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 21. The band opened with "Feel it Still" from their album Woodstock.

By Emily Kuhn, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, April 21, Portugal. The Man rocked the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The indie-pop/psychedelic rock band from Wasilla, Alaska announced at the beginning of the concert that they had just returned from playing at Coachella and that they were excited to play at the Santa Barbara Bowl again, this time with a much larger audience than ever before. Their enthusiasm infected the crowd and caused the entire venue to vibrate with energy.

Portugal. The Man began the concert with their smash hit song, “Feel it Still.” Before long, the Bowl was alive with cheering, dancing, and vibrant psychedelic visuals that went along with the music.

The audience was filled with a wide variety of people sporting a range of different styles. This eclectic mix of people is representative of the diversity of Portugal. The Man’s fanbase.

The band released their first album, Waiter: “You Vultures!” in 2006 and since then, they have evolved into a socially conscious group with a self-proclaimed focus on speaking out about the world crumbling around them. This has gained them quite a following over the years. Many long-time devoted fans at the Santa Barbara Bowl sported their dedication to the group with shirts that said, “I liked Portugal. the Man before they sold out.”

The band kept the infectious energy going all throughout the night by playing more of their hit songs infused with momentary iconic classic-rock tributes and well-known Beatles songs such as “Hey Jude.”

Other songs were played throughout the night, including, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” “Modern Jesus,” and “Live in the Moment” which were accompanied by colorful, picasso-esque visuals on the screen and occasional messages such as, “I know some of you think Kyle wants to get high with you but he actually went straight edge last week.”

The band will continue their tour into October, riding the wave of their growing fame and celebrating the success of their recent Grammy win for “Feel it Still.”

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