Portugal. The Man And Grouplove At The Greek Theatre
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By Mary Dawson
The outdoor Greek Theatre in Griffith Park provided a beautiful backdrop for Portugal. The Man and Grouplove's joint summer tour stop in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, marking a summer concert to remember.
After openers Tokyo Police Club finished their set, members of Portugal. The Man nonchalantly took to the stage. Nonchalant is the word that best describes this band. If they were still in high school they'd be the trendy kids who never try too hard, yet everyone wants to befriend because they're just so cool.
They kicked off their set with an admirable mashup of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall" and their own "Purple Yellow Red And Blue," after which frontman John Baldwin Gourley muttered into the microphone, "Yeah, so we like to party."
While many of the band's songs may not seem like typical "party" music, fans were up on their feet throughout the set. I enjoyed hearing Portugal. The Man favorites such as "So American" and "All Your Light (Times Like These)," as well as newer tracks "Modern Jesus" and "Someday Believers" from 2013's Evil Friends.
Once Portugal. The Man left the stage, we all braced ourselves for the explosion of energy that was to come next: Grouplove. Lead vocalists Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper are known for their impressive stage presence, and they certainly didn't disappoint. Grouplove pleased the crowd by starting off their set with "I'm With You" from 2013's Spreading Rumours. The upbeat song got fans dancing and immediately set the tone for the rest of the evening. Hooper's lively personality came through as she introduced each song. Many fans got a good laugh when she started screaming, "What's that in the water? What's that in the f***ing water?" before performing "Shark Attack."
Hooper, who also paints when she's not making music, stressed the importance of art. "I used to go to my best friend's house, get stoned and make art," she admitted while introducing the group's first hit, 2011's "Tongue Tied." "There's an artist in every one of us!"
A highlight of Grouplove's performance was radio favorite "Ways To Go." It gave me chills to hear the audience shout, "I didn't know my naaame!" with Zucconi. The night ended on a high note when Portugal. The Man joined Grouplove for an encore performance of the Who's "Baba O'Riley." Singing at the top of my lungs "It's only teenage wasteland" with Grouplove and Portugal. The Man will remain a highlight of my summer.
Portugal. The Man
"Another Brick In The Wall" (Pink Floyd cover)/"Purple Yellow Red And Blue"
"All Your Light (Times Like These)"
"Hip Hop Kids"
"So American"/"People Say"/"Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)"/"Don't Look Back In Anger" (Oasis cover)
"Creep In A T-Shirt"/"Someday Believers"
"Wild For The Night" (A$AP Rocky cover)
"I'm With You"
"Itchin' On A Photograph"
"Drunk In Love" (Beyoncé cover)
"Bitin' The Bullet"
"Borderlines And Aliens"
"Ways To Go"
"Baba O'Riley" (Who cover, with Portugal. The Man)
(Mary Dawson is a rising senior at Chadwick School in Los Angeles where she is a writer and editor of the school newspaper, Mainsheet. Outside of school she is heavily involved in the National Charity League and PressFriends.)