Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Sun., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Recommended by Ben Salmon
One of the strangest musical stories of 2017 must be the mainstream breakthrough of Portugal. the Man. For those in the dark, here’s a quick catch-up: A couple of high school friends from Wasilla, Alaska, formed a band in the early 2000s and eventually moved to Portland, where they started building a following that dug their vibrant, proggy psych-rock. Over the past decade they’ve released eight studio albums, signed to Atlantic Records, worked with stars like Danger Mouse and Mike D, and, earlier this year, scored a #1 hit on a couple of Billboard’s alternative charts. The song is called “Feel It Still,” and it’s a snappy little faux-soul number that you might’ve heard in an iPad or Vitamin Water commercial. It’s now nominated for a Grammy and the band is bigtime, so this show at the Crystal has been sold out for a while.
Part of the 2017 December to Remember series.
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.