Review+Photos: OK Go, Sept. 8

Written by joe on September 11, 2017

PC: Joe Hernandez (@thisisbroseph)

OK GO | FFO: Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Bravery, The Fratellis

OK Go is welcomed to a sold out Roseland Theater in the heart of downtown Portland. The show was full of heart, and full of an incredible crowd that added to this incredible experience. Each song and moment was incredible intimate and special; ultimately creating an extremely fun environment, and one of the best shows I’ve personally ever shot.

OK Go is a band most known for their music videos, the production level they entail, and the stunts they perform. No zero gravity, no treadmills, no optical illusions were utilized by the band. Instead, the band proved their music is capable of standing on its own without any flashiness. The stage’s only props were the two side cannons shooting out confetti throughout the show, which covered the stage with a sea of confetti by the end of the show. A staple of the band is their clever storytelling and Q & A sessions with the audience. Lead vocalist Damian Kulash also took his acoustic guitar with into the center of the crowd to have an intimate solo performance of “Last Leaf”. Damian also brought a member of the audience on stage to play guitar during a cover of Blur’s “Song 2”. The night went on and consisted of fan favorites and hits such as “Upside Down & Inside Out”, “The Writings on the Wall”, “This Too Shall Pass”, and ended with Damian again bringing fans onstage to dance during “Here It Goes Again.”

The most refreshing thing to see is a band that after years of performing and releasing music is still capable of clearly having fun onstage and performing with their fans. OK Go remains to be one of the most genuine bands. With their latest album released in 2014, it’s interesting and exciting to see where the band will take their career from here.

Find more dates for OK GO’s tour on their website, and follow them on twitter, instagram, and facebook.

Pictures and words by Joe Hernandez (@thisisbroseph // joe hernandez photography)

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