GRAMMY Camp - SoundCheck With Portugal. The Man

Author: 
Miranda Adams, high school student and member of I Have A Dream North Chicago, a non-profit organization which was one of the groups invited to attend.

Immediately mesmerizing, Portugal. The Man at the Metro in Chicago was an unforgettable performance. I was unfamiliar with Portugal. The Man, but had prepared myself for an evening of musical appreciation. Without pause, the performance began soon after all GRAMMY Camp - SoundCheck attendees were in place. We were presented with a creative and captivating show with amazing stage effects (including fog machines), passionate musicians, and great music. One interesting feature that I learned about was the relationship between the band and technical supervisors. Although casual interactions, it gave me the sense that I was getting a glimpse into what goes into preparing a band for a sold out performance. 

The question and answer portion of the night allowed the audience a chance to get a better understanding of the band. It was a down-to-earth experience where the individual members of this very talented group, were neither intimidating nor arrogant. During the conversation, topics ranged from the front man’s high school experience in a state governed by Sarah Palin, lessons learned at Lollapalooza in Chicago, to a video shoot with interesting scenes filmed in Alaska. I got the impression that the band is genuinely striving to produce music that appeals to people because of its honesty and originality. I hope to see much more of Portugal.The Man in the future. The night was definitely one to remember, ripe with personal stories and goals for the future. 

Music is the weapon of choice for this band. What they shared, lyrically and in the interview, was meaningful, honest, and subtly inspiring. Front man John Gourley left us with words to keep in mind: “You gotta keep it real, basically.  Just always keep it real.” Thanks to the GRAMMY Foundation for a great learning experience.

Portugal. The Man is John Gourley: vocals, guitar;  Zachary Scott Carothers: bass, vocals; Jason Sechrist: drums; Ryan Neighbors: keys, vocals.

Photographer:  Andrew Hopple, GRAMMY U Photographer

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