Show Review: Whitney in Portland, OR 9/30

It's rare that you get to be a part of such a special moment, and one where the entire audience was 100% captivated by the entire concert. That may have been due to the fact that at the band's request, we had to put our phones in magnetically locked pouches but I'm glad they did and wish it happened more often.


Chicago's Whitney kicked off their tour last night in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall with support from the Lafayette, Louisiana raised Renée Reed opening the show with dreamlike ethereal folk reminiscent of Jessica Pratt and an overlooked Danger Mouse project, Joker's Daughter. The entire time she was performing I was trying to think of the name of that project and it was driving me nuts, mostly because I wasn't able to quickly look it up and move on. I had to sit there and wallow in my thoughts like a peasant but it didn't distract too much from her captivating sound.

Photo Credit: twitter.com/whitneytheband

What followed was completely unexpected as I was under the impression that Whitney would be performing their 2020 covers album Candid in full. The show listing had the bio only mentioning Candid so in preparation, I listened to the album in full, alongside all of the unique covers they tackled. What we got instead

was truly something incredible and this is why we had our phones tucked away. We got to hear almost exclusively all new material from four of the members of Whitney, on keys, guitar and some horns peppered in. It's unclear if the new recorded work will have drums on it or it's possible they were doing a lighter tour (There's normally 8 of them).


We got all the normal beginning of the tour charming awkwardness, which I'm

sure was especially accentuated by the long Pandemic hiatus. The boys brought it though. I was brought to tears multiple times, almost exclusively from their older work which hit especially hard in the wake of a break-up ("It's a shame I can't get it together now"). I wish I could describe what their new sound was like, but I can say it's unlike anything Whitney has ever done. All I can say is to expect some more experimentation, and hopefully catch them on this special tour at one of the upcoming dates.



10/01 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

10/04 — Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up

10/07 — Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers

10/08 — Palm Springs, CA @ The Alibi

10/10 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre

10/11 — San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew Concert Hall

10/12 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre

10/18 — Ft. Collins, CO @ The Coast

10/19 — Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre

10/21 — Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

10/22 — Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

10/27 — Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

10/28 — Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

10/29 — Washington, DC @ Capital Turnaround

10/30 — Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre

10/31 — Kingston, NY @ Old Dutch Church

11/02 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made

11/03 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made

11/04 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made

11/06 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair





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