Following the release of 2018’s Saved, the duo of KC Dalager and Brad Hale take Now, Now across the U.S. on a co-headline run with Foxing. The love was mutual and strong in Portland. From the love and respect between all the artists performing, the love between each member within the band and the love Portland showed for the performances.
Apart from opening the show with “Wolf” off 2012’s Threads, the rest of the show comprised of songs off Saved. The appropriately titled album is the record that brought the duo back together from a hiatus. With it being the album that revitalized Dalager and Hale, it makes sense why their setlists have had such a heavy Saved focus since reforming the duo. Fans don’t mind at all, since Saved was hailed as one of 2018’s best indie pop albums and arguably is Now, Now’s best release. The Portland crowd sang the words and shouted back at the band, one notable moment was after Now, Now performed their song “Drive” a member of the crowd screamed “That song is perfect!” which broke the duo and crowd into smiles and laughter.
As mentioned, the Portland Now, Now set was full of heart and incredibly intimate. Members of Foxing and the opening band, Daddy Issues, all supported Now, Now’s performance by dancing and watching the set from the venue floor. Partway through the set Dalager told the crowd she was having a hard day and the members of all the bands had engaged in a large group hug before they had stepped on stage, and she ran to embrace the vocalist of Foxing as Hale described how grateful they were to the audience and bands for being a part of this tour. Dalager engaged with the audience throughout the performance, holding hands with audience members, jumping down from the stage to perform from the floor and singing multiple songs while sitting at the edge of the stage. She ended the set sitting at the edge of the stage one last time, while several audience members embraced and held Dalager as she sang her ending notes.
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