After waking up in Nevada the morning of the show, Sylvan Esso wasn’t sure if they would make it to the venue in time and if they were going to have to cancel. The duo made sure to do everything they could to make the show happen and ensure the audience had the time of their lives at the sold out Edgefield venue.
Sylvan Esso fans would have noticed the duo was missing their signature arrow light display, not sure whether it was intentional or in part to the uncertainty of the show itself. Instead, an array of lights surrounded the stage at all sides and heavy smoke was used throughout the set. Though the arrows are an impressive display, Sylvan Esso has perfected their craft and are able to thrive and stand apart with or without the flashy displays.
Sporting her signature platform athletic shoes, vocalist Amelia Meath never stops dancing and moving across the stage, all with her impeccable vocal range on full display. To her right is Nick Sanborn, hovering above his console – watching, bobbing, and dancing along to his beats and Meath’s moves.
The duo’s energy was contagious and had the entire venue dancing, singing, and jumping along to the entire set. Combining the outdoor Edgefield venue ambience with the lively Sylvan Esso and crowd engagement, this show felt like the audience was transported to the middle of a music festival. Sylvan Esso has the power to control an audience and turn their shows into a complete dance party, and Portland showed their love and gratitude for the duo at a show that almost didn’t happen.