PHOTOS: Portugal. The Man, Local Natives show mainstream dominance at the Greek

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Portugal. The Man, John Gourley, Zachary Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Eric Howk, Jason Sechrist

Photos: Jay Demetillo

BERKELEY — Decked out in black jackets with the words “The Lords of Portland” written on them, Portugal. The Man took the stage and enthralled a packed Greek Theatre Friday night during a co-headlining track with Local Natives.

Although the band is better known for its earlier psychedelic rock, Portugal. The Man’s set showed amazing versatility and growth into a pop and rock sensation.

The Portland band began its set launching into a cover of Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Fan favorites like “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” “All Your Light” and “Once Was One” followed. Then came “Woodstock” and “Feel It Still” off the band’s new album, Woodstock.

Not to be outdone, Local Natives performed a vibrant set of songs. Before the politically charged song “Fountain of Youth,” lead singer Taylor Rice had some words for the young crowd.

“We’re living in a crazy time right now,” he said, “We’re the next generation, we have the ability to change and make the world a better place, so please pass on the love and respect to each other.”

The L.A band also struck a fine balance between past and present, opening with “Past Lives” before transitioning to “You and I,” “Colombia,” “Wide Eyes,” “Dark Days” and “Heavy Feet.” With their 2016 album Sunlight Youth, Local Natives’ progression is showing. The transition from indie darlings to mainstream rock stars has them on the verge of making their mark.

New Orleans blues rock artist Benjamin Booker opened the show with an impassioned set fused with soul, punk and some R&B from his recently album, Witness, as well as 2014 self-titled debut.

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