The Nth Power Delivers Heartfelt and Extended Performance in Portland

first_imgThe Nth Power arrived in Portland on Friday the 13th as a part of their massive Abundance Tour and delivered a passionate headlining performance at the Mississippi Studios. Playing as a supporting role for Turkuaz for much of the tour, it was clear the band was eager to showcase their formidable chops and ability to dig deeper into each selection from their growing catalog.After a raging set from Portland’s favorite power trio, The Quick and Easy Boys, The Nth Power stepped on stage at 10:45pm to a sizable audience, many seeing them for the first time. Playing only ten songs in their nearly two-hour set, each selection was given the full treatment of a band bursting with inspiration.They opened with their sexy-crooning, hard-rocking number, “Holy Rain.” Frontman Nick Cassarino let the crowd know right away that this would be a night celebrating love, as he delivered his silky smooth vocals while the band laid down a sultry groove. Getting straight to the heart of the night, the band followed with their most well-known and representative anthem, “Only Love.”Percussionist Weedie Braimah was not present on this night, so where his trademark solos are often placed, there was a bit of musical space to fill. Chairman of the boards, Courtney Smith has been consistently blossoming with each performance since joining The Nth Power and used his ample abilities to help fill that void with soul and vigor.After showing their gratitude for life during the song “Thank You,” the band hit one of the night’s highest points in the inspirational tune, “Right Now.” The always-incredible rhythm section of drummer Nikki Glaspie and bassman Nate Edgar had the whole room moving to the uplifting and danceable groove, as Cassarino lyrically delivered the sage advice: “Celebrate what you’ve been given, this life is so worth livin’, right now.”The always powerful, “Walk on Water,” came next, providing a perfect transition from serious to playful, as the band spoke to the crowd over a fun little groove before. Glaspie then announced it would become a “REMIX!” as the band dropped into another major highlight, working off a completely different arrangement of one of their original tunes, “Spirits.” This new rendition drew an audible reaction from the crowd as Nate dropped a bomb of the best kind alongside Glaspie’s J Dilla-inspired beat, while the band took the opportunity to bring the most of their musicianship to the best of the present moment.A rocking, “Soul Survivor” and tender “Home” brought a red-lining Cassarino guitar solo, into a beautiful rendition of the band’s hallmark tune, “Only You” to round out the set. The band returned for an encore, delivering a ferocious and compelling 13+ minute version of, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” that moved through sections of psychedelia, tumult, and sublimity.The Nth Power is a band powered by love and brimming with inspiration. Being in their presence, one can’t help but absorb and take some of it with you. I think everyone could use a little more of that in their lives. Get out and celebrate life with The Nth Power in a city near you!The Nth Power at the Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR 5/13/2016 Setlist: Holy Rain, Only Love, Thank You, Right Now, Walk on Water, Spirits, Soul Survivor, Home, Only You, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Load remaining imageslast_img

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