Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR 11-8-10
Mini-Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner
Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland was a truly great experience for those lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out performance. From the Andelman’s Yard opener to a raging cover of Cities to the Takin’ it to the Streets encore the tiny Aladdin Theatre was bouncing and shaking all night long.
I didn’t know what to expect at my first Mike Gordon solo show, I had seen him play with Leo Kottke at Horning’s Hideout but never his solo band, but my expectations were high. One of my favorite musicians of all time playing my favorite big city in the United States makes one eager for a great experience. The band definitely did not disappoint. The guitar and keys were fantastic all night and Mike rocking the bass had the crowd very into it. Fun covers and great versions of Mike tunes were aplenty and everyone was having a blast.
I thought the show really took off towards the end of the first set and the energy built all the way through the encore. The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle is up next for Mike and I will be at that show as well. After what I saw last night I can only say I wish I was going on to Missoula and farther, as this tour is heating up!
Thanks for the great night Mike, see ya up the road!