Gov Ball was basically lit… enjoy the pics!
Words by: DJ
Photos by: Riley
Xavier Omӓr brought a special hue of lightning to downtown Portland’s Star Theatre this past Tuesday. The Texas native was in town for his “Pink Lightning” tour and brought with him midwestern artist pinkcaravan! and duo Iris Temple. Portland was the third to last stop on Omӓr’s tour, but it was hard to tell due to the energy he and the openers brought to the stage.
The first opener was pinkcaravan! The St. Louis native hit the stage draped in a long sleeve airbrushed tall tee, some nylon windbreaker pants, and a crispy pair of white Air Force Ones. I wasn’t hip to pinkcaravan! prior, but the more I heard her effortlessly flow in and out bars of poetry, the more my ears perked up. pinkcaravan! ‘s most notable hit, “pop, lock & lemon drops” left a palatable impression on the crowd as she left. I have a feeling she won’t a small name for long.
The openers before Omӓr hit the stage was Chicago duo Iris Temple. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Quinn Cochran and vocalist Aura, the duo certainly set the tone and successfully prepared the crowd for Omӓr. With such smooth vocals accompanied by face melting guitar solos and smooth transition back to R&B, the crowd was mesmerized by the duo’s pipes and shredding skill. Iris Temple left newfound fans with their latest release, “Ashes”. Cochran also assisted Omӓr in bringing the down the house with his set as well. READ MORE
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