Moby – Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR; Oct. 19, 2009)
When I write reviews, I usually start by going to the trusty Wikipedia and getting a little more knowledge about the artist. It’s apparent that Moby did that before visiting Portland, because he had some pretty distinct knowledge about the local area. From famous local songs, like “Louie, Louie,” or that Portland has a vast number of porn shops. Moby knew it all and had quite the dialogue going with the crowd.
As I was up front getting ready to photograph the show, the intro song (“A Seated Night” from the new album Wait For Me) was playing, and I must admit that it put a lump in my throat. When Moby ran on stage, the packed house at the Crystal Ballroom erupted with excitement. It was a great experience to be there and catch the electricity between the crowd and performer. You can tell that he is a genuine artist by the way he takes time to interact with his fans. I was amazed to see such talent on multiple instruments: from the guitar, to the piano, and on to the drums, Moby did not let us down with his skills. The show had several high energy points that segued seamlessly into the ethereal, giant musical numbers that Moby is famous for.
If you are a Moby fan, be sure to catch him on this tour—you won’t want to miss it.