Seattle indie folk stalwarts Fleet Foxes just wrapped up another leg of their “Shore Tour” in support of the 2020 album of the same name. Along for the ride was singer-songwriter and Shore collaborator Uwade. We caught the tour as it made its way to Portland, Maine’s outdoor venue by the sea, Thompson’s Point on a rare (this summer) rain-free evening on July 11, 2023.
Performing as a solo act initially, Uwade started the night off with a song in honor of her late father entitled “The Man Who Sees Tomorrow,” instantly capturing the audience’s attention with her beautifully emotive vocal delivery. The usual chatter during an opening act was absent as she continued her set, at one point cracking a joke about the aggressively-loud plane taking off across the bay that drowned her performance out for a solid 30 seconds. Uwade was later joined by Fleet Foxes’ bassist Christian Wargo and touring drummer Christopher Icasiano for the last few songs of her set, including “Lost in Translation.”
Fleet Foxes were up next, taking the stage just as the sun began to set with the title track off their 2008 EP Sun Giant. They were quickly joined by Uwade, who lent her voice to the song “Wading in Waist-high Water” from their latest album. The band continued on with a few more new songs, including “Sunblind,” before throwing in a few fan-favorites like “Ragged Wood” from their 2008 self-titled debut.
Around six or seven songs into their set, frontman Robin Pecknold heard a fan yell something out about the app BeReal, asking him, “What? You want me to take your BeReal? Like right now? You can’t wait a few minutes? Sure, why not!” The crowd proceeded to pass him the fan’s phone and cheer as the singer, true to his word, logged a very silly BeReal before continuing on with the set with “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” and “Phoenix.”
The night was full of funny banter and cute moments like this—at one point, Pecknold noticed a different fan holding up a sign asking if she could play the band’s hit song “White Winter Hymnal” with them. Pecknold obliged, and the fan—who bashfully fled the stage without giving her name at the end—absolutely crushed it!
Fleet Foxes continued on with their massive 24-song set, pulling out hits like “Mykonos” and “Montezuma,” as they ran right down the clock to the 10 pm curfew, closing with an incredible encore that included the tracks “For a Week or Two,” “Going-to-the-Sun Road,” and massive sing-along track “Helplessness Blues.” While this leg of their Summer run is now over, there are still a few more chances to catch Fleet Foxes, the remaining dates are below!
Remaining Fleet Foxes Tour Dates:
08-19 Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre ^
08-20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl ^
08-22 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre *
08-24 Portland, OR – Pioneer Courthouse Square
^ with My Morning Jacket