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Little Hurricane :: Wonder Ballroom :: 05.31.14

It's not every day that you can literally say "I Saw Them When," but as Little Hurricane proved on Saturday at the Wonder Ballroom, when you can, it's not a bad thing, at all.

Early in 2012, Little Hurricane was the first band to be featured for only 94 cents a ticket in 94/7's "I Saw Them When" concert series. In the intervening two years, they've become a regular visitor to Portland's concert scene, but I personally haven't been able to revisit them until now - so I was curious to see what they sounded like, after all this time. I can't say that I was disappointed.

Little Hurricane took the stage after a rousing and well-paired opening set by Lincoln Durham, whose unique brand of bluesy southern rock transitioned seamlessly into Little Hurricane's bluesy not-so-southern rock set. For their show at the Wonder, the band performed the standard mix of old and new material, punctuated by a few covers (including a not-too-shabby rendition of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" and an unexpected but no-less-enjoyable cover of "Afternoon Delight" during their encore). After two years of touring and two more records, the San Diego band is a little more polished than they were back in 2012, but the key elements are still there - Anthony Catalano's howling, brooding vocals and low-key guitar work paired with C.C. Spina's vicious drumming and effervescent stage presence. They also seemed to have addressed the one criticism that many people leveled against the band: CC's not a very strong singer, especially live. (This is still the case, but she doesn't take the lead on as many songs as she used to, so it's not as noticeable.) 

I'm sure we'll continue to see Little Hurricane in Portland in the future, but even if we don't, I think they'll always be a band that Portlanders will be happy to boast that we saw them back in the day.


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Locations : PortlandSan Diego
People : Anthony CatalanoBill WitherLincoln Durham

06/04/2014 4:11PM
Little Hurricane :: Wonder Ballroom :: 05.31.14
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