December got off to an explosive start when The Neighbourhood returned to The Crystal Ballroom on Sunday night to kick off 94/7's December To Remember concert series.The NBHD has played three sold-out shows in Portland this year, but this Sunday's show was by far their best performance to date. From the minute lead singer Jesse Rutherford started in on the first few bars of "Let It Go," the crowd erupted in cheers and applause - and their enthusiasm continued unabated until long after the last song was played and the roadies had begun clearing the stage.
In their previous two shows, The NBHD delivered energetic but sometimes uneven performances - just what you'd expect from a band that got real famous, real fast. But such slight stumbles were nowhere to be seen on Sunday - their Dec2Rem set was polished and darn-near flawless - rolling through hits like "Sweater Weather" and crowd favorites like "Everybody's Watching Me" and "Straight To Hell" with great aplomb. There's little doubt that the boys from SoCal have finally hit their stride, and they've set the bar pretty high for the rest of December To Remember. The only question is - can the other bands live up to the challenge? We're looking forward to finding out!