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Portugal. The Man, Chicano Batman set to groove at The Sugar Mill

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Head over Sept. 14 to catch the second stop on Portugal. The Man’s 2018 tour. The Grammy award winning alternative rock band will headline a concert at The Sugar Mill, an event space in the Lower Garden District. Opening for them for the New Orleans date is Latino four-piece rock band Chicano Batman.

Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska (Sarah Palin’s hometown), Portugal. The Man prides itself on on its adventurous sound, never sticking to any particular genre norms. The band draws inspiration from all kinds of music — beach rock, soul and even hip-hop. In fact, during an interview with Rolling Stone, lead vocalist and guitarist John Gourley said, “I feel like rock & roll has become very tame. If anybody does it right, it’s hip-hop.”

The band released its most recent album, “Woodstock,” June 16, 2017. Featured musicians on the album include rapper A$AP Rocky, actress and musician Mary Elizabeth Winstead and many more. Portugal. The Man tends to take a collaborative approach to music, as Fall Out Boy, AWOLNATION, Janelle Monae and several other artists will be included on some of the other tour stops.

The opening band Chicano Batman, formed in Los Angeles a decade ago, has a distinct sound that could be described as a mix of psychedelic soul, funk and rock. Its latest albums include “Freedom is Free” (2017) and “Black Lipstick” (2015). Over the last couple of years, the band has played multiple music festivals including (though not at all limited to) Ruido Fest, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Doors for the concert open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. General admission ticket pricing starts at $40.

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Portugal. The Man, Chicano Batman set to groove at The Sugar Mill