Nick Murphy, FKA Chet Faker, plays a dreamy show in Portland at the Crystal Ballroom

It’s been three years since Nick Murphy visited Portland, and a lot has changed since he last came. Within this time period, he changed his stage name from Chet Faker to his actual name Nick Murphy. This came about as he wanted to change his music process and be able to claim his identity as a musician with his real name. Even though he changed his name, it certainly hasn’t hindered his talent or fan base.

On Friday night, the Crystal Ballroom in Portland was packed with loyal fans of both Chet Faker and Nick Murphy. It notably was a larger 21+ crowd, with only a small space for those under 21. If you’re unfamiliar with Oregon shows, splitting the crowd by age is something that happens at every venue. It did feel strange in a way to be on the 21+ side as I have been listening to his music since I was in high school when Thinking In Textures came out in 2012.

Once he went on around 10 p.m. it was the beginning of a dreamy show. The minimal lighting on Murphy’s face coupled with a flooding backlight added to the ambiance. Not to mention he is pretty great to watch. The way he moved on stage made me think of his music: soulful, fluid, and effortless. While I hope he comes back in Portland in less than three years, the wait was worth it.

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
10/16 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
10/19 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA
10/20 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
10/21 – The Observatory North Park– San Diego, CA
10/25 – The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
10/26 – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
10/27 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL

Hannah Cantrell

Hannah Cantrell is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. More of her portrait and live music photography can be found at hcantrell.com.

Nick Murphy, FKA Chet Faker, plays a dreamy show in Portland at the Crystal Ballroom

It’s been three years since Nick Murphy visited Portland, and a lot has changed since he last came. Within this time period, he changed his stage name from Chet Faker to his actual name Nick Murphy. This came about as he wanted to change his music process and be able to claim his identity as a musician with his real name. Even though he changed his name, it certainly hasn’t hindered his talent or fan base.

On Friday night, the Crystal Ballroom in Portland was packed with loyal fans of both Chet Faker and Nick Murphy. It notably was a larger 21+ crowd, with only a small space for those under 21. If you’re unfamiliar with Oregon shows, splitting the crowd by age is something that happens at every venue. It did feel strange in a way to be on the 21+ side as I have been listening to his music since I was in high school when Thinking In Textures came out in 2012.

Once he went on around 10 p.m. it was the beginning of a dreamy show. The minimal lighting on Murphy’s face coupled with a flooding backlight added to the ambiance. Not to mention he is pretty great to watch. The way he moved on stage made me think of his music: soulful, fluid, and effortless. While I hope he comes back in Portland in less than three years, the wait was worth it.

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
10/16 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
10/19 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA
10/20 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
10/21 – The Observatory North Park– San Diego, CA
10/25 – The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
10/26 – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
10/27 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL

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