Portland @DavidArchie recap…off.the.charts.amazing

Full disclosure, my friends, the lovely Refnaf and I (and the splendiferous Peppertara….SO amazing to finally meet you Pepp! β€οΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦) were at the Portland show last night…and I honestly have no words. 

Best. Crowd. Ever. And David was on literal fiyah! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

I will add more later but let me just say that if you have the means, the time and can physically get to a show, GO!

Boi is in the ZONE!

The crowd at this cool tiny venue knew every word to every song and whenever he’d announce the name of the next song he was doing, they’d scream like he was Paul McCartney announcing Help! at Shea Stadium.

They lost their minds when he started Elevator … OH MY ELEVATOR LOVING HEART!!!! ❀️❀️❀️

In VIP he said I’m Ready was about trust…a convo with God… and that he’d had the melody in his head for about a year and a half and a friend encouraged him to finish it but that sadly she died before she heard the finished version… his eyes teared up when he spoke about her and that she died close by (Annie Schmidt, I’m thinking.)

Sadly it doesn’t look like he’s coming to Canada to do a concert anytime soon (Pepp asked that Q) he said he goes where “there’s demand”… *SOBS*…makes me glad I made the trek last night tho’ 😍

More later when I collect my thoughts!

In the meantime, my lame vids ….

This was incredible!!!!

David making sure he touched everyone’s hand at the end…


He Lives In You was incredible, as you can see!


Okay, have remembered more deets….

In VIP, the luminous Shelley asked what super hero he’d be… after giving this very serious thought (seriously), he said “Captain America”… “because he always tries to do what’s right, I like that.”

Ref asked (and I quote) “Are you ever tempted to bust out one of your amazing dance moves from the Up All Night video when you’re at a wedding or dance or something? What was it like to learn those?

He actually read all that out, which was worth the price of admission right there tbh.

He said he didn’t really consider it “dancing” and that he worked with someone via Skype, he only had a couple of days to learn the moves and that Kari hooked him up. So Kari joked, “ya, I taught him all the moves.” πŸ˜‚

Then he went on to explain that he did in fact dance at weddings some of the time, then he laughed and said, actually all the time, but that he does classic “white boy” dancing. Everyone cracked up. 

Next question was Tina’s πŸ˜‰… about Spanish music he’s been listening to that he likes… he called on Amber and said “what have I been listening to?” and she laughed and said, “my music”… meaning classical… he said it’s a nice break after being around pop music all day. “Like if you’re a chef, you don’t get home from work and go, ‘Let’s get cooking.”


I asked if he’d ever consider doing a video of himself with the crowd like he did at Tuacahn cuz it was so much fun [and, hello, great promo when he posts on IG] but (a) he busted me for asking two questions lol, and (b) he said it takes some planning but…maybe possibly he’ll consider it. .. aka He was onto my motives lol.

A girl asked him for advice on going on a mission, as she was leaving for Milan, Italy, in 5 days and he gave the most thoughtful, caring answer. He suggested she ponder, pray and be close to God. That she read the Bible and Book of Mormon and take notes. That there will be difficult times when she’ll feel she’s not being understood but to persevere. It was lovely.

Her mom was sitting next to me and she said they’d never seen David in concert. I told her we were big fans and they were in for a great show.

Well, this lady videotaped every second song… not even kidding. At intermission I asked how she liked it. She said, “How does someone sing live so well it’s CD quality?” And then she videotaped even more songs in the second half. 

I’m not talkin’ clips here and there but ENTIRE songs.

The young guy on the other side of us said he told David during his VIP pic that his favourite song was Broken and that his vocals on that song are incredible. 

Yes. Yes they are.

Can I just say that David’s comedic timing in his storytelling was something to behold. 

He knew just where to pause… where just the word “eyebrows” would send the crowd into hysterics… he uses the same storytelling gifts on display in his singing when he does his intros… he’s downright eloquent now. Take that, Simon!

Oh and the marvellous Ms Amanda thanked him in VIP for working with Holt Intl as she adopted two of her beautiful children through Holt and that she’s been involved with them for a long time and they are a wonderful organization.

So David called on her during the show when he talked about Holt before singing Broken…’twas lovely. ❀️

Also lovely was during the photo taking st VIP, a beautiful young woman asked if she could sing a hymn with him and have a video instead of a pic. So they started singing, David instantly harmonizing with her as they sang to one another. He loved it and had everyone give her a big hand.

I am seriously a little too not over Portland …as you might have noticed, lol.

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22 Responses to Portland @DavidArchie recap…off.the.charts.amazing

  1. janey79 says:

    I have to tell myself that Annie and Jen had the best seats in the house.

  2. Kizzi says:

    OMG. No words. Wish I were there.

    Thank you so much for the recap.

    Hugs to you, Refnaf and Pepp!

  3. peppertara says:

    Oh Deb, I have no words either, well, except these. First of all was so great to meet you and Nancy, finally! What a great time, what a show, what a performance, what an artist! I didn’t think he could give any more than he has but it seems he did, that concert was off the charts crazy wonderful! Left me in somewhat of a daze and a very grateful one at that.
    So glad I made the little trek to see him, splendid, magnificent memories. “I’m Ready” had me choked up as did “Broken”. “Higher Ground” was the most soulful, energetic, move and groove, crazy, ridiculously good performance. Everything was exceptional and the man, with all he gives to the crowd was everything and more, hands down. The crowd loved him just as much and boy did they show it!
    Thank you David, thank you Deb and Nancy for sharing this terrific experience with me. It’s been a while since I’ve seen David perform live and boy was I overdue. I think last night made up for it!
    Kizzi, thank you and Janey, have to agree with you there. ❀

  4. peppertara says:

    Oh and no lame vids, these are great!

  5. refnaf says:

    I . CAN’T. EVEN.

    No words at all…. not even one

  6. Poof says:

    I have been a devoted fan forever. I have seen him in concert once two nights before his announcement. I live in Portland. I was in New York and returned Saturday. I am so heartbroken that I missed this wonderful concert. I can’t watch the videos yet. I am sure I will tomorrow. I am encouraged the crowd went crazy and he will “go where he is loved”. He Will Be Back and I Will Be There. Sigh…………..

  7. peppertara says:

    Thanks for all the updates TOfan, so nice to remember all the great little observations and experiences…so many! Do love your “Orion sand creation”!!

  8. Pepper says:

    Have to say I am so glad I got to see David sing “He Lives In You’, love it a lot, his rendition is so beautiful and powerful. Of course I am thrilled that I got to see him sing his new songs too, just beautiful and everything else that he sang was incredibly good, without question.

    p.s. I shortened my name to Pepper, since the name Peppertara represents my two cats and I actually have three cats who have been gone for a while now….using all three names would be rather long so decided to shorten it in honour of my first cat Pepper…..who was an incredibly awesome guy).
    Probably no explanation needed but there it is anyway. πŸ™‚

  9. Abrra says:

    I have uploaded some nice treats in the Candy Jar. Zero calories.


  10. Pepper says:

    Oh what a lovely clip of the girl singing with David, hadn’t seen that and guess I didn’t see it at the VIP, nice. TOfan, you can still call me peppertara if you like, haha. Either way is good.

    Abrra, thank you, awesome!

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