Nelly Furtado Steals the Show at Portola 2023

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The Portola Festival 2023, a festival only two years old, reached its pinnacle last night with a lineup that can only be described as sheer musical brilliance. Chromeo, Nelly Furtado, FKJ, Hot Chip, and Underworld graced the stage, weaving an unforgettable tapestry of sounds and rhythms that echoed in the hearts of every spectator.

The day heated up with Chromeo, the Canadian electro-funk duo, whose infectious energy set the perfect tone for the rest of the night. Their soulful melodies and groovy beats had the entire audience on their feet, creating an electrifying atmosphere. The crowd was drawn into a euphoric dance party that seemed to have no end.

Chromeo was on fire at Portola 2023

Following Chromeo, the incomparable Nelly Furtado took the stage by storm. With her powerhouse vocals and charismatic charm, she reminded us all why she’s a global icon. The crowd was spellbound as she performed her hits, effortlessly transitioning from soulful ballads to high-energy anthems. Furtado’s emotional connection with her music was palpable, creating a transcendent experience for everyone present.

FKJ, the multi-talented musician, producer, and DJ, brought his unique blend of electronic and soulful sounds to the festival. His live performance was nothing short of mesmerizing, as he skillfully looped instruments and vocals, creating a rich and immersive sonic experience. The audience swayed to his beats, completely captivated by his artistry and creativity.

Bouncing from stage to stage, Hot Chip was next. The electronic music pioneers elevated the atmosphere with their infectious beats and innovative soundscapes. Their performance was a masterclass in electronic music production, blending catchy melodies with intricate rhythms. The crowd was entranced, moving in unison to the pulse of Hot Chip’s music.

Hot Chip was a vibe at Portola 2023

As the night drew to a close, Underworld took the stage, delivering a grand finale that will be etched in the memory of every festivalgoer. The legendary electronic duo unleashed an audiovisual spectacle, complete with pulsating lights and hypnotic visuals. Their set was a journey through time and sound, showcasing their mastery of the electronic genre. The crowd was left in awe, their cheers and applause reverberating through the night sky.


Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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