The National hits Chicago with Two Shows

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Words and Photos by Kris Lori (IG: kris_lori)

With the release of their 8th album, ‘I Am Easy to Find’, the alt rock band The National is back with new music and a new setup to their live shows. ‘I Am Easy to Find’ is an album that encompasses more than just a new album but it comes with some new vocals chiming in, a short film directed by Mike Mills, and the master release of ‘Rylan’ (a long time fan favorite). The National held a special surprise for their friends in downtown Chicago before their performance at the Huntington Bank Pavilion. During the work day in the buzzing Revivial Food Hall, The National partner with Empty Bottle Presents and Shure for an intimate performance.

It was only a few hours later where fans lined up, not once but twice due to a weather evacuation, to see the full live performance. The band took the stage accompanied by Mina Tindle and Kate Stables and opened with “You Had Your Soul with You”. Having these two incredible ladies on stage helped bring the new tones and harmonies that ‘I Am Easy to Find’ has to life. As usual, Matt Berninger has such a presence on stage and off stage when he hops into the crowd. Fans feeling engaged, energized, and some become struck with an overwhelming wave of emotion.

Full Gallery below with Chicago’s setlist:



You Had Your Soul With You
Quiet Light
The Pull of You
Hey Rosey
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio
So Far, So Fast
Where Is Her Head
Santa Clara
Day I Die
Pink Rabbits
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
I Am Easy to Find
Fake Empire
Light Years


Not in Kansas
Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Kris Fuentes Cortes was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a passion for music, an urge to learn, and a spirit to explore. In 2011, Kris moved to the city of Chicago and resides there. Kris's entire life started to change back in 2010 when she started to photograph concerts. Since then she has photographed numerous shows, music festivals, has interviewed several artists, written show reviews/ CD reviews, branding and marketing, and has worked on music marketing campaigns. She is also an active volunteer with both Hope For The Day and for These Things Foundation. Kris hope to dives deeper into her photography while giving back as much as possible.