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 Lori was born and raised in Boston, MA with a passion for music, an urge to learn, and a spirit to explore all that she could. In 2011, Kris moved to the city of Chicago to develop her photography skills and a build a community. In 2019, Kris moved to California to pursue a new journey and resides in the Bay Area with 13 years of experience under her belt.