Synth Sweater Swagger with The Aces at Wonder Ballroom
It may have been a Monday, but The Aces show at the Wonder Ballroom was the perfect way to kick off the week and the overdue autumnal season. Words by Bren Swogger and photos by Emma Davis.
Summer’s grip on Portland felt endless, the scorching 80-degree heat still hanging on even in early October. While warm weather is a welcomed change here, it seemed to have overstayed its welcome.
But as October’s final weeks arrived, autumn finally had its say, with a brisk night air welcoming Utah’s The Aces to the Wonder Ballroom.
As the band graced the stage, lead singer Cristal Ramirez exuded cozy and stylish swagger, dressed in a sweater, tie, and sunglasses. Their blend of California pop rock and 80s synth vibes was epitomized by Ramirez’s style and stage presence, a perfect complement to their upbeat, sun-soaked pop sound.
Yet, despite the band’s full-throttle performance, the lack of sunshine and warm air seemed to dampen the crowd’s energy initially. “You seem to be very shy, Portland,” Ramirez remarked.
Thankfully, as The Aces powered through their set, the energy gradually soared throughout the venue, the back of the ballroom turning into a full-blown dance party by the end of the night.