Last week, the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon, played host to an electrifying night of music courtesy of Royel Otis. Words and photos by Jenny Shackleton.

The venue buzzed with anticipation as fans eagerly awaited the performance. But before the headliner took the stage, the opening act, Girl and Girl, set the tone for the evening. Girl and Girl, an up-and-coming band hailing from Australia, delivered a captivating set. Their blend of indie rock and dreamy pop melodies resonated with the audience. Their newest album Call A Doctor was available for purchase a few days early for new and old fans alike at the merch table that night.

As the lights dimmed and the crowd’s excitement reached a fever pitch, Royel Otis emerged. The band wasted no time, launching into their set with the swagger of seasoned rock stars. Their original tracks, including “Sonic Blue Velvet” and “Bull Breed,” showcased their unique sound—a fusion of rock, funk, and soul.

But it was the covers that truly stole the show. Royel Otis had recently gained viral fame for their rendition of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder on the Dancefloor.” Live on stage, the band breathed new life into the track, infusing it with raw emotion and irresistible grooves. The crowd danced and sang along, swept up in the magic of the moment.

And then came the encore. Royel Otis surprised everyone by paying homage to another iconic band: The Cranberries. Their rendition of “Linger” was hauntingly beautiful, capturing the essence of the original while adding their own soulful twist. It was a fitting end to a night filled with surprises and unforgettable music.

Interestingly, this concert was originally scheduled for the much smaller Mississippi Studios. However, due to their viral success and growing fan base, the venue was upgraded to the larger Aladdin Theater. The decision proved wise—the energy in the room was palpable, and Royel Otis delivered a performance that will be etched in the minds of attendees long after the night of the show. Royel Otis will be back in Portland this October playing at Crystal Ballroom.


Jenny Shackleton (she/her) is a photographer based in Portland, OR, originally hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Her love for live music started over 15 years ago after seeing the Jonas Brothers perform on their Burning Up tour in 2008 and the rest is history. As a naturally shy person, it’s surprising she feels so comfortable at concerts with hundreds of people attending, but has always believed that they are special, somewhat liminal, spaces. Everyone is there for the same reason: to have the best night and see artists pour their souls’ onto the stage. That is what Jenny likes to capture in her photos. Jenny enjoys spending time outside with her partner and their dog, watching movies, and owning way too many sneakers.