We're giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to see unsurpassed, the inimitable, the unpronounceable Sigur Rós, who are playing the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon on Sunday, May 26. Click over to End Hits for your chance to win!
Weekend whiskey lovers rejoice: this weekend's WhiskeyFest Northwest, a celebration of everyone's (at least my) favorite dark spirit, promises a grand old time in Northwest Portland. Complete with music, food, and of course, more distilleries than you can safely sample in one day, the fun runs 11 am to 10 pm on May 11, and is organized by the Luna Foundation to benefit CASA for Children, a nonprofit that "advocates for children in the court system who have been abused or neglected to get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and effectively."
Featuring the full spectrum of whiskeys from Bourbon staples like Jim Beam to Irish favorite Jameson, a $25 admission includes tasting tokens for three of the featured distilleries with additional tokens available for $2 each. Food will be available for purchase from vendors like Bunk Sandwiches, Fire on the Mountain, and What’s The Scoop, with Widmer Bros. brews and a full cocktail bar—pardon me, a "Bootlegger Lounge"—rounding out with lower-proof offerings. A cocktail competition and tasting contest will interrupt a music schedule featuring tunes from Bronze Radio Return, Spirit Family Reunion, Sassprilla, and more. The festival is located at NW 11th and Northrup and tickets are available here UNLESS you're the winner of the two special tickets that the ever-generous giveaway gods have dropped in our laps. For a shot at the freebies, e-mail your name to our editor here by noon on Friday with "WHISKEY" in the subject line and we'll choose a single winner of two passes to this inaugural event. Happy drinking, Blogtown!
You can buy your tickets here, but in the meantime we are giving away a pair of tickets to End Hits readers! But in order to be an End Hits reader, you have to read End Hits—jump on over to get in the action.
Gracing the stage of the Bossanova Ballroom this Saturday, May 4, are the risque antics of the L'Pow Burlesque Company Dancers, including but not limited to the likes of Madison Moone, Itty Bitty Bang Bang, and Nina Nightshade, with visiting moves from Seattle's Boom Boom L'Roux and Jo "Boobs" Weldon, the headmistress and founder of the New York School of Burlesque. For a show both appropriately and slightly disturbingly timed for this Mother's Day season, the show is titled "La Femme Celeste” and will serve as a tribute to "Goddess icons from around the world... paying homage to pay homage to the symbols of fertility, creativity, birth and death." Beginning at 7 with a cocktail soiree centered around cocktails from sponsors Drambuie Liquor, the 8 pm show promises live music from the ever-entertaining Orchestre L'Pow, verbal entertainment from MC Vincent Drambuie, and the most artful and empowering collection of performances around.
To win a pair of tickets to this spectacularly nude spectacle, send an e-mail featuring your name to our incredible editor here with "PASTIES" in the subject line by noon on Friday, May 3. He'll pick a lucky Blogtown follower (and his/her plus one) at random and we'll get your names on the super exclusive guest list, where you'll be joined by other burlesque fans who had to pay for a $10-40 ticket. Be there or be forced to watch naked people who are NOT stripping to an incredible live band.
This Saturday, May 5, the Portland Cello Project teams up with Portlandportland School of Rock students to form a giant behemoth called Portland Rockproject Celloschool. Okay, I just made that up, but the two groups are performing a special show together at the Aladdin Theater that they're calling "Beck, Brubeck and Bach"; the program naturally will comprise pieces by those three composers. (Somewhere, Burt Bacharach is taking a long hard look in the mirror.)
Actually, this is precisely why Portland Cello Project is so great: They've found the common thread between baroque composer Bach, jazz titan Dave Brubeck, and indie songwriter Beck—you know, as in Beck. They'll be performing new arrangements of tracks from Beck's latest "album," Song Reader, which is a collection of songs that was published in book form but not released on an album. So it's one of your only chances to hear those songs out loud, PLUS the Portland School of Rock will be there, too! The kids'll be playing rock instruments, as PCP has got the cello end of things all sewn up.
Above is the premiere of Beck's "Why Did You Make Me Care?" which Portland Cello Project performed at their Song Reader performance at the Aladdin in December, with special guest vocalist Jolie Holland.
But it gets better. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the show, so if you like great music and hate spending money, jump on over to End Hits!
Portland's first major restaurant tasting event returns this Tuesday, May 7 to the downtown McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom. Last year's unexpectedly windy version at JELD-WEN field has thankfully led to a smaller, less-drafty venue choice, which will gather together samples from more than 40 of Portland's finest restaurants and enough wineries to leave you stumbling despite an inevitably bursting belly. General admission begins at 6:30 pm and will put you out $85 - steep, but worth it - benefiting organizing nonprofit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry, which works to feed kids across the country (each of its events benefitting primarily local efforts).
McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom is located at 1332 W Burnside.
UPDATE: And we have a winner! Thanks for playing!
Over on End Hits, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the Music Tapes' The Traveling Imaginary show that's taking place at the Mission Theater on Tuesday, May 7. Since you probably require more information, jump over to End Hits to get the skinny.
Over on End Hits, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Ghost B.C. at the Wonder Ballroom this Friday, April 26. Are you feeling brave enough to bear witness to their evil liturgy? Then go forth and win, sinner.
To celebrate the completion of their new full kitchen, top-ranked banh mi joint Double Dragon will debut a new menu tonight, with free passed plates starting at 6pm. They've also made good on their quietly-held liquor license, and now offer a full cocktail program where once there were just beers (you have to buy the drinks for yourself).
The new menu looks to take chef/owner Rob Walls' creativity in new directions with items like, "...a 5-Spice Bacon Burger with Szechuan Peppercorn Relish, Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken Thighs, Mapo Tofu, Yakitori-Style Grilled Squid and bar snacks like Nuoc Cham Chicharrones and Chili-Lime Peanuts." I like that they're just frying thighs - the perfect joint for fried chicken.
I stopped in on Friday to try the Szechuan burger. The Szechuan peppercorn sauce was subtle but distinctly Asian, and nicely in tune with the deeply charred but medium-rare meat, sambal aioli, and generous layer of crisp bacon. It came across as a nicely tuned fusion item: still very much a hamburger, given unique personality with carefully-designed spices.
We told you all about the Alhambra Theatre's upcoming May Day Music Festival. The five-day fest is to inaugurate the new incarnation of the Alhambra—which has been operating under the name Mt. Tabor Theater—and its renovation to bring the decor back to its glory days as a silent-cinema palace. You can check out the complete lineup here (it's great: Red Fang, Black Prairie, Y La Bamba, and Sage Francis for starters), and now we're giving away TWO PAIRS of five-day festival passes!
Guess where you go to win? On End Hits, that's where!
That's to lucky End Hits readers. So jump on over to End Hits for your chance to win!
But don't just dream the dream... Live it! We're giving away three entire pairs of tickets to see Dinosaur Jr. at the Wonder Ballroom this Thursday, April 11.
Want 'em? Head on over to End Hits! (you knew that was coming)
Want to win 'em? Head over to End Hits!
All things Bender, including tickets and full lineup, right here.
By now you've picked up a copy of our award-winning Bob Seger issue, and you no doubt noticed that we're giving away some special, limited edition T-shirts with the Portland Mercury Bob Seger issue logo. We've got a total of four shirts to give away—one of which is the grand prize, signed by both the cover model and by someone claiming to be "Bob Seger." These highly collectible items will double in value every six months (current value = $0), so climb aboard this gravy train now!
It's easy to win: Just send us an email and be sure to include "Bob Seger T-shirt" in the subject line. In the email, please include (important!): Your full name, your shirt size, and your mailing address.
One of these could be yours! Don't delay—this contest closes at noon on Monday, April 1, and that's no joke.
That's going on over on End Hits. Jump over to get a piece of the action.
We've got a special STRFKR giveaway for End Hits readers, too. You can win a copy of Miracle Mile on CD, along with a special STRFKR turntable slipmat and a poster as well. That's up on End Hits, so head on over.
It's a big week for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside: Their great new album, Untamed Beast, comes out tomorrow (hear it here), and they're playing two shows at the Wonder Ballroom this Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23.
And in the spirit of all things Sallie, we're giving away a pair of tickets to each show! That's over on End Hits; click over and win!
We're giving away lots of tickets on End Hits! Head on over.
I'm certain you already know of this coming Saturday's Malt Ball—AKA the most awesome marriage of bands and craft brew EVER. However, you don't have to be a night owl to enjoy it! The fest (read all about it here) lasts from 2 pm - midnight, but you can buy awesome half-day admission if you've got other things to do with your life. (Doubtful, but possible!) And guess what? We specifically made the 2-7 pm showcase super awesome, just for those who like to get their drinking and music listening done early. Check out this stellar lineup for the 2-7 pm showcase!
2:15 Street Nights
3:45 Marty Marquis
5:15 Old Light
6:00 Caleb Klauder Country Band
SOOOO awesome. Now you can get tickets for one or both showcases here, but how's about I give away TWO FREE TICKETS to the 2-7 pm early bird showcase? Simply email me here by noon tomorrow (Friday, Feb 1) and put "Early Bird Malt Ball Tix, Please!" in the subject line. If you win I'll email you back and let you know!
But for all that's holy, do not miss the Malt Ball—it's like beer... for your ears!
In the meantime, if you haven't yet seen the Malt Ball video, starring Sons of Huns and Gigantic Brewing, BEHOLD:
The Sonics reunited in 2007 and have played off and on, but—and this is really unbelievable—they have apparently never played Portland before. That all changes when they come to the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday, February 15. We're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky reader on End Hits, so head on over!
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