Win Tickets ($40): Imelda May @ Crystal Ballroom | Rockabilly, Blues

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Imelda May @ Crystal Ballroom on August 5. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 4.

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Imelda May @ Crystal BallroomImelda May
August 5, 2014
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $20 | Under 21 OK w/ guardian

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

“The problem with an artist like Imelda May is that she’s so good, it makes a critical review almost impossible to write; her performance is flawless.” – Clash Magazine

Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film) and her style, with a solitary curl and shock of blonde in her jet black hair. In Ireland, her debut album ‘Love Tattoo’, which she recorded and released on her own label, has gone Triple Platinum. She has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, David Gilmour, Sharon Shannon, Jeff Beck, Shane Macgowan, Kirsty McCall, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Wanda Jackson, Paul Brady and Meatloaf. And now, with the release of her new album “Mayhem”, she is about to go stellar.

Being the youngest of five siblings , Imelda was the most susceptible to the various influences from her older brothers and sisters, which she could hear constantly through the walls of their two bedroom house. There was folk, the obligatory chart pop, and then there was Elvis. “My brother was a mad Elvis fan, and I found a tape in his room with Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. I thought the music was fantastic.”

By the age of nine Imelda had fallen in love with rockabilly and the blues – the only kid in her class who wasn’t into Wet Wet Wet. Singing along to rock n roll from an early age, her tastes began to develop and deepen, first with Elmore James and then – “ I heard Billie Holiday, and that blew my mind.” After a year of art college she dropped out, deciding she would rather sing for a living. At that point, her professional experience was confined to having sung on an ad for Findus Fish Fingers at 14. “A girl in The Liberties was in the music business and she got me this ad, where I sang, ‘Betcha never put your finger on a crunchier crumb!’ I got £40 for it!” She quickly found work singing with the swing troupe Blue Harlem and rock n roller Mike Sanchez and had an interesting spell of singing in burlesque clubs: “I’d sing while the other girls were onstage. One of them used to take an angle grinder to her crotch and would produce a shower of sparks. One day a spark flew down my throat when I was singing!”

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35 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Imelda May @ Crystal Ballroom | Rockabilly, Blues

  1. Roger July 22, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I have been so very intrigued by her for a long time now and been aching to see her live show. Thank you for the chance at free tickets!!

    • Biggs August 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      The opening rock’n’roll band for this night is also putting people on their guest list who are Imelda May fans. If you are still interested in this awesome show email

  2. Tim July 22, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve seen some of her youtube videos. She looks like she would be really entertaining to see live.
    Would love some tickets . . . . . . .pretty please! (?)

  3. Kathleen Brigid July 22, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    It would be an honor to see Ms. May (the queen of modern rockabetties) live! I’ve listened to her for years but have never had a chance to see her. Thanks for coming to Portland town, Imelda! We welcome you with open arms!

  4. Amanda A July 22, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I’m a big fan and have never seen her live, would be great to finally see her!

  5. Bree July 22, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I would love to attend! The Crystal Ballroom is a great venue, and I always love discovering new artists!

    Thanks for the chance!

  6. Cory Shird July 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Imelda me!!!!!

  7. Ryan July 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    i wanna go to a rockabilly show, from what i’ve heard this is the one.

  8. Cory Shird July 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Great voice!!!!!!!! Takes me to the blues!!!!!!!!

  9. Linda S July 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I would love to see Imelda. I know she took time off to have a baby.

  10. Alison July 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    This sounds EPIC! I dig, yes I said DIG, dig the blues and the Crystal Ballroom. I don’t know exactly what Rockabilly blues are but I’d LOVE to find out. What a great night that would be, and I’d be sure to ROCK OUT! ROCK ON!

  11. Stephanie July 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    I love her voice, would be an amazing concert!

  12. Tom P July 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Should be a great show

  13. Dana July 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Her voice is stunning. I would love the chance to see her. Thanks!

  14. Dave G. July 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to unwind at night. I’d love that opportunity!

  15. Janelle July 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    Sister and I need sometime out together! And this would be so great!!!

  16. Stephanie R July 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    We would like to experience events and shows in our neighborhood and this looks like an amazing show to see.

  17. Margaret July 26, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Pick me please, please, please. Thanks.

  18. tom July 26, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Yessssss PLease!

  19. Seth francis July 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Imelda may I just have to say, don’t leave me this way, I want us to play and cherish the day, so put on your grin and don’t hold it in, I’m destined to win and that is akin to the joy I will bring as I dance and sing at your concert thing when our lives intertwine and we feel the divine, oh Imelda May you just made my day!!

  20. Brian Christopher July 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    I want to see Imelda because my heart and soul need a jolt. It’s possible I may not be the youngest in the audience but it would do a lot for me to get my blood flowing again. Cheers.

  21. kathy July 29, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    I would love to see this show!

  22. Audrey July 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Sure why not! Looks like fun

  23. David July 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun – we’d love to go! We’ll be the ones dancing in the front!!!

  24. Ally Cooper July 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    My boyfriend loves blues and I love him! So tickets would be amazing:]

  25. Cory Shird July 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    She Rocks!!!!

  26. Cec July 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Perfect event for the day

  27. mckinzie July 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I’ve been introduced to her music and fell in love! Would love to see her live!

  28. Scott July 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Sounds like fun

  29. Tina S. July 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Haven’t been to a show at the crystal in a while and I’d love to check out someone new to me!

  30. Toni Noll July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    She is special, she is sexy and FUN! Imelda has it all, and I love it!!! Please let me go.

  31. Kiefer Goldberg August 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of Imelda May for a couple months and I love her work! I’ve been unable to go to many shows this summer, because the majority of the good ones are 21+ which is quite frustrating. I hope I’m considered for the tickets. Thanks!

  32. sherry August 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this concert. I have been a huge fan of hers for awhile now. I have her older albums and even preordered her newer one. Can’t wait to see her live in person.

  33. Jennifer August 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to take my boyfriend. He loves Imelda May and introduced me to her and now I do as well.

  34. Cortney August 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    this looks fun. :)

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