Win Tickets ($79): Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers @ Aladdin Theater | Pop, Rock, Lead Vocals for the J. Geils Band

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers @ Aladdin Theater on August 9. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 8.


From our sponsors:
peterwolfPeter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers
August 9, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $39.50-$42 | Minors OK w/ Parent

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

A Cure for Loneliness manifests the same vibrant passion for music that’s motivated Peter Wolf for most of his life. Growing up in an artistic, politically engaged family in the Bronx, he became an early rock ‘n’ roll convert after attending an Alan Freed rock ‘n’ roll revue that included performances by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Frankie Lymon. His thirst for new and old sounds drove him to exploring blues, soul, country, folk and jazz, inspiring weekly visits to Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and leading to acquaintances with many of the music’s surviving originators.

Wolf’s talent as a painter won him a grant to study at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. While a student there, he experienced a life-changing epiphany after jumping on stage to sing with a blues band at a loft party. He soon talked himself into membership in that band, The Hallucinations.

“I didn’t join a band to meet girls,” Wolf recalls. “I joined my first band to meet musicians. Painting was a fascination for me, but I was a music fanatic, and sitting in with that band was a born-again type of experience for me. I was transfixed, and myself and some of the guys in the band would check out performances by the musicians we admired so much, like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and John Coltrane and Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Those roots stayed with me.”

Wolf’s natural loquaciousness won him a job as an all-night DJ on the fledgling FM rock station WBCN. Adopting the persona of “the Woofa Goofa,” he spun raw rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues, channeling the spirit of the flashy, fast-talking DJs he’d grown up listening to.

Wolf’s encyclopedic musical knowledge came in handy when he and some like-minded Boston players formed the J. Geils Band, much of whose early repertoire was drawn from Wolf’s vast record collection. The band soon became a local favorite injecting a much-needed jolt of raw, uninhibited rock ‘n’ roll into the ’70s scene and was soon signed by Jerry Wexler for Atlantic Records. Between 1970 and 1983, the J. Geils Band released 13 influential albums, topped the pop single charts with 1981’s “Freeze Frame,” “Love Stinks,” “Centerfold,” and earned a reputation as one of rock’s most exciting live acts, thanks in large part to Wolf’s flamboyant, hyperactive stage presence.

After going solo with 1984’s Lights Out, Wolf continued to stake out new musical territory with the subsequent releases Lights Out, Come As You Are, Up to No Good, Long Line, Fool’s Parade, Sleepless and Midnight Souvenirs. His solo work has seen him collaborate with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Merle Haggard, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Little Milton, Wilson Pickett, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. Wolf temporarily reunited with his J. Geils Band cohorts for live shows on several occasions between 1999 and 2015, but his solo career has remained his creative focus, as A Cure for Loneliness makes clear.

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20 Responses to Win Tickets ($79): Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers @ Aladdin Theater | Pop, Rock, Lead Vocals for the J. Geils Band

  1. Amy August 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    This would be awesome! Thank you pdx pipeline for sharing these giveaways!!! Love this venue!

  2. Cassi Grier August 2, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Sure to be an awesome show! Would love to give my husband a well-deserved night out!

  3. Dave G. August 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Peter Wolf is a great singer, and has a fantastic solo band!

  4. mar August 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Sounds Fantastic.

  5. paul walters August 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Peter Wolf’s the best even thought he’s not .with J.Geils band would love to see him,brings back memory’s from the past

  6. jim gray August 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Always a big J Girls band fan from about 1969 when I was 15 saw a lot of bands growing up just never saw them and Wolf has always had such a slick stage persona would to see him live!

  7. Gary Powell August 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    This is going to be a great show! I’ve been a huge fan, since I saw The J Geils Band back in the 70’s. Now, if I can only win tickets to this show!!!

  8. Katrina Brown August 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    My high school sweetheart had just been to see the J. Geils Band in Tallahassee when we began dating. He always talked about that concert and about what a great show I missed. I would love to see Peter Wolf in such an intimate venue.

  9. Mike Pendlebury August 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ve just moved to Oregon from the UK! I’ve never had the opportunity to see him play live as he never seems to come over to my (former) side of the world! Loved him since the “Freeze Frame” album – although it was his solo album “Come As You Are” which really cemented my passion for his music. To see him in concert would be a dream come true!

  10. Bart King August 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    I saw J. Geils back in the day. One of the best shows around!

  11. Jean Gauthier August 3, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    So one of my biggest regrets in my rock and roll life has been never seeing either Peter or the J. Geils Band. I was 14 when they and Greg Khin opened for The Stones in Seattle, so that was a year before my mom let me go to my first show with T Bone Burnett and Mick Ronson, The Clash and The Who. I used to play Angel In Blue over and over off FF. Shoplifted cassettes of both the first album and Mprning After. God those are great albums. I just kind of have a thing for artists who are passionate fans of music themselves. By now I long lost count of how many shows I’ve been to. Lots of NRBQ, Bowie, R.E.M., Kinks, Who, Patti Smith, but everyone else too. Even did a 5 month internship at the Armold Arboretum, rode the subway home after seeing Birdsongs of the Mesozoic and (Willie Alexander played! never thought I’d see him). Another night in Boston I went to see The Dictators but the curfew shut the subway down. I think I hung out in a cafe until I could get back home hours later. What was the name of that record store…I think it was Newbury Comics I always went to in the evening. There was another smaller one out on the end of the tube line but can’t remember back to 2001. Anyway, I want to drive to Portland on a whim with my concert buddy Rob Morgan, past lead singer of The Squirrels. He can’t go Monday in Seattle, we are both broke, but I should make enough in the next few days landscaping that I could afford the gas to make the trip. We have seen a lot of shows together, from Sparks to Herman’s Hermits, The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, etc. Oh and I have 21 parrots. So these days I only see a few concerts a year. Throw me a bone, ok? I only heard Peter was playing last night and freaked the fuck out so my friend James got me a Seattle ticket, But Rob and I could do Portland.

  12. Karen Gillis August 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Never saw J Geils, but would love to see Peter Wolf!!!

  13. Lois Greenfield August 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    LOVED J. Geils BITD – but never got to see them live. Seeng Peter Wolf might help make up for that.

  14. Karl jacobson August 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    I’d love to go as i haven’t seen him since he opened for the Rolling Stones. Yes please and thank you!

  15. Jean Gauthier August 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    I’m such a bozo. Rule 1 before writing a big “I love music” rant…read a few bio’s, maybe actually look at who wrote a song you’re raving about you liked when you were 14. Ah well. Nowadays I can put it down to my Asperger’s. Still would love to go. Very very much. Just ordered Midnight Souvenirs and Sleepless, and my friend picked up Cure for Loneliness so I’ll have half a clue by Seattle on Monday. Standing room only, but it’s a small club. Would love to go to Portland too.

  16. Bob August 6, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Even putting aside the J Geils band, he’s the best blue-eyed R&B singer outta Boston. And hey, he can ‘move like Jagger’

  17. Cory August 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm #


  18. Marta Goldstein August 8, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    I would love to take my mom to this show while she is in town visiting me this week!!!
    Thank you!

  19. Judy Wiebe August 8, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

    An evening at the Alladian listening to his incredible music would be magical!

  20. Ronda August 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    I am from Oregon and my husband loves Peter Wolf. We are in Eugene on vacation and it would be perfect!!!!

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