Win Tickets ($20): An Afrobeat Tribute To Michael Jackson @ Holocene | Commotion, Excellent Gentleman, DJ Hanukkah Miracle

We are giving away a pair of tickets to An Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson at Holocene on Saturday, June 23, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 22.

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From our sponsors at Holocene:
An Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson @ HoloceneAn Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson w/ Commotion, Excellent Gentleman, DJ Hanukkah Miracle
Saturday, June 23, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $8-$10 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

1001 SE Morrison St Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-7639 | More Info:

Calling all P.Y.T.s! Put on your dancing shoes for an Afrobeat concert inspired by Michael Jackson’s music. Innovative Portland-based composer Ben Darwish will lead a ten-piece band interpret Jackson’s songs using Afrobeat techniques popularized by Fela Kuti. Originated at Portland’s internationally recognized art and music festival, PICA’s “Time Based Art Festival”, the show is back after nearly a two-year hiatus. Featuring members of COMMOTION and special guests Toni Hill (Sirens Echo) and Aniana Hough (Philly’s Phunkestra) on vocals. Don’t stop till you get enough!

“Darwish’s ensemble was pretty amazing with a bold horn section and spot on rhythm. Darwish, for his part, directed them well, jumping around the stage and coaxing them on. His arrangements were fantastic and it was cool to hear Jacksons work pulled, stretched, and wrapped around afrobeat rythyms. For instance, phrases from Smooth Criminal would be repeated by the horn section while the syncopated beat pumped away, or Darwish would slowly sing the lyrics of Billy Jean in deep Fela Kuti baritone while the fantastic back-up singers responded in classic afrobeat style. It worked both as a live mash-up, and the collaboration you never knew you always wanted to hear.” -Portland Mercury

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16 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): An Afrobeat Tribute To Michael Jackson @ Holocene | Commotion, Excellent Gentleman, DJ Hanukkah Miracle

  1. Ron June 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Incredible INCREDIBLE!!!

    Tribute to the hero of music Michael Jackson himself- long live Michael you will “ROCK ON”
    forever in many eyes!!!
    And the tribute is alson on my birthday June 23rd wowwwww what a party that could be!!!

    I would live to go. This orchestra playing the tribute sounds like an awesome fun time!

    So everybody and anybody that had ever loved the music and inspiration Michael gave to us through the years— come welcome this orchestra and others performing and give your support!

    Again pdxpipeline– you rock with this info for us

  2. tweetybird June 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Would love to surprise my boyfriend, who’s travelling a lot this summer but will be in town for this one night!

    It doesn’t get more outrageous than a 10 piece Afrobeat tribute to Michael Jackson! Unbelievable – and funktastic! Just knowing about this one makes me happy. (but let me be happier…)

    I wanna ROCK with yoooooouuuuuuuu (all night)

  3. Claire June 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Whoa! This sounds amazing plus excellent gentleman?! Yes please!

  4. Mike June 21, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Love MJ, love Afrobeat. Both get me dancing!

  5. babe June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    For the first time in a while, I’m too broke to go to Holocene :( Holocene needs it’s best (non-employed) Dancer at this show – lemme in!!!!!

  6. Lisa June 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Sounds amazing ~ would love to win tickets!!

  7. seth francis June 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Are you kidding me!! This sounds incredible. I am one of the biggest Michael Jackson fans around, the kind of pop will always be the king, and now you combine it will my other favorite music – Afrobeat. I am South African by blood as my whole family lives there and so did I for years, and the music of Africa runs through my veins. To combine these two powerful legends sounds like to day to remember for the rest of my life. Please, please, please blow my mind with this incredible gift.

  8. sarah June 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    awesome! MJ! that says it!

  9. diego June 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    TICKETS! WHOOT! PIPELINE! YEAH! Michael Jackson! Please and thank you.

  10. Frank Byers June 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I dig Afrobeat. Saw Femi Kuti, didn’t make it to Seun Keti. I’ve been listening ever since Afropop Worldwide on OPB. Michael Jackson? Duh!

    I’m old enough to remember the Jackson 5 on the radio in Sacramento … and how even the more philistinic among my peers got into the Thriller LP when Eddie Van Halen played guitar on “Beat It.”

  11. Brian June 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Why would I like to attend such a lovely event?

    … because MJ is the man and the brass band best bring it!

    yes? Yes. YES!

  12. Scotty June 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    This just sounds like a blast. No crazy story, but I would love to check out this show.

  13. panda June 22, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    like glee, only not

  14. jam1989 June 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Excellent Gentlemen !!

  15. Dayna Kunkel June 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Would love to hear something so wondrous

  16. Dayna Kunkel June 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Would love to hear something so wondrous:)

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