Win Tickets ($40): The Toadies w/ Helmet, Ume @ Crystal Ballroom | Alternative Rock, Grunge, Post-Grunge

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see The Toadies at the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 29.

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From our sponsors at Crystal Ballroom:
The Toadies @ Crystal BallroomThe Toadies w/ Helmet, Ume
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
7 p.m. doors | 8 p.m. show
$20 | All Ages
Purchase Tickets at

Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047 | More Info:

“There’s a certain uneasiness to the Toadies,” says Vaden Todd Lewis, succinctly and accurately describing his band-quite a trick. The Texas band is, at its core, just a raw, commanding rock band. Imagine an ebony sphere with a corona that radiates impossibly darker, and a brilliant circular sliver of light around that. It’s nebulous, but strangely distinct-and, shall we say incorrect. Or, as Lewis says, “wrong.”

“Things are done a little askew [in the Toadies],” he says, searching for the right words. “There’s just something wrong with it that’s just really cool… and unique in a slightly uncomfortable way.”

This sick, twisted essence was first exemplified on the band’s 1994 debut, Rubberneck (Interscope). An intense, swirling vortex of guitar rock built around Lewis’s “wrong” songs and abstract lyrics-like the smash single “Possum Kingdom,” subject to as much speculation as what’s in the Pulp Fiction briefcase, it rocketed to platinum status on the strength of that and two other singles, “Tyler” and “Away.”

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): The Toadies w/ Helmet, Ume @ Crystal Ballroom | Alternative Rock, Grunge, Post-Grunge

  1. Beth October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I’d love to win. My bf *loves* the toadies, this would make him all giddy.

  2. Kate October 23, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Super excited for these bands. Been a fan since the early 90’s. Would love to win tickets.

  3. john wunderlich October 23, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Sweet.. Toadies are awesome! Possum.. Would be sweet to attend.

  4. Tara Sanson October 23, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Hi! I would love to win tickets to
    this show, I love grunge!

  5. Buddy Cushman October 23, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I am 63 years old and in the last year started my first band ever, writing and producing a CD of original doo wop music. I need all the inspiration I can get……and need every penny I have for CD production costs. Thanks for giving away free tickets.

  6. Kristina October 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    I saw the Toadies in concert more than 10 years ago when I was in high school and had the best time. It’s my favorite concert I have ever been to. Possum Kingdom is one of those songs that brings me back so much nostalgia. I’d love to be able to go see them perform it again.

  7. trevor October 24, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I love the toadies and helmet! I would love to see them play especially at crystal ballroom

  8. ES October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm #


  9. April crawford October 25, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I want badly to win these tickets!!! I’ve seen them once and the show was amazing!!! Pick me! Pick me!!! Purty please!!! ;)

  10. Jennifer G October 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I’d love to win these my two roommates love them. I’m 25 and just underwent a major surgery and my roomies have been amazing at taking care of me. The tickets would be a great thank you!

  11. Deanna Jones October 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Never seen either band and always wanted to. Helmet Hair!

  12. jessica October 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    the toadies are awesome and from TX!

  13. andrew October 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    This is sure to be a great show, hope to be there!

  14. Mark P. October 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    What an incredible lineup! This will be a sick show. If you pick me for tickets I promise to rage this one hard!

  15. brian jensen October 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I’m from texas and it’s a rite of passage to see Toadies (but i haven’t had the chance yet.) Also, I know and love Ume (another Texan band) so i can fully appreciate both of these great Texas bands, as well as legendary Helmet.
    Also, I am fairly poor- living in my car, which just died. Gimme gimme gimme.

  16. Amit Gordon October 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Toadies are hands down my favorite grunge band of all time. and with Helmet too! gotta see this one.

  17. BJ Bruce October 27, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    October 30th is my birthday! Need I say more?

  18. steadycat October 27, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    this should be a meantime…

  19. Tanya October 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    This would be the best time ever! Please let me go!

  20. Jon newton October 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Very much would love to catch this show, cannot make it happen on my own. Hope pdx pipeline can come through.

  21. Jade October 29, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I want the fucking tickets! My ex bf dumped me on Halloween my favorite holiday in the world. And now that I’m single I’d love to meet the band, I’m 24 petite, ginger hair, green eyes, big lips, and l’m a girl on a mission so fuck, PICK ME!

  22. MikeyMasonic October 30, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    So help me Jesus, hook up the tickets.

  23. Sara October 7, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I want to go! It’s not my birthday and I’m not in any tragic situation, so I don’t have a compelling reason that I should be picked. I do love the toadies and helmet, though!

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