Win Tickets ($50): 3rd Annual Portland Masquerade Ball @ Refuge PDX | Blackalicious, Just People, Love And Light, Marv Ellis, Mr Wu, Hoopers, Stilt Walkers

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Portland Masquerade Ball on Saturday, December 15, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 7.

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From our sponsors Proper Villain Productions:
Portland Masquerade Ball Portland Masquerade Ball
Thursday, December 15, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $25-$75 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at

Refuge PDX
116 Southeast Yamhill Street
Portland, OR 97217 | More Info:

Welcome! This is a Proper Villain Productions experience, prepare to have fun! The 3rd annual Portland’s Masquerade Ball “One night, to unmask the passion within us all“. Masquerade Ball attire is strongly recommended!

We are proud to announce that this years Masquerade Ball is a benefit for the Raphael House, a NPO that has been fighting domestic violence in PDX since 1977.

This year’s entertainment includes:


With a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

::Love And Light::

Comprised of the musical talents of Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson, Love and Light hails from the high desert region of the Reno/Tahoe Basin. Creating music that will touch your heart and elevate your soul, the duo’s primary focus is the uplifiting of people across the world through pure intention, melodic synth lines, complex chord structure, intricate rhythms, and funky, chunky bass lines.

::Just People::

JUST PEOPLE are the dedicated offspring of a generation of movers and shakers. Take the eloquence of Bob Dylan, mixed with the sheer power of Led Zeppelin, add a dash of The Beatles and for a nice after taste throw in some Talking Heads. The result is best described by Darcy Wallace of the Oregon Voice: “JUST PEOPLE are tough to pin down, but damn it, it just sounds so good.”

::Marv Ellis::

One of the premier hip-hop acts in the NW, Marv Ellis is the quintessential show man and entertainer. He laces intelligent, well crafted lyrics with fresh beats to create a musical landscape that will activate your body and mind.

::Mr. Wu::

Mr. Wu is a DJ, designer, promoter, screen printer, ninja holding it down on the Westcoast. Whether shaking dance floors or making mixtapes, Mr. Wu’s multi-genre DJ sets are sure to take the listener on a sonic journey. Find him mixing music or slingin’ Rythmatix clothing all over Oregon and beyond.


With Special Guests:

Stilt Walkers

Hula Hoopers


Face Painters

ShadowPlay: A new performance moment incorporating LED lights and silhouette dancing, within a custom built shadowbox.

Professional bellydancing by Bridgetown Revue:

Interactive photo booth by Da Booth:

Live Audio & Video Recording by Audio Globe:

Professional lighting by JG Lighting and Design:


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57 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): 3rd Annual Portland Masquerade Ball @ Refuge PDX | Blackalicious, Just People, Love And Light, Marv Ellis, Mr Wu, Hoopers, Stilt Walkers

  1. Val White December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I would LOVE to go to this! Just in time for my brother’s birthday and one of my fave bands Just people! Put me in for the drawing please :)

  2. Garrett December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Attended last year, fantastic space and probably the top costume bash in Portland. The originality of the masks and drab is quite impressive…Plus, Blackalicious kills and is going to set the perfect mood for the event. Thanks for the consideration.

  3. Duke December 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Please give me tickets because the 16h is my birthday!

  4. Rita December 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I would love love love to attend this! new to the Portland area (moved this year here) and would am trying to experience everything Portland has to offer! Been to Masquerade Balls in Tampa, FL and would def like to continue my attendance at events like this!

  5. Carrie Hearne December 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Oh wow, I just *love* Blackalicious! I would dance so hard and be your biggest fan. ;-) Fingers crossed for tickets!!

  6. Roya December 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    would love to go and support such a great cause!

  7. Jill December 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    sounds like so much fun… would love to go

  8. Addy Armstrong December 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I think I should win because..
    1) I’m new to Portland, have never spent a holiday here but I’m loving it so far
    And 2? It’s my birthday!!!


  9. Stephi December 4, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I’ve never seen Blackalicious live, and I have the perfect masquerade mask for this event! I wanna gooooooo!

  10. Nicole December 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I would love to go! Already have the best outfit! Please pick me!

  11. Jermaine December 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    That Colby Hayden, so hot right now.

  12. Heather December 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I have so many friends going to this, but there is no way I can afford it right after Christmas. I would LOVE to win tickets to this.

  13. Rachel December 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I’ve wanted to go to this for the last few years! Pick me!

  14. Ashish December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    it’s my birthday week and more importantly .. I just *love* Blackalicious!

  15. Will Nichols December 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Blackalicous + masquerade ball = where else would anyone want to be on a Saturday night in Portland???? And it’s in Southeast?? At Refuge?? Show of the year!!

  16. Sabrina December 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I got the costume to make folks fall to their knees!

  17. Siara December 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Get Cinderella to the ball! :-)

  18. K.S. Bullock December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I have been a big fan of Blackalicious for quite awhile and I am an even bigger fan of soulful/deep house and electronic music. As a new PDX transplant, I have been looking into more events such as this to see what Portland’s nightlife is like. If I won tickets, this would be my first masquerade ball ever! It would be Super Excited!

  19. Aaron Levinson December 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    It’s not my birthday but I am awesome and will dance my socks off…don’t worry I’ll put them back on.

  20. Lynn December 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    There is no masking my passion!

  21. Ashley December 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Blackalicious! Choose me please!

  22. Jacee December 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    This sounds like a great benefit to go to. I would really like to participate in it!

  23. Sara December 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    “Every preety lady deserves to go to a ball” If Jim Carey can’t take me, I wouldn’t mind hitting up this one :D!

  24. Carolina December 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I am so broke. I can’t afford to go see family for the holidays. I do have friends here, but no money to do anything exciting with them. This event looks like soooo much fun! I would love to go.

  25. Nola December 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I’ve never been and would love to rock this party!!

  26. Zackry December 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    ” I be the big, bad body rockin Bombay to boulevard bully BACK Better bring a bomb to the battlefield Bloody black beats bringing bottoms that boom Basically build barriers bewilder buffoons” That’s Why!

  27. Jon Pauletto December 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Ive always wanted to go to this, never can afford to.

  28. Erica December 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I am a huge fan of Blackalicious, Mr. Wu, Hoopers and the venue Refuge! I have recently found myself in a situation where I cannot afford to go this year. Please consider my entry. I would love to attend this fabulous function.
    Thank you!


  29. Frank Byers December 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Been a long time since I’ve been to the circus and my girlfriend will love it!

  30. Marianne December 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I love masked balls! I would love to go to this!

  31. JB December 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Hey! Over here! Pick meeeee! I’ll be your Masquerade Cinderella if you’ll be my Masquerade Fairy Godmother!…..Except I won’t leave at midnight….. and really, I already have a faboo thing to wear………hmmm, glass shoes seem like a bad idea, too……I definitely could get my own ride…..So really all I need from you are the tickets, you’re cool with that right? Lil bit of bibbity, lil bit of bobbity….. :)

  32. Jill December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    I love masks..they are so intriguing! Would love to attend this affair..dressing up is so fun! The mask is so sexy..

  33. mary b December 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    because winning is the bomb!

  34. Steven Giles December 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I had an amazing time at refugee when digital underground played Halloween and would love to go back to see blackalicious..

  35. Autumn Gonzales December 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I am but a poor high school English teacher who has always dreamed of being Jennifer Connolly ( or Sarah, as it were) in “Labyrinth.” Please give me this chance- it might be my last opportunity for magic.

  36. Lady Love December 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Ohhhh sounds like soo much fun! New adventures and great memories!

  37. Karin December 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Sounds intriguing

  38. Shane December 7, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    I heard this party has been off the charts the past two years and I would love to go.

  39. Kelsey December 7, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I need to “unmask my passion!”

  40. Jane December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    This party is right up my alley! I love dressing up and its put on by “do-gooders”!! Yahoo!

  41. Ragnar Hartmann December 7, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    This sounds amazing.

    Suddenly I have a craving to watch the Phantom of the Opera, and it’s squeal Love Never Dies.

  42. Jeff December 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Been a blackalicious fan for days, im going to this ball. Now all I need is some tickets! Thanks pdx pipeline!

  43. Anna December 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Last year’s Masquerade Ball was simply magical and I had one of my best date nights of all time. M’Lady and I plan to make it an annual tradition and we would love to win free tickets!

  44. Liza M December 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    BLACKALICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! I want to shake my ass in style PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Sarah December 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Masking my emotions while reflecting my inner light,
    I’ll be moving my body to the rhythum of the night,
    Soaking in the dj sounds & toasting to tonight,
    All for a worthy cause to stop the domestic fight!

    Ya… that’s right!

  46. charles December 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    I have a strong desire to attend a masquerade ball, I enjoy dressing up – the anonymity of it all carries such an exotic enticement that I can’t resist.

  47. Hannah December 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    I turn 21 this week and would love to go to the ball to celebrate!

  48. Melissa December 8, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I’d love to go! As an artist, hoop dancer, and costume designer I would feel in my element and be inspired to create more and want to make connections in Portland. It would make my entire year!

  49. Nicole December 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Masquerade balls are the best and i’d love to see Blackalicious!

  50. Steve C December 9, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Honestly, I need to have some fun and this sounds like the perfect event to let loose.

  51. Kimberly December 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    love to dance and dress up, would love to surprise my husband with tickets

  52. Harry December 13, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    If I could win tickets to just one party this year, this is the one. Would love to take my lovely lady to the Masquerade!

  53. Alex December 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    because it sounds lovely

  54. Anne P December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Blackalicious – trying to get my hubby out of the house to make up for my mom moving in to our dining room last month. Ugh! Please!

  55. Jenna December 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I’ve never been – this sounds terrific!

  56. erica December 14, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    THIS is what I want from Santa. =] …can’t afford to go otherwise. =[

  57. Asya December 14, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    This would love, love, love to see Blackalicious at this masquerade ball. First, Blackalicious is one of my favorite hip-hop groups from my hometown (Sacramento). Seeing them would be a real treat. Second, I have never been to a masquerade ball before and I can see myself getting really creative. Please pick me!

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