Win Tickets ($50+): Sparks @ Aladdin Theater | New Wave, Proto Punk Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Sparks at the Aladdin Theater on Sunday, April 21, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 19.

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From our sponsors:
Sparks @ Aladdin TheaterSparks
April 21, 2013
7 p.m doors | 8 p.m. show
$27.50 – $30 | Minors permitted w/ parent or guardian 21+
Purchase tickets HERE

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
503-234-9694 | More info:

The artists who would come to be known for posterity as Sparks commenced inventing their often-copied, seldom-equaled brand of music back around 1970, when pop was young and brash and the Southern California airwaves awash with a contingent of post-British invasion inspirations like The Kinks, Barretts Floyd, and The Seeds. The purchase of countless shiny-sleeved import LPs convinced young Ron and Russell Mael that this enticingly provocative presentation would be the ideal means by which to impress upon the public their idiosyncratic take on life, art, and everything.

Their efforts crystallized in 1971, with the addition of another pair of brothers, Earle and Jim Mankey, and drummer Harley Feinstein, incorporated under the uncommon name of Halfnelson. Produced by wonderboy and kindred spirit Todd Rundgren, the groups startlingly original debut yielded a local hit (local being Montgomery, Alabama); then vanished from view. Their label, with the mysterious logic that only record companies possess, decided that their sportcentric moniker was responsible for the albums less-than-stellar performance, and suggested a Marx Bros-inspired name change: thus Sparks was born.

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18 Responses to Win Tickets ($50+): Sparks @ Aladdin Theater | New Wave, Proto Punk Music

  1. Sian April 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    I’d love to go as I love to dance! The looks from my children tell me I shouldn’t though :)

  2. Jim April 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Ron and Russell are brilliant and don’t seem to get to PDX much. I’d love to go but I’m waiting to find out how my finances work out. Winning would solve that!

  3. Jason April 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Holy crap, I absolutely LOVE sparks, but had no idea they were even still touring and playing shows. Sadly, I’m broke but I would love, love, LOVE to see them play. They are a major reason I play the synthesizer!!

  4. Steve April 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Please choose me to attend this event. I would like to take my 20 year old daughter to her first concert ever. And this looks perfect!

  5. Perry Waring April 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I’ve been eaten by the monster of love since I was a wee 14. Would be honored to see the boys with my lovely girlfriend and reminisce with a gaggle of my peers.

  6. Dan April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I’d like to get in the swing, pick me please. I would love to see this amazing duo live!

  7. lynnette April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Love the theater and any show there is a huge treat !

  8. cory xander April 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    For their first trip to Portland ever, I’d go from closeted Sparks-curious to full-on fanatic.

  9. Andy April 18, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    My girlfriend’s birthday is Sunday and this show would blow her fragile little mind.

  10. Nicole April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I really want to do something special for my friend. He’s coming in from out of town to see me & this would really take our relationship to the next level by making it an unforgettable evening!

  11. alan silver April 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Aw, I’ve been listening to Sparks since their tasty duet with Jane Wiedlin back in the day. I’ve love to shake my new wave thang at this show! xoxox

  12. Jennifer DiGiorgio April 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    I would love to take my hubby out for a night on the town. He hasn’t been the best health wise and with money being used on necessities it would be a good distraction :-)

  13. Frank Byers April 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Ted would love to go with me to this show.

  14. Benno April 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    No one could want these passes more. I’d really appreciate. Thanks.

  15. Jae Ann Atwood April 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Please choose me. I’ll let the monkey drive.

  16. panda April 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    sounds great

  17. Mark April 19, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I remember watching them on the Midnight Rock Show. I went to see the movie Roller Coaster only because they were in it. Truly a band from my past with much great memories. I would love to be able to add them to my concert “bucket list” Awesome them awesome now. Thanks for this opportunity.

  18. Alaina April 21, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    “I want you and only you and only you my love…” Sparks tickets! I’ve always wanted to see Sparks! I will be so happy if I win these tickets!

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