Win Tickets ($50): Riders in the Sky @ Aladdin Theater | American Western Music & Comedy

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Riders in the Sky @ Aladdin Theater on September 21. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 20.

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From our sponsors:
Riders in the Sky @ Aladdin TheaterRiders in the Sky
September 21, 2013
7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $23.50 ADV/$25 Doors | Under 21 permitted w/ parent or legal guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand “hats & shoulders” above the rest of the purveyors of C & W – “Comedy & Western!”

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!”

Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

That Riders In The Sky was even formed is a feat of improbable likelihood. What are the odds that a theoretical plasma physicist, a wildlife manager – galvanizer – Life Scout, an English major – shot putter – Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Fame member would collectively become “America’s Favorite Cowboys?” And even more unlikely is that 30-plus years later, the original members are still “bringing good beef to hungry people” while putting up Ripken-like numbers! The Rolling Stones only made it a few years before replacing Brian Jones; the Sons of the Pioneers constantly changed personnel; even the Ringo-era Beatles only lasted 8 years. (Perhaps Too Slim, as a sophomore writer for the University of Michigan Daily, had an ulterior motive in 1969 by propagating the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead! It’s true… go ahead and Google “Paul is dead rumor”…) But the key to keeping the same founding members intact for three decades on the road is more easily explained: “Separate hotel rooms,” cracks Ranger Doug!

Riders In The Sky’s first official public performance was Nov. 11, 1977, at the erstwhile Nashville nightspot “Phranks & Steins.” Taking the stage that night for a crowd of eight or nine (counting Herr Harry behind the bar) were Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth) on arch-top guitar and baritone vocals, and Too Slim (A Man Aging Like Fine Cheese) on bunkhouse bass, face, and tenor vocals. A chain saw may have been in the mix somewhere that night, but was soon retired. Replacing the chain saw was Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) on fiddle, tenor vocals and rope tricks, and the launch was successful! They subsequently added the “Stomach Steinway” stylings of Joey the Cowpolka King on accordion and baritone vocals, much to the delight of ‘Polkaholics’ everywhere.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led them to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl. Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, and landed them their own weekly show on TNN, as well as a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller. And their animated likenesses have shared the screen with Daffy Duck on the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel’s Stanley.

If you consider their compositional credits, one might call them “Writers In The Sky!” In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation’s 2002 Academy Award-winning short “For the Birds.” They composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show “Thomas Timberwolf” by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones. But the animated character that history will most certainly link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed “Woody’s Round Up” in “Toy Story 2,” with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for “Best Musical Album for Children.” Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for “Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites,” the companion CD to Pixar’s award winning movie.

Equally as exceptional, but of greater significance, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ol’ Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio as well. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album “Riders Radio Theatre” and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio. And keeping pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, in 2006 “Ranger Doug’s Classic Cowboy Corral” debuted on XM Satellite Radio, still heard weekly on SiriusXM Channel 56.

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19 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Riders in the Sky @ Aladdin Theater | American Western Music & Comedy

  1. Stephen September 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Oh man, my daughter loved their music in Toy Story 2. Now that she is a bit older it would be a real trip to go see them live with her. Maybe I can get her to bring her old Woody doll? Please choose me. We would really enjoy these tickets! Thanks PDX PIPELINE!

  2. Jeremiah Johnson September 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I need some comedy. This is something my grandfather would have loved to go to. May he rest in peace.

  3. Mark D. Johnson September 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    All day I face the barren waste without a taste of ……..Riders in the sky!!

  4. Rachael September 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I would LOVE to take my hubs to this show, he loves them!

  5. Lisa September 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    My grandfather was a fiddling champion in his age division for years. He played with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. I would love to reminisce with Riders music live.

  6. Trever September 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Darn toot in’ I wanna strap on some chaps and saddle up my pony to venture yonder and see me some real fine music. Riders are the Real McCoy boy! Theyll have you flat on your ass in a hog’s second with at the speed them boys be pickin’ them six-strings. If y’all haven’t heard them Riders storm through your settlement, I suggest you put them leathers on and go see them boys!

  7. JW September 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I saw them when I was small, and again when I was in college. It would be great to see them again now in this stage of my life.

  8. Ben September 19, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Just went to the Pendleton Rodeo last weekend, I grew up going to rodeo’s and listening to old school country western music and my girl friend loves this stuff and I’ve never seen them so I’d love to go if I could get tickets.

  9. Suzy September 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Yeeeeehaaaw! Riders in the Sky! I wanna see some varmit dancin’.

  10. Cory Shird September 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    These fools are classic!!!!!!

  11. Dave G. September 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    We all need to yuk it up once in a while, and I prefer mine with music. Cheers!

  12. Diane Fisher September 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I love these guys! Have been a fan ever since they opened for Emmy Lou Harris at the Oregon Zoo several years back. Would love to go see Ranger Doug again.

  13. Destry Brown September 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Classic I would love to take my son!

  14. Dana Wales September 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Would love to g o I remember listening to my great grandparents album!

  15. Tim September 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Is it true that R. I. T. S. stole their “sound” off of a spaceship and have retained their name and dedicated membership due to a solemn, intergalactic blood pledge made in outer space? I’m still waiting on confirmation of said legend via the internet or the ghost of Tex Ritter coming to me via a fever dream.

    Me, I have long enjoyed their music (thank you NPR), but until moving to Portland have never had the opportunity to see them…such was the downside to living a rather rural life on an island off of the upper north east coast of Maine for a very long time. Now, I’m not quite a city slicker by any stretch, but a true fan of the sounds of talented musicians, their instruments and voices and the tapping of happy toes around the campfire.

  16. Margaret September 20, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Would really welcome a ride of the sky after too much time on the ground this week.

  17. mark42 September 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    i was born so that i could enter this contest and win this

  18. maya September 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    why not?

  19. Steve September 21, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    They used to broadcast out of Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West!

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