Win Tickets ($40): Dead Moon w/ Poison Idea & P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. @ Crystal Ballroom | Garage Punk, Hardcore

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Dead Moon w/ Poison Idea & P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. @ Crystal Ballroom on January 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 3.

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Dead Moon @ Crystal BallroomDead Moon w/ Poison Idea & P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.
January 4, 2014
7 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. show | $20 | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Dead Moon
Portland’s legendary garage-punk trio Dead Moon, fronted by the husband-wife team of Fred and Toody Cole, conjures images of hard-luck easy riders and lovers against the world. While their sound alternates between moody and aggressive, it is always remarkably genuine and energetic.

Fred began his enduring musical career at the very young age of 15. Many years and many bands later (after living through experiences as varied as homesteading in Alaska, dodging the Vietnam War draft, and hunting bears), the two formed a punk band called the Rats. Later, after adding Andrew Loomis on drums, Dead Moon was formed in 1987.

For almost a decade, Dead Moon released LPs on their own Tombstone label. All of those releases are vinyl-only and were cut on the same lathe that the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie” was cut on back in 1963. In 1991, they began to re-release the vinyl-only albums onto CD through Music Maniac in Europe and eMpTy in the United States, an effort that continued into the new millennium. Sub Pop released the retrospective Echoes of the Past, a collection of Dead Moon songs handpicked by Fred Cole, in 2006.

Poison Idea
Nihilistic Portland, OR, hardcore outfit Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by frontman Jerry A., guitarist Tom Roberts, bassist Chris Tense, and drummer Dean Johnson. The group debuted three years later with the EP Pick Your King, cramming 13 songs into a 16-minute time frame; the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes EP followed in 1985, fine-tuning the band’s blistering sound and fatalistic worldview.

Thanks to their notoriously insatiable diet of drugs, alcohol, and junk food, the members of Poison Idea all ballooned past the 300-pound mark by the time of the 1986 full-length Kings of Punk, with Roberts — who now tipped the scales at an impressive 450 pounds — rechristening himself Pig Champion in honor of the occasion.

Tense and Johnson were then dismissed from the lineup, although the former returned in time for 1987’s War All the Time, recorded with second guitarist Eric “Vegetable” Olsen and drummer Steve “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford; Tense was then replaced by bassist Mondo for 1988’s Filthkick EP. Both the Darby Crash Rides Again and Ian MacKaye EPs followed a year later, another period of roster tumult which made way for the addition of guitarist Kid Cocksman (soon replaced by Aldine Striknine) and bassist Myrtle Tickner. Poison Idea returned in 1990 with Feel the Darkness, with a series of live releases (the Official Bootleg EP, the Live in Vienna EP, and the Dutch Courage LP) preceding 1992’s Blank Blackout. A collaboration with Jeff Dahl appeared a year later, concurrent with the covers album Pajama Party; however, in the wake of Pig Champion’s subsequent departure Poison Idea disbanded, releasing their June 6, 1993, farewell gig at Portland’s La Luna as Pig’s Last Stand.

#83 of the Crystal Ballroom’s “100 Nights”
Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola’s Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.

Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang – a performance by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy on January 21 – the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal’s amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.

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28 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Dead Moon w/ Poison Idea & P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. @ Crystal Ballroom | Garage Punk, Hardcore

  1. Vanessa Kniffen December 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    i want free tickets please! :)

  2. Ghassan December 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Would love to start the new year seeing these legends!!!

  3. Katy December 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I would love to see this show because I am a long time fan of Dead Moon. Also, I’d love to see Poison Idea as I have never had the chance to see them before!

    • Martha December 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      I really want those tickets!

      Been listening to those bad ass cats for over a decade now. It’ll be sweet to see Loomis back on the drums. Dead Moon Night. \m/ \m/

  4. Jessica December 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m a New Years baby who gets forgotten about most years… These tickets would be a bitchin’ bday present!

  5. Casi December 31, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    The ulitmate flash-back for Satryicon Veterans, AND I am married to one of those old sound guys who know everybody in these bands. Start the new year right.

  6. John December 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I’d love to see these two bands share the stage again. Last time I came close was NYE about 20 years ago when Jerry A’s other band Gift & Dead Moon opened for Mudhoney at Pine St
    Seeing this show would be like reliving that great night, hopefully minus the guy who lost his pants while crowd surfing..eww.

    • John January 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      I saw today that Poison Idea has dropped off this bill. Bummer! But I’d still love to go to this.

  7. Ryan January 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Lets get it on

  8. Jon January 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    This will be an epic show. Haven’t seen them in years, catch Pierced Arrows often though. Know they still got it.

  9. Kurt D January 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Dead Moon and Poison Idea are Portland Rock Legends. I gotta see them shred.

  10. Karen Gillis January 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Because It’s Going To Be The Best Show Of The Year, That’s Why!

  11. Jennifer Shannon January 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    My boyfriend loves punk rock and I need to get us off the couch and into the world! Please help us!

  12. Larry Ullman January 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    What a pleasure it will be to kick out the jams with Portlands real grunge band still kickin’ it….Fred, Toody, and Andrew – awesome !!!!!!

  13. Timo January 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    I would love to be present at this historical show, the reunion of Portland’s legendary Dead Moon!
    Please and thank you!

  14. Frank Byers January 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm #


  15. Eric January 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Holy [email protected]€k, Poison idea, really?!! I gotta see this, I’ve only heard about DM and these NW legends from the Other Coast and on casette tape…

  16. Amit Gordon January 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Love dead moon I gotta see them!

  17. Carolyn January 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Would love to see a show at the Crystal!

  18. Danielle January 3, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    My best friend is coming to visit and I want to show her a good time… The Crystal Ballroom never fails me!

  19. Sarah January 3, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Attending this concert would make me feel like a teenager again, or make me feel really old, would love to attend either way!

  20. Nasheena January 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Never had the chance to enjoy a concert at the Crystal ball room. Please pick me I would love to go and experience all the fun!

  21. rachael winter January 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Yes please! Make my dreams come true!

  22. Leila Luna January 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Please please PLEASE let me win these tickets. I am moving out of state for grad school soon and didn’t grab my tickets on time. Please let me boyfriend and I see our favorite band live before we move away.
    Thank you and XO always.

    Leila L. and Sam T.

  23. Kimberly January 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Oh please!!!!! I had planned to take my very good friend for her birthday and missed getting tickets by a day! Knew I should have bought them last night. She is a wonderful mom of 5 great kids, Portland raised, and proud supporter of the music scene since her teens. It would mean a great deal to her and me if she could be at this show. Please help a sister out.

  24. Nick January 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I was 3 years old when In The Graveyard came out. I was 9 when Crack In The System (my favorite album) came out, and I was 17 when I was first fell in love with Dead Moon. I was too young and too far away to see them when I was growing up. I was 22 when I moved to Portland and saw Pierced Arrows first show in front of the courthouse down town and it was life changing. Now I am 28, and a month ago I danced with my wife for the first time at our wedding to “Up on a Cloud”. Anyways, I need these tickets because between moving back to Portland from London in October, the wedding, a funeral, and the holidays we forgot to buy tickets. I dropped the ball. We need these tickets. I feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Jingle All the Way” when he neglects to buy a TurboMan doll for his son. Help!

  25. spencer January 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    If the drawing is still going on, I’d love to get in on it! Fred and Toody are the best.

  26. greg hunt January 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I love Dead Moon!! I love the Weaklings, I love p r o b l e m s!! I love poison idea!! You definitely picked the best of PDX’s Punk bands!! I seen all & met most members of these bands!! All great people!! Made a stranger from Canada feel welcome & treated me like a brother!! U guys are & were inspiring to me as a fellow musician in Portland for construction work!! U guys provided by far some of the best concerts that IVE seen in my life!! I saw pierced arrows in Saskatoon SK. Can. & got to meet the band again & Kelly!! I love u guys cause YER the best!! Good natured people each & every one of u!! Treat fans with respect!! I appreciate it guys!! Thanks again!! Love the ballroom too!! Saw the Cramps there!! Loved it!! Dee Dee Ramone at the Satryicon!! Portland supplied some of the best years of my life!! & so did these bands!! Hope to see U in Calgary Ab. Guys!! If you get a chance to see these bands get there & let them kick you in the ass with their high energy rock shows!! Love you guys!! Thx for the best mories ever!! I’m still talking about you guys to friends!! Hope to see you all again real soon!! Bye!! Greg Hunt!!

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