Win Tickets ($90): Umphrey’s McGee @ Crystal Ballroom | Progressive Rock, Jam, Jazz Fusion, w/ The California Honeydrops

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Umphrey’s McGee @ Crystal Ballroom on March 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 7.

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Umphrey's McGee @ Crystal BallroomUmphrey’s McGee
March 7, 2014
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $42.50 ADV/$45 Doors | Minors OK w/ Guardian

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

“Umphrey’s McGee stand revealed as consummate musical alchemists, deftly reconfiguring sounds from rock’s vast panoply of styles.” (Entertainment Weekly).

Fans who have followed Umphrey’s McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you’re going to get, and Umphrey’s always delivers.

How else can a band be relentlessly innovative in both music AND fan relations for 13+ years? The latest expected twist arrives in the form of their newest studio album (and first with ATO Records) ‘Death By Stereo’ (9/13), the follow up to 2009’s ‘Mantis.’ ‘Mantis’ surprised fans with a collection of music never before played, and surprised the music industry with an innovative marketing campaign that catapulted the album PAST the Heatseekers chart, debuting at #62 on Billboard’s “Top 200” chart without any radio play or television appearances.

‘Death By Stereo’s concise melodic approach and accessible songwriting is everything fans had hoped for, but not what anyone expected. ‘Death By Stereo’ is disarmingly straightforward. Sure, you can dance to it, but the clever arrangements, meticulously crafted chordal interplay, and virtuoso instrumentation put Umphrey’s McGee in a category all their own.

Our live show is malleable and every night is its own thing, where you never know where things are going to go,” keyboardist Joel Cummins explains. “People aren’t used to us playing three-and-a-half to four-minute songs back to back, so this album is a completely different experience than our live show, which is certainly something we were trying to do.”

The California Honeydrops
Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B with stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music. Formed in November 2007, The California Honeydrops first performed on the streets and in the subways stations in Oakland, California. Playfully crossing genres from Roots and Blues to R&B and soul, The California Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by soulful vocal harmonies, colorful shouts from brass and horns, and a funky, good-times New Orleans rhythm section. They quickly gained a reputation as the best party in the Bay Area.

“The California Honeydrops, from Oakland, are the most refreshing act to roll down the blues highway in some time. Few groups before them have melded so many strains of African American music into such a seamless whole.” –

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33 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Umphrey’s McGee @ Crystal Ballroom | Progressive Rock, Jam, Jazz Fusion, w/ The California Honeydrops

  1. Roger March 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Have been listening to Umphrey’s McGee for a couple years now and have wanted to see one of their reknowned live shows. Thank you for the opportunity here, PDX Pipeline!

  2. Jack March 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Yes! Haven’t seen them in years!

  3. Melissa Jasper March 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Why do I want to go? Why wouldn’t I want to go? Incredible bands bending beats for booty bumping, duh!

  4. Kindi March 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    1.UM rocks my soul.
    2. I am a new mom and need to brush up on my dance moves.

  5. Tim March 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    My boss said this would be a great show to go to. Please don’t get me on his bad side. . . . .
    I could use some free tickets to take him with me. . . . . Please!!

  6. Henry March 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Heck yes I want to see umphrey!

  7. Christy March 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Free. Live. Music. And a great date for me and the hubby after spending 1/2 of February apart.

  8. Roger March 4, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    a few years ago, I saw Umphrey’s McGee concert at Red Rock and been a fan ever since. I would really be stoked to see them in Portland!

  9. Michael March 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Please oh please, PDX Pipeline, grant me tix to this show!
    I want to dance and groove all night.
    Please oh please, PDX Pipeline, help me to go!
    Jamming to UM is a human right.

  10. Sarah March 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Umphrey McGee meet Chesty McGee

  11. Ryan March 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    I keep missing them, would love to see them this time!

  12. Mallory March 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Love these guys and have never seen them live!

  13. Marissa March 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    This sounds great, would love to go!

  14. Stevo March 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Because Portland needs more jam!!!

  15. Ilesha March 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    I need a night out!

  16. lula March 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Umphreys mixed with some honeydrops makes for some sweet not-to-be missed musical magic!

  17. Cory March 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Would love to take the wife and get our Jam on!!!!!!!

  18. Brad March 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  19. Stacy Alexander March 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I am dying to see this show, but I can’t afford to go. If I DO win the tickets, I promise to Tweet about it to my 3,500+ followers and to do a blog entry about it so my 350+ subscribers can read it. My friends, Josh and Beck Probst, in Tulsa, travel to every Umphrey’s show they can, and I hear all of these great stories about this band, but have never seen them live. I have watched plenty of videos and have listened incessantly to recordings, so I would truly be honored to attend. I hope I win!


  20. moonvalley March 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Sounds like a great show! My daughters and I are in town for the weekend and would love to go! The California Honeydrops have a amazing live show as well!

  21. Nancy March 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I would love to be able to take a friend who is coming into town from Corvallis….thanks for the opportunity!!

  22. Naomi March 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    This could be one of THOSE shows that you can’t stop bragging about to your friends.

  23. Suzanne March 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Would love to go!

  24. Dave G. March 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    My last chance! It’s either you guys or I email their manager and beg him !

  25. Scott March 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  26. Janelle March 7, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    UM is awesome, would love to go!

  27. Aaron March 7, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    I haven’t seen Umphrey’s since 2008 at Langerado in Florida. I would love to go.

  28. Nathan March 7, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Free tickets to see Umph would be so great! Haven’t seen them in a few years, because I suck. With your help, we could remedy that.

  29. Ken March 7, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    They rock. I will represent. Nuff said. Thx

  30. Kelly March 7, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Always wanted to see them live. They are on band that makes me sing out loud and that is rare.

  31. Gillianne March 7, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    ive never seen them live, would be a blast!

  32. Minh T March 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I wanna rock!

  33. roland March 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    i love mr mc gee we need to meet again

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