Win Tickets ($68): Pink Martini @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Jazz, Latin, Classical

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Pink Martini on August 22 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 18.

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From our sponsors:
Pink MartiniPink Martini
August 22, 2014
Doors 5 p.m. / Show 7 p.m. | $34-64.50 | All Ages

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

The Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series is presented by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the Oregon College Savings Plan, and Banfield Pet Hospital. With media support from

Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World—a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold well over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

In Fall 2011 the band released two albums – A Retrospective, a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning their 18-year career, which includes eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan, reaching #2 on the Japanese charts with the Japan Times raving “the love and respect Saori Yuki and Pink Martini have for the pop tradition shines through on every track.” The release of 1969 marked the first time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released “Sukiyaki” in 1963.

The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Japanese legend Hiroshi Wada, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Bonita Vista High School Marching Band of Chula Vista, California, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon. Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini.

Pink Martini has an illustrious roster of regular guest artists: NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (who was cantor at the Central Synagogue in NYC for five years), koto player Masumi Timson, harpist Maureen Love, and Kim Hastreiter (the publisher/editor-in-chief of Paper Magazine).

In January 2012 bandleader Thomas Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller. The album, titled Get Happy, was released on September 24, 2013 and features 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. The band’s beloved vocalist China Forbes anchors the recording, and she is joined by her new co-lead singer Storm Large, recording with Pink Martini for the first time, along with a cavalcade of special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, The von Trapps & Ari Shapiro.

And while still in the studio for Get Happy, Lauderdale simultaneously began work on the band’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. These siblings have been singing together for 12 years and have toured all over the world in concert. Drawn into the magical orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Oregon and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past two years. The album, released in March 2014, traverses the world, from Sweden to Rwanda to China to Bavaria, and features guest appearances by The Chieftains, Wayne Newton, “Jungle” Jack Hanna, and Charmian Carr (who played Liesl in the original Sound of Music).

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70 Responses to Win Tickets ($68): Pink Martini @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Jazz, Latin, Classical

  1. Sarah August 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I would love to go!

  2. Jennifer August 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    We’re Euginians who LOVE pink Martini! hey, Eugene!

  3. Julie August 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Pink Martini has been my favorite local band for a long time I’d love to revel in the excitement of seeing them at the zoo this summer!

  4. Michelle August 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Love China Forbes. Glad she is back!

  5. Robyn August 14, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    What a great Band to have in Portland and to call our own. How fun it would be to see them in this outdoor setting.

  6. Felicia August 14, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Sounds like an awesome evening!

  7. Mollie August 14, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I’d love to see Pink Martini again…’s been years!

  8. Shayler August 14, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Who doesn’t want to see Pink Martini!

  9. Naomi August 14, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Love Pink Martini!

  10. Darcey Priss August 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I’d love to see Pink Martini perform at the zoo because I’m a huge nature and animal lover, and I’ve never seen Pink Martini perform a concert! I have seen them do a couple songs over the years, and I would adore seeing more! Their style is laid back cool, which fits perfectly with the zoo summer concert series. Please give me a chance to see this epic pairing of location and artist! Thank you

  11. Michelle August 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I would love to see Pink Martini at the Zoo, I have heard great things about the band and about concerts at the zoo!

  12. Tyler August 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me! I would love to take my boyfriend who has never seen Pink Martini live. Concerts at the zoo are one of my favorite summer activities!

  13. Alicia August 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I want my son to experience Pink Martini with me!

  14. Steve Colburn August 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Have a good friend visiting from Austin. I’d love to show her how Portland’s home grown compares. I bet she’d love it!

  15. Patrice August 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Great band great venue would enjoy the show.

  16. Jessica August 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    The whole family loves Pink Martini and the zoo!

  17. reina August 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to the Oregon Zoo Summer Concert for my husband and I. We have lived in Portland for almost 3 years and haven’t really experienced the sites and sounds of it yet. I’m a stay home mom and this would be the perfect gift to my hard working husband. Thank you for the opportunity.

  18. Lisa Howey August 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Awesome band!

  19. Ruth August 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    This would be heavenly to go to.

  20. Denise Lyon August 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I would love to win pick me please!

  21. Brian Christopher August 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Being able to see Pink Martini live would be a really good way to get away, without, you know, getting away.

  22. Stacey August 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh good gravy, this would be fun!

  23. Teresa August 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    I’ve heard this is THE show to see!

  24. Christopher Ames August 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Pink is my favorite drink and martini my fave color.

  25. Brad August 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Pink Martini is Awesome!

  26. john Thomas August 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    sounds like cool beans to me

  27. Mark August 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    My wife and I saw PM in Roseburg years ago. We would love to revisit that memory.

  28. Mikey B August 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Sadly I have still never seen this fantastic band live. This would be a great place to do so.

  29. Dana G August 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    The Pink Martini show is the hottest Zoo Tunes show all season. It’s music that everyone can enjoy in a great space! I’ve never seen them live and would absolutely love the chance

  30. Dave G. August 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win! Wife and I would go…

  31. Chris August 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    It would be a fabulous treat to win tickets for one of my favorite bands, Pink Martini!

  32. Scott Hamilton August 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    I love Pink Martini! I’ve never been able to get tickets and would love to see them.

  33. Penny Ardissone August 15, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I have never been to a zoo concert. Would love to go! Thx PDX Pipeline!

  34. Gemma August 15, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    We’re CRAZY over Pink Martini. The picnic, the dancing…oh please….

  35. Leonard August 15, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    would love this show

  36. Liz August 15, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    I saw Pink Martini a few years back when my cousin was in town – and she’ll be in town again for this show. Would love to see them with her again!

  37. Bianca August 15, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Never been to the zoo and neither has the special guy I’d be taking. He’s been sick and I’d love to take him for a spin…

  38. Linda L August 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Would be great to listen to PM and have a picnic!

  39. Betsy LeVine August 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I am a music teacher and I love dancing with my students to ‘Donde Estas Yolanda’. I would love to have this experience live!

  40. marla schroeder August 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    “Ahhhh” shaken not stirred~

    there was a fine young chap…

    who always played with a snap…

    A virtuoso on his piano…

    with a love of life too big, to let us take a nap…

    Fun and festive… he is the very best-is….

    Big smile all the time, just swinging with the rhyme….

    It’s been a long- long time…

    and if you would be so kind…

    I would so love to go and enjoy the Pink Martini Show…

    Right now I do have the time…

    but alas not the dime….

    Loving Portland all the way…now we go Pink the day!

  41. Emily B August 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets! Pink Martini has so much talent – they just make me want to sing and dance along! Well, move at least… I’m not the best dancer. :( But that just means I need more practice!

  42. Kyle August 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    I want to go because I need to get out of the house more!

  43. Jackie August 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    What a great way to celebrate my 30th bday with a Martini! Pink Martini!

  44. wendy August 16, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I love my martinis pink.

  45. Abby August 16, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    It has been quite a few years since I saw Pink Martini in concert and love them! It has been even longer since attending a zoo concert!

  46. Rebeca Webster August 16, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    I love Pink Martini music and I have never seen them in concert before!

  47. Irina August 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    This sounds like an awesome project: Sound of Music and Pink Martini together. This teaser sound really interesting. I will buy an album even if I don’t win the tickets.

  48. Myrlin August 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    My first date with my sweetie was to a Pink Martini concert. 15 years later, we’re still going strong.

  49. Linda S August 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    This would be fun

  50. Eric Ballew August 17, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Definitely want to go to this!

  51. Lynn August 17, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Pink Martini are so talented! I have their Little Tomato album, anyone who hasn’t should give it a listen. This will be a great concert :)

  52. Cheri Clark August 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    My friend Gavin plays in Pink Martini, and I’d love to see him!

  53. Adrian August 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    I LOVE Pink Martini! I tried to go and see them when they were here in Portland on the 12th and 13th of April but the tickets were for people 21 and older and I’m only 20 so I was unable to see them. I watch them on Facebook and got really excited when I saw that they were playing at the zoo, but got really bummed out when I saw the ticket price and knew I couldn’t afford to pay for them right now. It would mean so much if I was able to go see them.

  54. Tonya August 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see them for years and would love to win these tickets!

  55. Susan August 18, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    cause these days I’m just hangin’ on like a little tomato

  56. Marie August 18, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    My boyfriend loves Pink Martini and I love the zoo!

  57. El Shecky August 18, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    They make me feel like a world and time traveler. Someone needs to dance in the aisles!

  58. Tom August 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Best Band in the Best Venue!

  59. Cory August 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I have never seen this group, but I hear they are fantastic!!!!

  60. maddy August 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I need music therapy

  61. Stephanie August 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    I love Pink Martini! What a great date night

  62. Lorelee August 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Haven’t seen them in years. Would love this chance to see them at the Zoo even if it rains.

  63. Camilo August 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Since moving here he from Florida my newly wed husband and I haven’t so much as done a honey moon and we love Pink Martini! It’d be a real treat.

  64. Danielle August 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to go to a concert at the zoo.

  65. Nancy August 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    How is it I STILL haven’t seen Pink Martini? Although ALL Zoo concerts are great fun…thanks for the chance!

  66. Eric W August 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    If I win this I promise I will hug three zebras.

  67. Kate August 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    My mom is a huge fan!! Would be a great concert for her & I. Pick us! :-)

  68. Danny August 22, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I have two profound memories of Pink Martini. The first, my dad and I would listen to them while driving to the beach. Before he past we would reminisce about our adventures. The second, my girlfriend and I met while listening to Pink Martini at a friend’s shindig. Most romantic thing I have ever experienced. Please help me surprise my girlfriend and reminisce about my past adventures with my father.

  69. Marco August 22, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    …because this is a holy thing.

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