Win Tickets ($40): Horse Feathers @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ The Cave Singers + Alialujah Choir, Portland Thanksgiving Weekend

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Horse Feathers @ Crystal Ballroom on November 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 28.

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From our sponsors:
Horse Feathers @ Crystal BallroomHorse Feathers
w/ The Cave Singers + Alialujah Choir
November 29, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $17 ADV, $20 Doors | All Ages
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

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

Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
(true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

2. The band lives in Portland, OR (also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)

3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past (true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

“I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – “Cynic’s New Year” – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don’t own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That’s the way it was, and so it is with us.”

So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

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47 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Horse Feathers @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ The Cave Singers + Alialujah Choir, Portland Thanksgiving Weekend

  1. Sian November 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    It’s a good day and I’m so happy that PDX is promoting this band’s new record. It really is uplifting and I’m glad I heard it today. I’d love to see them play live. Love the Alialujah Choir. Bored with my music. Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  2. Sian November 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    It’s a good day and I’m so happy that Pipeline is promoting this band’s new record. It really is uplifting and I’m glad I heard it today. I’d love to see them play live. Love the Alialujah Choir. Bored with my music. Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  3. william longnecker November 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Love this band!

  4. Didi November 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    These guys are wonderful. Love to take my son to this when he come in town for that weekend. A good time to dance…….

  5. Fred November 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Would love to see these guys live. My wife would love going as well, and she would be just about up to it on that date after having open-heart surgery. Hope I’m lucky!

  6. Jamie November 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Horse Feathers AND the Cave Singers?! Talk about a dreamy night full of savage talent. I would just LOVE to go.

  7. John November 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    My family loves Horse Feathers!! This’d be a great way for my daughter to add another Portland band live expereince.

  8. Elisa Barrios November 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Like honey and milk. All I would need would be a cloud to lay on and I would be in heaven.

  9. vicky November 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    NOT winning this would be horse feathers! :) please make my year and hook a sista up yo! I was gonna name my band Horse Feathers once, but then i found out these guys existed. a duality of feelings…

  10. Vanessa M November 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    This lineup sounds AMAZING!!!

  11. Lindsay November 20, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    I’d LOVE for this to be the first show I see at the Crystal Ballroom!! Crossing my fingers and toes!

  12. Kimi November 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Three of my favorites!

  13. Amy November 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I would be thrilled to win tickets to this show, and to take my boyfriend. I’m on a budget, so I haven’t been to many shows lately. I love Horse Feathers AND Cave Singers!

  14. Scott Worthington November 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I think i need to go to this, hope you pick me

  15. Zoe November 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I love seeing shows at the Crystal! I’ve also never heard this band – new music, yay!!

  16. Jenna November 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Love horse feathers!

  17. Lauri November 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Horse Feathers Cave Singers and Alialujah Choir is a perfect Thanksgiving weekend gig, it will be uplifting and family and good for the soul!

  18. Tom P November 21, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    These guys are good

  19. tim November 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    I want to win!!

  20. Shan November 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Yes!

  21. Jeff November 22, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Sounds like a perfect evening of music…it’s my wife’s birthday, and I’d love to surprise her with tickets.

  22. Elizabeth November 22, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Love Horse Feathers and Cave Singers! I would love to take my friend as a birthday gift–appreciate the chance to get free tickets!

  23. Alex November 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Always wanted to see horse feathers play live!

  24. David November 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Aw Horse feathers! Not knowing a damn thing about these folks free tickets would go a long way on my path of continued Portland Music Scene Education. I’ve been burying myself in my work way too long; please help me get dug out.
    Thank you

  25. Kathryn November 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I would be ecstatic to go see these bands perform at the Crystal!! Especially since Ive been wanting to ask someone out on a date and this would be a fun way to break the ice :-)

  26. Lea Anna November 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I haven’t been to a concert in a really long time!

  27. Yume November 25, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    I confess I’ve never heard these guys, but the description sounds so good that I want to, now!

  28. tw November 25, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    What a perfect post turkey coma outing, especially with free childcare in town! This new mama needs a night out with her honey!!! … pretty please :)

  29. Nate November 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Love these guys!

  30. Sue November 26, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    I would live to go. Could use some joy this holiday season.

  31. Anna November 26, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Love the evolution of Horse Feathers! I like the production of the recordings, but would REALLY love to see them live!

  32. Stephanie November 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I absolutely adore Horse Feathers! This show would be the perfect way to celebrate my Birthday weekend. Party on PDX Pipeline!

  33. Erin Houlihan November 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I want to go!!! And love the CB

  34. Louis November 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Love these guys, would love to go!

  35. Cory November 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Horse me

  36. Heather FW November 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Looking for some cool music and shows in Portland, seems like there is no shortage for sure. My hubby and I moved to Portland 2 and half weeks ago, and would love to catch a show downtown at the Crystal Ballroom! Winning tickets would be a fun and spontaneous addition to our first Thanksgiving weekend (just us and the pets this year!) as a newly married couple! :)

  37. J November 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Would love to go!

  38. steadypucky November 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    come on! needs to see the HF ETAL

  39. Brooke November 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I’ll go and dance… If I can grab free tix more money for booze!

  40. Karen November 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I want to win tickets because if the joy of playing live is its own reward, I want to be a part of that, like yesterday. Plus, I like the hat.

  41. Mathew November 27, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    I love this band and I adore the Cave Singers. This would probably make enduring Thanksgiving with my family worth it.

  42. Scott November 27, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    Sounds like fun

  43. Tom P November 27, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    I’d really like to go

  44. Linda S November 27, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Nice way to spend some time this weekend.

  45. Katie G November 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Oh man, how I love Horse Feathers so
    And would love to win tickets to the show
    And Singers from the Cave are the opening uppers
    Can’t think of a better show after our Thanksgiving suppers
    Banjos and the stand up bass and great lyrics galore
    If we could go to this show, I’d want nothing more

  46. ali November 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Cave singers released their first album on my birthday and their music got me my first job in the industry. Also horse feathers is awesome and I need to dance tomorrow. :)

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