Win Tickets ($68): 2014 Portland Masquerade Ball @ Branx | Holiday / Christmas, Featuring RJD2, Bird of Prey, NW Fresh All Stars & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Masquerade Ball on December 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 12.

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From our sponsors:
Masquerade Ball 20145th Annual Portland Masquerade Ball
December 13, 2014
8:30 p..m | $34 | 21+

320 se 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Welcome to Portland’s Masquerade Ball.

This is a Proper Villain Productions Experience. Prepare to have fun.

rjd2 originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He went to high school at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and graduated in 1994. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as “rjd2” in his raps, and the name stuck.

Originally working the role of DJ in the Columbus rap group MHz, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em label, releasing the self-proclaimed “mix CD” Your Face Or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed to El-P’s record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album Deadringer to much acclaim.

rjd2 later collaborated with Columbus rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing Unlimited EP in 2002 and 8 Million Stories in 2003. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke on Definitive Jux in 2004, which blended hip-hop with elements of pop and was lauded as one of the year’s Top 40 Albums by SPIN.

He later contributed a cover of “Airbag” by Radiohead for the 2006 album Exit Music – the same year that saw the release of the collaborative record, Magnificent City, with Aceyalone. Fully indulging his passion for pop, rjd2 released another solo album, The Third Hand, on XL Recordings and toured extensively through 2008.

The innovative producer’s 10-year career reached a marked turning point in 2009 after he scored “A Beautiful Mine,” the popular theme to the hit AMC television series, Mad Men. In early 2010, he dropped The Colossus – the first album to be released on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. He has since reissued Your Face Or Your Knee Caps, The Horror, and Since We Last Spoke as well as a vinyl LP deluxe box set entitled 2002-2010 via his label.

Bird of Prey is bay area native Torin Goodnight. Pursuing electronic music for over a decade, he has refined his sound and style to offer something unique and powerful to the electronic music community. He aims to provide an alternative to the current trends, where focused intent and sound waves convene to create the circumstances for magic. Bird of Prey offers a cohesive blend of organic, tropical qualities with modern psychedelic bass music. His fusion of elements, both natural and synthetic, create an engaging bio-digital landscape that leaves little to the imagination.

After several years of being heavily involved in the psy-trance scene, he developed his sound into something that more accurately represented his imagination, in hopes of conveying how he feels about music and it’s potential to transform our every day experience into something magical.

featuring Lafa Taylor and Marv Ellis & We Tribe
Lafa Taylor – A world traveler based in Oakland, CA Lafa Taylor is an achieved singer/emcee/producer. His music carries a message of inspiration and activation, while staying gritty, bassy, and most importantly danceable. Lafa’s live show is energetic, dynamic and unique. He has a great talent for connecting with his audience and working with the energy of the crowd. His collage of infectiously harmonic, bass heavy, multi tempo music quickly heats up the dance floor. His vocal style ranges from sweet melodic choruses to tongue twisting rhymes. He is also known for his intricate beat boxing, and often incorporates live looping.

Marv Ellis – Every day Marv Ellis wakes up and devotes his entire life to his passion: creating and performing music that’s thought-provoking and dance floor ready. He spent the last ten years working on refining that vision. Blending his unique style across multiple genres Marv Ellis is a pioneer for authentic NW hip hop music. He tackles the tough, honest concepts that most musicians avoid. The root of his lyrical talent comes from a different place. His education in a Spanish-speaking school developed his word-bending and explosive speech. Being taught how to rap by a Swiss German emcee showed him the value of universal tone and word placement: that how you say it is only half the battle. This practice eventually led to the critically-acclaimed flow of the Oregon born emcee. At the end of the day he just wants to leave his mark of inspiration, positivity and awareness on the good people of Earth.

Just People are a soul-rock outfit based in the bubbling music scene of Portland, Oregon.

Derived from the mind of idealistic front man Scott Gilmore, Just People combines the optimism of our past with the dedication and energy of today’s youth.

The band has drawn comparisons to artists throughout the genre spectrum from Pearl Jam and The Flaming Lips to the Talking Heads and Cat Stevens. One thing is for certain, Darcy Wallace of the Oregon Voice states: “JUST PEOPLE are tough to pin down, but damn it, it just sounds so good.”

Uninterested in a world that sticks creativity in a box, Trevor Kelly challenges the status quo and dives into the depths of the human creative stream. Trevor inevitably takes his listeners on a sonic journey, bending genres, and bridging musical worlds.

Trevor’s most recent sound, a fusion of Future bass and 808, is the consequence of his ever-evolving musical style. His innovative sound design and ability to compose heavy yet musical verses gives him an edge not only in the 808 game working alongside Muti Music, but the Glitch Hop scene as well; with a Releases on Street Ritual Substruk Records. Impassioned and undivided, Trevor versatility as an artist coupled with his drive to challenge the limitations of genres truly makes him one of a kind, recreating himself and his music one note at a time.

Chrome Wolves is the project of Andrew Alexander, conceived beneath the moon in Portland Oregon. With long time roots in hip hop production and a newer found love to performing/DJing electronic music, Chrome Wolves brings those worlds together with gusto. When not in the club, Chrome Wolves draws influence form a vast array of music and genres, as is evident in his sets. He incorporates all types of original production, familiar beats, current tastemakers, classics, samples and vocals all together to remix live and keep the crowd on their toes. Whether it is something familaiar or a track you have near before heard, Chrome Wolves makes a home on the sexy side of beetwes while still keeping them thumping and the party moving.

Barisone is without a doubt one of PDX’s best loved DJ’s. His magnanimous presence and penchant for putting the dancefloor into sublime outer spaces is well known. With versatile crates that seamlessly span the upfront to the time tested, Barisone comes with dj sets filled with his own loops, layers, and edits that always set the party off.

Mr. Wu is a DJ, designer, promoter, screen printing ninja holding it down in Portland OR way of Vancouver B.C. His multi-genre DJ sets blend slow and sexy with future club-rockin’ bass music. Driven by creativity and community, Mr. Wu is constantly finding new ways to grow as an artist while staying connected and growing with his inspiring community of friends.


Mr. Moo hails from the forested hills of the NW. A Portland, OR native…. Mr. Moo grew up surrounded by nature, music, and many months of rainy, overcast days.

His music is a particular electro-acoustic blend of violin, sound-design, and infectious heavy beats. A Mr. Moo performance pulls heavily on sounds from all over the world, samples of music from different cultures and time-periods, all glued together to take you into another world.

Rap Class is an eclectic DJ and producer who has been operating out of the PNW for the better part of the last decade. His styles are routed in a heavy sample based audio collage and disco mix champion influence. He can deliver anything; changing the ins and outs of his routine is his specialty. Every time you see him it’s like drawing a prize out from a bag. His one goal: to keep his audience guessing. Seeing him live, audiences may just learn that forward thinking electronic music doesn’t merely exist in the present, but lives as a culmination of all music history, a fact to be presented by the right DJ at the right place & time: Rap Class.











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79 Responses to Win Tickets ($68): 2014 Portland Masquerade Ball @ Branx | Holiday / Christmas, Featuring RJD2, Bird of Prey, NW Fresh All Stars & More!

  1. Chao Liu November 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I would like to attend this event because many performing artists are my favorite.

    • Erin December 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      I would like to go to this with my husband. He is becoming a U.S. citizen and it has been a hard year as I had been unemployed. I would like to show him American culture and celebrate with him..

    • Brandy December 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      I’ve been dying to go to a masquerade for years and if the first one I made it to featured RJD2 that would just be the cherry on the chocolate malt.

    • marcia December 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Looks like a blast never Been

  2. Lauryn November 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I would love to attend! I have the pperfect dress in mind

  3. Geoffrey wang November 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Rjd2! Nuff said!

  4. jamie November 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    This would be the perfect wedding gift to my fiance. We are getting married 12/13/14!!

  5. MJ November 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I gotta go! It’s my birthday and I can’t party alone. I need these so my friends can party with me

  6. Sue November 26, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    I would love to go.

  7. Miranda T November 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    I take any chance I get to dress up, guys. Any chance I get. Do you want to see a giant rat or maybe the Krampess dancing to RJD2? Yeah, you do.

  8. Kristen November 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Masquerade and solid beats together is a dream come true. My boyfriend and I would come dressed to the nines and ready to party down!

  9. Rachel November 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Despite the risk of a flogging, I’ll remove my mask of being a transplant from Ohio for RJD2 tickets any day!

  10. Kyle November 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Would love to go!!!

  11. Mathew November 27, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    Umm Masquerade? RJD2? Yes please

  12. rhianna November 27, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Because we are Portland’s power couple and past photos probably bring people to this event. And I’m a poor adjunct.

  13. Brooke November 28, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    to take my sexy friends and dance crazy!

  14. Leonard Felix November 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I’ll go incognito.

  15. Jenette November 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I’m relatively new to Portland, and an avid reader of pdx pipeline, however a bit jaded in the “Win Free tickets” department admittedly. However, this seems like an amazing event, to help me gear up to start the new year in style and it’s quirky, which embodies the Portland I have come to love in my time here so far :). Pick me!

  16. Andrea Kendall November 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    RJD2 is on Pandora at work every night. I work 50 hours a week and would love a treat!

  17. Taylor November 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I have yet to go to a Masquerade! …RJD2… Please, please, would be the best memory in the entire world! :D

  18. Matt W November 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I’d love to take my SO of 10 years who introduced me to RJD2! She will rock the masquerade (and make me look good).

  19. Jason November 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Just moved back to Bridge City…perfect timing to get back out there! :)

  20. Nicole Smith Ryan November 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Would love to go dance the night away with a great DJ from my home state of Ohio!!

  21. Aby Carns December 1, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve been dreaming of a masquerade event for months since I moved here from Alaska, Would love to attend!

  22. Anya December 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    This would be fantastic!

  23. Emily December 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I’d love to attend because I’ve always wanted to go to one of these!

  24. Kelsey Hyde December 2, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    This was such an amazing event last year! I would love to slink in behind a mask and dance dance dance with my favorite proper villains!!

  25. Amanda December 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I would love to go, I heard about last year’s event being a blast and I can’t afford the tix this year! I’m a full time student and I’ll be starting my winter break!

  26. Louise December 3, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I’d love to be able to bring my friend who just moved here recently! Some of my friends can’t afford tickets and it would be super rewarding to be able to invite them to experience this with me :-)

  27. Philip C. December 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I want to attend because It’s the perfect reason to come up and visit Portland! I am so excited to go to such a fancy event!

  28. Ryan O'Leary December 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    RJ is one of the best, plus I’m single and ready to mingle.

  29. Brian Singhai December 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    RJD2 + Bird of Prey are amazing. I want to be around the weird kids!

  30. William Stewart December 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm #


  31. Cassandra December 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I would love to go to this! I’ve been dying to see RJD2, especially since I wasn’t able to at WTF 2013. This would be an amazing way to celebrate the ending of a bad period of my life recently. :)

  32. william longnecker December 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    ^^These are not the winners you are looking for…

  33. Bethany Brimberry December 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    New to PDX and would love to go to a holiday party!

  34. Lily Peacock December 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Oh please please pick me! I love RJD2 and Lafa Taylor and all the other beautiful amazing talent they are bringing in for this event! I already tried and failed for their scholarship ticket (I dk why, I’m a poor college student lol) :( but I wont give up hope! I need to be there, I even have an outfit/mask picked out already! Ohh and You know I will spread the good word about good ol’ PDX Pipeline anyways, you guys freakin’ rock. Thanks for reading, bless!

  35. Emily Walker December 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    I’m currently grading papers and they are crushing my soul. Have you ever seen a paper that cites a Buzzfeed list, because I have? I’ve seen four this week.

    Please give me a reason to hope again.

  36. Tiffany December 5, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    I need some fun in my life.. . 12 hr shifts at the hospital can take a wear!!

  37. Scott December 5, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Sounds like fun.

  38. Julia December 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Working overtime during the holiday season is no fun. Could use a pick-me-up!

  39. Isa December 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    My sister wants to go – and wants me to go – I figure if I win tickets it’s a yes! I’ve won tickets on your site before – not sure what the other commenter was talking about. Some shows are more competitive to get tickets for than others. Fingers crossed on this one!

  40. Sara December 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve never been to a masquerade ball. This sounds so amazing

  41. Leann ORourke December 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Yes, please! I’ve never been to this event. Looks positively magical!

  42. Diane December 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    I’d love to dance in the holidays & get prettied up with the Mr. for a lovely night in city!

  43. Brandy Border Rodriguez December 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    To have a Great time out w/no kids & live music…

  44. Jason December 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    It’s my birthday! RJD2 !!! I heard he still uses turntables, not to mention the rest of that lineup. Winner or not, thanks PDX Pipeline for helping me find countless dance floors to get down on!

  45. Anita December 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    yayyya! I’ve been plowing through finals for the past 3 weeks and am plum tuckered out, needs me a night to cut loose.

  46. Danielle December 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    My boyfriend and I would have an amazing time at this event. I have some beautiful masks that have just been waiting for the chance to go out dancing.

  47. Bahar December 8, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Never been to a masquerade ball but would love to go!:)

  48. selina December 8, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    I’m prepared to dance! Let me have it!

  49. Kristi December 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m celebrating my birthday this weekend and this would be perfect!!

  50. Kalei December 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    All of my friends are going! I can’t miss this event! :)

  51. Lucy December 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m going to wear the same costume Sarah wears in the movie the Labrynth… and yes, my boyfriend will be dressed like Jareth, the Goblin King. #tightpants #noshame #davidbowie

  52. Kaycie Lopez Jones December 10, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I would like these tickets because I will be graduating with my master’s degree on Saturday morning and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate!

  53. Susannah December 10, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I’ve been drooling over the event announcements since they came out. Just can’t afford tickets right now, sadly. I’d be greatful for the chance to dress up all fancy and party with an amazing group of people and performers!

  54. Katie DZ December 10, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I want to go because RJD2!!!!!!! At my favorite venuuuue!!!! With pretty pretty people in pretty pretty costumes!!!!!! Pretty pretty please????!!!!

  55. Susan December 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    I want to surprise my boyfriend. I’ll tell him we’re going to a nice dinner so he’ll wear his suit. Then, I’ll take him to the Branx and hand him his mask, which will of course match mine, and we’ll dance and have a great time listening to RJD2 and Bird of Prey!!

  56. Michael Clothier December 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm #


  57. David December 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Love the venue, love the music, love dressing up as part of a Masquerade – please pick us! We’ll be the ones dancing and perhaps trying out the body painting they will have!

  58. Jules December 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I’d love to win these tickets so that all the loves in my world can come shake their booty’s with me! My local heroes will all be playing and the old school vinyl rocking RJD2 with a lot of love from Lafa! Let’s do this!

  59. Mollie December 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Because poor people need to have fun too! Seriously, I would love to go!!

  60. Harvey December 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Yes!!!!! My gf will love this too! pick us!

  61. Molly December 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Because rjd2 is amazing as are all the performers!!

  62. leo chavez December 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I would like tickets because this event reminds me of the most awesome masquerade party I have ever seen.

    Wait… maybe that’s because it is!

  63. Jacob stroud December 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    I would love to go! JACOB STROUD

  64. Karen Brokken December 11, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    I’d love to don a mask, something slinky and get down.

  65. Erin December 11, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Come on, RJD2, Just People, Mr. Woo?! Amazing line up. I had such a blast last year and would love to be able to go again!!

  66. Keenan December 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets to these, RJD2 is the best reason to dust off our masks and dance our asses off. Hope we win!!

  67. Haley December 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    This is my last week in the great city of Portland before I move to Peru for work and I’d love to go out with a bang and FINALLY get to see RJD2! Please and thank you.

  68. Melanie December 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    I’m dying to go to this! Finances are tight right now and I’d love an opportunity to get out of the house and see some music!

  69. Buster December 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Wahoo…let’s party like it’s 2015…yeah!

  70. Nate December 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    I’ll be visiting from out of town and these are some of my favorite artists. I’d love to make it work!

  71. Lars December 12, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I really want to see RJD2 and masquerade!

  72. Elaine Janes December 12, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Pick me, just because!! ;-)

  73. Julio December 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Originally from southamerica.. Never been to an event like this and would love to check it out.. Always been into customers, dressing up, circus and masquerades.. Definitely would love to attend to get a good first shot at this side of the U.S culture

  74. Jen December 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Would love to go! Been in Oregon 3 years and have not had a chance to celebrate a new year yet.

  75. Danielisa December 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Because it will be tons of fun!

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