Win Tickets ($60): Portland New Year’s Eve in Funklandia @ Crystal Ballroom | Celebrate 2015 w/ The Motet + Polyrhythmics & DJ Weather

We are giving away another pair of tickets to New Year’s Eve in Funklandia @ Crystal Ballroom on December 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 22.

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From our sponsors:
2014 NYE in Funklandia @ Crystal Ballroom“New Year’s Eve in Funklandia”
w/ The Motet + Polyrhythmics & DJ Weather
December 31, 2014
8 p.m. Doors & Show | $26 ADV / $30 Doors | $65 VIP ADV / $70 VIP Doors | 21+

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

Get your one-way ticket to Funklandia as the Crystal throws the funkiest New Year’s bash in town.

VIP it up!
Experience Funklandia in style with the NYE VIP Ticket. For an extra $40 per ticket you get: three (3) drink tickets, Crystal Ballroom VIP Viewing Area and VIP Bar access, and all night access to the exclusive Funk Underground VIP Lounge at Lola’s, featuring VIP bar, music, and more perks and surprises.

The Motet

In a sense, although they’ve been in existence for more than a decade, The Motet has only recently begun to realize their full potential as a band. Throughout most of their career, the Colorado-based progressive funk outfit has operated with a loosely based revolving cast of players, its liquid membership largely serving to flesh out the vision of the band’s founder, drummer Dave Watts. That all changed with The Motet, the group’s seventh album, released in February 2014. This time, a concerted effort was made to involve each of the seven current members-Watts, vocalist Jans Ingber, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, bassist Garrett Sayers, keyboardist Joey Porter and horn men Matt Pitts (saxophone) and Gabe Mervine (trumpet)-in the creative process equally.

“This album was 100 percent created by the band, with each member writing his own parts and having input on the mix and arrangement,” says Watts. The result of this new democratization of the music-making has been a palpable expansion of The Motet’s range. “We are definitely able to go deeper,” says Watts. “The material is stronger because we all had a hand in writing it. Because we have spent so much time playing together, our improvisation is more natural and intuitive and our groove is more effortless.”

Adds Ingber, “We went into this album with the idea that we were going to make a fully collaborative record. We put aside four or five days for songwriting, each of us bringing in unfinished ideas that we could explore and complete as a group. The idea behind that was that the band as a whole would be so much greater creatively.”

Original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk. That is the recipe that Polyrhythmics have crafted and delivered to packed clubs, and festival crowds throughout the west coast in the past 3 years. The 8 members of this dynamic world-beat orchestra, weave a clever web of deep, hypnotic grooves, creative, yet melodic interplay, clever horn-hooks, and searing solos that ignite every dance-floor that has laid before them.

Despite their proven reputation as performers, delivering a non-stop a Live show experience unmatched in today’s instrumental musical landscape, the heart and inspiration for this band’s existence is the art of recording, documenting the art, and laying it down to tape.

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92 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Portland New Year’s Eve in Funklandia @ Crystal Ballroom | Celebrate 2015 w/ The Motet + Polyrhythmics & DJ Weather

  1. Sarah December 1, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Sounds great! Who doesn’t want to bring in the New Year with some funk?

  2. Grant December 1, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Love the Crystal! This would be awesome for some late night dancing

  3. Leeeeeeeee December 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    All my friends will be there, and I need to be there. Funkadelic new years with the motet…. Who doesn’t want to bee there?!?

  4. Joe Moma December 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I haven’t seen Polyrythmics since I moved from Seattle over a year ago. I need my fix.

  5. Mike Mattson December 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Always love events at the Crystal! Sounds like fun!

  6. Bethany Brimberry December 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    My sister is visiting from Texas, and I would love to show her a great Portland New Years’ Eve!

  7. Mj December 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Would LOVE to attend!! Sounds like a blast, thanks #pipelinepdx

  8. Brady December 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Would love to go! Otherwise, I’ll just be sitting at home again on NYE :-(

  9. Emily December 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I’d love to win the tickets because it sounds like a hell of a good time!

  10. Heather mac December 2, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I love the Crystal Ballroom and dancing there on NYE with friends would be amazing!

    • Jessica December 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      We want the funk, gotta have that funk!

  11. Steve December 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    This sounds like a great time, would love to attend!

  12. Stacey Tinney December 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Would be my husband & I first New Years Eve Oregon celebration since moving back from Colorado

  13. Danae December 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    I would love to win a pair of tickets for my hubby and I to see Motet on NYE 2014! We’re expecting our first baby come February and I would love to get in some more dancing before then! Also, the baby will LOVE it!! =)

    • Danae December 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

      Woops…2015!!! =)

  14. Danae December 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    I would love to win a pair of tickets for my hubby and I to see Motet on NYE 2015! We’re expecting our first baby come February and I would love to get in some more dancing before then! Also, the baby will LOVE it!! =)

  15. R-Dub December 3, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Garret Sayers is da Man. Jans is tall, and the Motet will bring it – squeezing every last bit of funked out sweat from our heads.

    Yes, and Yes. I’m missing Jam Cruise this year, and would love to roll with my crew to this event.

  16. Sarah December 3, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Having recently relocated to Portland, I have not yet been to the Crystal Ballroom (!!). New Year’s Eve sounds like the perfect night to visit and dance!!

  17. Stephanie December 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I have no New Years plans yet and would love to ring in the year with my love in a fun way!

  18. Lauren Gaudette December 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Upon searching for fun NYE happenings outside of my humble Arcata, CA, I stumbled upon this amazing lineup. I’ve wanted to visit Portland for years, but never had the chance. Now that I see the Motet+Polyrhythmics show, no time like NYE to pop my Portland cherry! I’ve only heard stories of the Crystal Ballroom, and now I need to live out this fantasy.

  19. Danielle V December 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Everyone needs something to do, but I don’t have anything… :( please pick me so I can start the new year feeling great! :)

  20. Liz December 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    There is no better place to be on NYE in Portland this year!

  21. Claire December 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I want to funk in 2015 at the Crystal Ballroom!

  22. max December 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    can’t find a better way to celebrate ringing in the new years then with the Motet & the gang…

  23. Erin December 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    This has been a hard year. I have been unemployed and my husband wants to become a U.S. Citizen. We have been struggling financially and this would be a great way to celebrate. There is a saying from his country that how you celebrate the new year is how the whole year will be. It is a proverb of good fortune. I hope our 2015 has excellent fortune and this would start the New Year off right.

  24. Barbara Rae December 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Fun fun fun!

  25. Barbara Rae December 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Do we need a reason, really, for funk?

  26. Valerie December 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    What a great way to ring in 2015!

  27. Nathan Weaver December 5, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Looking for fun things to do. Visiting Portland this winter for about 2.5 weeks.

  28. Scott December 5, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Sounds like fun.

  29. Penny Ardissone December 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    I’ve never been; would LOVE to go!! Thanks PDX Pipeline!!

  30. Frankie Boldt December 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Dear pdx pipeline,

    My New Year’s Eve have been meaningless since the passing of the late great Dick Clark. Oh how I would look forward to ringing in the new year with my old faithful friend. I grew up knowing every dec 31, I would hear that voice that seemed to make all the past years woes fade softly away. But now, now new years rocking eve is rung in by the soul less Ryan Seacrest. What has this world come to? Oh the Calamity! I need to be in a place that can restore the joy I once knew on the last day of the year. Dick would want it that way. Help bring me back, pdx pipeline.

    Lost but hopeful,

  31. Cory December 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I wanna get the funk out

  32. Lisa December 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Visiting an old friend in portland for NYE, have fond memories of a DJ that always layed down the funk at house parties in Humboldt during college…looking forward to reliving the magic. Make my funk the P-funk, I wants to get funked up.

  33. Jon December 6, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Please help me join my VIP friends! I promise to keep it funky!

  34. Lucy December 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to start off this year right. I have just left a tumultuous relationship and am looking forward to ringing in the new year with style and good night!

  35. Bahar December 8, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Seems like the best way, not to mention the funkiest way to ring in the new year! I would love to go and have a great time!

  36. Mary December 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I would love to come to this for NYE for many reasons. The largest being that NYE is a typical societal freebee for a fresh start. I graduated in June and ever since i’ve been wondering what the hell i’m doing. I would really appreciate a fresh start to my fresh start.

  37. Kalei December 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    There’s nothing I would love more than ringing in the new year with some FUNK.

  38. Scott December 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    This sounds like a heck of a party. I’d love to go!

  39. Jen December 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Just divorced! 2015 will be the best ever!!

  40. Katelyn December 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Sounds like a great way to bring in the new year! funk and dancing YAY!

  41. Denis Mortenson December 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I don’t know these people, but I have a feeling if I practice the Robot long enough, by golly they will say I am not just another Caucasian (Whitey) feigning to be a man from New Orleans or Detroit or what-have-you. I need to be funky. My doctor told me if didn’t get more funky I might get funkaditis, and lord knows what that might do to me. Funkify me, and lay some tickets on a brother in need.

    I will wear my most funkadelic suit.

  42. Alex December 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    I am a dancing machine. Seriously I’m a robot.

  43. Mary T December 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    So I have legit had the best year of my life living it up in Portland. I’ve made wonderful new friends, seen wonderful new places. I feel like this year will never be topped, it has truly been wonderful. To end it with a huge, awesome, funky bash would make it all the more memorable. Plus funk is seriously the best. And dressing up for this would be AMZEBALLS.

  44. max December 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Polyrhytmics are the best afrobeat band since Fela Kuti & Tony Allen. I would be blessed to take part.

  45. Jessie W. December 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Sounds like a blast! Fun way for my significant other and I to celebrate the new year for the first time together at the Crystal Ballroom!

  46. Teresa December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Love the Crystal Ballroom!

  47. Quintin December 12, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    This just sounds like it would end up being an awesome night!

  48. James December 12, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    My wife just divorced me. 2015 will be the worst ever.

  49. Angie December 12, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    We have a toddler and haven’t been out on new years for a couple of years. WE WOULD LOVE TO GO!

  50. Michelle December 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    what a great way to celebrate!

  51. Azizi December 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Afro-beat and Funk are my two favorite genres. I gotta go.

  52. Jon December 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Fairly new in area and hear about the Crystal ball room. Just noticed yesterday that I’ve been driving past it and not knowing where it was. LOL

  53. Mike p December 13, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    Hey hey thanks for all your hard work this year. I have seen a number of nye crystal ballroom shows and motet shows

    I hope this one goes down in the books!!!!

    Happy holidays

  54. Chelsea December 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Would love to win!!!

  55. Charlie December 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    I’ve never had a new years eve date or kiss… i finally have a new years eve off with a partner i love and I want to take them out!

  56. Brandi December 15, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Haven’t been out for New Year’s in years……the last time I did it was at the Copper Penny (yuck!) Please make my New Year’s this year better than Copper Penny….not that it would be that hard.

  57. jill truskolaski December 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    My friends are going to this and would love to join them in VIP… need to start the new year off right… broken engagement … still looking for job… please help me start my new year off on a positive note surrounded by my friends!!!!

  58. BC December 16, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    sounds like an amazing party and fantastic way to ring in the new year!

  59. Mary December 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    We would love to go to a good party instead of staying home. This sounds grand.

  60. Cory December 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Motet me

  61. Tati December 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Plan on being there with my bestie – better yet- with the tickets that we won!

  62. Tracey woodford December 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Feel like getting my gitty up.

  63. Jefferson December 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Would love to win in the NEW YEAR.

  64. Rick Campos December 17, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    The love of my life and I are coming out to Portland from Souther California. We would love to attend the event to bring in the new years with a bang. We haven’t attended any New Years eve party in the past and celebrating the new years in a different city and doing something we haven’t done before would be amazing! Also, she has this beautiful dress that I want her to flaunt!

  65. Jessica December 18, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    Please let me win so I can kick off my new year properly!

  66. Tom W December 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Sounds like a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve!

  67. Ariel December 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I have several friends going to this show. It would be great to join them for the festivities!

  68. Emily Shelton December 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    This would be a rockin’ good time with a few of the Portland homies. Make my New Year’s dreams come true! See, I even know it’s New Year’s with an apostrophe! ;)) Took me a while to learn

  69. max December 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    This will be the throw down of the year if not century!! I will be honored to grace the ground of this event. Tux and Tie I will ring in the New Years with a full Funk down experience!

  70. James December 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Give me a reason to dust off my dance shoes for a night at the Crystal. I want to go!

  71. Lora December 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm #


  72. Sara December 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    We want to get funky for nye!

  73. Cory December 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    I wanna rip it up

  74. shaylene December 21, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Sounds awesome. Totally would love to go to this.

  75. Jennifer December 21, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    PICK ME, PICK ME!. I would love to go.

  76. natalie December 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    was there last year and can’t wait to do it again! funky town!

  77. leigh December 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    hit us up with some tix! we will party hearty!!

  78. david December 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Love me some CO funk! Love me some CO funk in Portland even better….

  79. Jessie Lou December 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    We wanna get funky on NYE!

  80. Christina December 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Never been to crystal ballroom before, I think Tis the time!

  81. Cathy Leavens December 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Second time celebrating NYE in Portland…..lets make this one better than the 80’s hair band bar with some funk at the Crystal Ballroom that I would love to have a reason to drive over 9hrs from CA to party! Please. Thank you.

  82. Desiree December 24, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    This would be awesome! I would love to do something different for a change!

  83. Jasmine December 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I can’t think of anything better than ringing in the new year with some funk music at the crystal ballroom. If I start out my year with funk music, it can’t NOT be amazing amiright? Crossing my fingers I get this!

  84. Maureen December 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Hell yeah I want to go!

  85. Julia December 26, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    My friends are coming to Portland from all over the world to celebrate New Years Eve with me and I would love to take them to this event!

  86. Becky December 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    What is hip?
    Tell me, tell me if you think you know
    What is hip?
    If you was really hip
    The passing years would show
    You into a hip trip
    Maybe hipper than hip
    But what is hip?

    Portland New Year’s Eve in Funklandia!

  87. Denise Ontiveros December 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    This is my first NYE in Portland and I want to e at a great party!!

  88. Rebecca December 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Just how I want to do the New Year…good and funky!

  89. Nutshell December 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    We needs the funk! Gotta get that funk! Yeah!

  90. tom woodard December 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Do i need a reason? Portland and the Motet will be great!
    Oh yeah, i don’t have a ticket or money, that’s my reason…

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