Win Tickets ($44): Floater @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock, Alternative Rock, w/ Cambrian Explosion

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Floater @ Crystal Ballroom on July 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, July 31.

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

Portland-by-way-of-Eugene, Oregon trio Floater deliver their best album to date with “Wake,” their eighth studio album. Writing more sophisticated, well-crafted songs with each release, “Wake” (Typhon Records) delivers a twelve-track collection of melodic, pop-laden psychedelic guitar-rock decked out in chunky guitar riffs, primal drumming, and soaring vocals.

Consisting of front man/bassist Rob Wynia, guitarist Dave Amador, and drummer Pete Cornett, Floater’s Northwest roots are rich and firmly planted, helping to account for the fact that they are one of the region’s top-drawing acts, and continue to draw new crowds in each of their developing markets.

However, their strong roots are only a partial reason for their fan base. You need more than just luck. You need a constantly evolving sound that is both truly your own and always exciting to the tried and true and newcomers alike. And that is what “Wake” offers new and old fans.

“It would be very difficult for the same three guys to not be Floater somehow,” says front man Rob Wynia, discussing the similarities and differences of Floater’s previous releases with ‘Wake.’ “I’d say it’s still Floater by definition, since we’re Floater. It’s different in that we really prefer to make every album its own thing. I think this, as a collection, it has a lot more high-energy songs and feels more ‘live’ than previous work. So much live performance has really geared us toward that kind of sound and feel.”

Touring the songs extensively before recording them helped the band choose which songs would comprise “Wake.” It also helped strengthen and energize the songs, as they had time to live and breath on the stage before being put to tape.

However, even with the songs gelling well before the band entered the studio, “Wake,” the band’s ninth studio album was still their most difficult album to make.

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75 Responses to Win Tickets ($44): Floater @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock, Alternative Rock, w/ Cambrian Explosion

  1. Linda July 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    They seem so cool! Please count me in for the contest! :)

  2. Michael Brown July 21, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    I’ve never seen them live. Please me!

  3. Linda S July 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    Would be a fun evening, I have never seen them.

  4. Mynell July 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    I have been living in Portland since 2007 and finally my brother, Dylan is coming up to visit from NM…for the first time. Dylan follows many bands and frequents concerts more than I go to the malll. I would love to surprise him with concert tickets when he flies in on the 31st and give him a taste of the NW music scene.

  5. Mike July 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Huge fan. Love them. Met them once. Great guys! Please pick me! I love PDX Pipeline!!

  6. bianka July 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    I still haven’t been to a venue but I have been dying to see a show there!!

  7. Christina July 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    This would be an awesome night out!! Never been to the Crystal Ballroom! Hoping to win!!

  8. Tom July 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Float On!

  9. Emily Zarr July 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Very cool! Would love to win!!!!!! Never seen them

  10. Julie July 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I love the Crystal Ballroom and I would love to experience this band here!

  11. Cory July 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    WHoo Hoooooooo

  12. Steve K & Jessie G July 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    I’ve been told I need to see this band, so please give me my chance…

  13. Dave G. July 24, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Big fan for many years, and would love to see them live!

  14. Michelle Casey July 24, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    I want to win tickets so I can see my favorite local band for the 7th time! Been a fan for 20 years now!

  15. Ian Lewis July 24, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    would love to go. first time i saw them was in 95.

  16. Sara July 24, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    I recently introduced a friend to Floater, and she immediately fell in love with their unique and eclectic style. I’ve seen Floater live a few times (including the gully-washed Rose Festival performance of a few years back, that was fun!) and I would love to be able to share the experience of seeing them live with her and bask in the glow of a newly-minted fan seeing one of my favorite bands live for the first time.

  17. Kendal Conley July 24, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    I’ve only seen them twice. Everyone else in Oregon has seen them a bazillion times. It’s not fair, I tell you, and a complete outrage!!! ☺

  18. Annie Kelly July 24, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Ever since I discovered Floater about two years ago they have been my all time favorite band. I play bass guitar and Robert Wynia is a big inspiration. I don’t live in the Northwest so I don’t get many opportunities to see them. I would love to be able to see them live and get to explore Portland :-)

  19. Jenn July 24, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    It’s been years since I’ve seen Floater! Still my favorite band around! Been going to their shows for over 10 years… never have seen them at the ballroom!

  20. Lydia July 24, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    Count me in! I’ve been seeing Floater live for 15+ years, and it’s time to see them again!

  21. Charleen Justice July 24, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Going to a Floater show is like mainlining life juice. So much pure, raw & uncut energy. They bring everyone to a whole other level where gender, race, age and everything else fades away and we’re all connected by our love for the music and the message. I need this in my life. We all do.

  22. Kristi Nay July 24, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    I love Floater! They’re my all time favorite band and it’s the day after my birthday! Would be an awesome gift

  23. Joe Grundy July 24, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    I would love to see me some Floater… Can’t get enough.

  24. Marla July 24, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    It’s been four years since I saw Floater live. Their music literally saved my life, and I would really like to see them with a friend now that they’re back in town.

  25. William July 24, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I’ve been following you guys since early 2000’s and continue to love your music!

  26. Faith Wolfe July 24, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    I want to go because Floater is amazing and, for reasons behind my control, I’ve missed the last 3 shows that have been near me!

  27. Faith Wolfe July 24, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Oops! *beyond, not behind :-)

  28. cheryl leatherman July 24, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Floater- wake me

  29. Chelsea July 24, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    I love Floater . Haven’t seen them in awhile. Its much needed. :)

  30. Sabra July 24, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    I love Floater! Would like to see them again :)

  31. Kayla Thamert July 24, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Floater is my favorite. And that’s a difficult thing to say in a world bursting with fantastic music! I love the variety that Floater offers, everything from smooth chill out jams on their acoustic albums to older trippy psychedelic tunes, and upbeat rock-your-face-off tracks peppered everywhere in between. Smart lyrics and live performances so electric you’ll come back again and again and again.
    Why they are not at the top of every music chart everywhere, I will never understand.
    Oh yeah, and I’d like to win tickets to give to my step-daughter. Her dad and I took her to the Wake album release show at the Crystal Ballroom- it was her first ever rock concert. I’d love to follow up with an encore. :)

  32. cathy July 24, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I haven’t seen them in forever and the bf has never seen them

  33. Laura Allen July 24, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Well, I’m 52 and moving from Seattle (yuck) to Eugene area (yum!!!) this would be the perfect sendoff for me and my man. We adore Rob and the guys and would feel blessed to attend the Ballroom for this show. It would be the perfect event to celebrate our move back home.

  34. Steve Rogers July 24, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    I want tickets to Floater because I like my music PERFECT.

  35. kyle collins July 24, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Floater! Floater! Floater! At the Crystal, is the best show in Portland!

  36. Sean neuberger July 24, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Love floater want to see them again. My cousin is in the navy based out of north Carolina and is going to be on leave and I want to be able to take him but can not afford tickets so this would be great I think it’s been,about 5 years since he has gotten to see the almighty floater.

  37. Amanda Gloudeman July 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    My best friend, Tamra introduced me to Floater back in 2004. I was instantly a fan! Well, Tamra past away last month unexpectantly. For awhile I started feeling the sadness she escaped; suddenly suicide seemed possible. As I was contemplating the unthinkable, Floater randomly started playing on my Amazon music. I truly believe it was a sign from Tamra telling me to cheer up, so I turned up the music and let Floater fill my soul back with happiness. As a single mom, I can’t afford to attend their show this time. I would be more than grateful to see them at the Crystal in memory of Tamra Foote.

  38. Kim July 24, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    I’m going even if I don’t win, but this will be my 49th Floater show! I’m hoping my 50th will be at The Secret House! My favorite venue!

  39. Andy J July 24, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    If I get free tix, I’ll have more beer money. Please help me drink more beer! ;-)

  40. Matthew Thompson July 24, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve been recently turned on to your band & regularly blast your tracks so loud the whole block can hear you, so I thought maybe I could give them a vacation by going to the show.

  41. Katie July 24, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    I need these tickets!!!

  42. Allen Morehouse July 24, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    I would totally enjoy to see floater once again. This had been my favorite band for almost twenty years, and I enjoy their music and find it better than anything else our there. I have been to 20 or more of their live shows and will continue anytime I see they are having a show. Floater is the best show I have seen and will continue to see.Thank you

  43. tmb July 24, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I’m already going to this show and it’s be awesome to win some tickets, even to give to a couple friends so they could go too! I’ve been going to see you guys since high school with all my good friends. We always meet up for every Portland show. Excited for this one coming up! I haven’t seen a few friends in a while, I know I’ll see them next Friday at the show!

  44. Alexis July 24, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Floater has been my favorite band since I was 12 years old! Would love to see them live again! :)

  45. Jeni July 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    pleeeeeease!!! the only reason I’m not going is I’m too broke to go!!!

  46. Tiffaneynicole Bell July 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    Me me me Please one my most favorite bands of all time and I have yet to see them live !!!

  47. Jordan Hunt July 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    Would love to see the Northwest Legends FLOATER perform! Throw my name in this contest!

  48. JaymePDX July 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m a long time Floater fan and due to having a child & lack of finances lately I would not be able to see them unless we’re the lucky winners!

  49. Amanda July 24, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Floater was the entire reason me and my now husband even struck up a conversation. Our 1 year wedding anniversary is soon. What a perfect night that would be!

  50. Terry July 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Best NW band…. Love seeing FLOATER at the Crystal Ballroom.
    Would love too take friends whom have never been.

  51. kristiana July 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    I’d love to win because I’ve seen Floater many times, but haven’t seen them in years – I’m from Southern Oregon, fairly new to Portland, and would love to have some familiarity in my life. :)


  52. Todd July 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I have been a Floater fan since the Eugene days. I too am a musician and actually had the opportunity to open for you guys at the W.O.W. Hall MANY years ago! It was off the hook! I love the Crystal…the acoustics are off the hook and you guys are AMAZING there! I would love to win these tix because I got laid off from work recently and this would be my only chance to attend. Even if I don’t make it, I know every Floater show is an amazing performance and this hometown show will be a monumental experience for the fans and the band!

  53. cristi July 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Floater is my FAVORITE band!!! I even have a tattoo with the lyrics from “weightless” and my hubby does as well! These tickets wont go to waste!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  54. Karen odom July 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Floater was my Nephews favorite local band before he was murdered.
    Would love free tickets to enjoy the show

  55. Galen July 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    I am commenting on this post so that I can win tickets to see Floater.

  56. Robin Steeley July 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    I would love to go! 5 brain surgeries in one year and seeing floater live is still on my bucket list! I want to make this dream come true :-)

  57. Matthew Rasmussen July 25, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    I used to attend a lot of Floater shows back in the day in Bend, OR. Been quite a few years since I have seen them live, so would be so cool to get a chance to see them, and catch up. :P

  58. Krystal Lynn July 25, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    I want to see Floater at the Crystal Ballroom on the full moon.

  59. El Shecky July 25, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    I would like to attend the fun and want to hear Floater

  60. Brandon Taylor July 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Why should i win them well because floater is and always will be my favorite band of all time and the best local band Oregon has to offer…

  61. Katrina July 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Its been years since my boyfriend and I have been to a show in general, let alone a floater show. He once followed you guys on one of your tours and saw every show. I’m not sure what his count is at now, but hes been to 30 plus shows. I unfortunately have only seen 2. The last shiw we have seen was your new years show for 2010. Recently we have been listening to angels in the flesh and devils in the bone Almost religiously and he has stated that had it not been for that album he would not have been able to overcome his recent personal battle with something that I think you guys can relate to. I honestly feel it has saved him and with a lot of work, ultimately saved us. If nothing else, I want to thank you for your work that is angels.

  62. Kristina July 28, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    Id love to take my husband (big fan of the band) to this show because his 60th birthday is Friday! What a way to celebrate!

  63. Brett July 28, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    My name is Brett I am from Salt Lake city and I have been a fan of Floater for nearly 20 years. My first show I saw\ heard Floater play was in at the holy cow in ut in 1997 I was to young to get in the show so I just stood out side and listened.
    Since then I have seen floater all over the west coast from their epic shows in Chico CA to shows in Montana, bosie ,Salt Lake ,Eugene. As of lately the band has not been touring as far out so in the past two yearsI I have traveled over 3000 miles for Floater shows. That being said I have never seen them at the Crystal ball room in Portland which is the best place to see a Floater show I am told so once again A car has been rented time off work has been taken and the salt lake crew will be in rout to portland!!!! Free tickets would be sweat!!!!!!!!!

  64. Kelola July 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    We had never even heard of Floater before, but we loved what we found of their music on You Tube. It would be AMAZING to go see them live, especially because as the working parents of two busy kids, we never get to go out–and this could launch us back into the realm of the musically engaged!

  65. Jadon Kreinheder July 30, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Love me some Floater, please count me in!

  66. Tracy July 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    New transplant to Portland, via Eugene would love to see Floater!

  67. Jeana July 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Would love to go and see this band and go inside the Crystal Ballroom for the first time!

  68. Elizabeth July 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Can I float away with floater

  69. J H July 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    I’d like to win because I’m planning to avoid my ex that night. Actually, several exes.

  70. Lisa July 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Need a cool place to hang with a jammin’ band!

  71. Hope July 31, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Yes, please!

  72. Brad July 31, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Floater tonight!

  73. Renata July 31, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    This seems like a perfect Friday night in Portland- Crystal Ballroom with great moon/sunset views and Floater! Hope I can attend.

  74. Norman July 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Let’s rock

  75. Ride June 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    Let’s do this…I’m so ready!! It’s been years since I’ve seen Floater!!

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