Win Tickets ($50): Asleep at the Wheel @ Aladdin Theater | Western Swing, American Roots Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Asleep at the Wheel @ Aladdin Theater on August 26. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 24.

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Asleep at the Wheel @ Aladdin TheaterAsleep at the Wheel
August 26, 2015
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $25 | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

Asleep at the Wheel has seen miles and miles of Texas. They got their kicks on Route 66. And, in 2010, the band clicked another milestone on the odometer – their 40th anniversary. Now in their 45th year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation on tour.

“It’s been an amazing ride. From Paw Paw to San Francisco to Austin, we’ve seen it all,” says Wheel front man Ray Benson. “But, rest assured, there is still so many exciting projects in the works such as our brand new tribute album coming this March, Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys …The Wheel keeps rolling!”

It all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, and Lucky Oceans, along with a Vermont farm boy named Leroy Preston; Virginian Chris O’Connell; and Gene Dobkin, a bass player and fellow classmate of Benson’s from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, joined forces. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music.

Since their inception, the band has won nine GRAMMY awards, released more than 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. In 1971, the band signed their first record deal after Van Morrison mentioned they “play great country music” in an interview in Rolling Stone. Their debut record, Comin’ Right At Ya, was released in 1973 on United Artists. The release of Texas Gold in 1975 brought the band national recognition, with the single “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” becoming a top-ten country hit. The band has been awarded “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976) and the “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009). In 2010, they earned a GRAMMY nomination in the newly minted Best Americana Album category for their critically acclaimed Willie & The Wheel.

Owned by Ray Benson, Bismeaux Records has won “Best Local Record Label” three years consecutively in the Austin Music Awards. Between 2005 and 2012, Ray Benson wrote, produced and starred in the Bob Wills musical A Ride With Bob. The production sold 70,000 tickets in 18 cities nationwide including the Kennedy Center in 2006. In 2007, Benson performed with Carrie Underwood & Johnny Gimble on the GRAMMY Awards Telecast in a special GRAMMY Salute to Bob Wills.

On March 3rd, 2015 the band will release their forthcoming tribute album Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys on Bismeaux Records.

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28 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Asleep at the Wheel @ Aladdin Theater | Western Swing, American Roots Music

  1. John E August 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Route 66 with Bubbles in My Beer. I Didn’t Realize that I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive so Snap Your Fingers and send me them there tickets.

  2. Perry August 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Me, me, me I love asleep at the wheel!!!!!

  3. John Keys August 11, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    I love Asleep at the Wheel and I have many albums and cd’s. It was my first intro to Texas Swing. My wife, who is from Texas, loves to jitterbug to the music and she is the first person to trust me to swing her! I play in a number of bands and Corona Corona is my favorite…ok, I also love Bump, Bounce, Boogie. Thanks for sharing the music.

  4. Stan Needelman August 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    because i am old enough to remember bob will and his texas playboys and asleep at the wheel when they first started. i am so old (boohoo) that this might be my last chance to see him live

  5. Leonard August 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Love country swing

  6. Maureen August 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Because I love that Texas swing music!

  7. Matthew August 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got Texas swing…

  8. Cynthia August 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    What a fabulous way to spend an evening with friends at the Aladdin Theater!
    No one is sleeping tonight!
    “lets get the party started”.

  9. Mark D. Johnson August 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Bob Wills lives! Right there in the Texas sized boots of Big Ray Benson!

  10. Ron T August 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    WoW…, now this sounds like a rootin tootin good time. I love “swing”, but, have never experienced the western swing genre. Please pick me.

  11. Christine August 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    Take me way back to one of my first underage honky-tonk shows! I’d love to see them again.

  12. Cory August 14, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    I love western swing!!!!!!!

  13. Tom P August 14, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    I’d love to go

  14. Donielle August 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    I would love to see this show! Sounds like a blast!

  15. Dave G August 15, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Another classic band, that I’d love to see!

  16. Laura Gault August 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    This is so exciting asleep at the wheel is great I have only seen him once at the zoo and that day is my birthday. I am working in a coffee shop so it is hard to have enough money to do fun things on my birthday it would be wonderful to win these tickets. I really need to get some groove on.

  17. Melissa Kirby August 17, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Big balls in “slab town” sorta :-P Love this band, stream them at work!

  18. ahbree August 18, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Great music! How much fun this would be :)

  19. Kim August 20, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    We would love to go! especially at the Aladdin!

  20. Dorothea August 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    I saw this wonderful country swing band, Asleep at the Wheels, while living in Austin, Texas and fell in love with them and country swing. My son is visiting Portland this coming week and would love to be able to bring him. He enjoys country and blues mostly but would enjoy hearing AATW. Thank You

  21. Bobbie Kramer August 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me! I oh so need a night out. :)

  22. jean zuelke August 20, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    These guys bring back such great memories.

  23. amy August 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    So fun! I love fun!

  24. Tim August 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    Would love to go

  25. Carol McKenzie August 21, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    I was introduced to this band in the late 70’s and have all their music. I haven’t been to a concert since I seen them in Eugene, Oregon in my college days. I am 65 this year and could use a little swing in my step.

  26. Sarah August 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    This is one of my dad’s favorite bands and I would love to give him a birthday concert!

  27. Allison August 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    I just learned how to swing dance! This sounds great :)

  28. Cory Shird August 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    Love these guys. Always a treat with their music!!!!!

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