Win Tickets ($60): A Very Special Portland 2015 – 2016 New Year’s Eve: The Helio Sequence with Wild Ones @ Revolution Hall | Indie Rock, Psychedelic, Folk, w/ Kyle Craft

We are giving away a pair of tickets to New Year’s Eve: The Helio Sequence with Wild Ones @ Revolution Hall on December 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 28.


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The Helio Sequence with Wild OnesThe Helio Sequence with Wild Ones
December 31, 2015
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $25 ADV, $30 Doors | 21+
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo’s friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing “The 20-Song Game.” The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they’d have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process—of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the “The 20-Song Game” to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record.

“Negotiations was a very long, introspective process,” remembers Summers of the band’s 2012 Sub Pop LP. “We shut ourselves off from the world and disappeared down the rabbit hole. That’s how we tend to work, but we wanted to try something new, open and immediate.”

In a sense, The Helio Sequence had spent their whole career preparing for this record. They’d sunk entire recording advances into studio purchases, collaborating with local engineers to build custom gear and a space where they could blend high fidelity with kaleidoscopic sound. In 2013, the pair took on their first full-scale production project, the Brazilian rock band Quarto Negro, after the group inquired about their space and availability through Facebook. As producers, they’d remixed Shabazz Palaces, picked up mixing sessions with Portland acts and earned representation from Global Positioning Services. Summers and Weikel discovered just how adaptable and powerful their studio could be.

In May of 2014, inspired by the “20-Song Game”, they began arriving each morning in their Portland space—housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse— with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month. They began exploring and capturing, recording guitar riffs and keyboard loops, drum patterns and bass lines. One piece documented, they quickly advanced to the next idea. Summers and Weikel didn’t discuss what they were making or the reference points that informed it, though such discussions had once been central to The Helio Sequence’s more self-conscious process. They just played. Created. In time, they returned to each fragment, broadcasting it over the studio PA, jamming and recording the results. Mistakes didn’t matter, and second chances didn’t exist. After two weeks, Summers and Weikel began cutting those loose takes into rough shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches.

Kyle Craft
After hightailing it between his homestate of Louisiana and Portland, OR for two years, Kyle Craft has finally settled into the Pacific Northwest. Craft and his five-piece band bring to the stage a nostalgic rock n’ roll show, harking back to acts such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, and David Bowie. Though he pays an obvious homage to a sound “Come And Gone”, he manages to make it all his own, bringing loud, clear soul to his songs about everything from lost love to lost minds.

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106 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): A Very Special Portland 2015 – 2016 New Year’s Eve: The Helio Sequence with Wild Ones @ Revolution Hall | Indie Rock, Psychedelic, Folk, w/ Kyle Craft

  1. Jason King December 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    I was blown away by the Helio Sequence when I saw them for the first time this summer. It would be a great way to bring in the new year!

  2. Kelly December 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I’d LOVE to go!

  3. Sam Rain December 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    My wife worked with Wild Ones band member Nick a few years ago and came home raving about them after hearing their music. After seeing their performance at Mississippi Studios in 2013, I can definitely say I am a huge fan. I would absolutely love to see them again, and since I have never seen the Helio Sequence, it would make it a New Years to remember for the both of us.

  4. Qing December 2, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Lemme be sequenced please!

  5. Scott December 2, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    No plans on NYE yet and this sounds like the ticket!

  6. Yume December 2, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I saw Wild Ones on New Years Eve a couple of years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite NYE memories. Would love to see them again!

  7. Jade Webster December 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    First NYE not working! Time to do something fun!

  8. Emily schmiedel December 3, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    This sounds like the most perfect start to my
    New year. Revolution hall is always a good time!

  9. Peter Goldman December 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    Tickets pretty please, with dancing on top!

  10. Cory December 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Sounds like a NYE treat!!!!

  11. Ed December 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Have never had the pleasure of seeing a show at the Revolution Hall, but Helio Sequence is amazing!

  12. andy December 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Seen Helio Sequence a couple times and would love to go again!

  13. Dave G. December 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    I know what I’d like to do for New Years…

  14. panda December 4, 2015 at 1:42 am #

    panda new year!

  15. Vee December 4, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    New Year’s Eve with the Helio Sequence!? That would be top notch!!

  16. sydney roberts December 4, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    i’d loooove to dance in 2016 with this show!! my boyfriend and i are visiting portland for 1) our first trip to portland, and 2) our first NYE together!

  17. Faith December 4, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Hot girls want to come and party!

  18. johanna lovell December 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    I have no plans for the New Year celebration yet. This sounds like a winner :)

  19. Amalia December 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Haven’t seen hello sequence since they opened for modest mouse 14 years ago. They were great then and wold love to hear them on NYE!!

  20. Sean Burns & Brianna Angelo December 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Just two newly engaged lovebirds taking an adventurous road trip from the foggy hilltops of San Francisco up through the lush redwoods of the pacific northwest looking for some fun and passion along the way. Couldn’t think of doing anything better than spending this new year’s eve entrapped in a psychedelic trance :]

  21. Macy December 5, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I’ve got NYE off and nothing to do! I’d love to come check out the venue, as a hotel concierge I love exploring places I haven’t been before so I can accurately promote it to my guests!

  22. Christina Johnson December 5, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I’ve never experience any of the Portland music scene like this and think this would be one good way to dive in! Stuck in the suburbs and need me some music and good times! Thank you PDXpipeline!

  23. Christina Johnson December 5, 2015 at 11:30 am #


  24. Diana Kalkreuter December 6, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    My best friend and I are both combat veterans [and yes, we’re women! ;-)] – we met each other when we were stationed in Germany and forced to be roommates. She lives on the East coast and in ten years we’ve only had the chance to see each other a handful of times. This is her first time to Portland and I’d love to take her to see The Helio Sequence to celebrate the new year!!

  25. Chris December 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    Yes please!

  26. Lea Anna December 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect way to ring in the new year!

  27. Daniel December 8, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Working to get back together with my girlfriend, who is coming in from Berkeley for New Year’s. This sounds like a perfect venue and band to help us reconnect and provide a spark!

  28. Kyle December 8, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Because pizza.

  29. Rylee G December 9, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    Folk, psychedelic music, what more can a woman ask for besides beer and dancing. This sounds like a great way to bring in the new year. Cheers!

  30. Ann December 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    My husband and I haven’t been to a concert in years and could use a New Years adventure!

  31. Cory December 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Sounds like a kickn good heckuva time

  32. Katie December 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    The Helio Sequence is definitely a favorite of mine, but I’ve never seen them live – I’d so love to!

  33. David G December 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Can’t say anything but this would be AWESOME!!

  34. Roger December 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Holy moly Batman!
    It would be like having a utility belt full of fun! Robin and I would turn off the Bat Signal and run right over!

  35. Liz December 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Would love to start the new year dancing & prancing & overjoyed with good fortune of it being free! Smiles abound for all.

  36. Randy December 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    This Sounds like Awesome Sauce!!!

  37. lorea December 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    A god reason to hire a sitter and be kid free! Pick me!!

  38. Julie D. December 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    I can’t remember the last time I went out on New Year’s Eve. Please help me start a New Year’s Revolution of not watching that damn ball drop in New York one more time!

  39. Ninavolk December 12, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    Amazing music to start the new year!

  40. Maria December 12, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    yes, please!

  41. Clayton kangiser December 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    OOOOOHHHH! Talk about the perfect tickets! Lightning from above, fireworks clouding the sky, and I’m s firecracker booming with enthusiasm for these tickets :) If I win I’ll get a PDX pipeline tattoo!

  42. Kyle December 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    Am home for the holidays and can’t think of a better way to kick things off!

  43. Marcela December 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Because the first year that I moved to Portland, I didn’t know a single soul and played arcade games at Ground Kontrol where some Canadians adopted me for the night and got me drunk (so that was cool). Last year was spent in Seattle (not cool). And this year I’m back, baybeh! It’d be nice to have a great party to go to!

  44. Jane December 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    I would LOVE to hear what these artists souls have to share with he world!… their energy sounds amazing and eclectic :)…

    Please pic me?!:)

    Very Grateful,

  45. Richard December 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    That would be the first NYE I spend in Portland. Pick me!!

  46. Galma December 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    wedding anniversary and expecting our first baby. Looking forward to a fun New Year’s out this year!

  47. Kel December 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    I’d love to witness this experiment first hand. It sounds like a great way to bring in 2016

  48. Allie S December 15, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I would love to go see the wild ones perform again I got to see them this summer at pabst project and fell in love with them all the covers they played were magnificent, and I want to spend NYE with them again!

  49. Eddie December 15, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    ticket me please!!!

  50. Lisa Walton December 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    2016 is going to be an epic year for us, I am having a friend from california up for NYE and would love to be able to show him a slice of Portland at this event! #DynamicDuo

  51. Asia Kyles December 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m flying up from Hollywood, CA to the love of my life to marry me and ring in 2016 in the most Rock N Roll way possible!!!


  52. Chris December 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    What a great venue and band. Good Luck to all!

  53. Robin's Birthday December 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to celebrate my birthday!

  54. Marie Conner December 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Sounds like a blast!

  55. Jessie December 17, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    This sounds like an epic way to start the year.

  56. Anne December 17, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Helio Sequence are great live.

  57. Michael December 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Yes!!! I would love to see wild ones … great way to kick off the new year

  58. Cory December 17, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Its a Heluva Helio night

  59. Justin Tyle December 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    My fiance and I have a scheduled wedding at the end of January and would like to do something special with her for NYE. This event would be perfect for us since we’re both huge fans of music and are musicians ourselves. Sadly, our budget is on the low side and cannot afford more than a bottle of champagne for our celebrations.

  60. lorea December 18, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    I’d get out of the cozy pajamas and have a real aah night out for this! ?!?!?!?!

  61. Annie December 18, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    AMAZING! I would love the opportunity; what a great way to ring in the new year. :)

  62. Sasha T December 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I’d love to win and have something memorable to do on NYE.

  63. Chis December 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    I’ve almost went to see Helio Sequence on NYE a few times, but just haven’t made it out…. I’ve seen them many times since 2001 though. Record release in-store performances, shows in Seattle, shows in Portland, one random show in Atlanta while on vacation (w/ Menomena!). So many good times… Would love to see Brandon and Benjamin rock in the new year this time around! Pick me! P-b-b-b-b-lease, Eddie?

  64. Andy G December 18, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    Sounds like an absolute blast!!!

  65. Kelly December 19, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    I am WILD ONE!!!

  66. Stefan December 19, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I’d love to go!!

  67. Brittanie December 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    This sounds interesting!

  68. Mason December 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are coming up to Portland from California and we would love to attend such a sought-after indie music event for our first NYE together!

  69. Mathew December 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    This is two of my favorite groups in one show. You should pick me because otherwise I won’t have enough money to buy drinks at the venue.

  70. gelique December 22, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    great band and great performance space – would be lucky to go!

  71. tim schroeder December 22, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Would love to go! Spend quality time with the wife!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Julia schroeder December 22, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    I would love to go! I need to get out for a date night!

  73. corey December 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    i would love to attend this..pick me please :)

  74. Tahni December 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    I missed Helio Sequence at Musicfest NW this summer, and I love Wild Ones! I’d love the chance to see them both on NYE!

  75. Rina December 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm #


  76. MacKensie December 23, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    The husband and I would love to kick off the new year with Helio Sequence and Wild Ones!

  77. Diana December 23, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Hearing how the Helio Sequence took the 20 song game and ran with it by creating so much in a short amount of time is super inspiring to me. I like to do mixed media art and I’ve used the same technique when trying to get assignments done on time, but I find that I should really make it regular practice because some of my best work comes from that and there’s also just more work produced! I’d love to see this band now hearing about them. Kyle craft seems like he’d be a blast too! :)

  78. Janet December 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Would love to spend NYE listening to some great music at Rev Hall!! Would be thrilled if you chose me for this great concert! Cheers!!

  79. Heather December 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    I’ve got to go to this incredible event! Please, please, please!!!!

  80. Bridgette Costa December 24, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    Sounds so fun ! Would love to win free tickets to this event !

  81. Cory December 24, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Oh Helio yes!!!!

  82. Diana December 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    First time in Portland and it’s a New Years’ Eve! This party sounds like fun, would be thrilled to enter 2016 listening to Helio Sequence! Xx

  83. ryan December 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    love revolution hall. let me get in on that.

  84. Tucker December 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Helio Sequence + Revolution Hall + NYE = HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  85. Abbie Cary December 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Much thanks and hugs for considering me!

  86. Jacob Kienlen December 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Because I’m too poor for portland.

  87. Barbara December 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    I love Helio Sequence! This would be so fun for New Years!

  88. Michele Brown December 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Yes please

  89. Jeff December 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Sounds cool.

  90. Josh Smith December 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    I’d love to see the Helix Sequence! They’re so great!

  91. Josh Smith December 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I’d love to see the Helio Sequence! They’re so great!

  92. Jeff December 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Definitely want to go to this.

  93. Heather December 28, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    This event is going to rock! I adore Helio Sequence!

  94. Shelby December 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Because I have a hook for a hand.

  95. Ryan December 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    ?Wild ONES? How did I not hear about this sooner!
    this’d be so rad

  96. Matt December 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets so I can go to the thing without paying $120.

  97. Diego December 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Does it matter what I say here or is it just a random pick?

  98. Alex December 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Awesome band. Should be a fun show. Would love to go

  99. Elyse December 28, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    I hope it’s not too late to enter! I want to go!

  100. Trina December 29, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    I Love seeing music at the Revolution hall!! This sounds like an Amazing NYE!! Bring it on 2016!!

  101. Jarrod Nixon December 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    This would be a really fun show to go to!

  102. rick December 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    This would be a great start to our first year in Portland!

  103. amber December 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    This would be a great way to say goodbye to 2015 and usher in a fantastic New Year!! … and it’s a hell of a lot more exciting than my current NYE plans.

  104. Sid December 29, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    I’d like to go.

  105. lorea December 30, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Any tickets left?????? I’m broke after Christmas, but I have free family babysitting!!!!! Oh please!!

  106. Aletta Shores December 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    I have to work all day, would love to party all night.

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