Win Tickets ($70): Grammy Winner Shawn Colvin @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Pop, Singer / Songwriter

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Grammy Winner Shawn Colvin @ Aladdin Theater on January 15. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 15.


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January 15, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $35 | Minors OK w/ guardian
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

On her new album Uncovered, acclaimed singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin shines with sublime sensitivity, casting new light on an exquisitely curated collection of songs from some of the most admired writers in popular music history. Uncovered’s twelve tunes include songs by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Robertson and Graham Nash to name a few, but in their selection and delivery, they are pure Shawn Colvin. As Shawn says: “Unless a song moves you, it doesn’t matter what you do with it.”

Born in Vermilion, South Dakota and raised in part in Illinois and Ontario, Shawn Colvin was already a well-traveled and seasoned performer by the time she won her first Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut Steady On in 1989. In the decades since, Colvin has released a string of superlative albums and established an enduring reputation as one of America’s great live performers. Her lasting appeal is due in part to her willingness to lay herself bare coupled with a dry wit; intrigued parties would do well to investigate Colvin’s superb memoir Diamond In The Rough (William Morrow Publishing, 2013).

“I learned to play guitar when I was ten,” Shawn explains. “I learned fast and could copy anybody. My favorite artists were songwriters: James Taylor, Carole King, and Paul Simon among them. I was so in awe of the fact that these were actually songs that someone had written. I was terrified like, how could I ever live up to that? I had writer’s block before I was a writer.”

In time, Colvin refashioned that block into a notable self-penned body of work. Colvin compositions include Billboard chart lodgers “Round of Blues” and “I Don’t Know Why” (both from 1992’s Fat City), “Whole New You” (2001) and “Nothin’ On Me” (1997) as well as 1997’s pop hit “Sunny Came Home” (co-written with John Leventhal), which earned her two of Grammy’s biggest awards, Record Of The Year and Song of the Year.

“I met John Leventhal when I first moved to New York around 1980,” Shawn explains. “He invited me into the process of writing. I began to write lyrics and they were terrible. But I had this epiphany that I was a solo artist with stuff to say. Maybe it’s all been said before, but at least it’ll be me saying it. And I realized I could write my own songs. So, this album, it’s another homage to my past, if you will.” An homage to songs you wish you’d written? “Sure,” Shawn says with an easy laugh, “I wish I’d written all of them.”

Call it wish fulfillment through personal interpretation. Uncovered’s gems include Colvin’s sepia-tinged interpretation of Tom Waits’ ballad “Hold On” (co-written by Waits with his wife Kathleen Brenan), which she describes as “dear and lonesome.” Colvin will feature that song in performance on her upcoming tour, as well as her cover of the Graham Nash composition “I Used to Be a King”, the latter in part a nod to Colvin’s deep admiration of (and friendship with) the members of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Devotees of Colvin’s work will immediately recognize that this isn’t her first full album of cover songs. In 1994, she released Cover Girl, a 12-song trip through some of the compositions that informed her own artistic DNA. “I worshipped Bonnie Raitt, and because she sang other peoples’ songs, that legitimized the act of covering someone else’s songs. I mean, even the Beatles started as a cover band. It’s an important step in learning. I eventually began to cover songs that were a bit less predictable: The Police, Talking Heads, songs that showed up on Cover Girl.”

The difference in 2015 is that Colvin is now a fully seasoned writer and interpreter. “The songs on Cover Girl were actually staples of my live act at the time,” Shawn explains. “This wasn’t the case with Uncovered. Some of these songs I knew how to play, others I learned for the purpose of recording this album. Until you learn a song, you don’t know if you can bring anything to it. I get the idea in my head to learn a song because I love it. Then I go through a time when I’m afraid to learn it because I don’t want to screw it up. In the end I wind up finding out fairly quickly if it’s going to work for me.”

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59 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Grammy Winner Shawn Colvin @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Pop, Singer / Songwriter

  1. Nancy January 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    I have great memories of watching Shawn Colvin play at the Zoo. Would love to see her again.

  2. Megan Dunning January 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    I would love to see Shawn Colvin!! Whoo!

  3. Alison January 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    I used to see her in my college days and the 15th is my birthday!

    • Alison January 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

      That was SIU in Carbondale Illinois. She hadnt yet recorded and was playing coffee houses.

  4. William Longnecker January 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Seeing her take on these classics would be a real treat.!!

  5. Anne January 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Am ready to mellow out to some great music.

  6. Lauren January 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Would love to see her again – last time was in Eastham MA in 1988

  7. Philip Bowser January 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    An evening of Shawn Colvin at the Aladdin–what a great way to begin 2016! Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets!

  8. david January 5, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    my gf’s mum loves colvin. she’s done much for me. time to give her (and my gf:) a bit back!

  9. Tim January 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Would like to experience one of her concerts, tickets please!

  10. Jeff January 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    Been a long time since I heard her first solo album and awesome duets with Loudon Wainwright III but would love to hear what she’s doing now.

  11. Chelsea January 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    I would love to see her now that she’s fully seasoned!

  12. Jake January 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Music is okay I guess

  13. Jen January 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Been listening to Shawn Colvin for 20 years and have yet to see her live in concert! In addition to her more well known songs, the sultry “Set the Prairie on Fire” has ranked as one of my all-time faves. Love this woman!

  14. Paul January 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    I’ve never had the opportunity to see Shawn Colvin. I would GREATLY cherish this, being a long time fan.

  15. marco January 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Sunny came home… and sent me in her stead.

  16. Shasha Andrews January 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I would LOVE to give myself these tickets for my birthday! What a great gift! Thank you!!!

  17. cathy January 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    she’s amazing! it would be a fun date night :)

  18. Cory January 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Colvin Kicks bootay

  19. Melanie January 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Please pick me!

  20. Alan M January 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    My wife would love this.

  21. johanna January 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    I am sure it will be an awesome show.

  22. Scott Worthington January 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    What can i say, It’s Shawn Colvin for crying out loud (I sound like my dad!), please pick me and 21 other lucky folks!

  23. Danielle January 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Can’t beat it!

  24. Brittanie January 7, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    This sounds fun, I would love to go.

  25. Lisa January 7, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    This would be great to see Shawn in person and hear such an amazing musician.

  26. Linda S January 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    I have never seen her so this would be fun

  27. Laura Kuperstein January 8, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    Shawn Colvin is an amazing artist. My husband and I have followed her for years. I actually saw her at the Aladdin a number of years back and she was standing outside by her bus. I was at a loss for words but just blurted out “I love your work”!

    Would love to go to this concert.

  28. Tonia Noelle January 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Haven’t had the pleasure, would love to! Thanks!!

  29. Carla DiNucci January 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    Haven’t been to a concert for literally decades and would love to see Shawn.

  30. Meredith January 9, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    I would love to take a long time shawn-colvin-loving friend of mine to this show ( who has been having a challenging winter)….it would be a pair of tickets well spent.

  31. Nathan January 9, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    Never seen her! Looking to bring a date! Yah!

  32. Michelle Edwards January 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    I need Shawn Colvin’s music to rejuvenate me! I am a teacher and was sick all of winter break. My husband was awesome and stuck with me through it. I want to surprise him with some real fun!

  33. Jessie January 9, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    I wanna go and get her autograph!

  34. Beth January 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets to this show, I’ve never seen Shawn Colvin live before!

  35. Dan January 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    This sounds like a good date night. Hope we win!

  36. Kristy January 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Right on!

  37. Geetika January 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Sounds awesome, feeling lucky!

  38. Brittanie January 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    I would love to go! I’m looking for something fun to do on Friday.

  39. Wes January 12, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Pick me! pICK ME! i LOVE HER!

  40. Nick January 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    My girlfriend loves her!! Sounds like a perfect date night :)

  41. Danielle January 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    This sounds like my kind of show.

  42. Taylor January 13, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    I loooooooove him!

  43. Hannah January 14, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    this would be amazing :)

  44. Cory January 14, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Colvin Rocks!!

  45. Matt January 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    I’d ride shotgun down that avalanche!

  46. Margaret H January 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Love Shawn Colvin and it’s been years since I saw her.

  47. karl Jacobson January 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Sold out show – Hell ya – Count me in!!!

  48. TIM FOSTER January 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Shawn Colvin is awesome, I would love to see this show.

  49. Kambra January 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Her music moves moves me.

  50. Jenn January 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    …because Colvin speaks to my heart!

  51. Lauri January 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    So I have been Shawn’s fan since the 80s. I used to go see her when she was in the DC area. Fast forward 15 years and my first cousin who lives in Austin, TX tells me her daughter is friends with Shawn’s daughter. I tried to buy tickets to this show, but they were sold out. My cousin’s kid isn’t friends with Shawn’s daughter anymore – they went to different high schools. I have no connection to Shawn, except the connection in my heart. Great memories of loving a great vocalist. I would LOVE to see her at the Aladdin tomorrow. <3

  52. Stace January 14, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    Shawn Colvin changed my life. I found her music and songwriting at one the hardest times in my life. Her lyrics captured my heart and touched my soul.

  53. Pam Evans January 14, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    I have been a fan of Shawn’s since her first time on stage. Would love love love to see her at the Aladdin!!!

  54. Graham January 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Yup all over this. Would love these tickets!! Can’t afford to see her these days.

  55. Dave G. January 14, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    Think big, live local!

  56. Megan O. January 15, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  57. Megumi January 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    need some good music!

  58. Lilvito January 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    First time visitor to this site and am impressed. If I don’t win, I want to buy tickets!! Thanks for keeping me up to date on fun events in Portland!

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