Win Tickets ($40): Sarah Jarosz @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Folk, “One of Acoustic Music’s Most Promising Young Talents”

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Sarah Jarosz @ Aladdin Theater on August 12. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 8.


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August 12, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $18 ADV / $20 DOS | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

“I really like that word,” Sarah Jarosz says of the title of Undercurrent, her fourth Sugar Hill album. “If you look up the definition, it’s ‘an underlying feeling or influence’ or ‘a flow of water moving below the surface.’ To me, that really encompasses the feeling behind this record.”

That evocative imagery is appropriate for Undercurrent, whose 11 original songs seem to reveal new lyrical depth and sonic nuance with every listen. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.”

Although it’s her fourth album, Undercurrent is a milestone for Jarosz in more ways than one. It’s her first release since graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her first since relocating to New York City.

“This is the first record I’ve made since being out on my own and experiencing a lot of changes, and I think that that’s reflected in the songs,” Jarosz explains. “It’s also the first record I’ve ever made that feels to me like a complete thought, with a beginning, a middle and an ending. It’s also the first time I’ve made an album that doesn’t have any covers on it. I wanted it to feel like the rollercoaster ride that is life, so I put a lot of thought into sequencing the songs. It was important for me to start with light, and then go through darker times, and stubbornness and strength and weakness, and then end up on a hopeful note.”

Undercurrent is a sublimely resonant song cycle anchored around a haunting quartet of songs written and performed solo by the artist: “Early Morning Light,” “Everything To Hide,” “Take Another Turn” and “Jacqueline.” The album features several numbers co-written by Jarosz with a variety of collaborators who also contributed to the recordings, including Luke Reynolds (“Green Lights”), Jedd Hughes (“House Of Mercy”), Parker Millsap (“Comin’ Undone”) and Aoife O’Donovan (“Still Life”). The latter track features O’Donovan, of Crooked Still fame, as well as Nickel Creek co-founder Sara Watkins, Jarosz’s bandmates in their extracurricular trio I’m with Her. Undercurrent also includes two songs co-written with the Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan, including the nostalgic “Back Of My Mind”.

“When I visualize this record, I think of the Central Park reservoir, where I spent a lot of time getting inspiration and thinking about the album,” Jarosz notes, adding, “It was the most focused I had ever been, in terms of trying to write every day and having a grander idea of what I really wanted to write, so I was able to enjoy the process of writing more than ever.

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43 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Sarah Jarosz @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Folk, “One of Acoustic Music’s Most Promising Young Talents”

  1. Vickie Moriarity July 26, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    I too have walked the Central Park reservoir.
    I’m passionate about Folk Music!
    An evening with this talented artist will be memorable!!

  2. Kris Martin July 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Pick Me Please!

  3. Emily July 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    I would love to see Sarah Jarosz at the Aladdin Theater. Sounds like a great show!

  4. Scott July 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    I would very much love to see Sarah. I have grown to know and love her through hearing about her via Sarah Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan, both of whom I have seen in person, but really want to see Jarosz. Thank you!

  5. Amanda July 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    I love acoustic music and have yet to see anything at the Aladdin Theater!

  6. Reuben July 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of Sarah Jarosz. Build me up From Bones has been on constant rotation in our home for a couple years now. I’d love to go see her play live. I’m sure it will be a great show! She’s a beautiful artist.

  7. Renee July 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    She has a beautiful voice and I love her sound! I would love taking my sister to see her live!

  8. Kelli M July 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    Pick me!

  9. John Vogan July 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    Always up for an evening filled with great acoustics – and a perfect way to kick off our weekend visit to Portland! Cheers!

  10. margit July 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Sounds amazing.

  11. Sarah Gulde July 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    She sounds fascinating and I love shows at the Aladdin!

  12. Dave G. July 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm #


  13. panda July 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    haven’t seen her live yet, what a treat!

  14. catie July 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    she does the best covers!

  15. Afton Downey July 28, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    This event sounds awesome!

  16. Cory Shird July 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    WOW!!!!! What a treat this would be for my wife!!!

  17. Wayne Lee July 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm #


  18. Tim July 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Tickets please. . . : )

  19. Jennifer July 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    She has a great voice, I would love to see her live!

  20. Duyen July 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    What an honor it’d be to see an amazing acoustic set in an amazing city.

  21. Hilary P July 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    She toured with Garrison Keillor last year for his America the Beautiful Tour, and they played at the Zoo. Despite a bit of rain at the end, it was a great show, and she was a shining star. I would love to hear Sarah again (while staying dry this time! at The Aladdin.

  22. S Loren July 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    This is deja vu.

  23. Cheryl July 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    Now, this would put a lotta joy into my life!

  24. johanna July 29, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Love acoustic :)

  25. Margaret H July 29, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    This sounds awesome.

  26. Jessica Fadness July 30, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    I don’t know Sarah Jarosz yet, but I would love to! And there’s no better centre than the Aladdin!

  27. Jessica Fadness July 30, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    I don’t know Sarah Jarosz yet, but I would love to! And there’s no better venue than the Aladdin!

  28. molli vandehey August 1, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    i love folk but i’ve never heard of her. looks like a good show!

  29. Jodi August 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    Love Sarah Jarosz; Annabelle Lee is hauntingly beautiful!

  30. Suzanne August 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Maybe if I win this time I’ll remember to check my email so I can use the tickets! Plus, I love the banjo.

  31. Heidi Savage August 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    I would love to come see Sarah Jarosz because she reminds me of home and because back in Mpls. MN there’s a bar named Jarosz, it was the home of the greeny (green beer on St. Patty’s).

  32. Kellie August 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    She is one of my favorite female artists and I would LOVE to hear her live!

  33. Paul Touloukian August 3, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    I think this show could be good for my blood pressure.

  34. Tim August 4, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I have recently discovered her music. . . . would love some free tickets (hint, hint).

  35. Jennifer August 4, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Sounds like a great night out for the hubby and me!

  36. Katelyn Steiger August 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    While my sister and I were growing up, my father played music for us on his six string Gibson guitar. It was one of the many ways he loved us. My fondest memories of him are of him playing “She’ll be coming around the mountain,” and us girls galloping to the music in circles around him as he picked up speed. I have memories of him playing the sounds of Doc Watson (Windy and Warm and Deep River Blues), Arlo Guthrie (Alice’s Restaurant), James Taylor (Blossom and Oh, Susanna) among many others. I have adopted many of my father’s favorite musicians but also discovered some of my own favorites like Charlie Parr, Trampled by Turtles, Kaleo, Mumford and Sons, The Steel Drivers, The Devil Makes Three…. Being kind of new to pDX, I am really enjoying exploring the music scene here and would love to check out Sarah Jarosz! It’s my birthday month too so…maybe I have a leg up?

  37. Maayan August 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    I adore Sarah Jarosz, would love to go!

  38. Christopher August 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    WIthout getting into detail, the past 30 days has been extremely! difficult and I would love nothing more than a night out on someone else’e dime. ThanX!

  39. Christina Johnson August 4, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    What a perfect way to unwind after a long week. Love me some good folk music….and a beer! :)

  40. Jen August 5, 2016 at 3:36 am #

    Fell in love with Sarah’s music after watching her open for John Prine a couple of years ago – would love to see her again!

  41. Deb B August 5, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    Would love to see Sarah perform. She is such a great talent on the music scene. Thanks!

  42. Cory August 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm #


  43. Judy Wiebe August 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    Sarah’s music is calling me! I can’t wait to go hear her!

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