We are giving away a pair of tickets to X, Small Wigs, & Skating Polly @ Crystal Ballroom on December 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 2.
From our sponsors:
X, Small Wigs, & Skating Polly
December 2, 2016
7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $28 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
X were the quintessential L.A. punk rockers before they grew into a world-class rock & roll band and live band; however, enthusiasm for their unique, intelligent and humorous work never quite reached critical mass.
Formed in 1977 after songwriter and bassist John Doe (b. Feb. 24, 1956) met (and later married) Exene Cervenka (b. Feb. 1, 1956) at a Venice poetry workshop, with rockabilly veteran Billy Zoom (b. Feb. 20, 194?) on guitar and D.J. Bonebrake (b. Dec. 8, 1955) on drums, the band garnered an immediate following. “Discovered” by ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, he took the band into the studio for the recording of Los Angeles in 1980. It was curious, at a time when punks were supposed to hate hippies, that X’s merging with an ex-Door was not only tolerated, but earned them stature as California’s preeminent punk band when the record earned across-the-board raves. 1981 saw the release of the similarly punked-up Wild Gift, while their 1982 album, Under the Big Black Sun, began what would be a long career in merging hard rock, country and folk into their fiery mix. The band successfully began to mix in their populist politics with an eye toward matters of the heart.