Win Tickets ($90): Portland New Year’s Eve 2016/2017 @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Champagne Toast

We are giving away a pair of tickets to on December 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 23.



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From our sponsors:
crackerCracker
Camper Van Beethoven

December 31, 2016
Doors p.m., Show p.m. | $40 ADV, $45 Doors | 21+
Tickets: aladdin-theater.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup – Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.”

Camper Van Beethoven
“We didn’t want to jump right back in and make that ‘Bad Reunion Record’ that most bands make when they try to reform. We were more concerned with getting used to each other and figuring out that we could still make music together, before we made a big deal out of announcing that we were back.”

So says David Lowery of the extended gestation period that preceded New Roman Times, Camper Van Beethoven’s first album of new material since reuniting after a decade-long hiatus.

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46 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Portland New Year’s Eve 2016/2017 @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Champagne Toast

  1. Anne December 13, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    I’ll get my ruby slippers ready!

  2. Ed December 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Saw Cracker last year, GREAT show!

  3. CHRIS December 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    My wife would enjoy this show!

  4. Caton December 13, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Camper Van Beethoven can do no wrong.

  5. James December 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Great music, venue, plus champagne how can one go wrong. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Amanda December 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect way to ring in the new year!

  7. Leila December 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Can’t think of a better way to spend my last New Years in Portland!

  8. Deb B December 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    What at way to send off 2016 and welcome 2017 with two great bands!

    Thanks!

  9. Dave G. December 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    My choice of all the New Year’s shows to attend in Portland this year!

  10. Tom Woodard December 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I AM DRIVING UP FROM MEDFORD AND WOULD LOVE TO GET ME SOME PDX LOVIN’ IN THE FORM OF TIX!! I WILL BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT, BUT THE FREE TIX WOULD KICK ASS!

  11. Nancy December 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    I wanna get crunk with cracker!

  12. Susan December 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    This would be the best way to end 2016!

  13. Sandra December 13, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    My husband would love this show!

  14. Karen December 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    Camper Van Beethoven takes me back.

  15. April Hall December 14, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    Best way to spend New Year’s Eve!

  16. Shawn December 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    A part I’d like to be at!

  17. Doug December 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Love camper van b – saw them in a garage at Vassar College in the 1980s – would love to see them again, and that other band too. :)

  18. Bogdan December 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Sounds like a great show

  19. Geneveive December 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Great music for a great night! Gotta love Cracker!

  20. Mark December 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    To hear “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl” again and live would be AWESOME!!!!!!

  21. John December 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    Great show at a fantastic Venue. Been a while since I have seen Cracker. Would love to go and relive some great memories and make some new ones.

  22. Jen December 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Oh yeah baby! Bring it on! :)

  23. Alyssa Farley December 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Great venue, saw Kimock a month or so back. Would love to get to know some more great tunes in this city! Especially to bring in the new year !

  24. Jenny December 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    Pdx- be my New Years genie!

  25. Brittanie December 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    This would be fun for New Year’s Eve! I love this place!

  26. A Edwards December 18, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Pick me! Pick me! Long time Camper fan with a Cracker fan hubby.

  27. Rosy December 19, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    This sounds so fun!

  28. Margaret H December 20, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Sounds awesome.

  29. Jennifer December 20, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Sounds like a great night of fun!! :)

  30. Heather December 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Yes please! We need something truly fun and positive to help ring in the new year.

  31. Paul December 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    I still have my CBV cassettes! And if I had a nickel for every nickel I ever had I’d sure have a lot of nickels! PICK ME!

  32. Paul December 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    I meant CVB CASETTES!! Pick me!

  33. Mia December 20, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    My mom used to have 2AM living room Camper van Beethoven dance parties on school nights when I was just a lil’ kid. Nobody ever called the police or child protective services. I guess we were just lucky. Let me be lucky again! Help me relieve the sleep-deprived, CVB blur that was my youth by hooking me up with these tickets, please and thank you.

  34. Amanda December 20, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    GREAT way to ring in the new year!

  35. Curt Hinck December 21, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Because I totally dig both these bands and I promise NOT to pull my stupid phone out and annoy everyone behind me with the screen.

  36. Sam December 21, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    Wow! How lucky Portland is to have Cracker/CVB on NYE! Best show in town hands down. This would be so much fun!

  37. Kristen F December 21, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    So fun! So long 2016!! This show would be a fantastic end to the year

  38. Urvasi Graham December 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Just moved to PDX and would love to celebrate with my partner!

  39. Karl Michael jacobson December 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    Yes, please and thank you. I need a new New Years shing ding!

  40. Jenny December 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    This sounds so fun!

  41. Alicia December 26, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Crackers and Champagne… Who knew they would go so well together?

  42. Schlomo Rabinowitz December 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Never seen Cracker; would love to for NYE

  43. Jessie December 28, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    New Year’s Eve blast!

  44. Julius Biercott December 29, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    Awesome, I would love to make it out to this show!

  45. Molly Cannon December 29, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    No idea who they are, just saw the name Beethoven. First time in many many years with no kids and not working! Would love to go!!!

  46. Kristen Jordan December 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    SO INTO IT!

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