Win Tickets ($36): The Brothers Comatose @ Revolution Hall | Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, w/ Hillstomp & Rainbow Girls

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Brothers Comatose @ Revolution Hall on March 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 6.


From our sponsors:
The Brothers Comatose
March 11, 2017
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $16 ADV. $18 Doors | All Ages

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
971 808 5094

Expansive, uplifting, and just downright beautiful, City Painted Gold is one of the most anticipated records of the coming year – at least amongst the loyal fans The Brothers Comatose had won while touring across the country in support of their past two releases. Infused with a sense of relaxed, experienced confidence, The Brothers Comatose offer a southwestern-tinged, rowdy stringband sound that might just make this your new favorite record before you turn it over to side B. Walking lockstep with their undeniable top-flight musicianship is an easy humility. “It’s just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere handful of years. With bassmaster Gio Benedetti and stellar accompanists Philip Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, NC and beyond.

“It all sort of started before we ever picked up instruments” explains Ben. “Our mom was in a folk quartet that sang beautiful songs in harmony. Alex and I would watch them rehearse for hours when we were kids.” Growing up around band rehearsals and music parties, the Morrison brothers eventually found themselves with instruments in their hands. Ben started playing on his dad’s acoustic guitar and Alex happened upon a banjo that someone had left behind after a household music party.

The brothers learned a mess of classic rock covers, playing casually in their living room and around campfires (and at those famous Morrison music parties) for the next few years. Eventually their genre of choice drifted to broad-stoke Americana and a buddy asked them to come record a few tunes in his garage. Their friend Benedetti had been studying upright bass and they called him up for the session. He couldn’t make it that day but shortly after they all began playing together. They needed a few more good players to round out their sound, and the brothers put up fliers all around San Francisco. A few people answered, including Philip Brezina, at the time pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at the Conservatory of Music. “When he showed up, I thought, who the hell is this guy?” says Ben. “He’s kind of a redneck but he’s getting his masters in classical violin. Turned out to work pretty well.” Avellone had shared bills with the Brothers a few times over the years in other bands and was a perfect fit. Ben called him up, and “next thing you know, he’s our mandolin player.”

Soon enough they put the axe to the grindstone, releasing two critically acclaimed records in Songs From The Stoop (2010) and Respect the Van (2012). Those releases led to extended tours with Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain String Band and Lake Street Dive, which in turn led to their own headlining club tours and festival appearances including the likes of High Sierra, Delfest, Outsidelands and Pickathon.

When it came to write their third record, the now-seasoned road warriors returned to their home of fourteen years in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. “We wrote this album living in San Francisco as it was changing from a weird, art friendly mecca to a place that only super rich tech workers could afford,” tells Ben. “Things started changing – venues were closing down, and artist and musician friends moved away. What is San Francisco without its weirdos? That’s what the song “City Painted Gold” is about and that’s why it’s the name of this record.” Shortly after completing the record, The Brothers Comatose themselves joined the ranks of the displaced.

Eviction brings change, and change inspires creativity. When our heroes got booted from their home city of over a decade, they did not despair – no! They wrote a new and wonderful album. If our heroes maintain their current trajectory we should all be really rather excited about what the future holds.

Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. “Hillstomp sounds like the best kinds of music from the hills have come down from said hills, into town, and tried to make nice, but instead decided to stomp you with awesome, crunchy blues licks.” –OregonLive

Rainbow Girls
Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives who’ve spent the last 4 years touring Europe and the US as a rock n’ roll band, but who’ve recently returned to their folkier roots by embarking on a house concert tour across America. This new trio version of the band (Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, & Vanessa May) highlights their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting, and soulful, bluesy sound at its rawest form.

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): The Brothers Comatose @ Revolution Hall | Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, w/ Hillstomp & Rainbow Girls

  1. Erica February 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    I love the Brothers Comatose! I’ve been following them for years and have seen them live many times. Never seen them play in Portland though!

  2. Janic February 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    I love Hillstop AND Rainbow Girls! This would be a dream concert!!

  3. Heather February 28, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    HillStomp!!! Would love to go

  4. Tyler February 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    The Brothers Comatose, and two more talented bands?
    I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a night.
    Tickets to this would settle idle hands,
    and get them and my feet grooving in time to the aural delight.

  5. Susan Brodesser February 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    Love to take my son, autistic and loves music. Would be a great social experience for him

  6. Philip Navarre February 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    Dancing for a new revolution

  7. Cara February 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    Sounds perfect to me!

  8. Jessica February 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Been wanting to check these guys out for a while!

  9. Jessica February 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Been wanting to check these guys out!

  10. Jennifer February 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    Me please! Would love to go!

  11. Dylan Luka February 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Brothers Comatose is super fun, I missed them last time they played Portland. Not gonna miss this one.

  12. Dave G. February 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    Brother …can you spare a Comatose(ticket).

  13. Jason Lyman February 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    I don’t know the groups performing, but I love folk and Americana music… and being introduced to new and talented artists.

  14. ellie Long February 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    Been looking forward to this for months!! Bromatose!!

  15. Lisa L. February 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    Ooooooo yes please!!

  16. John February 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

    Sounds super rad! And I lived on alder and 16th for a long time. Glad to see the neighborhood getting a facelift..

  17. Jessica F February 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    I love Brothers Comatose and Revolution Hall is my favorite venue! Hillstomp!!

  18. poppy March 1, 2017 at 1:48 am #


  19. poppy March 1, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Love it!

  20. Tim D March 1, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Great lineup here. Would love to attend w my love.

  21. Rob March 1, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Bromatose indeed!

  22. Marcie March 1, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Good times and fun! My hon will love this!!

  23. Tracer March 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    I seriously got a termination notice from my boss last week and I would be most grateful to win these tiks.

  24. Ruth E Moorman March 2, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    Please please please! Pick me!

  25. Rachel Terry March 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  26. Robert March 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    It would be great to see this!! I hope I win!

  27. Shasha Andrews March 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    I haven’t seen live folk & bluegrass in over 30 years! This would be a great stress outlet, a creative getaway, and a damn good excuse to move & groove. One word: THERAPY!! <3

  28. Linda Anthony March 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    They’re so fun!!!!!! Had some of my best dancing nights w these boys. I’m their favorite grandma stalker!

  29. Tim March 3, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    I had not heard their music yet but was curious after seeing their name so I looked them up on YouTube. Sounds like it’d be a really fun night of music.
    Tickets please!

  30. Polly March 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Just a local gal hoping surprise my sweetie and go to this concert! My partner and I had our first kiss at a hillstomp show and have been fans ever since. But we have never seen brothers comatose! I would love the opportunity to see them and I love this venue!
    Fingers crossed! I never win anything haha :)

  31. Kelly March 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    What a great lineup! We would love to jam the night away!

  32. Carol March 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    Fun dancing

  33. Bonnie Nicholas March 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    You’d have to be comatose to not dance to the Brothers Comatose

  34. Aleks March 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Pick me!

  35. Phoebe March 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Hillstomp is the truth. Rev hall should probably get the seats removed for this one because everybody and their mother will be dancing like fiends!

  36. Maura March 5, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    I too love Pie For Breakfast! … These guys, my favorite

  37. vrob March 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    too much fun!

  38. Wil Stevens March 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    I would love to see these folks! Hillstomp is great too!

  39. Mauraborealice March 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    Folksy bluegrass music is not too common around here. And it is our native music. Want to hear some!

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