Win Tickets ($50): Cracker @ Lola’s Room | Rock, Soul, Country, Portland 2017 St. Patrick’s Day

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Cracker @ Lola’s Room on March 17. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 13.


From our sponsors:
March 17, 2017
5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. show | $22 advance, $25 day of show | All Ages
More info:

Crystal Ballroom Property – Lola’s Room
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97205

In December of 2014 Cracker released 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.”

“This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.”

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.

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21 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Cracker @ Lola’s Room | Rock, Soul, Country, Portland 2017 St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Mark B. March 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    I would love to see this show!

  2. CHRIS March 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    I have listened their music and i’d like to go some day to see them

  3. Bartek Kurek March 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Yes yes yes!

  4. Chris K March 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    I saw these guys on NYE, and it was a fantastic show. I’d love to do that again!

  5. Nikki Gray March 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    This would be the ultimate for some southern loving country music fans and that means us! I need a good way to spend St. Pattys day with my country loving man.

  6. Wynand Van Emmerik March 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    wow would love to see Cracker in that space!

  7. Sam March 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Cracker’s vibes always put me in a good mood.

  8. Bob MacKay March 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Wha?!?! Cracker? In Lola’s Room!?!? No way!!!… Way!

  9. Dave G. March 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    Polly wants a…

  10. Emilie Eiden March 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    I would love to see this / moving to Portland and this will be get me more excited to make my move from Alaska ☘️

  11. scott thompson March 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Wanted to see Cracker for well over 20 years and promise to act my age if I win.

  12. David Burkee March 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    I’ve got Cracker soul! It comes so easy.

  13. John Fucciolo March 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    Back in 1992 I won tickets to Cracker from a radio station. I was the tenth caller. Had a family tragedy and was unable to go. It was the first and only time I’ve ever won anything!!

  14. John March 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

    Great at what they do for sure. I’d love to see them live!

  15. Dan Korpenfelt March 8, 2017 at 3:56 am #

    Great band I want to win.

  16. Tim D March 9, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    Great band, cozy venue – good times! My babe is a valley girl – she will so dig this!

  17. Robbie L March 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Had to click on this to see if I had gone a little crazy. “Cracker…like the band I listened to in my late elementary and early middle school years?!?”, I was thinking as it loaded. Now I’m getting back on a 90s alternative kick. Can wait to go to this show and be slightly scared how I can still sing along with the songs.

  18. Dylan Luka March 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Oh man, i wanna make this show. Last time they came to town I had to miss them due to having tickets to a different show.

  19. Judy March 9, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

    I’d love to hear this this Americana/Country band!.

  20. steadyshow March 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    should be a great show and perfect venue. always wanted to see them!

  21. Casey Brown March 13, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    I wanna surprise my buddy and celebrate St. paddys right in Portland the right way!

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