Win Tickets ($60): Oregon Zoo Outdoor Summer Concerts Presents Conor Oberst with special guest M. Ward

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Conor Oberst with special guest M. Ward @ Oregon Zoo on September 3. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 21.


From our sponsors:
Conor Oberst with special guest M. Ward
September 3, 2017
Doors: 5 pm / Show: 7 pm | $30 – $90 | All Ages

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221

Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.

In Fall of 2015, and after more than a decade of living in New York City, Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, somewhat unexpectedly. Like John Lennon so famously said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” After canceling a tour with Desaparecidos due to serious health issues, Oberst returned home to recuperate. The musician was unexpectedly back home at loose ends and faced with some long, cold, claustrophobic winter nights, with nothing really to do. Such conditions were the same as those that contributed to the very early songs he penned in his boyhood bedroom. This resulted in the anxious poetry, heightened self-awareness, and revealing confessionals that catalogued his doubts, demons, and nightmares.

“It wasn’t premeditated at all. I don’t know if you know what Omaha is like in the winter, but it’s just paralyzing. You’re stranded in the house. Every night I was staying up late, making a point to play the new piano I had just bought and watching the snow fall outside the house. Everybody would be asleep and I would just go into this one room, make a fire, and play all night. In November I had a whole pick-up truck full of firewood delivered and I thought, ‘I’m never going to run out of it.’ Before I knew I had gone through half of the firewood and I had five songs. By February I had burned through it all, and I had 15 songs. I had just spent the whole winter making fires and playing music.”

M. Ward
M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, for release on Merge Records on March 4, 2016. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.

M. Ward knows how to live with rain. Having spent the last decade-and-a-half based in the perennially damp Portland, Oregon, the singer-songwriter and producer has learned how to shine through the soggy gloom by simply embracing its inevitability. For Ward, there is inspiration in a dark sky and harmony in foreboding winds. And with his new album More Rain, he has made a true gotta-stay-indoors, rainy-season record that looks upwards through the weather while reflecting on his past.

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73 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Oregon Zoo Outdoor Summer Concerts Presents Conor Oberst with special guest M. Ward

  1. Meg June 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    I would love to win to experience a summer concert at the zoo!

    • Leah Wagner June 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

      Conor Oberst is one of my favorite artists, ever since a friend of mine took me to a Bright Eyes concert in Philadelphia over 12 years ago. I also really like M. Ward and I’ve NEVER been to a concert at the zoo, even though I’ve lived in Portland for seven years. This would be the most epic of introductions to zoo concerts for me, since I’ve followed Conor through his career but have never seen him on the west coast.
      Also, pdx pipeline has helped me a tremendous amount since being laid off my job last May. And I have this fantastic new boyfriend who also loves these artists and I could surprise him. These are only some of the reasons you should pick me!!

  2. P. MCLEAN June 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

    “This Is The First Day Of My Life” is one of my all-time favorite pick-me-up songs! Would love to see these two in concert.

  3. Brian June 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Conor has been my favorite musician for more than a decade and I just happen to be going to Portland at this time.

  4. Kody jones June 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Oberstgist here. Want those tickets ^^

    • Kody jones June 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Oberstologist* lol

  5. Mike June 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    I love Conor’s music and I’ve never seen a concert at the zoo. Sounds like a perfect combination!

  6. Selena Rodriguez June 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    I’d love to see Conor and M. Ward at the Zoo! I have been a Bright Eyes fan for decades and love his new solo work as well. Recently gotten into M. Ward and know this would be a great way to spend an evening at the zoo. I try to go to as many shows as I can afford, but a pair of tickets to this particular show are not in my budget at the moment. Thanks so much and good luck to everyone else who comments.

  7. Alexa June 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    I can hardly believe this, I’d be so excited to win!

  8. Samuel Willette June 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Because I was supposed to see Conor at Crystal with Desaparecidos in 2015. Then he canceled, and it was during that time that he created the album that he is now touring for. It’s fate.

  9. Amber June 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve loved Conor Oberst since I was 14- which has been for 14 years! His music has carried me through high school, college, relationships and transitioning to adulthood. I’ll be there regardless but to win tickets would be amazing! He is truly one of the best songwriters of my generation and I’m glad to have been a fan for such a long time.

  10. Kelly H June 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    Yes please!!!

  11. Jared June 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    This is reason enough to make the drive up from Reno to visit the zoo!

  12. Laura June 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Seeing these two extraordinarily talented artists at the Oregon Zoo would be an amazing experience beyond words! Their gifts of music and lyrical story telling certainly have the ability to penetrate the soul and invoke all ranges of emotions!

  13. Qing June 13, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Would love to go! Haven’t seen Mr. Bright Eyes since high school…

  14. Scott June 13, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Would looOooOoOoove to go to this show.

  15. Kelly June 13, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Very excited about this lineup, what a combo!

  16. Megan June 13, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I would love to experience a summer concert at the zoo! I have listened to Conor since I was in high school and would love to see him live.

  17. Drew June 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    Love me some Oberst and M.Ward!

  18. bob mackay June 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Two great artists to enjoy a lovely evening, supported by the sounds of elephants and birds… add in some local craft beer and Ike’s wings and it’s a little slice of heaven.

  19. Julia Marchionna June 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Me! Me! Me!

  20. Megan Lane June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    Big fan of both of these guys! Saw Bright Eyes years ago and was blown away & have always wanted to see M. Ward. Would be a great date night with my husband as both have been significant in our relationship.

  21. Megan Papis June 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Conor Oberst and M Ward have both been there for me in difficult points in my life. That being said, I’ve grown a lot since then, and it would be great to see both together now.

  22. bianka June 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Sounds fun ‘n moody

  23. clloop June 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    and Phoebe Bridgers

  24. Lindas June 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    nice way to spend a Sunday evening

  25. Marcie June 14, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    Great pairing, 2 very talented musicians. Would love to go! !

  26. r June 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

    wabbalubba dub dub

  27. Scott June 15, 2017 at 10:35 am #


  28. david June 15, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    i found m ward down in texas once, for a show at gruene hall, yet somehow have never caught him in my home city. that one show left me and my fellow sound engineering friend in awe, that the sound on album could mesmerise and feed us in texas’ oldest dancehall. i’m quite curious to hear how the magic unfolds in an amphitheatre, from both these gents.

  29. lorea jones June 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Saw m. Wad for the first time last year and have have been a conor fan since discovering his sound in high school. We maxed out our concert tix for our budget before he ring his later add to the zoo series. This one would be amazing to win… finish off the summer right.

  30. Dana June 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Wow I haven’t listened to Conor since Bright Eyes. Love to see him again.

  31. Michael Mann June 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    This is going to be so good> I’ve been a Bright Eyes fan AND M Ward fan since 1st album from each and to see them together outside would be fantastic. My teenage daughter has her fingers crossed cuz I said i’d take her if I win – she’s a huge Connor Oberst fan too.

  32. Galen June 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    This may be fun. Count me in

  33. Tom P June 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    This is the one that I really want to win

  34. Aleks June 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    I would love to attend!

  35. Cory June 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    2 sweeeet

  36. Jorden June 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    Why not bring Jim James along too? What an awesome show this will be.

  37. Cara June 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    That’s what I want for my birthday!

  38. Wil Stevens June 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    Yes please Mr. Postman!

  39. Veronica Vasquez June 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Pick me please! I’d love to go!

  40. Ben June 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Um, how about because Salutations is only bested by Ruminations, which is only bested by the ZOO?!

  41. cherie June 19, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    Conor and M. Ward have been two of my favorites for years! I would love to get to see these two fantastic performers!

  42. Amalia June 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow. this will be a great show! I would love to see it!

  43. Kristen F June 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    I would love tickets! I have been a huge fan for ages! Thank you for your consideration

  44. Amy Boster June 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    We’d love to go to this concert, we’re huge fans and his music means a lot to us!

  45. Cham June 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    No job prospects about to graduate with an undergrad degree and more than enough school debt that I could pay for. A little bit of luck is welcome.

  46. Renee June 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    I would love to go to this!

  47. Nicole Slover June 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    I would love to surprise my friend with a ticket to this!!

  48. Vanna June 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Oh my god !!! Please , please please I would love to see him !!!!

  49. Heidi June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    My toddler and I would love this!

  50. Kali Giaritta June 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I have always wanted to see both of these artists!

  51. Nicole June 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    I would love to take my sweetheart to this!

  52. Courtney June 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    This would be so amazing to see!

  53. Whitney June 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    I love m. Ward. Pick me!

  54. Meghan June 21, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Yaaasss freakin love Conor!

  55. Keli Bolin June 21, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Conor Oberst has gotten me through some really rough patches, but I’ve never seen him live

  56. Jessica Poundstone June 21, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Would love to see the goodness that will be happening with these two on stage.

  57. Stephanie Costello June 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi We live in Bend and love coming to Portland for concerts. This would make our weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Stephanie Costello

  58. Dave G. June 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Conor + Ward = Magic!

  59. panda June 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm #

    never seen m ward before!!!!

  60. catie June 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    love zoo shows

  61. Mikey B June 23, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Lots of fun! Send me!

  62. Taylor Pulsipher June 23, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Oh my heart, be still! This would be such a phenomenal concert!

  63. Kimi June 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    This is my partner’s dream-team concert, and it’s also near his birthday!

  64. Robert June 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    I have always wanted to see Conor!

  65. molli taylor June 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    bah! just heard about this and NEED to go!!!

  66. Jennifer June 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    Would love to go see these guys at the zoo!

  67. jess June 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    yes please! i love them both and its my birthday week!

  68. Tara Bloom June 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m an M. Ward fan who never heard of Conor Oberst before the zoo concert announcement. I’ve listened to some of his tunes on YouTube and like them. I’d love to see this concert! I saw M.Ward last at the Crystal Ballroom years ago. This will be a rockin’ zoo concert.

  69. Barrett Streu June 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    My wife would love it!

  70. Kristen M June 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    This would be the perfect setting for a great show. Thanks for letting me put my name in the hat!

  71. Haley June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    I want to go!

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