Win Tickets ($70): Ride @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Lo Moon, British Rock, Shoegazing

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ride @ Crystal Ballroom on September 23. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 18.


From our sponsors:
Lo Moon

September 23, 2017
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Waving farewell to the Eighties: it was biggest pop kick there’d been in, ooh, ten years. During that godforsaken, musically atrocious decade, it was them and us. We hadn’t got a prayer. Our stuff didn’t register in corporate demographic terms, it was too vague and indefinable. And it didn’t register in the charts. There would be the occasional triumph, as the The Smiths, the Bunnymen or the Mary Chain made a lightning raid on the Top 20, only to limp back to obscurity the following week.

So, come the tail end of 1989, there was a mood of battered, hopeless optimism. As we took our huddled flight into the Nineties, a bolt from nowhere, from Oxford, overturned the inherent pessimism in that optimism and gave us something to believe in. Ride had tunes, noise, looks, style, confidence, everything. And they had youth: their two guitar-playing singers Mark Gardener and Andy Bell were both just 19, as was drummer Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert. Stephen Queralt, the bassist, was an oldster at 21. They’d come together on a foundation course at North Oxford Art College and had been playing around the Thames Valley area for less than a year. Already, though, they looked and sounded supreme, like they’d been born with their guitars strapped on and had been jamming together ever since. Justifiably mistrusting the A&R scramble that ensued, they instead signed up where they felt they belonged, Alan McGee’s Creation Records.

The cover of the ‘Ride EP’, released in January 1990, showed a bed of roses. The symbolism there, and in the first words on the first track was lost on nobody. A new decade was rung in with a possibility that guitars gone into overload might become pop music – as in actually popular, in the charts and stuff. ‘Take me for a ride away from places we have known,’ Mark crooned on ‘Chelsea Girl’… implicit in the song’s delirious melody was a reaching for new heights, a belief in better things to come. It went to Number 71. In those days, for an independently released debut, with next to no radio airplay, this was a result. Creation had never slipped inside the Top 75 before. There hadn’t been such a buzz about a UK group in aeons. Ride were hungry to perform, and when they did, they blew everyone away.

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13 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Ride @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Lo Moon, British Rock, Shoegazing

  1. Michael September 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Would love to see Ride live. To hear great tunes like “Chelsea Girl” at a great venue like “The Crystal Ballroom” would be a great night out. PDX PIPELINE set me up with these tickets please!

  2. Joseph September 12, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    I’m ready to drive blind on a vapour trail to see this band. I have championed this group on every mix made since the 90s. Oh how I love their drums!

  3. Gary Spencer September 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    I’d like to attend simply because I love Ride! I remember first hearing them as a young teenager on MTV’s 120 Minutes. The song I heard, “Leave Them All Behind,” captured my imagination and sounded like an anthem for disaffected youth. Never thought I might be able to see them live, so if you pick me, please know that I will sincerely enjoy it!

  4. Alexis September 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    I would love to see this band. My friend is coming into town from Chicago just to see this show and he didn’t even get me a ticket! :(

  5. Dave G. September 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    Would LOVE to take this Ride!

  6. Maia September 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    Because I could use a giant dose of happy nostalgia!!

  7. Chris Webb September 13, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Ride! They’ve been a great band all these years!

  8. Mike September 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    I have been a fan of Ride since I heard their “Nowhere” CD years back and would love to see them live. The Crystal Ballroom is the perfect place to do a little shoegazing. Hope I win these tickets.

  9. Kevin B September 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    I need more shoegaze in my life

  10. Solar September 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    Amazing 2 year anniversary gift for my boo!!!!

    What a Ride…….

  11. Valerie Thompson September 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    I wanna Ride, Ride, Ride- Nuff Said!

  12. Ken September 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Still one if my most favorite bands!!!! Hope too see them live.

  13. Karl Michael jacobson September 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    Yes! Please and thank you

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