Win Tickets ($50): JD McPherson & Nikki Lane @ Crystal Ballroom | Rhythm & Blues, Rock N’ Roll

We are giving away a pair of tickets to JD McPherson & Nikki Lane @ Crystal Ballroom on October 5. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 2.


From our sponsors:
True West Presents at the Crystal:
JD McPherson & Nikki Lane
October 5, 2017
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $22 ADV, $25 Doors | 21+
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Oregon 97209

You could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that “’Keep a Knockin’ by Little Richard is the best record ever made. It’s so insanely visceral, you feel like it’s going to explode your speakers. If I’m listening to that in the car, I find myself having to brake suddenly. I can listen to that and it makes me feel like I’m 20 feet tall. And the feeling of joy I get from that record is always going to be the real push behind trying to make music.”

But in a very real sense, McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. He’s knocking at the door of something that arguably hasn’t yet been accomplished—a spirited, almost spiritual hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock & roll into a future that has room for the modernities of studio technique and 21st century singer/songwriter idiosyncrasies that Richard Penniman would not recognize. Let the Good Times Roll, his second album, is a stranger, and more personal affair than its Fats Domino-redolent title might at first suggest, but the name isn’t exactly ironic, either. If you, too, brake for pleasure, you’ll screech to a halt at the enrapturing sound of these Good Times.

Nikki Lane
Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. Her not-yet-released debut album, entitled All Or Nothin’ (New West Records) is one of the most anticipated of 2014 and was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

Says Lane, “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record. There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.” The result is an album that pouts and teases whip-smart revenge tactics, over-you sentiments, and sultry discontent, all while maintaining a sense of self — strong and in control.

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): JD McPherson & Nikki Lane @ Crystal Ballroom | Rhythm & Blues, Rock N’ Roll

  1. Alex September 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    Nikki Lane is my spirit animal. I’ve seen her twice already this year and I’m ready to make it three times.

  2. Alex September 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

    Nikki Lane always puts on a good show! Would love to see her again.

  3. Grace September 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    This would be a really magical show!!!

  4. Lynn Elsdon September 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    Sounds like a party to me!

  5. Michael September 25, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

    I love Nikki Lane. To hear her sing “Oh Yippee Ki Yay” at the start of “700,000 Rednecks” would just make my day. Plus JD is awesome as well. Please hook me up with these tickets PDX PIPELINE.

  6. Hayley September 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    I looooove JD. Send me please!

  7. Scott Worthington September 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    i love both these bands, pick me please!

  8. kai September 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Yes please!!

  9. Mike S. September 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    What a great double bill and at The Crystal Ballroom as well. This would be an awesome concert at a great venue. Hope I win.

  10. David September 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    JD is so amaxing! Would love to see him live!!

  11. Simon September 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Great double bill. Nikki talks a good game – always the right time to do the wrong thang – but she really seems to be a sweetheart.

  12. Glenn September 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    JD rocks, would love to see him live!

  13. Deb B September 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Please, please, please! Love JD and Nikki, what a great show it would be!

  14. Chris September 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    I’ve never seen either, so i’d love to check it out. Plus with the other ticket i’ll take someone from here. Plus, i’ve got cuffs to roll!

  15. Seri September 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    i would like to win because i plan on naming my future son JD because of JD McPherson

  16. Dave G. September 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    I brake for JD

  17. John September 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    I’d love to take my baby to this show

  18. Ed September 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Great venue for a great band!

  19. Karen Gilis September 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Two artists, that I have not managed to see, on the same bill, would be a great night out!

  20. Tim_D September 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    JDS and Nikki are both great, so this should be super fun!! My hon will love this!

  21. Kimberly September 29, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Yay! Great music!

  22. Kelsey Skaug October 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    Nikki speaks to my soul!

  23. Dawn October 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    Nikki and JD, a fine musical pairing!

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