Win Tickets ($70): 2017 / 2018 New Year’s Eve w/ Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies @ Crystal Ballroom | Champagne Toast, Soul, Blues, British Invasion, Bluegrass, Stringband

We are giving away a pair of tickets to New Year’s Eve w/ Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies @ Crystal Ballroomon December 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 22.


From our sponsors:
New Year’s Eve w/ Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies
December 31, 2017
8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | 21+

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The first time they ever made music together, Fruition’s three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop.

On their new album Labor of Love, Fruition shows the complete force of their newly expanded sound, matching their more daring musicality with sophisticated, melody-minded song craft. The album subtly imparts the sense of being swept along on a journey, one reflecting an open-hearted spirit that sets in from the first notes of the dobro, mandolin and electric guitar driven title track, carries on to the sleepy soul of “Santa Fe,” and unfolds into the epic balladry of “The Meaning.”

“A common theme for all three songwriters is trying to embrace being out on the road all the time, but also feeling like you’re missing out on the everyday lifestyle that most people get to have,” says Leonard. Embedded within that tension is a wistful romanticism that imbues many of the album’s songs. “Most of the love songs are very much about those rare moments of getting to be with the people you love,” says Anderson. “And then other songs are about coming back to the people you love, and trying to deal with the strange ways things change because of being apart.”

After releasing their debut EP Hawthorne Hoedown in 2008, Fruition moved from busking on the street, to scraping their way onto the lower levels of festival lineups, to opening tours for bands like ALO and Greensky Bluegrass and onward, to being invited to play bigger festivals with ever bigger billing on those lineups.

Last year saw them appear at Bonnaroo, Northwest String Summit and Telluride Bluegrass where Rolling Stone cited their artful choice of covers and “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy.” This year will see them share a Red Rocks bill with JJ Grey and Mofro and The Infamous Stringdusters, along with a full headline tour of the United States.

That breadth of touring experience has steadily reshaped the band and ultimately allowed them to achieve a sound they’ve long aspired toward. “We all tend to write on acoustic guitar and let things start in the same stripped-down, folky sort of way that we always did,” says Naja. “So where the songs come from hasn’t really changed much at all. What’s different is where we let them go from there.”

The Little Smokies
Hailing from Missoula, MT, The Lil’ Smokies exploded into the bluegrass/stringband scene back in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. The Lil’ Smokies have shared the stage with heavyweights like, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band and dozens of others. Winning the 2013 Northwest String Summit Band Competition has proven that The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, unique original compositions, and sheer raw energy, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving something for everyone. Their latest release, “The Lil’ Smokies – Live New Year’s Eve 2013”, captures the raw energy of their legendary Top Hat (Missoula, MT) shows while showcasing new, original tunes, a few from the first album, and a couple boisterous covers. This six-piece ensemble features, Pete Barrett (guitar), Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin), and Jesse Brown (fiddle).

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41 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): 2017 / 2018 New Year’s Eve w/ Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies @ Crystal Ballroom | Champagne Toast, Soul, Blues, British Invasion, Bluegrass, Stringband

  1. Lucas December 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    I would love to win these because I otherwise will likely be staying in for NYE this year

  2. Tracy Ritz December 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    I love the Crystal Ball Room! love blue grass music! What a great way to ring in the new year!!

  3. Michelle December 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    i love both of these bands! The show will be a great way to bring in the new year and finally get some dancing in with my 2 best girls after a few month hiatus from dancing due to knee surgery!

  4. Devin J. December 6, 2017 at 8:35 am #

    Every NYE the Crystal has the best show and party in Portland. I need to be there!

  5. Mark Yeckel December 6, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    As a Portland native, I go to the Crystal Ballroom almost every year for NYE!! (Because I know it is one of the best places to go) If I won tickets to see Fruition there it would literally make my life!!

  6. Laurel December 6, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    I would love to win these tickets for my boyfriend and I! We have been together for three years, but this is the first NYE we get to spend together, and winning these tickets would make it so special. We live in Charleston, SC and it will be his first time in Portland, one of my favorite cities.

  7. Linden December 6, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    My friend just moved to Portland so I’m visiting her for NYE because she doesn’t know anyone. Music is what really bonds us so this would be a great way for us to spend our time there!

  8. Mathew Trono December 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    This looks so charming

  9. Scott December 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    What a great combination of bands!!!! Among the choices in Portland for NYE, this one looks the best. Fingers crossed!

  10. Robert December 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    sounds like a swell time!

  11. Chris Webb December 7, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    Cool way to spend NYE!

  12. Paul December 7, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Hell of a way to end 2017! thanks for the chance!!!

  13. Melissa Jasper December 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Smoked Fruits for New Years? Sounds like a magical way to ring in 2018! Love everything about this but unfortunately low on funds…pick me!!!! Pick me!!!

    Portland Bound Baby!!

  14. Carly Kristofik December 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    I love live music, especially rock and bluegrass. I’ve never been to the Crystal Ballroom, but would love to go! Sounds like a blast. :)

  15. Kendall December 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Oh!! I would love to see these bands, they are my favorites! Thank you!

  16. Lance December 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Not my first or Last New Years at Crystal Ballroom

  17. Dan December 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    I would like to win this.I would record it like I have before.

  18. Marianne Silva December 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Would be a wonderful way to spend NYE. I missed NYE in Portland last year and am so excited to be in Portland this year! Love the bands playing, too!

  19. Deborah Lusk December 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    I need a good excuse to skip out of a party so plz pick me.

  20. KJ December 8, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    After 17 years, newly divorced and have no where to go so far… would be way fun to go dance my tears away that will likely be there. Screw him! I’ll find some new cuties to spin me around the floor! Plus now I’m living in Pearl so awesome it’s a short walk home from the CrystalB. I’m ready to live this new life!

  21. Frank Byers December 8, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Sounds like they’ll play a little bit of everything … And I like that.

  22. Kait Park December 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    This would be really fun for my best friend and I who are newly single!

  23. Allyson December 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    Love me some Lil Smokies! Would love for them to be a part of my NY.

  24. Fern Dalton December 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Just started a new job and this will be my last hurrah for a while. I’d live to ring in the new year with great bands in an awesome venue!

  25. Melody December 11, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    NYE crowds aren’t usually my thing, but this band sounds like they will make it a great night.

  26. Kellie December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing show and I haven’t had the privelege of attending an event at the Crystal Ballroom yet. This would be a perfect way to ring in the new year :-)

  27. Cara December 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Fruition played my wedding! I would LOVE to see them for new years.

  28. Laura December 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    First NYE in Portland…can’t think of a better way to celebrate!!

  29. Ed December 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Have never experienced a NYE at the Crystal, sounds ideal!

  30. Ian Hutchinson December 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    i’ve come to fruition.. that i need to come to FRUITION

  31. Lisalong December 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Would love to bring in the New Year with both of these fabulous band’s!

  32. Robert December 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm #


  33. Linda Ryan December 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    British Invasion and Bluegrass?!! My kind of band!!

  34. Michael Duey December 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Please please please please! Lil’ Smokies and Fruition, a match made in heaven!

  35. Renee December 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    This would be so much fun!

  36. Antonia December 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    We would love to spend NYE dancing the night away.

  37. Judy Castillo December 13, 2017 at 1:21 am #

    The best way to ring in the New Year is to boogie down with crazy Fruity Freaks and the most awesome band in Portland ♡

  38. Trevor Skidmore December 13, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Need something new to do in Portland. Looks lot a fun

  39. Kekai Riley December 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    This would be the most amazing way to bring in the new year! I would love to win these tickets! I love FRUiTiON!!! Got my fingers crossed and hoping for a miracle!!!!

  40. Anita Bryant December 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    What better way to celebrate the New Year followed by my Birthday!

  41. Benjamin Ayer December 14, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    sounds like a great time to shake off the B.S. of 2017 and bring in the boogie of 2018!

    i dont have new years plans yet and all my friends are himming and hawing of what to do. ill be the deciding factor if i win these tickets.


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