Win Tickets ($80): Meshell Ndegeocello @ Mission Theater | Singer/Songwriter, Rapper, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Meshell Ndegeocello @ Mission Theater on May 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 23.


From our sponsors:
Meshell Ndegeocello
May 1, 2018
21+ | 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $35 ADV, $40 day of show
More info:

Mission Theater
1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland, Oregon 97209

There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. “Ventriloquism”, the latest album from Meshell Ndegeocello, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many.

Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello’s work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Ndegeocello filters “Tender Love” through a folky, Californian filter and brings Vaudevillian accents to “Sensitivity”. She recreates Smooth Operator in five, and turns “Private Dancer” into a sultry waltz. The reimagining affords not just a new musical experience but also a comment on the narrow expectations of sounds and structures for black artists and black music.

“Early on in my career, I was told to make the same kind of album again and again, and when I didn’t do that, I lost support. There isn’t much diversity within genres, which are ghettoizing themselves, and I liked the idea of turning hits I loved into something even just a little less familiar or formulaic. It was an opportunity to pay a new kind of tribute.”

This album was recorded in Los Angeles with the familiar family of partners and players that Meshell has worked with for years. Chris Bruce plays guitar, Abraham Rounds is on drums, Jebin Bruni co-produced the album and plays keys. S. Husky Huskolds engineered while Pete Min mixed and mastered. Lasting and collaborative relationships with her fellow musicians is among the most important parts of music making for Meshell, prompting her to say on more than one occasion: “Meshell Ndegeocello is a band”.

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35 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): Meshell Ndegeocello @ Mission Theater | Singer/Songwriter, Rapper, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock

  1. Josh G April 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    She puts on a great show!

  2. Leia April 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    A simply amazing voice and artist. Please pick me to go! If I could afford it, I would be buying two tickets. Let this poor, not-employed-enough girl go with her friend. :-)

  3. Denise Johnson April 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    My Best friend is coming to town and I would love to take her to this show. Please, please, please and thank you.

  4. Christy April 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    I love her music!!! Would really enjoy seeing her live.

  5. Jenn April 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Yes, please!

  6. Courtney April 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    This would be so amazing to go to! Please!

  7. Joshua Cliburn April 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Meshell’s music has been a huge influence. For me, she is one of the All-time funkiest next to Herbie and the Headhunters.

  8. greg April 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see Meshell, and I don’t think I can afford this one unless I win tickets!

  9. Rylee April 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Such a beautiful, soulful voice and human!

  10. Dave G. April 4, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    This gal can sing anything! Sounds amazing!

  11. Denise April 4, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    A 90’s dream come true! I love her soulful voice and her music on the show Queen Sugar.

  12. Olivia April 4, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Meshell is incredible–the content of her music is so full and profound. I would love nothing more than to attend this show with a friend, but as I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps member in Portland, I do not have the money to spend on tickets. It would be a blessing to be selected to win tickets!

  13. Yaz April 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

    She is a BOSS…Her deep jazzy vocals and sexy poetic interludes really charged the neo soul movement. And now this sista is rockin a track for the hit Netlix series Queen Sugar. Lovin how she has evolved over the years and stayed current. I would really enjoy this live opportunity.

  14. Robert Haley April 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Never have seen her preform before but love her work! A true original powerhouse!! Would so love to go..

  15. Cory April 6, 2018 at 8:35 am #

    Wild night it will be

  16. Monica April 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    I like bass.

  17. Kelsey L Smith April 8, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    Would love this

  18. Robin April 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Sounds like a great show!!!

  19. Bob MacKay April 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    She has come so far but still is a phenomenal bassist (as well as well-rounded artist).

  20. Jamie Veira April 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Please and thank you!

  21. Lauren April 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Wow. I saw Meshell Ndegeocello at the Pine Street Theater a lifetime ago. I would love to see her again. She is amazing!

  22. Benjamin Thom April 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    I still haven’t had a chance to attend a show at Mission Theater. This would be so fun!

  23. Gayleen April 11, 2018 at 9:05 am #

    Yes. Please, and thank you.

  24. ktaylor April 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    i’ve been listening to meshell for nearly 20 years. haven’t had the opportunity to see her. im keeping my fingers crossed that because of PDX Pipeline, i finally have a chance! thank you!

  25. Miranda April 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    My teen idolization of her inspired me to learn the bass, which now has become a part time job Would love love love to see her in action!

  26. Karl jacobson April 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Yes, please and thank you!

  27. Courtney April 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    It would be so wonderful to see her in concert!

  28. Becky A April 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm #

    Would be wonderful to hear that voice live!

  29. Diane McLaughlin April 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    Love her!

  30. Matt April 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    Always loved her. The new record is great.

  31. Tom P April 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    Sounds like a great night

  32. Tony April 18, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Would love to see her in person!

  33. david April 19, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    how have i never heard of Meshell Ndegeocello? am listening now, and am blown away. unbelievably beautiful. immerse me in her magic and presence, please.

  34. James April 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    A great bass player.

  35. Drew April 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

    Would like to check her out! I have never heard her music but the description sounds very interesting! This is the perfect chance to do this! Thnx!

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