Win Tickets ($40): Zola Jesus @ Aladdin Theater | Electronic, Industrial, Classical, Goth

We are giving away a pair of tickets to on May 1 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 27.



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From our sponsors:
Zola Jesus
May 1, 2018
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $18-$20 | All Ages
More info: aladdin-theater.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.

Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe.

With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. I built a little house just steps away from where my dilapidated childhood tree fort is slowly recombining into earth. Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas.

While writing Okovi, I endured people very close to me trying to die, and others trying desperately not to. Meanwhile, I was fighting through a haze so thick I wasn’t sure I’d find my way to the other side. Death, in all of its masks, has been encircling everyone I love, and with it the questions of legacy, worth, and will.

Okovi is a Slavic word for shackles. We’re all shackled to something — to life, to death, to bodies, to minds, to illness, to people, to birthright, to duty. Each of us born with a unique debt, and we have until we die to pay it back. Without this cost, what gives us the right to live? And moreover, what gives us the right to die? Are we really even free to choose?

This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I’ll ever have to blood-bound family.

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17 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Zola Jesus @ Aladdin Theater | Electronic, Industrial, Classical, Goth

  1. Ryan April 10, 2018 at 12:14 am #

    Yay

  2. Chris Webb April 10, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    Big Zola Jesus fan!

  3. Sascha April 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Zola Jesus is amazing!

  4. Gregory Garabedian April 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    I need some good old dark music in my life. I’d love to go.

  5. Dave G. April 11, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    I am interested in the musings of Jesus…

  6. Emily April 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    I’d love to see Zola live!

  7. Birdonit April 12, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

    Zola Jesus is my spirit animal. I want to feel all the beautiful sadness.

  8. Ashlee Whalen April 12, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

    Amaze- balls!

  9. Jill storthz April 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Because she is such a force!

  10. Erin April 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    She’s so great, looks like it’ll be an awesome show! I’d love to win tickets!

  11. Matt April 17, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    OMG would love to win can’t wait for this!

  12. Sarai April 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    I’ve just found out I’m moving down to Eugene for grad school June 1st. I love Zola Jesus’s music and her new album sounds amazing so far (listening right now!)
    Getting to see her live would be such a great send-off as I leave Portland. Please pick me!

  13. Laura April 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    ooo missed the show at the Old Church and regret it! this should be amazeballs…in a dark industrial uh kind of way

  14. Brittanie April 24, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    Sounds cool!

  15. John Brown April 25, 2018 at 5:46 am #

    Hope i win

  16. Claire Botsford-Allain April 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    I’ve been listening to her for a long time now, but I have a Minnesotan here that has never heard her sound and I think needs to go to her show more than anyone else. Help me out :)

  17. Claire Botsford-Allain April 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    Been listening to her for a long time now, but I have a Minnesotan here that has never heard her sound and I think he needs to go to her show more than anyone else. Help me out :)

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