Win Tickets ($79): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird | Progressive Bluegrass, Classical, Acoustic

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird @ Oregon Zoo on August 18 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday,  August 13.


From our sponsors:
Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird
August 18, 2018
Doors 5 p.m., Show 7 p.m. | $39.50 – $99.50 | All Ages

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR, 97221

All Ashore, Punch Brothers’ fifth album and the first to be self-produced by the quintet, is both ambitious and easygoing, a lot like the “ridiculously eclectic” combo, as London’s Guardian once called the band. The work has the feel of a nine-song suite, one that invites you to unravel the threads of its connected themes and stories over repeated listening. Each track segues seamlessly, even a little sneakily, into the next. Before you know it, “The Angel of Doubt,” a dark-night-of-the-soul drama featuring a vocal from singer-mandolinist Chris Thile, has glided into “Three Dots and a Dash,” an instrumental that veers from ruminative to rave up, named in tribute to a classic Tiki cocktail, Thile’s latest recreational obsession.

Thile calls All Ashore “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in light of the current unsettled political climate—certainly the most unsettled one that anyone in the band has ever experienced.” He continues, “We were hoping we could create a thing that would be convincing as a complete thought, sort of a nine-movement or a nine-song thought, even though it’s rangy in terms of what it’s talking about and in the characters doing the talking.”

When Punch Brothers released its last album, Phosphorescent Blues, in 2015, Rolling Stone noted, “The genius of Thile and bandmates guitar player Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and fiddler Gabe Witcher is the artistry with which they mix bluegrass, roots, rock, pop, jazz, and classical to create a unique, contemporary sound.” All Ashore also has an appealingly relaxed virtuosity to it, self-assured but never showy.

In a more pronounced way than on prior discs, All Ashore comes across as a glimpse into Punch Brothers’ current real life, as these artists who have spent more than a dozen years playing together grapple with marriage, family, and their ever-accelerating individual careers as producers, composers, arrangers, and front men. On the album’s early tracks, it candidly addresses the state of their own world. In smart and satirical later songs like “Jumbo” and “All Part of The Plan,” it tackles the state of our collective one. Understated ballad “The Gardener” poignantly combines the personal and political in its evocation of a dedicated tradesman who brings beauty to a family’s garden but remains a stranger, a mysterious other, to them, only glimpsed occasionally from a window.

The five band members took time from their families to once again come together United Sound in Los Angeles (formerly Ocean Way), where they’d previously recorded Phosphorescent Blues with T Bone Burnett as well as their 2010 album, Antifogmatic. Pikelny says. “When we first got together as a band, we were mostly single guys in our mid to late twenties. We shared a musical vision but there was this sense of fraternity, of brotherhood, that really sealed the deal and laid the groundwork for a long lasting collaboration.”

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111 Responses to Win Tickets ($79): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird | Progressive Bluegrass, Classical, Acoustic

  1. Debra Jarvis July 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    Punch Bros are awesome!

  2. B July 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    I would love to see Andrew Bird for the first time! I saw the Punch Brothers back in 2013. Their live performance was amazing!!

  3. Bianca July 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    The Punch Brothers were amazing when I saw them back in 2013. I would love be to see them play their new music. Also Andrew Bird!! Need to see!

  4. Lara July 23, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    If Andrew Bird whistles, I am there.

  5. Rb. July 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    Looks like a great show to me!

  6. Arturo Calilung July 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    My friend just saw The Roots and I missed out. She even said the Elephant hung out near the music. I want to be near the Elephants and listen to some music!!

  7. Christine July 24, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    What a lovely evening this would be.

  8. ryan July 24, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    hey fun

  9. Amber July 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    AGH! yes please!

  10. Kaitlin Berger July 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Noam Pikelny is an awesome banjo player!

  11. Lisa Long July 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Would love to see these guy’s!

  12. Brandy McKenzie July 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Andrew Bird is one of the most clever lyricists working today!

  13. Bogdan July 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I love Andrew Bird! This would be a great gift

  14. Casey July 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Rye Whiskey makes the band sound better
    Makes your baby cuter, makes itself taste sweeter, oh, boy

  15. Sam Spieller July 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    I love Andrew Bird! I’d love to see him and the Punch Brothers together! So cool, and what a place to see them too!

  16. Katy July 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    Would love to see this show!!

  17. Robert Long July 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing night of music!

  18. Angela July 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    Haven’t seen Chris since the Nickel Creek shows, would love to see this one at the Zoo!!

  19. Gregory Garabedian July 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh, Summer Gods of Oregon, please grant me my wish and let me enjoy Andrew Bird singing among the trees and the animals.

  20. Jessica F July 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    I would love to take my old man, he would live the Punch Brothers.

  21. Forrest July 24, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    Yes, please! They’re both amazing!

  22. Mary Harding July 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Andrew Bird has been a fan favorite in our household since our college days. We’d love a date night hearing great music

  23. Lauren July 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    What a great pair!! I’m in!!

  24. Johanna July 24, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  25. Emily Holland July 24, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    I would punch my brother to see Andrew Bird live!

  26. Hannah July 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm #

    Would love to see Andrew Bird because he is my favorite, and its at the zoo!

  27. Michael Cheaney July 25, 2018 at 4:40 am #

    Love the Punch Brothers

  28. Lori July 25, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    My 23 year old som loves The Punch Brothers AND Andrew Bird. I would be such a cool mom to get tickets…and it would give me a chance to do something fun with him. Much needed. Please pick me!

  29. Willow July 25, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    Chris Thile and Andrew Bird are both my power animals!

  30. ryan July 25, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    stacked lineup! lets gooo

  31. Joseph July 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    I need a bluegrass jam stat!

  32. Jillian Powell July 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    Sounds like a great night!

  33. erica rosser July 25, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    Seriously one of THE concerts I wanna see this summer. I adore the Punch Bros. Please. Please. Please.

  34. Danny G July 26, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    love good music and love the zoo

  35. Cory July 26, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    Punch my lights out

  36. Joey July 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Fantastic lineup. Portland’s in for a treat that night!

  37. Jamie July 26, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Please and thank you!

  38. MeghanT July 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    We would love to see this show!

  39. Renee July 26, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    This would be so much fun!

  40. Christine Skorjanc July 26, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    This would be a great date night

  41. Paul July 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Shows at the zoo are so much fun, thanks for another chance!

  42. Amanda Sargent July 30, 2018 at 1:11 am #

    All the yeses!

  43. Chris Johnson July 31, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Andrew Bird!

  44. Sana July 31, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    I’ve followed Andrew Bird’s music through so many weird stages in my life, and now would love the chance to see him on a beautiful sunset night in the PNW – rain or shine, am I right??!

  45. Macy Tindel July 31, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve been a huge Chris Thile fan sense I was about 12 and got drug with my grandparents to blue Grass musical festivals for the most part my preteen and later teenage self had no interest in “old people music” but Nickle Creek was the shinning exception, I grew you as they did, being around the same age, and suddenly discovered a love of bluegrass/newgrass/folk and have followed all of their new musical endeavours and absolutely love the punch brothers. I recently changed jobs and sadly can’t afford to buy tickets but would be eternally grateful if I were able to go to this concert

  46. Lindsey July 31, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    big fan of Andrew Bird!

  47. Christina July 31, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I’d love to see Andrew Bird & Punch Brothers for my first Oregon Zoo show!

  48. Lottie Poe July 31, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I saw Andrew Bird open for someone else years ago and have loved him since! I would love to see him at the zoo, it is so beautiful there on a warm summer night! I already have the approved chairs- just need the tickets!

  49. Afton July 31, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Yes this would be so cool!

  50. jp July 31, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    When Andrew whistles, all the birds come to listen.

  51. Cheyenne Terbrueggen July 31, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    What an awesome and appropriate venue to see Andrew Bird play!

  52. Solar July 31, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    Andrew Bird’s music is exquisite and I need a little magic in our lives.

  53. TaraFM July 31, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    For the win!!!

  54. Kiveya July 31, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    I love the zoo and I like bluegrass music, seems like a great combo.

  55. David July 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    Andrew bird gets better with every album. I’d love to hear his new music

  56. ellie long July 31, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

    Love me some zoo concert!!

  57. Liz July 31, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    Yes, please!! I haven’t been to a zoo concert in years, and this sounds perfectly delightful.

  58. Nick George July 31, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

    I’d love to see the Punch Brothers, always seem to miss them when they come to town.

  59. Nick George July 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

    I’ve never seen the Punch Brothers and would love to go to this!

  60. Mckenna August 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    Would love to see them especially at the zoo!!

  61. Evan David August 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    This show is so musical. What a line up!! I wanna go

  62. David Evans August 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    This show is so on top… I’d like to go!!

  63. John M August 2, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Punch bros are the real deal. We need these tickets!

  64. Ashlynn N Azar August 2, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    The sweet sweet sounds of bluegrass will ease my restless mind.

  65. Dan Korpenfelt August 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    pick me please

  66. Kelly August 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh yes, please!

  67. Karen C August 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    Love, love, love.

  68. Scott Pierce August 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

    These guys can play.

  69. Amy August 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    They’re so talented!

  70. Tara Keitz August 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    Concerts in Zoo are my all time favorite!!!

  71. Timothy August 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    I’ve loved Andrew Bird’s music since I was in the 7th grade. I am 30 now. I have listened to his music for almost two decades now and have never gotten the chance to see him live. I would absolutely love the chance after all these years.

  72. Amber caron August 6, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve never been to the zoo as a venue
    But it seems a fitting place for Andrew birds unique set

  73. Jamey Thom August 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    These are two of my husband’s all time favorite!
    I’d love the have out first zoo experience be jamin’ to these amazing bands!

  74. Diane McLaughlin August 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    I’m in! Would love to go!

  75. Malinda August 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect date night! Thanks!

  76. Katrina August 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    What’s better than music? What’s better than going to the zoo? Music AT the zoo!!!!

  77. Lindsay Chitwood August 7, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    No way! My husband and I just moved to Portland and would love to check this out! Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  78. Madeline Mill August 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing date night

  79. Cynthia Sturm August 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Bluegrass gives you happy feet and makes your soul sparkle! We need more of that right now! Love Chris Thile and Noah Pikelny!

  80. Kacy August 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Love both these artists! Would be a treat to see them perform at the zoo :-)

  81. Cynthia Pyatt August 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    Love them both!

  82. Misa Taskh August 7, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    Love, love, love that these tickets are being offered. Hope I get to see this performance. Thanks!

  83. Bernice August 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    Andrew Bird is such a great musician. A zoo concert is great because we’d be able to take our baby too!

  84. Katie August 7, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    <3 <3 <3 them!

  85. Robert August 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    sounds like a swell time!

  86. Melissa August 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    This would be an awesome night of music!

  87. Jess August 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

    Fingers crossed!!

  88. Dave G. August 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    I’d like to spike the Punch, and burn a Bird.

  89. Anne-Marie Johnson August 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    What a great show, I would like to win please!

  90. Scott August 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    What a show!

  91. russ August 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    Fingers crossed

  92. catherine tanner August 8, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    My friend is going to be visiting from Miami and would love to take him to see the Punch Bros

  93. Ellyn August 8, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird, yes please! I would LOVE to see them! I haven’t been to a Zoo Concert this summer, and it’s the best outdoor concert venue.

  94. Allie Margarella August 8, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    I have yet to be at a Zoo Concert! This would be fun.

  95. Jess August 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    I’ll go even if there is black tar rains and hellfire.

  96. Hannah August 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

    I have been trying to buy tickets to this show for my boyfriend’s birthday! We listen to Andrew Bird together, and we both really love Zoo shows. I just can’t afford these tickets right now, so this would be such TREASURE to us!

  97. Trent S August 8, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    Hey I’m just getting on my feet here in Portland, so in the mean time it’d be great to get to take my girlfriend (and myself) to a show.

  98. Erin August 9, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    I was entranced by Bird’s whistling and swirling loops years ago when he opened for Difranco! I would be so grateful to hear him live, again, and experience the Punch Brothers for the first time at the Oregon Zoo! This would be my first zoo concert and what a first it would be! Thank you PDX Pipeline for the chance to win!

  99. Erin B August 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Bah I would love to see this – it’s even on my birthday!

  100. Linda S August 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    It is great to see how many people know these groups are great. I would love to see them.

  101. Brandi Anderson August 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    Would love to take my father in law to this!

  102. Courtney August 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    This would be incredible!

  103. erica rosser August 10, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    I really want to be there. Badly.

  104. William Dollarhide August 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Would love to take my aspiring musician son!
    I am out-o- work and need some Summer fun!

  105. Lauren Cohen August 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Pick me! I would be all aboard the smile ship if I won these tickets!!!!!

  106. Aurianna August 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    I’ve never been to a concert at the zoo!

  107. Natasja August 12, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    I’ve also never been to a concert at the zoo and Andrew Bird at the Schniz was amazing!

  108. Jon M August 12, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

    Chris Thile is an amazing mandolinist and ever since he joined up with Punch Brothers, I’ve never seen them play together.

  109. Jon M August 12, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    Chris Thile is an amazing mandolinist. Ever since he joined up with Punch Brothers, I’ve never been able to see them live.

  110. Alicia V August 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    This is my kid of sound… my ears like it!

  111. Josie August 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Live music outdoors makes my soul happy and Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird would be amazing to see! And it happens to fall on a rare weekend when I am kid-free!!!

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