Win Tickets ($70): Blind Melon @ Crystal Ballroom | American Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Blind Melon @ Crystal Ballroom on August 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 27.


From our sponsors:
Blind Melon
August 29, 2018
21+ | 6:30 p.m. Doors, Show 8 p.m. Show | $30 advance, $35 day of show
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon 97209

In recent years, the tale of Blind Melon has taken a dramatic turn – from an abrupt and tragic end, to a rebirth and reconnection with their legions of dedicated fans. No matter how you slice it, the group was responsible for some of the most memorable and pure- sounding rock music of the ’90s, and with their reformation in 2007 with singer Travis Warren, Blind Melon have picked up with their fans, exactly where they left off. Blind Melon originally formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, when five transplants from other states crossed paths – singer Shannon Hoon (from Indiana), guitarist Christopher Thorn (from Pennsylvania), and guitarist Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham (all from Mississippi). With a buzz created around the band shortly thereafter due to Hoon’s appearance on Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 release, ‘Use Your Illusion’ (and specifically, the hit single/video, “Don’t Cry”), a recording contract soon followed with Capitol Records. The group’s now-classic self-titled debut followed in 1992.

The album saw the group fit in perfectly with the then-burgeoning alt rock/grunge movement, due to their stripped-down, rootsy sound, as evidenced by such standouts as “Tones of Home” and “Change.” But it was the song “No Rain” that became a smash on radio and MTV a year later, and Blind Melon became one of rock’s feel-good ‘overnight success stories.’ As the album scaled the charts, plum opening gigs piled up over the next year – Guns N’ Roses, Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, and the Rolling Stones, as well as an unforgettable appearance at Woodstock ’94. Despite high expectations, the group’s sophomore release, 1995’s ‘Soup,’ was panned by critics upon release. Over the years however, the album has rightfully become recognized as one of the decade’s most underrated rock gems, spawning such standouts as “Galaxie,” “Toes Across the Floor,” and “Mouthful of Cavities.” Barely over two months after the album’s release, Hoon died while on tour from a drug overdose, at the age of 28. The four surviving members regrouped and issued an outtakes collection, 1996’s ‘Nico’ (named after Hoon’s then- baby daughter, and spawning such further Melon classics as “Soup” and “Soul One”), as well as the Grammy nominated home video, ‘Letters from a Porcupine.’ An attempt to find a replacement for Hoon was abandoned, and in 1999, the group officially went their separate ways. Smith and Thorn subsequently formed a short-lived group, Unified Theory, featuring Dave Krusen of Pearl Jam and Chris Shinn of Live, as well as opening up their own recording studio (Wishbone), and becoming much-in-demand producers, working with such artists as Anna Nalick, Critter Jones and Under the Influence of Giants. Thorn also played in Live and Awol Nation and Smith has released two full length solo records under the moniker “Abandon Jalopy”.

Stevens, having moved to New York, appeared in a pair of groups, Extra Virgin and Tender Trio, while Graham, who also settled back east, outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, played with Jimbo Mathus and his Knocked Down Society, Joe Tullos, and The Harmony Four in addition to founding The Meek and The Jakeleg. Also during these intervening years, interest in Blind Melon continued to grow further, due to the emergence of the jam band scene – which many feel the group helped create -while such compilations as 2002’s ‘Classic Masters’ and 2005’s ‘Tones of Home: The Best of,’ as well as 2005’s ‘Live at the Palace’ CD and ‘Live at the Metro’ DVD, racked up impressive sales. Add to it an ever-growing Blind Melon online community of fans, and

it was clear that there was still an unmistakable demand for the band. It was precisely around this time that Smith and Thorn were asked to produce a few tracks for Texas- based singer/songwriter, Warren – who also happened to be a die-hard Blind Melon fan. Working with Warren on his demo, Smith jokingly said to Thorn that Warren “could sing Blind Melon songs in his sleep.” The idea was born. The four remaining members – who hadn’t been in the same room in years – came together to be reacquainted with each other, and to meet with Warren. Soon after, it had become apparent that they had finally located Blind Melon’s new singer. With Stevens and Graham reclaiming their spots as well, Blind Melon was back in business. Setting up shop at Wishbone, the reformed band spent most of 2007 writing and recording. But before issuing a new album, the group decided to introduce their newest member via a highly successful and completely sold out club tour in late 2007. If the strong response from fans at these shows is any indication, the group’s upcoming shows and forthcoming new music will continue to spread the word even further.

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80 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Blind Melon @ Crystal Ballroom | American Rock

  1. Michael July 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    I am picturing dancing bee’s. Would love to go to this show and relive the 90s. Those damn bee’s again.

    • Carol Bruce August 24, 2018 at 7:29 am #

      Please…I need a release! You sound like just the ticket! Help this liberal old hippy grandma loosen her stiff hips!

    • Kara Kukovich August 26, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      I remember when I was a kid whenever No Rain came on the radio my dad would laugh and smile and think he was listening to the Grateful Dead. Loved both bands growing up and Blind Melon’s self titled album helped me through many major depressive episodes going forward. They still do. Saw that club tour in Dc with the “new guy” in 2007. Was weird without Shannon but it meant so much to me. Please gift me these tickets!

  2. Christina July 30, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  3. MICHELLE July 31, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Blind Melon is a blast from my past!

  4. Lindsey July 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Bumble bee girl!

  5. Mac July 31, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    I would love to see blind melon and transport back to my High school days!!!

  6. BEN LARSEN July 31, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    I’m confused and intrigued!

  7. Kristie July 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    I am also confused, but I’ll go with it if I win!

  8. Thomas Johnson July 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    No Rain is my favorite 90s jam! All I can say is that winning these tickets would be insane! Lol

  9. Kris July 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Fun night will be had.

  10. johnny guitar July 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    I miss Shannon Hoon. what a wonderful voice

  11. Robin July 31, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

    I would love to see these guys! I’ve been a fan for most of my life, and I’m thrilled they’re coming to town!

  12. Cora K July 31, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    I would love to win tix so I could take my sister so she could cross off a bucket list item! We LOVE Blind Melon.

  13. Kim Rueter July 31, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

    I LOVE Blind Melon! So does my 16 year old son. We’d be stoked to win some tickets and go together.

  14. Ed August 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    If the Bee girl is there it will be EPIC! Great album, would be great to see what Blind Melon is up to!

  15. Mike August 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    I am poor and want to go to this concert. Please help me out PDXPIPELINE

  16. Dan Korpenfelt August 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    pick me please

  17. Shasha Andrews August 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    Bee girl would indeed be Bee Wombyn by now… But I would be stoked to see these cats without Shannon, as I’m extremely intrigued by their sound without him these days. I would ADORE winning these tix, even without Bee Chica!!!

  18. Dave G. August 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    One hit is better than none…and more than most bands ever get.

  19. steadymelon August 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

    thanks for the chance!

  20. Karen C August 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Takin me back.

  21. Amy August 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    So fun!

  22. Tara Keitz August 3, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    This show will be amazing! Please pick me!

  23. Karl jacobson August 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    Yea please and thank you!

  24. Amber August 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    Allll I can say is that….I would love a chance to see blind melon!
    What a throwback

  25. Ryan Johnson August 6, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    I love Blind Melon!! Been missing all the 2000’s music. This would be amazing !!!

  26. Diane McLaughlin August 6, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    No rain! I wanna go!

  27. Katie August 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    All I can say is that my life is pretty plain
    I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain
    And all I can do is just pour some tea for two
    And speak my point of view but it’s not sane
    It’s not sane

    But going to this show?
    That is pure sanity.

  28. Kaitlyn Weisensel August 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    this would be great!

  29. Gopal August 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Ironically we need more rain.

  30. Jamie August 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Please and thank you!

  31. Christina August 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    Because Blind Melon used to be my go-to music to play while bartending!

  32. MacKenzie August 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    Love blind melon but if I won I would absolutely love to take my best friend to see their fave band!! We would love to go!

  33. Evan August 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    Change is one of my all time fav jams!

  34. Kevin Larkin August 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    The fact that I know unlike the others that Blind Melon isn’t a one hit wonder should be enough. Now if only I could learn how to use punctuation.

  35. allie August 8, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    I grew up with this.

  36. Gabrielle Luscher August 8, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    Blind Melon is honestly legend – who wouldn’t want to see them at venue like the crystal ballroom ? I’d love to win this !

  37. Molli Taylor August 8, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    i am such a huge blind melon fan since back in the day. would love to see how they have evolved. and i LOVE the crystal!

  38. Trent J Sergi August 8, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi, I’m new to Portland and would love to see a free rock concert. I’m a 90’s music guy and I’d be happy to support the Blind Melon of today.

  39. Amanda Trinkle August 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Hey! My and my co-worker are going to be in Portland for the Cannabis Science Conference that will be taking place the 27-29th! We are looking for something to do and I just saw this post!

    Not sure how many tickets are available, but this would be awesome!

  40. Roger Decarlo August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    If I get to go Gonna have Blind Melon Sign My Watermelon ! & Take it home & eat the next day with my Girlfriend gotta luv it !!

  41. Victoria August 11, 2018 at 1:38 am #

    Blind melon was huge to me in my teen years and although Shanon Hoon is gone, the music still touches me. I’d LOVEto go and just moved so I can’t but tickets. Winning them would be amazing!

  42. Sarah Folsom August 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Will dance my ass off.I love live music.and I love Blind melon and I love,love,love the Crystal.Great venue.

  43. Danielle August 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    This will be a fun show

  44. Evan David August 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Let’s rock!!

  45. Iris G August 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm #


  46. michelle August 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    would so love to see them

  47. MacKenzie August 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    Still putting good vibes out to win this and take my best friend!

  48. Mat August 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    It’s nice to revisit the past

  49. poppy August 14, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    I won’t cry but there will be rain!

  50. Julie GORDON August 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    I LOVE Blind Melon…Going to this would be my summer highlight…..

  51. Teresa Bergan August 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    Would love to listen to some great music at a great location

  52. Leighla August 15, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Love Blind Melon! Me Me Me Please

  53. Gary Ferguson August 16, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of Blind melon for years. Its a shame what happened to the former lead singer but I’m sure
    they will still put on a great show And the Chrystal bllroom is A one of a kind venue. My favorite

  54. Heather August 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    We always enjoy getting together with good people. Never been to the Crystal Ballroom but I’ve heard it’s an awesome place. I’m sure that since Blind Melon will be there it’ll be a wi led sweet experience!! ✌❤️

  55. Puneet August 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    I would love to attend this show!

  56. Cindy Early McDermid August 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    All I can say is my life is pretty plain. I’d die to win these tickets and hear No Rain. Please pick me!

  57. Amber August 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve love to rock out with one of my favorite 90’s bands!

  58. Kate August 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Yes, please!

  59. Jeanne August 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Crystal Ballroom or ever heard the Melons but I am up for new adventures. :-)

  60. mary burch August 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    i want to go

  61. Courtney August 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Yes, please! This would be a great surprise for my husband!

  62. Byron C August 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    Seeing Blind Melon would bring lots of good memories back! Thanks for the chance!

  63. Jen R. August 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

    This would be a fun show!

  64. Lauren E. Smith August 22, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    Flashback to the younger years! Yes please!

  65. Cara August 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    how to decide who to go with !?!?

  66. Ariana Overton August 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Yeass Please!

  67. Ron T August 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Obviously, I really want to win these tickets. Though I knew that Blind Melon was more than a one hit wonder, I also knew
    of the reputation Shannon Hoon had developed with his audiences, prior to his end. I did not know that they had reformed.
    Having opportunity to enjoy an evening with Blind Melon, I think, would be more than a rewarding experience.

  68. Danielle August 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    I would really enjoy this show

  69. Rylee August 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    Been one of my favorite bands since I was born.

  70. Lucy August 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    All I can say is that my life is pretty plain; I like watching the puddles gather rain.
    And all I can do is just pour some tea for two, and speak my point of view.
    But it’s not sane
    It’s not sane.

  71. Tyler Macklin August 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    Sounds like a BLAST!

  72. Michelle August 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Yes please! I’ll have it made!!

  73. Rhianna August 24, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Yes please?! Would love to see them!!

  74. Rebecca Descombes August 24, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Would love to finally see a concert in Portland!

  75. Molli Taylor August 24, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    ive been a blind melon fan since high school. this would be so awesome!

  76. Hannah August 25, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Only if they bring the bee girl!

  77. Juliana August 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Good memories came back to me listening this song. I would like to see this a show, please

  78. erica rosser August 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    All I can say is… I want to win these.

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