Win Tickets ($60): Over The Rhine Christmas Tour @ Aladdin Theater | Folk Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Over The Rhine 2018 Christmas Tour @ Aladdin Theater on November 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, November 26.


From our sponsors:
Over The Rhine 2018 Christmas Tour
November 30, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $28.50 – $30 | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

One December, not long after Over the Rhine began recording and touring, we were invited to perform some seasonal songs on a public radio station in Cincinnati. It was Christmastime and apparently they thought we were up to the task. We worked up a few carols and traditional tunes and Karin even read a poem by Thomas Hardy called, The Oxen.

It actually felt really good and conjured up an unusual mix of feelings from childhood: innocence, loss, wonder, joy, sadness. I think we were surprised.

People must have tuned into the radio broadcast, because we began receiving inquiries as to whether we had recorded any of our Christmas songs. I don’t think we had considered it at the time, but any young, struggling songwriter is open to the suggestions of the marketplace, and people were persistent.

In December of 1996 – can it really be 20 years ago? – we recorded and released our first song cycle of some of the Christmas carols that still haunted us. We included a few original tunes and called our wintry mix The Darkest Night Of The Year. We played a special “darkest night” release concert on winter solstice in an old theater in Cincinnati. Folks began snatching up copies and seemed to agree that they hadn’t heard anything quite like it.

We began playing concerts around the Midwest every December and found that the rooms were usually packed full of people who had bundled in out of the cold with prized compatriots. Hats and scarves abounded. If you stepped outside during intermission, you could make ghosts with your breath in the crisp night air. And it was dark – oh so dark: a time of year with its own music.

A decade later, in 2006, we released our first full collection of original Christmas/holiday songs called Snow Angels. What is it about Christmas music and the undeniable gravitational pull it exerts on some songwriters? So many Christmas songs had already been written. I think we were genuinely curious about the ones that hadn’t yet been written.

We continued to tour every December and these special year-winding- down concerts began to feel like an annual tradition – gatherings of extended musical family, without whom, we’d be homeless.

And when we released our third holiday album of original songs, Blood Oranges In The Snow, in December of 2014, we were still at it.

On our 2018 tour, we will be performing as a trio, leaning into three-part harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus. It won’t be all Christmas music: we’ll certainly mix in tunes from many of our records along the way. But hopefully it’s still true; that you haven’t heard anything quite like it.

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47 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Over The Rhine Christmas Tour @ Aladdin Theater | Folk Music

  1. AJ November 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh, this sounds great!

    • KR November 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      It’d be a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit!

  2. LG November 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Love love love OTR. Karin’s voice is one for the ages.

  3. Ashley Wase November 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    I have been listening to them since the early 19901’s. I don’t know some of their newer stuff but they have always been a band I have enjoyed. I would love the opportunity to see them live.

  4. Krys November 6, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    I would love to go!

  5. Sascha November 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    I would love to surprise my friend who is a big fan!

  6. Anna S King November 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Seeing “Over the Rhine” would be an amazing holiday treat!

  7. Rachel November 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    One of the first concerts my husband and I went to was Over The Rhine – they are so wonderful!

  8. Suzanne L. November 6, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    Yes, please!

  9. Bonnie Nicholas November 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    After trying to win tickets for at least a couple of years, for more shows than I can count, will this finally be the winner?

  10. Chris Shetterly November 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Today is my birthday, so pretty please.

  11. VAL LIPTAK November 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    A special Holiday concert! Yes, please!

  12. Mimi November 6, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    Would love to see OTR in concert!!

  13. Paul November 7, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    There’s something about Over The Rhine’s “Reality Christmas Music” that puts me more into the mood of the season than anything else. I’m there when Linford sings of Santa’s “missing eye” and still smirk when Karen sings of the miracle it would take to get her (or me) into a shopping mall.

    When music pulls on the soul like that, why wouldn’t I want to attend?

  14. Aaron November 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

    The River Rhine is currently experiencing record low water levels (see Monday, 5 November 2018 NYT article). I wonder if the residents of the Over The Rhine neighborhood are aware of this, or whether the band is? Maybe having a similar name as something heightens your awareness of it. Ergo, i’d enjoy going to this show and perhaps asking them.

  15. Angela November 7, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    Would be a great way to kick off the holiday season!

  16. Ellen martin November 8, 2018 at 10:22 pm #

    This sounds wonderful!

  17. Sommers Ebright November 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

    Wow! Looks interesting. Would love to start the holiday season with this show! Pick me!

  18. Kimi November 9, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    I adore OTR!!!

  19. Robert November 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    My FAVORITE group! I love Cincinnati (my former home)

  20. bonnie lander November 12, 2018 at 6:59 am #

    My sister introduced me to this beautiful music 20 yrs ago. what a nice holiday treat

  21. John Pender November 12, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    This is the night of my daughter’s 16th birthday — she loves Christmas and music and we can walk to the Aladdin. Would love to add this surprise!

  22. Amanda November 12, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

    Yes, please.

  23. Alice November 13, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    This would be so wonderful!

  24. Shelley November 13, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    I would love to take my son!

  25. Elvis November 13, 2018 at 7:28 am #


  26. Kay November 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    I love Over the Rhine and havent seen them in over a decade. I would love to go!!!

  27. Sarah Folsom November 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    What a wonderful way to set the tone for the holiday season.thank you for the opportunity to win.

  28. Suzanne November 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    I’d love to go to this!

  29. Kelly Banister November 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Love OTC! I could surely use a little boost like this to get into the holiday spirit. Thanks!

  30. Christopher Griffin November 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    I kind of forgot about them, yet I was obsessed with “latter years”, for about a year and must have played it a 1000 times. Would be great to see them. And I love Christmas songs, reminds me of my Mom.

  31. Renee November 15, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    This would be so great!

  32. Tim November 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    I’ve wanted to see these guys for a while now, maybe this time it will work out.

  33. Kimi November 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    I love OTR!

  34. Danielle November 16, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    This show is just our style.

  35. Kristin November 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    Sounds wonderful!

  36. Danny Goode November 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    awesome giveaway…would love to see them.

  37. Chris "Kalelicious" Griffin November 20, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Love this band, flashback memories, dig Christmas music, what more can you ask?

  38. Cheyenne Terbrueggen November 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Ha! Danced to an Over the Rhine song when I got married nearly a decade ago. Divorced now, but I’d sure live to see them perform live.

  39. tina schiebelhut November 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    sounds great!!!

  40. Melody Suzanne Burton November 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Perfect start to the holiday!

  41. Sommers Ebright November 20, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    Good times! Lets celebrate the hoiidays!!!

  42. Kelly G November 21, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    OTR and Christmas? Yes please!

  43. Gregory Garabedian November 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! I’ve never heard them before, but i’m intrigued

  44. Ellen November 21, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

    Love to see them!

  45. Jenny November 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    This would be a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday! Thanks for the chance!

  46. Tim November 22, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    Yes please!

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