Win Tickets ($60): Shakey Graves – The Tour X9 World Tour @ Eugene’s McDonald Theatre | Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Shakey Graves – The Tour X9 World Tour @ Eugene’s McDonald Theatre on December 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 3.


From our sponsors:
Shakey Graves – The Tour X9 World Tour
December 7, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $25-$30 | All Ages
More info:

McDonald Theatre
1010 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401

Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.” The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who’s been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can’t Wake Up (Dualtone, out May 4). This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. “This record is the most I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it,” he says. “It’s a dense album; there’s a lot of information going on.

That is not a hyperbolic boast. From one moment to the next, Can’t Wake Up veers from the inevitable to the revelatory, its thirteen songs teeming with jarring musical and thematic collisions and thrillingly seamless intersections, gnarly psychological hornswoggles and ecstatic resolutions. Central to the prevailing sense of disorientation are the lead vocals, none of which is purely solo. Instead, each lead performance is shadowed by a queasy harmony or slightly out-of-sync unison part, giving the sense—especially on headphones—that these voices are emanating from inside the listener’s head.

Newfound inspirations the Beatles and Harry Nilsson (“I could only deny the inevitable for so long,” he says of his belated immersion in the sacred texts) cohered around Rose-Garcia’s longtime touchstones, including Elliott Smith, Beck circa One Foot in the Grave, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill and other indie bands of the 1990s and early oughts.

“I’ve never worked like this before, but I went into the record with the idea of having a thesis statement of what I wanted to get across,” Rose-Garcia explains. “And the place that I got at was that I wanted it to be vaguely Wizard of Oz-themed, and I wanted it to be hectic and a little uncomfortable, like what I refer to as the Big Five Disney cartoons: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Snow White, Dumbo and Bambi. All those movies are terrifying—some of the most stressful movies I’ve ever seen. So I started with this Wizard of Oz thing—’Tin Man’ that has obvious allusions to that—and the idea of black-and-white to color.”

The creative process was paralleled by the conception and execution of the striking, hallucinatory cover art. “I built an elaborate miniature diorama in my house and used plexiglass plates, paint and train set buildings to create a forced-perspective illusion and photographed it,” Rose-Garcia explains. “The goal was to have the cover and the process to mirror the album in a way, and I am thrilled with how it turned out.”

Can’t Wake up is Alejandro/Shakey’s second official studio-album project—more official, in any case, than the several mostly solo odds-and-ends collections he’s been putting out through Bandcamp since his very first release, Roll the Bones, in 2011. It was his previous Dualtone album, 2014’s And the War Came, and centerpiece song “Dearly Departed” that lifted Shakey from hard-core cultdom to the elevated status of bona fide career artist.

Up to now, he’s been categorized as an Americana singer/songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and the aforementioned cowboy hat. Indeed, Shakey was named Best Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Americana Music Awards. But that tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once this righteously radical new album gets digested by critics and discerning listeners. Because Can’t Wake Up is an extreme example of what happens when a kid from an artistic family is encouraged to use his imagination from early childhood onward.

“Not that I hadn’t made stuff that I really wanted to, but with this record, I just wanted to go back to building stuff,” Rose-Garcia points out, referencing a lifetime of doing just that. “So the creative process of building this record started out with me in a bathrobe in my house just doing what comes naturally, and then finding pieces of what I want to write about everywhere.”

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32 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Shakey Graves – The Tour X9 World Tour @ Eugene’s McDonald Theatre | Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll

  1. Mac Hays November 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

    I love Shakey Graves! Can’t wait!

    • Robert Haley November 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

      I’d be shaking all over to win these bad boys!

  2. John Hale November 21, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    I will be shaking in my grave if I dont win tickets to see the man himself. Wouldn’t mind the drive down with free tickets. Thank you

  3. Nick November 22, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    Long time listener first time attempted winner!

  4. Ashley Lee November 23, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Love Shakey Graves! Would be amazing to see him in concert!

  5. lidia berhane November 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

    I would be soooooo grateful to win these tickets!!!!!

  6. Monique November 25, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    What a voice…

  7. Leigha November 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    I would be beyond thrilled to go to this show! Love his music so much!

  8. Madison November 26, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    Who does not want to see Shakey Graves? I will buy tickets no matter what, but why not try to win some. I am so excited to see him!

  9. Erin November 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm #


  10. Kristen M November 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Huge fan! This would be awesome to win

  11. Courtney November 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Shaekey graves saved my life! It would be such an honor. Thank you kindly for the offer!!

  12. Katy Collins November 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    I love Shakey Graves! It would be so cool to win!

  13. Lea Hinchcliff November 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    This would be fun

  14. Mac Hays November 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    Love Shakey Graves! Can’t wait!

  15. Megan Barkman November 27, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    I would absolutely love going to this show!!!!!! My husband and I can’t get enough of his music!!!!

  16. Avery November 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    Was going to go to the show in Portland but it sold out before I bought tix!!!!

  17. Keri Handaly November 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

    Ive seen him in austin and also twice at pickathon. HUGE FAN! also, i love eugene and my bff lives there. Would be superfabuloso to win!!!!!

  18. Kristen November 28, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    This would be amazing! Best date night :)

  19. Heather November 28, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    This would be so much fun, I would love to see him!

  20. Natalie November 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    Shakey has seen me through good times and bad. Man, I would love to go stomp and holler and check out his new work!!

  21. sean November 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    I lived in Eugen through college and never saw a show at the McDonald. Can’t think of a better band for my first experience there.

  22. Heather November 29, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    Cause you and I both know that the house is haunted. ;)

  23. Rhianna November 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    Looks like fun and I’ve never seen them.

  24. Sarai November 30, 2018 at 1:00 am #

    The day of the show is the day I wrap up my first term in grad school here in Eugene! What a perfect way to celebrate! Architecture school has meant a lot of very late nights and sacrificing fun. My sweetheart is driving down from Portland that same afternoon, and I would love to go see one of our favorite musicians together! I’ve listened to Shakey Graves for years, but never seen him live, and I’ve never been to McDonald theater. I want to go so bad!

  25. Aaron November 30, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    Oh man, I bet they put on an amazing show. What a great band, would love to go!

  26. Zoe Shipley November 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    OMG yes! I love Shakey Graves! I’ve seen him in Portland and at Pickathon and would love the chance to see him live again – he puts on an amazing show! Such a fan!

  27. Taylor December 3, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    Oh my god, I can’t believe I didn’t know he was going to be in town! I would *LOVE* to see this show!

  28. Dany Hardy December 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    My Birthday is on the 11th, and I’m not only celebrating 45 years on this beautiful planet, but finally having a life worth living, after endless pain and tears… I deserve to go and party a little. I do, I do.. * bounces up and down*

  29. Jean E McGowan December 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    Because he’s so hot.

  30. AJ December 6, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    Last time I had tickets at MacDonald theater, I gave them away to the next person who walked up. Hoping the kharma will come back…directly, because I just got back in town. He is relatively new to my repertoire…but I love the music he creates! Thank you!

  31. Ed December 11, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    Great voice, have not had the pleasure of seeing them live!

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