Win Tickets ($84): John Sebastian @ Aladdin Theater | Founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Singer, Songwriter, Rock n Roll

We are giving away a pair of tickets to John Sebastian @ Aladdin Theater  on January 16. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 14.



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From our sponsors:
True West Presents
John Sebastian
January 16, 2019
All Ages | Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $39.50 – $42
More info: aladdin-theater.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric.

His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. “We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots,” John explains, “but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an ‘American’ band.”

This the Lovin’ Spoonful did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources – what we now term “roots music” – and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. Which it did.

You know the songs by heart: “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” “Daydream.” “Younger Girl.” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City.” “Rain On The Roof.” “Nashville Cats.” “Six O’Clock.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” “Younger Generation.” These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion, they carried the musical tradition into the future.

This music had an immediate and indelible impression on the public consciousness, but John Sebastian was already a name well-known to the cognoscenti. He was born March 17, 1944 in New York City. His father was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother a writer of radio programs. Regular visitors to the family’s Greenwich Village home included Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie, so it was no surprise when young John became a fan of, and then a participant in, the folk music revival that swept the nation in the late ’50s. Making his bow as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, his skills on guitar, harmonica and autoharp soon made him a sought-after accompanist on the Village folk scene, working with Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Mississippi John Hurt, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and many others.

So the Lovin’ Spoonful was not his first act, and it certainly wasn’t his last. After leaving the group he founded, he bore witness to another turn of the musical zeitgeist with his performances at massive festivals like Woodstock and its English equivalent the Isle of Wight. He had been involved in music for films (most notably Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re A Big Boy Now and Woody Allen’s What’s Up Tiger Lily) and Broadway, but when producers of a TV show called Welcome Back Kotter commissioned a theme song in 1976, Sebastian’s “Welcome Back” became a chart-topping solo record.

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21 Responses to Win Tickets ($84): John Sebastian @ Aladdin Theater | Founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Singer, Songwriter, Rock n Roll

  1. Paul J January 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    I’m loving some Lovin’ Spoonful – this will be a fun show!

  2. Judi January 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    I believe in magic and would love to see John!

  3. John Hale January 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

    You didn’t have to be so nice as to offer free tickets but I’m a Daydreamer and there’s rain on the roof, so yeah, I believe in magic.

  4. Carolyn January 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

    Sounds like a plan, I’m in!

  5. Tammy January 4, 2019 at 2:20 am #

    Darlin Be Home Soon is one of the most beautiful songs ever. It is a dream to see him sing it live..I would love to…

  6. Dan Korpenfelt January 4, 2019 at 6:31 am #

    I really like him.

  7. Dave G. January 4, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    I’d like to tell him Welcome Back…

  8. Colleena Klett January 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

    Sounds like a “magic”night. awesome venue. I would love to see him live.

  9. Susank January 6, 2019 at 8:31 am #

    Magical night out

  10. daryl gouveia January 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

    OK my birthday will already be over with (1-10) but I don’t mind a late gift. A bit of Lovin’ is what I am needing.

  11. michael dalton January 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    So many hits! I would love to see this!

  12. nancy sikoyah January 8, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

    A Tablespoon full of John Sebastian would make me very happy!

  13. Peter Hope January 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    I’ve definitely made up my mind and even though it is winter in the city, I still think it would be keen to see John Sebastian. I hope I get picked for this one.

  14. Cindy B January 8, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

    Lovin’ the idea of free tix! Thanks!

  15. James January 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    A musical legend who doesn’t perform often. A great opportunity to see him in an intimate space. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Aaron January 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    Hot town, winter in THIS city. I believe in magic! (In a young girl’s heart)

  17. Cory January 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

    I believe in magic!!

  18. Kelly N January 12, 2019 at 9:36 am #

    Hot damn! Sebastian in the city!
    I believe in magic and have no doubt this night will be very magical. I love so many of the songs this talented man wrote, and I would be honored to see him play!

  19. Nicholas N January 12, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    “Darling be home soon, with tickets to John Sebastian.” I’d like to say this to my wife. Please let me :)

  20. Ron T. January 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

    Did I ever have to make up my mind? Yes, Yes I have. Please pick me?

  21. Tammy R-L January 14, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    Would love to experience some magic served up fresh & Sebastian style. It will be a great show !

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