Win Tickets ($70): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Steve Earle & The Dukes + Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Country, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Steve Earle & The Dukes + Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Oregon Zoo on August 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 29.


From our sponsors:
Steve Earle & The Dukes + Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
August 11, 2019
Doors: 5 pm / Show: 6 pm | $35 GA, $65 Reserved, $95 Terrace | All Ages
More info:

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

In the strictest sense, Steve Earle isn’t a country artist; he’s a roots rocker. Earle emerged in the mid-’80s, after Bruce Springsteen had popularized populist rock & roll and Dwight Yoakam had kick-started the neo-traditionalist movement in country music. At first, Earle appeared to be more indebted to the rock side than country, as he played a stripped-down, neo-rockabilly style that occasionally verged on outlaw country. However, his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville or rock & roll meant that he never broke through into either genre’s mainstream. Instead, he cultivated a dedicated cult following, drawing from both the country and rock audiences, the former with his 1986 debut Guitar Town, and the latter with 1988’s commercial breakthrough Copperhead Road. Toward the early ’90s, his career was thrown off track by personal problems and substance abuse, but he re-emerged stronger and healthier several years later, producing two of his most critically acclaimed albums ever, 1995’s Train A’Comin’ and 1996’s I Feel Alright. Earle celebrated his love for bluegrass on 1999’s The Mountain (cut with the Del McCoury Band), while his progressive political views dominated his work from 2002’s Jerusalem through 2007’s Washington Square Serenade. Earle embraced more personal themes on 2011’s I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, but he made a full-bodied return to country sounds with 2017’s So You Wannabe An Outlaw.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been quietly intensifying. During that time, the 28-year old singer/songwriter/guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following. Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes, their voices blending with potent DNA. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since as they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on his two most recent albums.

These experiences were undoubtedly invaluable, but none of what has come before will prepare you for the cosmic country soul of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the band’s new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work set for release on Fantasy Records. From the epic “Set Me Down on a Cloud” to the climactic “If I Started Over,” the album delivers one sublime song and inspired performance after another.

“I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country,” Lukas says of his vision for the album. “I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil’s been mentoring us, and we’ve been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. We’ve grown.”

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78 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Steve Earle & The Dukes + Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Country, Folk

  1. KR June 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

    Great music at one of the best locations!

  2. Lance June 20, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

    And Portland always makes me happy.

  3. Jennifer June 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

    I’d love to go to this show! :)

    • Local Lu June 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

      Send an enthusiastic audience member – pick me (guitar pun intended :)!

  4. Jason Jancosek June 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

    A haiku:

    A wild beast backdrop
    Under a blue Portland sky
    Roots rock with some friends

    I hope this’ll do.

  5. Meg Garton June 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    Headed back for a visit with family and a friend’s wedding. What better way to add to the fun than an Oregon Zoo concert experience with these great acts!

    • Celeste July 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

      Would love to see Steve Earle, love his music.

  6. Tara Keitz June 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

    I love me some Steve Earl, please pick me!

  7. Nicole June 20, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

    I’d love to win this because years ago I was in a really low place in my life…I stumbled upon Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real performing on a tv show and somehow felt at peace almost immediately when I saw him perform and heard his sound compiled with the bands. I would sit and watch that show over and over again during very difficult times and I could go into this much deeper but the answer is; This band had a healing & positive affect on my life. I need to thank them.

    • Nicole July 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

      I can’t believe I haven’t seen that Lukas Nelson is playing the zoo! I need to go to this show please!

  8. Maureen A. June 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

    Love the Zoo Concerts and love, love, love Steve Earle!! Please pick me!!

  9. Deb B June 21, 2019 at 8:21 am #

    Love Steve Earle’s music but have yet to see him live. Would be awesome to hear him and his band at the zoo.

  10. Tracie H. June 21, 2019 at 8:39 am #

    Great tunes at to zoo! Sign me up!

    • Jarred H July 28, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Steve Earle would be a solid concert, I can already smell that whiskey burning down copperhead road. It would be great to bring my Galway girl to Guitar town, feel alright about that.

  11. Jen June 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh man, I’ve been listening to Steve Earle for almost 2 decades, would love to see him live!

  12. Tom June 23, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    I want to go see see Lukas Nelson!

  13. Kathy Rankin June 23, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    This is a dream come true to see both of these artists on the same bill and you are giving away free tickets! Wow I hope we get lucky this time.

  14. John June 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    Looking forward to this show

  15. Roxana June 25, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    This would be amazing! I love concerts at the zoo and have been wanting to see Steve Earle forever!

  16. Esther Park June 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    So fun. Would looove to go!!

    • Cory June 26, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

      HEY DUKE LIVES $!!

  17. Ashley Brooke Futch June 25, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    Got to meet Steve Earle at an East Coast show many years ago! Would love to see him again!

  18. Gena Wallace June 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    If I start over on the road again down copperhead road, will you be there?

    They will make magic!
    Woot woot

  19. Vanessa June 25, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    What’s not to love – both the zoo and Steve Earle? Perfection!

  20. Therese Long June 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    Would love to go!

  21. Christine Van Halder June 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    I would love to win a ticket to the: Steve Earle & The Dukes + Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real concert at the Oregon Zoo. I love country music!

  22. madeline nico June 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    Would make my summer at the zoo!

    • Dave G. July 4, 2019 at 12:04 am #

      Please send me to see the Earle, the Dukes, the Luke & the Promise. Grateful I would be!

  23. Julie Mikalson June 25, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

    We’d love this! Everyone pls use the MAX!

  24. Karla June 26, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    Love Lukas Nelson!

  25. Sarah Buscho June 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of Steve Earle since my parents exposed me to him as a kid, I would love to take either my mom or dad as a huge thank you for exposing me to his music!!

  26. Jennifer June 27, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    This would be awesome!!

  27. Molly June 27, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    My son would be in heaven at this concert!

  28. Cory June 27, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    It”s Steve!!!!

  29. Joseph June 28, 2019 at 8:21 am #

    I feel alright!

  30. Joey Scruggs June 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    It’s been 25 years since I’ve seen Steve Earle (in Austin at SXSW) and i remember the very first time Lukas Nelson played Portland – at the Waterfront Blues festival, when he was around 18 or 19 (he was smoking hot, too!).
    It sure would be great to see these 2 acts together on one bill.
    Ans, it’s been 10+ years since I have been to see a show at the Oregon Zoo – a fantastic place to see a concert!

  31. Jennifer June 29, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    Sign me up! :)

  32. Glenn B. July 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    Get Real!!! Earle & Nelson…at the ZOO = Perfect Evening.

  33. Randy Woehl July 2, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

    Steve Earl and Lukas Nelson at the Zoo!! Does not get better than this!!!! Yes!!

    • Erica July 29, 2019 at 11:33 am #

      Would love to go to this concert. Love zoo concerts.

  34. Carol Cooper July 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

    Music is awesome. I love this group.

  35. Mary Atwood July 2, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

    A dream come true,
    Steve Earle and Lucas Nelson
    At the Zoo!

  36. Josie July 3, 2019 at 7:32 am #

    Summer concerts at the zoo are the best!!!

  37. Marychris Mass July 3, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Because POTR…have been a fan since they made me miss dinner at the Blues Fest a few years ago because their music was so compelling! And I dig Steve too..

  38. Tracy July 5, 2019 at 9:44 am #

    Great music I would love to see!

    • Jeff July 7, 2019 at 6:57 am #

      Steve Earle fan from way back. I’d love to see this!

    • Helena July 29, 2019 at 8:03 am #

      I cant even imagine how amazing this will be and would love to be there! Lukas Nelson and Promise of the real is one of the greatest bands out there :) thanks!

  39. Whitney Zeigler July 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    Steve rocks!

  40. jp July 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm #


  41. Meghan Thomas July 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

    I LOVE Steve Earle!

  42. Evan David July 10, 2019 at 10:36 am #

    Great summer fun…..

  43. Cara July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

    SO many great shows this year at the zoo! How to pick?!?

  44. Sarah July 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    I’d love to go! I haven’t had the opportunity to see these artists and admire them so much! This would be a great present for a friend who loves them!

  45. David Meeker July 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

    Love love love Steve Earle!!! I also love the zoo!!!

  46. Ra coyote July 11, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

    My husband Loves these guys and his birthday is often Fathers day so he kinda gets ripped off-this would be a great gift

  47. jenny July 11, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    Yes please!

  48. Bs Wayson July 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    This will be astounding!

  49. Lena Bainbridge July 11, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

    Would love to win so I can bring a date and it would be the first time I’ve seen a concert @ Oregon zoo!

  50. Dawn July 12, 2019 at 11:38 am #

    Yes! This would be a good pair to see. Earle/Nelson.

  51. Matt July 12, 2019 at 11:21 pm #

    This looks awesome!

  52. Cory July 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

    2 of da best

  53. Nicole Mayer July 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    Both talented artists I’d love to see!

  54. Linda S July 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

    Would end the weekend nice to sit at the zoo and hear these guys.

  55. Vega July 17, 2019 at 8:03 am #

    I have been thinking about going to this one anyway! If I won these tickets, we’d have to buy a couple more so the whole family could go. The kids love live music and the zoo! And of course we’d hit up the PokPok food truck!

    • Tammy July 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      Never been to a zoo concert and would love to enjoy this particular artist with my husband. Thank you for this opportunity! Btw.. Love your newsletter!

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  57. Cormac Burke July 23, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    Sounds like a great show!

  58. Jeff Betts July 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

    Steve Earle is a LEGEND and
    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are fast becoming one(s).
    Love Steve’s acting on Treme.
    Lukas & the Real are AMAZING as Neil Young’s band and I loved their work in A Star is Born last year!

    I would be so grateful to win tickets!!

  59. maddy nico July 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

    Would be amazing!! Zoo show here i come

  60. maddy nico July 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

    would lovee these tickets !

  61. Malinda July 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  62. Lena Bainbridge July 26, 2019 at 10:46 am #

    I want to go because I’ve never seen a concert at the zoo

  63. Karen C July 26, 2019 at 10:34 pm #

    Steve Earle under the beautiful summer sky sounds dreamy!

  64. AAnthony July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am #

    I’m a huge POTR fan and would gift them to a Portland friend who I think would adore the whole evening. Trying to spread the word about them one fan at a time.

  65. Christina July 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    Sounds fun!!

  66. Annie August 1, 2019 at 3:55 pm #

    This full-time single mama needs a night out! My beau and I love both Steve Earle and Lukas Nelson and this zoo concert would be an awesome date! I’ve got babysitting covered, now I just need tickets! :-)

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