Win Tickets ($70): Calexico and Iron & Wine @ Keller Auditorium | Americana, Indie, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Calexico and Iron & Wine @ Keller Auditorium on August 23. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 16.


From our sponsors:
Calexico and Iron & Wine
August 23, 2019
8 p.m. | $35-$75 | All Ages
More info:

Keller Auditorium
222 SW Clay St, Portland, 97201

Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. The acclaimed collaboration introduced both acts to wider audiences and broadened Beam’s artistic horizons, but it was the shared experience of touring together in the tradition of Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” that cemented their bond. Their metaphorical roads diverged in the years that followed, but they kept in touch and cross-pollinated where they could. But although they often talked about rekindling their collaboration in the studio and on the stage, it wasn’t until last year that their schedules aligned.

Years to Burn can’t help but be different from In the Reins. Back then, Calexico entered the studio with a long list of previous collaborations (first in Giant Sand, then backing the likes of Victoria Williams and Richard Buckner) and the knowledge that they loved Sam’s voice and his songs, but wondering if his material was so complete and self-contained that it lacked a way in, so hushed and delicate that it might be overwhelmed. For his part, Beam had been intimidated by their virtuosic playing and their deep comfort in an encyclopedic array of styles. “In my mind, I was a guy who knew three chords and recorded in a closet,” Sam says. “They were playing big stages and were superb musicians.”

Those fears were dispelled quickly. Calexico was bowled over by Beam’s many talents: “The arranging, the writing, his sense of rhythm, the quality of his vocals—and then there’s the experimental side of Sam,” Joey says. “They were the perfect band at the perfect time for me,” Sam adds. “I loved all their different sounds. They’re musical anthropologists, not regurgitating but absorbing what they discover.” Nearly 15 years on, “coming back to the project has to do with acknowledging how much impact the first record had for me in my life.”

Beam, Burns and Convertino reconvened in Nashville for four days of recording in December 2018. Nobody was keen to retread old ground. The change of venue—from Calexico’s home base of Tucson, where In the Reins was tracked—was one part of the effort. Together with Niehaus, veteran Calexico trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela and frequent Beam cohorts Rob Burger (Tin Hat Trio) on piano and Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple) on bass, they settled in at the Sound Emporium, a fabled studio founded in the sixties by Cowboy Jack Clement and the site of countless landmark sessions in country and rock over the ensuing decades. Convertino got chills when he found a framed photo of R.E.M. on the wall: Document was recorded there.

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76 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Calexico and Iron & Wine @ Keller Auditorium | Americana, Indie, Folk

  1. Meg July 1, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    In the Reins = one of my all time favorite albums. Would love to see this show!

  2. Joseph July 2, 2019 at 5:04 am #

    Powerful song craft and seemingly ancient melodies move the work of both artists to a shining pinnacle. It would be a great honor to see both in one place.

  3. Chris July 2, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    They meld together so well!

  4. Jody Katopothis July 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    My Mama is coming to visit. I want her to experience various aspects of my everyday life here, while she gets a good break from care-giving. A live music show like this would be a wonderful addition to our “Mother Daughter Adventures in Portland”.

  5. Candace July 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    I’d like to attend because honestly Sam Beam’s voice is like an elixir to my soul.

  6. Lindsey July 2, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    This would be such a great show!

    • Zachary Swigart July 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

      Calexico kills it, would love to see them

  7. Robbie July 2, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    Just listened to their collaboration album and it’s so good. I’m always loving both of the bands folk styles and would love to see them together!

  8. Kate W July 2, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

    I lived in Tucson briefly about 20 years ago, and loved seeing Giant Sand in that crumbling, dusty, slow motion town, such beautiful music..

  9. Gregory Katchmar July 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Calexico always puts on a good show.

  10. Lisa July 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    What a great band! Yes please :)

  11. Steven Estes July 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    Love them- would love to see them!

  12. Sara S July 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    Love both of these artists and would LOVE to be at this show!!

  13. Melodie July 2, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    This would be an incredible show! I’d love to attend.

  14. Heather July 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    Dying to see this show!

  15. Kristin Cedar July 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    I love Iron and Wine! I would love to see them!

  16. Joel July 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    Wow this would be such an amazing show. Pick me!

  17. Kristin July 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see Iron and Wine for years. This would be so awesome!

  18. Carol Tompkins July 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    Years ago, my husband and I saw Calexico and Iron & Wine up in Seattle. BEST night ever!

  19. Elona Casady July 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

    Please give me some good tunes this summer!

  20. Kacy Cullen July 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    I feel like this is likely to be an incredible show and would be so thrilled to win tix!!

  21. Heather Cappel July 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    Ooooh I would love to take my sweetie to this, it looks like an amazing show!

  22. Jess C July 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    Ohhhhh, please pick me! I have loved Iron & Wine for the longest time. My heart needs him right now! <3

  23. Kelsey Smith July 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm #


  24. tim July 2, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

    Would love to go!!!

  25. Charissa July 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    Would to love to see them live!

  26. Jessica July 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm #


  27. Zoe S July 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

    Wow! This sounds so awesome!

  28. Sara Goldman July 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    I haven’t seen Calexico in years!! I’d love to see them again.

  29. Doug July 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

    Love Calexico… please please please!!

  30. Reid July 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

    I love Iron and Wine and would love to come see this!

  31. Maureen A. July 2, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

    I love Calexico! Please pick me!

  32. Josie July 3, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    My sister will be visiting from Minnesota and it would be THE BEST to be able to take her to this concert!!! Please pick me!!!

  33. Whitney July 3, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    I’m dreaming of going to this show!!! Pick me!

  34. chris July 3, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    great combo they really lend well to each other

    • Renee July 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      I have wanted to see them live for years, but never had the chance. This would be amazing!

  35. Emily July 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    What a great show! I’d love to attend.

  36. Rosy Zavala July 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    Saw Calexico last time they were in town, still can’t believe I found their music through the TV Show Breaking Bad. Would love to see them again along with another of my favorite bands Iron and Wine!

  37. Philip July 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    Calexico! So good. I haven’t had the chance to see, but their newest album is killer!

  38. Sandra July 3, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

    Tired heartbroken teacher is back every ten years. I need a healin’. I need Iron & Wine. I need a tired symphony. I need the lion’s mane. I do not want to run in circles: the shape I meant to make is gone. Please clear the road, the gravel and the thornbush in my path. I need water’s to warm me
    And the earth is warmer
    When we laugh. . .

  39. Ryan July 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm #


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

    Beam and Wine ….Gonna be a party!

  41. Local Lu July 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    I promise to clap loud (but not to sing out loud)! ;)

  42. Mary M Barrett July 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

    Iron and Wine tickets, yes! C’mon Baybeeee

  43. Kimberly P July 8, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

    This would be super neat I’d love to go please!

  44. Eric July 9, 2019 at 2:34 am #

    This sounds amazing, yes please!

  45. Sandra July 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

    This would be so much fun, and a great birthday present for me!

  46. Dawn July 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    I want to start my summer vacation with a bang…this concert would be the perfect way to kick things off.

  47. Bogdan July 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    Please pick us, we would love to go!

  48. Cath July 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    This would be an awesome date night!

  49. Jenny July 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to hear some amazing live music with my bestie!

  50. Robin July 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm #


  51. Heather Cappel July 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    This looks like such an amazing show, I would love to go!

  52. BH July 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

    Take me home!

  53. Hunter July 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

    Calexico has the most amazing sound! Brings me back to the desert!

  54. Jason Abell July 10, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    Great Line-up

    • Naomi July 11, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

      This would pretty much be the ultimate, ultimate… Yes please!

  55. Aaron July 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    All-time favorites!

  56. Evan David July 11, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    It’ll be a good show

  57. David Meeker July 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    These guys are incredible. They willl change my life (again)….

  58. Chris July 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

    Dope sauce

  59. KD K Flynn July 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Oh wow! These guys are the best. What a way to ease into autumn..

  60. Lena Bainbridge July 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

    Would absolutely die to see iron and wine!!! I’d definitely treat a date to this night if I won tickets!!!’

  61. Dawn July 12, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    Amazing line up! I would love to see Calexio and iron and wine!

  62. Lea Hinchcliff July 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm #


  63. Matt July 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm #

    This looks awesome!

  64. amy July 16, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    I would love to attend this!

  65. Dannica Fetters July 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

    Wow, this would be amazing!

  66. Ric Syberg July 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m a boy with no coin, so to win tickets to see Iron and Wine would be LOVELY! I love Calexico too, so this would be just a delight!

  67. Philip Rollo July 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    YASSS. Calexico is so good. Iron and wine are pretty good too ;)

  68. sadie July 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    Love their music, winning tickets would be amazing!

  69. Peter July 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    Haven’t seen iron and wine in years. Would love to see them again!

  70. jaclyn July 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    i’d love to win bc iron and wine is one of my absolute favorites!!

  71. Robert Burger July 16, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

    Iron & wine- yes, please!

  72. Mac July 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

    Long time iron and wine fan! Can’t wait!

  73. serena July 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    these are classic bands, what a wonderful line up

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