Win Tickets ($64): Devendra Banhart @ Crystal Ballroom | “Freak folk” Artist

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Devendra Banhart @ Crystal Ballroom on October 18 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 14.


From our sponsors:
Devendra Banhart
October 18, 2019
8p.m. | $30 ADV, $32 doors | All Ages
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Oregon 97209

Banhart emerged seemingly out of nowhere in 2002 with his first CD collection, Oh Me Oh My…The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit, compiled by Swans frontman Michael Gira for his Young God label from homemade recordings the itinerant Banhart had amassed as he traveled the world.

He was born Devendra Obi Banhart in Houston, Texas, but spent his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela; as a teenager, his family returned to the States, relocating in Southern California, where he soon became enamored of skateboard culture. “Ballad of Keenan Milton,” in fact, is an homage to the legendary skateboarder, who died tragically in 2001 in a freak accident.

Music was always a passion for Banhart, and he discovered it in ways both magical and haphazard. As a boy in Caracas, says Banhart, “I was surrounded by salsa, merengue, cumbia, some bossa nova-that was ubiquitous, you’d hear it on any street.” In what could be an excerpt from a David Sedaris monologue, Banhart claims he found his own voice one day when he was home alone and impetuously donned one of his mother’s dresses, grabbed her hair brush and started to sing. What came out was a prepubescent sound he could call his own, a touchstone, something that echoed, years later, in the falsetto of his early albums. In high school, Banhart became obsessed with rocksteady, bluebeat, and ska, which he’d learned about via skateboarding videos.

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31 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): Devendra Banhart @ Crystal Ballroom | “Freak folk” Artist

  1. Chris September 10, 2019 at 9:53 am #

    Dev is one of my all-time favorite musicians, but I have yet to see him. Pleeease make this happen!

  2. Jenny September 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    I would love to attend this show!

  3. Sascha September 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

    A few weeks ago I thought to myself, “Whatever happened to Devendra Banhart?” I caught up on his music that I’d missed and wow, I like him more than I ever did before!

  4. Abigail September 10, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

    Yes! Would so love to see this! One of the most resonating artists I have listened to consistently throughout my entire adult life. Celebrating my 36th year that week and been listening since my early 20’s. Would be such an ethereal experience to hear and see live!

  5. Saul Sanchez September 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

    Love Devendra discography! Would be an honor to see him performing live.

  6. George September 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm #


    Just got back to the states after nearly a decade away to reunite with love. I played DB for her early on in the middle of nowhere Korea and she loved it, and now were married and back in Portland. Would be so great to experience this live with her.

    • Kate September 20, 2019 at 8:34 am #

      Because just like him, I also “feel like a child.”

  7. Delaney C Beck September 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    Oh dang. Ya’ll are really pulling out all the stops. Devendra is divine. I would feel so grateful and absolutely stoked to see him perform! Thanks!

  8. Lauren Paredes September 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    Devendra is one of a kind! Would love to win these tix <3

    • Daniel Duque September 11, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      Freak folk is my shit. The clever wisps and smooth lines. Love Banhart!

  9. Cesar September 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    More than anything Devendra Banhart’s music is nostalgic
    His music brings back times, places and people long lost.
    Have been striving to see him for years but each time, for different reasons , I have missed his shows
    Hopefully I can see him this time

  10. Elona Casady September 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

    Devendra is an old friend I lost touch with but would love to here him sing his troubadour! Please Please Please!

  11. Chris September 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    This would be chillin

  12. Solar September 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

    Sad to be moving from Portland after many years. This date is just before my final departure. His words and music have been with me. And stories of the farm he recorded on in upstate NY. So many layers. And just the farewell balm I need to let go of so many things. Would love for this to happen.

  13. Rachel September 14, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    This WOULD be chillin

  14. R September 16, 2019 at 12:37 am #


  15. louis September 16, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

    Been a Devendra fan since hearing Black Babies played constantly in Camden Market (it was only released in UK and I was there at the time) — I absolutely love to win tickets to this show <3

  16. Marsh September 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    Long time fan! I’d love to see Dev.

  17. Rianna Melanie Piatt September 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    Id love to meet my husband please

  18. Emily Holland September 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

    I ban-<3 this man!

  19. Tiffany September 18, 2019 at 5:45 am #

    Amazing musican! Would love to see him live!

  20. Katy September 18, 2019 at 10:49 am #

    Love this musician and would love to go!

  21. Bogdan September 18, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    His music is so strange, yet so soothing. I’m a fan.

  22. Vanna c September 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!! I would absolutely love to see this show!!!

  23. Vanna c September 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!! I would absolutely love to see this show!!! One of my most favorite musicians

  24. Annie September 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m 100% down for this.

  25. Dave G. September 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    Ya had me at “freak”!

  26. Emmy September 19, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

    Devendra is one of my favorites! would be amazing to see this

  27. Thea Stamatelos September 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    I’ve loved Devendra Banhart since I was in my early 20s. I’d love to see him at a venue where the floor is bouncy


  28. Lea Hinchcliff September 20, 2019 at 7:35 am #

    I’ve been a fan forever!

  29. Aimee September 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    Just the possibility of seeing this show makes me happy! Fingers crossed! Thank you for the opportunity!

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