Win Tickets ($90): Citizen Cope @ Crystal Ballroom | Deep Urban-folk songwriter

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Citizen Cope @ Crystal Ballroom on May 14. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 4.


From our sponsors:
Citizen Cope
May 14, 2019
6:30 pm doors, 8pm show | $40 ADV, $45 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Ask him how he knew it was time to record a new studio album and Clarence Greenwood, the trailblazing artist and producer better known as Citizen Cope, has a simple answer: “It was time.”

Cope has built an entire career on trusting his gut and following his muse, and if his new album, Heroin & Helicopters, is any indication, his instincts are sharper now than ever before. As technically innovative as it is emotionally resonant, the record arrives at a uniquely challenging moment in modern American culture, when profound political polarization and social divisions seem to grow deeper by the day. Rather than dwell on our differences, though, Cope tunes in to what unites us here, drawing on everything from Chuck Brown and The Beatles to Randy Newman and Bill Withers, aiming his unique brand of urban folk inwards to reflect on the personal journeys we all undertake to embrace ourselves despite our flaws.

“I think we’re all on a mission to find some inner peace,” he reflects. “We’re all going towards this collective consciousness, and even though it’s dark right now, I believe we’re going to reach that place together. Peace and harmony and understanding, that’s how you combat the darkness, and that’s what this record is all about.”

While Heroin & Helicopters feels particularly timely, the record’s themes have been fixtures of Cope’s music since the release of his self?titled debut in 2002. That album was the culmination of years of pursuing his passion. Cope got his musical start in DC before moving to Brooklyn, where he wrote songs while supporting himself on the streets, buying and selling concert and sporting tickets with a cast of characters outside arenas and stadiums. His music spread from fan-to-fan via word of mouth, and over the course of time his songs have become the soundtrack of his fans lives.

The success of Cope’s music has always been a slow burn, rather than a flash in the pan. His single “Let The Drummer Kick” eventually went Platinum without any support from commercial radio. The Washington Post has hailed him as “DC’s finest export since Marvin Gaye,” while Rolling Stone raved that his “uncommon chords and harmonies combine delicate dissonance with unexpected flashes of beauty.” In 2004, Cope followed up his self?titled debut with The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, an album Vibe praised as “flawless throughout,” gushing that Cope “makes music that feeds your soul…this is one of those CDs you hear at a friend’s house and rush out to buy.” The collection was largely ignored by mainstream media and never charted, yet the grassroots swell of support kept sales rolling year after year, to the tune of 700,000 copies, and opened the doors to film and television syncs with tracks appearing in “Entourage,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Alpha Dog” and more. Songs from the record would go on to be covered by everyone from Carlos Santana and Sheryl Crow to Richie Havens and Rhymefest, and in the years that followed, Cope has headlined all 50 states and shared stages with superstars like Eric Clapton. He cracked the Billboard 200 for the first time with 2006’s Every Waking Moment, and then launched his own label to release 2010’s The Rainwater LP and 2012’s One Lovely Day, his highest charting album to date.

As Cope’s career grew, his style of urban?folk never settled into any particular genre in an industry fixated on arbitrary distinctions like radio formats. “I can understand why it didn’t go into the cookie?cutter. The music and my life were influenced by growing up in very distinct but different American cultures.” Born in Memphis, spending summer months with his great aunt and uncle in a small west Texas town, while being primarily raised in Washington, DC, Cope grew up equally influenced by the production techniques of George Martin, Dr. Dre and Willie Mitchell while listening to everything from Willie Nelson, to John Lennon, Bob Marley, Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest. Artistic boundaries meant nothing.

The 2011 birth of his daughter proved to be an ideal moment to step away from it all and reevaluate what mattered most, both as a songwriter and a man. “It was really important for me to be there with my daughter as she grew up,” says Cope. “I took these past several years off of recording mostly just to spend time with her. People say it’s not rocket science making records, but there really is a science to making a piece of art that’s going to touch people emotionally and have an impact on their lives, and if you’re not feeling it, you can’t fake it.”

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56 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Citizen Cope @ Crystal Ballroom | Deep Urban-folk songwriter

  1. Dave G. December 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

    Help me cope, with a pair of tickets, please!

    • Erica January 4, 2020 at 1:25 am #

      So good.

  2. Anna December 20, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    who doesn’t love citizen cope???

    • William Longnecker December 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

      It’ll be one lovely day if I win these…

    • S.s.s. January 4, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

      Would be so much fun.

  3. Willow Doyle December 20, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    I love Citizen Cope! Always a good vibe when listening to their music. Makes my heart happy.

  4. EB December 23, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    Music is my aeroplane. Would be so grateful for these tickets!

  5. John December 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    My college baseball walk up song. Would be sweet to see them live.

  6. Dustin December 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

    Great band! Would enjoy seeing this band live. Happy Holidays!

  7. Carol Lynn Cooper December 24, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

    I’d like to compare him to Marvin Gaye. Since I’m from Detroit and grew up with Motiwn music.

  8. Jason S December 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    I would LOVE to see Mr. Greenwood live!!!! Great dude and I would imagine he’s an excellent performer.

  9. Evan December 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

    I wanna go!!

    • Cory January 7, 2020 at 11:14 am #


      • Carol Cooper January 21, 2020 at 10:04 pm #

        Great songwriter for sure.

  10. Jessica December 27, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    say what?! yes please!

    • Jonas Trekas January 9, 2020 at 11:23 pm #

      Would love to see him.

  11. Myki December 28, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Citizen Cope….What a Artist and the music he has written and sang is unbelieveable hearing it in person
    would be great..

  12. candra newsham December 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    would love, love, love to see this show!!!

  13. brin macdonald December 28, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m in Nursing School and that would be an amazing way of celebrating finishing and taking my friend who has supported me through it all!!! Thank you!!

  14. Melissa Fowler December 30, 2019 at 2:09 am #

    This would be cool

  15. Joan M Shaughnessy December 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

    It is my husband’s birthday on May 15 and he would be so happy to celebrate with this concert!!!

  16. Anntoinette January 1, 2020 at 9:34 am #

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Ed January 2, 2020 at 10:54 am #

    Would always be thrilled to see Citizen Cope again, raw talent!

    • Carol Cooper January 9, 2020 at 11:23 pm #

      Please please and thank you.

  18. maddy nico January 2, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

    Who would not love some Citizen Cope this summer!

  19. Jonas Trekas January 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

    Let the drummer kick is awesome. Count me in.

  20. Mark J Holan January 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

    My second favorite artist (by only a smidgen) from Australia. Would love to win tickets to see him live.

  21. Sarah January 4, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    would love to see him live!!

  22. S.s.s. January 4, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    Would be so much fun.

  23. Paul January 6, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    This would be amazing. Thanks for the chance. Citizen Cope’s album “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings” has been in constant rotation on my turntable for years now.

  24. maura January 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    I need some contact! …contact

  25. Nicole Mayer January 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    My favorite band from college!!!

  26. madeline nicolopoulos January 7, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

    Such a throwback to Highschool! Would love to see this band

  27. Lisi January 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

    yes please!!

  28. Suzanne January 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm #


  29. Lisa Kendall January 7, 2020 at 9:46 pm #

    Oh, come on. Citizen Cope? Inner Peace? Portland?

    I’m so there with change for tee-shirts and drinks.

  30. Kelsey January 8, 2020 at 6:33 am #

    Yes please!!

  31. Shannon DuBois January 8, 2020 at 8:23 am #

    I was recently introduced to his music. It would be an honor to attend this show.

  32. Carlyn Markey January 8, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    When Tom Petty met his end surprisingly early, I made my concert bucket list! Citizen Cope is at the top. Would be so awesome to win these tickets!

    • TIM January 10, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

      I would love to win tickets to see Citizen Cope, this would be a great father son experience.

  33. Roy Nifoussi January 8, 2020 at 8:11 pm #

    Very innovative musician. Would be great to see him.

  34. Ryan January 13, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    Just pulled Citizen Cope up on Spotify the other day. Needed some of those vibes! Would be awesome to see live!

  35. Kelly Bastos January 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

    This would be amazing to see one of my favorite singers live

  36. Dustin January 14, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

    Because I am a winner, baby!

  37. Carol Cooper January 14, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

    Folk songwriters are great. Would love to see this show.

  38. Jonas Trekas January 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm #

    This show is right up my alley musically. Count me in please. Thank you.

  39. Sierra January 16, 2020 at 11:55 am #

    I’ve loved Citizen Cope for so long! I’d love to hear him live.

  40. andrea January 17, 2020 at 7:22 am #

    I can cope.

  41. Bogdan January 18, 2020 at 11:10 am #

    This would be an awesome present!

  42. Jonas Trekas January 19, 2020 at 11:42 pm #

    We need more urban folk for sure.

  43. Jonas Trekas January 19, 2020 at 11:42 pm #

    We need more urban folk for sure.

  44. Daniela O January 20, 2020 at 3:55 am #

    Really good music!

  45. Adam January 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

    I would love to see a concert on MY BIRTHDAY!

  46. Erin G January 21, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    Super good vibes!

  47. John January 21, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    Just the coolest of all time. Lets goooo

  48. Josh W January 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm #

    OMJebus! Haven’t seen Cope for nearly a decade. Gotta go get his new album now to prepare for his epic return. Long Live Citizen Cope!

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