Win Tickets ($80): Mayday Parade, Real Friends, & Magnolia Park @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock, Pop Punk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mayday Parade, Real Friends, & Magnolia Park @ Crystal Ballroom on February 25. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 21.



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From our sponsors:
Mayday Parade
Real Friends
Magnolia Park

February 25, 2022
6PM Doors, 7:30PM Show | All Ages
$35 ADV, $40 Doors
$37.50 ADV 21+ Balcony, $42 Doors  21+ Balcony
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The sixth studio album from Tallahassee-based rock band Mayday Parade Sunnyland gets its title from an abandoned hospital where the band members used to sneak in to explore as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says lead vocalist Derek Sanders. “It was a super-creepy place — it was overgrown with vines, and still had some of the hospital beds and IV stands — but we have all these good memories of hanging out there when we were younger.”

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 album Black Lines, Sunnyland finds Mayday Parade both reflecting on the past and pushing toward the future. The band recorded the album with longtime producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, and also teamed up with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) and Howard Benson (Of Mice & Men, My Chemical Romance) for the very first time. The result is an album built on impassioned vocals, sing-along choruses and deeply heartfelt lyrics.

From the album-opening “Never Sure” — a tortured love song driven by blistering riffs and pummeling drumbeats — Mayday Parade instill all of Sunnyland with unbridled energy. Whether they’re taking on a folk-infused ballad like “Always Leaving” or channeling brutal punk fury into tracks like “If I Were You,” the band sustains an undeniable intensity. While much of the album explores personal matters like loss and love (as on the stirringly romantic, piano-laced “Piece Of Your Heart”), songs such as “It’s Hard to Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning” emerge as an outward-looking burst of anger. “That song was written within months of Donald Trump being elected and came from feeling upset that something as horrible as that could happen,” says Sanders. “But even though there’s a lot of negativity on the song, there’s still a hopeful chorus because I think we need to try to stay hopeful.” And to close out Sunnyland, Mayday Parade deliver the album’s stripped-back title track, a melancholy mid-tempo number that unfolds with graceful acoustic guitar work, delicate harmonies and subtly detailed storytelling.

Since making their debut with 2007’s A Lesson in Romantics, the band has sold over 1.1 million albums, steadily amassing a worldwide following. Through the years, their chemistry has only gotten more potent, with all five members now contributing to the songwriting process (and coming up with upwards of 80 songs in the writing sessions for Sunnyland). “When we started this band most of us were still teenagers,” notes Sanders. “We’ve obviously grown up and changed a whole lot since then, but through all that we’ve grown closer as friends and tighter as musicians. It’s amazing and incredible that we’re able to still do this, and we all definitely realize how lucky we are.”

Having gotten their start selling their CDs in the parking lot of Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade have now headlined the tour five times, and will play the main stage again this summer for the tour’s final run. For the band, each live show offers the chance to personally connect with the dedicated following they consider more like a family than a fanbase. And with the release of Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s mission is to continue strengthening that connection through their uncompromising honesty and boundless emotion. “There’s a lot of sadness in these songs, but it’s always a good thing to get those feelings out,” says Sanders of Sunnyland. “So if there are people out there dealing with hard times, we hope our music can help them work through that, and come away feeling a little better about everything.”

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  1. 'Nik'(preferred name) Nicole Spitz on November 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    This concert would be AMAZING to go to with my partner! We both were teens when MayDay Parade got big and immediately became fans. This concert would be so cool and would truly be a great Nostalgia-fueled memory. We also haven’t been able to go to a concert because of being sick, we unfortunately missed out on Summer Salt because my influenza didn’t go down soon enough and really would appreciate another chance to go out and get away from the hum-drumming work life. We work opposite schedules and never see each other anymore so this would give us a chance to come together and truly enjoy the experience together!

    Please consider giving us another chance we really would be so grateful to go to this show!!

  2. Ed on November 3, 2021 at 6:56 am

    I’d be mother of the year if I won and gave tickets to my kiddo! They are doing so well! Happy, healthy, thriving. Music heals.

  3. Carol Trekas on November 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Would love to go to this for my February birthday please.

  4. Madison Wilcox on November 8, 2021 at 10:33 am

    THIS WOULD BE AMAZING! I would love to take my bestfriend to this concert – we both love this band, and could use some nostalgia right now

  5. Whitney B on November 9, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Spent many years listening to Mayday Parade, but never got a chance to see them live. Still throw them on the playlist rotation today, would be such a great concert to see!

  6. Taylor P on November 9, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Oh my eternally emo heart would LOVE to go see this show!!

  7. Sarah Shin on November 10, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    would be an absolute teen dream come true!

  8. Carol Trekas on November 11, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    My birthday is Feb.11 and I’d love to go to this to celebrate as a late gift to myself.

  9. Elle Pittman on November 16, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    I want to win because it will be the best thing ever!

  10. Brian on November 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Let’s feel funky, friends!!

  11. Emma Brockway on November 17, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    let me live out my pop punk dreams

  12. Hailey on November 19, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I’d love to win and throw it back to my high school days at this show!

  13. Dave on November 22, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    SOS! I’d enjoy Mayday!

  14. Carol Trekas on November 23, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Who doesnt love a good parade and bands with the name parade in them.

  15. Natasha Morlock on November 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Pick me pdx tix!

  16. Jonas Trekas on November 24, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Would love to see them. Thanks

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