Win Tickets ($70): Bill Callahan (Late Show) @ Aladdin Theater | Lo-fi, Alternative Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bill Callahan (Late Show) @ Aladdin Theater on May 17. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 8.


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Bill Callahan (Late Show)
May 17, 2023
Doors 10PM, Show 10:30PM | $35 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

“And we’re coming out of dreams / And we’re coming back to dreams” is the first thing you hear Bill say as you remake your acquaintance on YTI⅃AƎЯ. Right out the gate, he’s standing in two places at once: meeting up with old friends behind the scenes and encountering them on the record, finding himself coming round the bend and then again as someone else on down the line. Like the character actor he played on Gold Record, writing stories about other people, telling jokes about everyone, and in singing them, becoming the songs. “You do what you’ve got to do / To see the picture”

Bill’s got a full band sound going on this one, with him and Matt Kinsey on guitars, Emmett Kelly on bass and backing vocals, Sarah Ann Phillips on B3, piano and backing vocals and Jim White on drums. Jim and Matt sing on one song, too, and some other singers come in, too. Bill plays some synth here and there, and Carl Smith drifts in and out of the picture with his contra alto clarinet, as do Mike St. Clair and Derek Phelps on brass. Somehow in between them all, you might think you hear the distant sound of a steel guitar. And you might—but you might not, too.

In this company, Bill continues his journey, tunneling underneath the weathered exterior of what seems to be and into the more nuanced life everything takes on in the dark. With Bill’s voice making the extraordinary leaps and bounds that measure the lives of the songs, the band follow him through passages that seem to invent themselves; other times playing with deeply soulful grooves and/or desperate intensity, as these moments come and go. There’s nothing they can’t do. “I wrote this song in five and forever / I’m writing it right now” Bill sings on “Natural Information”—an admission of the everyday alchemy he’s forever trafficking in. Time passes, triangulating the encounters that went into any one record with two out of any three others, all of it made flesh, new constitution, in our stereo speakers.

If every album is its own life, it stands to reason that they’re invariably passing in the night. Cascading images flowing from the stream of consciousness. Turning like pages from the journal, unspeakably personal, then suddenly become tall tales, like a book pulled off the shelf, completely unbound. Headlines flow through. Mirror images, mirthful ones. Bill’s lyrics strain at the lines on the page, not content to separate the printing of the fact from the myth or be confined to ink on paper. They want to fly free. And they do. “I realize now that dreams are real”

On YTI⅃AƎЯ’s inner sleeve, alongside his lyrics, Bill celebrates the “exhilaration and dread” of cover artist Paul Ryan’s paintings. Paul’s another one met up with again down the road, his indelible cover imagery on Apocalypse and Dream River now an axis of meaning in the Callahanian world—and in the bright colors found in these new images, a parallel to Bill’s recognitions here. “A breath of exquisite air as we come up from drowning”, sounds like the desired hope for those hearing the songs of YTI⅃AƎЯ.




  1. Sam S on April 25, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Ooh, yes please! I loved Smog, and I love him under his own name too! So good. Would love to see him live.

    • Lisa on May 5, 2023 at 11:31 am

      If you believe it will come true… I can win

  2. Todd Nopp on April 25, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Would love to win!

  3. Kat on April 25, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve never seen him live, but I’ve loved his music for a long time. Here’s to not taking live music performance for granted!

  4. Jessica on April 25, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Wow another great act at the Aladdin! I would love to see him perform.

  5. Jesse on April 26, 2023 at 6:16 am

    All I have to say is… Ein maw clack shaw.
    Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to see this legend in a live performance?!?! Thank you!!!

  6. Mary A on April 27, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Ooooh! I would love, love, love, to surprise my sweetie with Bill Callahan tickets ❣️

  7. David on April 27, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Heard good stuff about this dude!

  8. Brian on April 29, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    One of my favorite musicians of all time and the last time I saw him at the Aladdin was a magical evening. Would be so happy to go again!

  9. Francesca Bryk on April 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    I would love to see this show!!! Such a fan…

  10. cheyenne on April 30, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Bill Callahan is my Johnny Cash <3 I would cherish this experience.

  11. Jessica Poundstone on May 2, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Would love to see this show 🙂

  12. Chris Johnson on May 2, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    I’d go kick it with Bill, thanks!

  13. Jp on May 2, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Cold blooded old times.

  14. Kelly on May 2, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Bill is so special to me, and I got my now-husband into him early in our relationship. May 21st will be our 6th anniversary. It would be so amazing to celebrate by seeing him play live.

  15. Noodleround on May 3, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    I am so glad he added a second show, and I’m even happier you are giving folks the chance to win tickets to it. Thanks for that opportunity. Fingers crossed.

  16. Zach on May 4, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Smog chokes me up

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