Win Tickets ($50): Blitzen Trapper @ Revolution Hall | Experimental Country, Folk, w/ Dead Lee

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Blitzen Trapper @ Revolution Hall on April 22. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed April 18.


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Blitzen Trapper
April 22, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $25 | 21+
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Singer-songwriters have been tackling existential questions about life and death since time immemorial… or at least the 1960s. But when it came to Blitzen Trapper’s newest album, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, front man Eric Earley looked beyond mere existence—or even the end of it—to contend with grander cosmic explorations: namely, the intermediate period between a person’s separate lives on earth, “and what it means to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth,” he explains.

Weighty stuff, to say the least. But then again, Blitzen Trapper has never been the type of band to just skim the surface. Over the course of 20 years and ten full-length albums, the Portland, Oregon-hailing act, with singer, songwriter and guitarist Earley firmly at the helm, has crafted a singular catalog of songs—sometimes wrapped in impressionistic imagery and scruffy, singalong melodies (the fan favorite “Furr,” for just one example), and other times rendered in sharp-focus, needlepoint detail and imbued with driving, electrified rhythms (“Cadillac Road,” about a depressed and deserted mill town in the Oregon mountains where Earley’s father once worked, comes to mind here)— that celebrate the human experience in all its triumph and tragedy.

As for how each new album comes into focus, well, that’s more a matter of immediate inspiration than some long-conceived plan. “The records are a chronicle of my own journey, to be honest—snapshots of where I am at that time,” Earley says. “I don’t know that that’s any way to have a career, but for me it’s a cathartic way of documenting where my head’s at.”

Which brings us back around to Holy Smoke Future Jokes, a record that, in following where Earley’s head is at these days, cuts a spectacular, almost supernatural path through the past, present and still-to-come. Earley’s words take the listener on a wild and dramatic journey through rivers of waist-high water in the aftermath of a tragic car wreck and the hazy morning before a murderous moment, and from getting blitzed to the point of extinction inside a masonic temple to a stop for chips and dip before the apocalypse. Along the way, there’s also an occasion to smoke dope with Abe Lincoln and play bones with Brian Jones, slide through the ether in a dream, and confront the Intermediate States while bathed in the glow of the bardo’s light.

In fact, it is the notion of the bardo, that transitional state between death and rebirth, that holds a central place of purpose on Holy Smokes Future Jokes. Early on in the songwriting process, Earley took inspiration from several texts, among them George Saunders’ 2017 experimental tome, Lincoln in the Bardo, which subsequently led him to dig deep into the Bardo Thodol, more commonly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. “I became obsessed with it,” Earley says. “All the ideas contained in that book were speaking to me in a lot of different ways.”




  1. Aaron P on March 29, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I wanna win dem tix because my wife used to deliver their mail and they were nice folk. Plus they sounds good

  2. Dannica on March 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Yes yes yes! Haven’t been to a show in two years and this is my favorite band!

  3. Ric on March 30, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Haven’t seen any shows in two plus years, and can’t imagine a better show to get my sea legs back than Blitzen Trapper..

  4. Madeline Nico on March 31, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Ready to dance to Blitzen Trapper…

  5. Carol Trekas on March 31, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Holy Smoke Future Jokes. I want to hear this please. Thanks.

  6. Danielle on March 31, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds like fun

  7. Aaron on March 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Tritzen Blapper ist da best!

  8. Kyla on March 31, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    So many hours working and listening to BT on my headphones, thinking about moving back to Portland and now here we all are.

  9. Dave on April 3, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Saw them once and were amazing! Would love to see them again!!

  10. Noodleround on April 5, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Love this band!

  11. Michelle M on April 5, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    I would love to win these tix for my mate and I! I love these bands and I love this venue! Haven’t been there since pre pandemic!! its a bday gift for my guy!

  12. Therese Long on April 5, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Itchin’ to get back to live music on a more regular basis!

  13. Deb B on April 6, 2022 at 8:21 am

    We would definitely enjoy a Blitzen Trapper live performance. Thanks!

  14. Anne on April 6, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    I love these guys and wanna go!

  15. Rakilina Renz on April 6, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    OMG- yes! Please! I love these guys and I’m in need of a new band shirt of theirs to continue representing them and their outstanding music. The beloved shirt I currently proudly wear has a second, powerful and more mystical quality to it that I fully attribute to the power of Blitzen Trapper’s music. Anytime I wear it and someone comments on it, the band, or even that they too own the shirt- I know right away that I am meeting an intelligent, thoughtful, awesome person. It’s successfully vetted friends, coworkers and partners. It’s time for the next edition, the shirt for these times of rebirth into the world. And I need a night to dance in their awesomeness.

  16. Dawn on April 6, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Blitzen Trapper was my first Portland concert after I moved here and would be my first post-Covid show in two years. Pick me!

  17. Duncan Geisler on April 7, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    I have followed these guys for a long time and missed them at Sasquatch music festival years ago, would love to see them at Rev hall.

  18. Kaeli Plaks on April 8, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    So stoked to have these awesome musicians in PORTLAND. I’ve never seen them live but I love the album “Fur” and would boogie woogie my tushy off!

  19. Brad Miller on April 8, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    My girlfriend LOVES them x 2!!! I would love to surprise her with free tickets and spend the $50 we save on admission on a HOT dinner and drinks (+ tips for the bartenders, duh!)

  20. Ashley B. on April 9, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Oh please oh please! We used to be neighbors and they’d be so surprised to see us there! Not to mention, music is AWESOME!!

  21. Emily Holland on April 11, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    classic pnw good music I’d love to go

  22. Jake H. on April 12, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    It’s been like 10 years since I’ve seen them play live, and it’d be killer seeing them again.

  23. Mia on April 12, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Pick me please!

  24. Shaun on April 12, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Wow! Ive never seen them live. Would love to!

  25. Lauri on April 12, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Love Dead Lee and would love to see BT too – thanks for the chance to win :).

  26. kick toft on April 12, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Experimental sounds intriguing.

  27. Cory on April 14, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Slap me some Trapper

  28. Madeline Nico on April 19, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Ready to dance to Blitzen Trapper!!!

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