Win Tickets ($70): BoDeans, Chris Trapper @ Mission Theater | Alt-rock Godfathers

We are giving away a pair of tickets to BoDeans, Chris Trapper @ Mission Theater on February 4. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed January 30.


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Chris Trapper

February 4, 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
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Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Twenty three years after their T-Bone Burnett produced debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone reader’s poll as “Best New American Band,” The BoDeans are still rocking and harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to real, heartfelt and trend-free music. Best known for their mid-90’s Billboard Top 20 hit anthem “Closer To Free,” which became the theme song for Fox’s “Party Of Five,” the dynamic musical duo-Kurt Neumann (vocals and electric guitar) and Sam Llanas (vocals and acoustic guitar)-is still focused on, as Neumann says, “writing songs that bring good things to the world.” Which makes the title of their highly anticipated 429 Records debut Mr. Sad Clown edgily ironic.

Reflective of Neumann’s feeling that his and Llanas’ songwriting on their compelling ninth studio album is among their most exposed and vulnerable ever, the two are in perfect harmony when singing the words “Mr. Sad Clown” on the bluesy ballad “Today.” It’s a term Neumann remembers from a party back when the two were in high school in the late 70s in Milwaukee. Llanas was being his usual social self while Neumann, typically reclusive, was sitting alone by a speaker listening to Pink Floyd. Neumann recalls, “A drunk girl came up to me and asked, ‘What’s the matter, Mr. Sad Clown?’ The song is about not always being socially acceptable, just as our music was never about gimmicks and fitting into popular styles. I never wrote from this point of view before and I like it.”

The irony continues throughout this eclectic project. Neumann, who lives 20 minutes outside Austin, told Llanas, still based in Milwaukee, that he was eager to write more songs from the perspective of an adult–about the paths we choose, the hard decisions we make, and even raising kids-as opposed to the kind of song you write when you’re 20 and just looking for a good woman to hang out with for the night. “We’ve been down a lot of roads since then and I thought it was time to reflect this stage in our lives. Sam told me that he thought we had written enough songs about love,” says Neumann. “When he came down to work in my studio, two of the songs he brought were the rocker ‘Feel Lil Love’ and the ballad ‘Easy Love.’ It was pretty funny.”




  1. Michael Thomas on January 10, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    i love american music
    i love all kinds of music
    do you love american music

    pick me!

    mwah 😘

  2. Carol Trekas on January 11, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Haven’t been to mission theater. My birthday is Feb. 11th. Great gift to myself.

    • Eric palmer on January 24, 2023 at 10:09 am

      I want to attend because my buddy Karl wants to go. No one knows good music better than him.

  3. Karl Michael Jacobson on January 12, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    No Sammy but I would still love to go!

  4. jeanne zuelke on January 17, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Would love to see the BoDeans live. I haven’t been to the Mission in a very long time. Great to see they are having live music again.

  5. Jason on January 17, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Big fan of the BoDeans and their opening act, Chris Trapper, a truly underrated and amazing songwriter. Would love to check out this show!

  6. Dennis Carlson on January 17, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    The BoDeans are such a fun band!

  7. Joe trekas on January 17, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Would like to take my hard working wife to this please.

  8. Brin on January 17, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Found these guys a few years ago and am in love! Would love to share them with a friend!

  9. Dave G. on January 17, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    I do enjoy the Bodeans!

    • Jeanette Warner on January 19, 2023 at 7:24 pm

      I love their show and would love to see them again!

  10. John Mayfield on January 19, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    I have been a long time Bodeans fan. Couldn’t think of anyplace I’d rather be that night than listening to them live.

  11. Daren B. on January 19, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    So I can take Karl

  12. Joe Armintrout on January 19, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    I got a great friend who took me to Seether a few yrs. ago. Backstage n everything. I’d love to repay the favor by seeing such an excellent rock concert with him.

  13. Tim King on January 19, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Cause me and my buddy would love to see you guys!

  14. Yvonne on January 19, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Just an American girl that loves American music.

  15. Phill on January 19, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    I want to win

  16. Scott Pierce on January 19, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    If I could hold you tonight, I might never let go

    • Daren B. on January 22, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      So I can take Karl

  17. Frederick Chambers on January 20, 2023 at 8:27 am

    Love this band.

  18. Jeanette Warner on January 21, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Sounds like fun!

  19. Mollie on January 22, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Sing me a song
    Make me wanna dance
    The Mission
    Been too long

  20. Phill on January 22, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    I want to win again x²

  21. Karl Michael Jacobson on January 23, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Can I enter twice?
    To win would sure be nice.
    You can’t beat this price.
    If you want my advice.
    I will be quite precise.
    Concerts are my one true vice.
    So now I’ll roll the dice.
    I won’t enter thrice.

  22. Michael Duey on January 24, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    The Bodeans were the best back in the day. I’d love to see them at the Mission!

  23. Al on January 25, 2023 at 10:09 am

    love this band!

  24. Cory on January 25, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Bodean me

  25. Rob on January 26, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Saw the Bodeans several times back in the day in college and absolutely adore them! Would love to catch up with them live and belt out some of my favs from the seats with them. Rock out nostalgia!

  26. CHRIS on January 26, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve heard some good songs from them and would love to go

  27. Jory Bradley on January 26, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun! My husband would love this!

  28. Steve Russell on January 26, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    This would be fantastic. Love this venue.

  29. John Hunt on February 3, 2023 at 10:17 pm


  30. Beth Brown on December 7, 2023 at 10:06 am

    I have been a Bodeans fan since the 90s. I still listen to Closer to Free when the walls feel like they are closing in. I love this band. My birthday is in Feb. and this would be the perfect celebration! Thanks!

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