Win Tickets ($80): Everclear, Sponge @ Crystal Ballroom | Iconic ’90s Alt-rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Everclear, Sponge @ Crystal Ballroom on October 16. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed October 10.


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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Art Alexakis – Vocals, Guitar
Davey French – Guitar
Freddy Herrera – Bass
Brian Nolan – Drums

Considering Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic ’90s alt-rock hits, it would be all too easy these days for the band to be a victim of its past successes, relegated to performing as a glorified jukebox, existing to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of Gen Xers everywhere. But singer-guitarist Art Alexakis isn’t about to start phoning it in now.

Everclear continues to tour extensively, and while it’s a virtual surety that no Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past material-especially the “deep cuts”-not only gives fans a rare treat, it also injects new life into the band’s live dynamic.

“By mixing it up and digging into the catalogue, it still makes it fun and relevant for us, and I think for the fans as well,” says Alexakis. “It’s still important to play the hits, but by playing those other songs as well, it makes it all seem more vibrant and real. Even though I recorded some of those songs 20 years ago, I haven’t played them in a long time, so it’s like reinventing the wheel. I’m having more fun now than I have in years. I think all of us are.”

Formed by Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 11 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination. Like a true survivor, Alexakis has soldiered on through multiple lineup changes over the years: During the “classic” era, the band also included Craig Montoya on Bass and Greg Eklund on drums; the current touring lineup features longtime members Davey French (guitar) and Freddy Herrera (bass), as well as drummer Brian Nolan (also with American Hi-Fi), who has performed with Everclear on multiple past tours.




  1. Michael on August 22, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    I would love to see Everclear in concert. I promise my friend and I will be right up front rocking out to “Heroin Girl”

    • Trill on August 23, 2022 at 6:44 pm

      I would love the opportunity to see them live.

      • KENNETH FISHER on September 14, 2022 at 8:38 pm

        this would be a very awesome gig…especially since Sponge is one of my personal favorite bands and very underrated!

  2. Tim on August 23, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Art Alexakis and Everclear have always had a special place in my heart as a weird, lonely kid growing up in suburban West Coast. As a survivor of childhood abuse, songs like “Father of Mine” and “You” resonated deeply with me. It helped me to know that I wasn’t alone and helped a young me process a grief and pain I couldn’t fully understand or put into words. It helped me get to a much better place right now as healthy, functional adult. Art’s journey has also helped me process life as I deal with new struggles as an adult. I’ve been really inspired by his own authentic and vulnerable discussions about his MS. My mother is currently struggling with her own neurodegenerative illness and it’s taken a lot of courage and processing to face each day bravely and openly and I’m grateful to artists like Alexakis who show the world that life does not end with disability, but new chapters often begin.

  3. Donn Bash on August 23, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    It’s Everclear and Sponge enough said!

  4. shen on August 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Birthday weekend! I would love this.

  5. Desiree on August 23, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Love Everclear! Grew up listening to them & would love to share such an incredible experience with my now young adult son after a particularly rough year.

  6. Arianne Kimberly Belt on August 23, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    I haven’t seen them since the late 90s, so this would be a nice trip down memory lane😁

  7. CHRIS MILLER on August 23, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM NOW ! Yes, Please. What Great Music

  8. Sara on August 23, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    This would be such an awesome concert to see!!! Sponge is still one of my favorite bands from the 90’s. Fingers crossed.

  9. Richard Potts on August 23, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Haven’t seen them ever, would love to go!

  10. Brittaney A on August 23, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Would make great anniversary present!

  11. Carol Trekas on August 23, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Love 90s rock.

  12. Donn Bash on August 23, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Everclear and Sponge enough said!

  13. Carol L Trekas on August 23, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Would love to go check them out.

  14. Melissa on August 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    My birthday week! Would love to see Everclear again and see Sponge for the first time ❤️

  15. Hunter M on August 23, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Nothing like seeing Art and Co. at a hometown show!

  16. Tim on August 23, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Would love to take the love of my life and both sing wonderful together!

  17. Ana Jane Sullivan on August 23, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    I grew up listening to Everclear. My dad got me the CD when I was a young teenager. And it got me through the hardest of times with his cancer. I’ll never stop loving everclear And singing their songs even though I’m a grown woman now and my dad passed when I was 20… I’ll always save the cracked CD case from when my dad walked me to the store to get it. No band has ever been precious the same way. I would watch the music videos on repeat! Find comfort in Greek last names being the only Greek girl around lol. I really personalized it when I was younger but now it’s just really nostalgic. I would love to see them again. It’s been years ♥️ I still have a lot of saved pictures but my wall is definitely missing posters.

  18. Sunny Lewis on August 24, 2022 at 6:31 am

    EvercleaR iN PDX 🎙 💛🖤

  19. T.R. on August 24, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    I saw Everclear at a small bar on Belmont back when they first started out. I always remembered the great song they played called “Nervous & Weird” which then came out on their first CD. I would love to see them again all these years later at the legendary Crystal Ballroom.

  20. Claire on August 25, 2022 at 5:55 am

    They were amazing and chartered a plane to do rock the vote events on campuses all over Oregon. I had the chance to meet them since I was in student government at the time. It would be such a fabulous opportunity to see them again!

  21. Casey Precourt on August 26, 2022 at 7:39 am

    I’d love to relive the 90’s!!

  22. Al on August 26, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Big black boots and an old suit case.

  23. Marty on August 27, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    This would be an amazing night out! Love Everclear!

  24. Karl Michael Jacobson on August 28, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I would love to win tix to this show because I’m a guy that likes winning free shows – it’s kinda my thing!

  25. Dave G. on August 29, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I moved here in the early 90s, and this band was pretty hot in those days. Flash forward 30 years…I would enjoy going down memory lane with Everclear!

  26. Tina Nettleton on August 30, 2022 at 6:15 am

    I listened to Everclear back in the 90’s almost everyday. I actually burnt through 4 CD’s of So Much For The Afterglow, as well as 2 Boom Boxes and 3 Sony Discman’s! !!!!!!
    I will be 56 on Thanksgiving Day and still listen to Everclear almost daily. I would love to win tickets to see them perform–Live….and in Portland on top of it!!!! I have always wanted to visit Portland and this would be the trip of a lifetime,( did I mention I am from Iowa?) Pick Me, Pick Me, Please & Thank You!!!

  27. Jackie on August 30, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I have not seen Everclear since they played a Radio station event in Estacada back in the 90s. The smell from a nearby garbage dump made it a bit nasty but getting to see them at The Crystal Ballroom would be a much better venue to see them at for sure plus a pre show visit to Lola’s Room is a must

  28. Austin Walker on August 31, 2022 at 1:15 am

    How very cool, have been listening to them for two decades!

  29. Ryan on August 31, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Everclear?! A blast from the past. Would love to be taken back to the 90’s with them!

    • Jessica P on September 4, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      Sounds like a great show to bring me back to the 90’s!

  30. Cameron J on September 1, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Such a great PNW band! Can’t wait to see them at the ol’ Crystal!

  31. Christine Skorjanc on September 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    This would be an amazing event and show !! Nationally known local band back in town 🥳 a dream show. A great date night

  32. Lori on September 6, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Outstanding band! I just moved back and would be thrilled to see everlasting Everclear.

  33. Yoong on September 6, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Would love to see them. I would practice on my electric bass to some of their songs as a teen.

  34. Jason on September 6, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    90’s nostalgia, please!

  35. Mandy Katon-Frost on September 6, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    This would be the best 40 birthday gift!

  36. Amy on September 6, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    “…way up in the West Hills…” Everclear is from PDX! If I win these tickets, I will wear my 90s kit from college: light and loose Levi’s, Phish concert t-shirt, L.L. Bean backpack, Nalgene bottle, Tevas with wooly socks, white college baseball cap…

  37. YB on September 8, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    My inner 15-year old is screaming for these tickets!!!!!!!

  38. Mandy Kallunki on September 8, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    90s kid reunion right here, this should be a blast show! Would love to be chosen

  39. kick toft on September 8, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    sure to enjoy this!

  40. DC on September 9, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    I would love to see Sponge live. Talk about a throwback!

  41. Leslie on September 11, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Yes please. I would love to see them again.

  42. Carter on September 13, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Having some serious middle school flashbacks right now! 🤘

  43. Kelli E on September 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve never seen Everclear in concert and have always been a big fan!

  44. CHRIS on September 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Local and top legend Alex and Everclear !! This is always a great concert, please

  45. Heather Roberts on September 15, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Yes please!

  46. Tim on September 16, 2022 at 6:31 am

    I’ve been a fan of Everclear and Art Alexakis for decades. I would love to see them at the Crystal Ball Room.

  47. Tim on September 16, 2022 at 6:44 am

    This concert is on my son’s birthday, I would love to take him, he grew up listening to Everclear, he’s now a professional Billboard charting drummer. This would be a great father and son birthday celebration. I would love to win tickets.

  48. DawnF on September 16, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Day after my birthday!

  49. Dan on September 16, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Oh boy! This band takes me back to my 20’s and some fun memories

  50. Melissa on September 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I would love to see both of these bands to celebrate a big birthday I have that week! I often played Everclear and Sponge on my college radio show I had a few years ago when I worked at a university. 🕶 😎 🎸 📻 🎙

  51. Cory on September 20, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    To be perfectly clear

  52. Conrad on September 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Ploud in to the west hills for this one! HAHAHA

  53. Jenn on September 20, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    I saw everclear at the crystal way back in the day so this would be fun!

  54. Lisa Kendall on September 20, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Everclear still touring? How cool. I’d love to go.

  55. Jory Bradley on September 20, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    I love Everclear! I know my daughter would be front and center with myself. Great times!

  56. Clayton on September 20, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Been listening to them for 30 years. Turns out they still hold up!

  57. Maddy on September 22, 2022 at 9:40 am

    I need to win tickets to take someone on a date! Please this could be my last chance with this person haha

  58. Lori on September 22, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Would love to attend!

  59. Heidi on September 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Welcome home, Art!

  60. Molli Taylor on September 26, 2022 at 5:54 am

    IVe been wanting to go to an everclear concert since high school. help me lose this resentment towards my mom for saying no!

  61. Cory on September 27, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Art is a form of Art

  62. Matthew on September 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Yes! My favs from another time! Bucket list!!!

  63. Brandie on October 1, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Yesssss! Who wouldn’t want to go? It’s my partners birthday on the 12th, would be awesome to go to this for his birthday!! 🥳

  64. Carter on October 10, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Re- living those middle school days 🖤

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