Win Tickets ($60): Fruit Bats Night 1 @ Aladdin Theater | Indie Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Fruit Bats on May 15. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 6.



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From our sponsors:
The Fruit Bats
May 15, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $30 | All Ages
More info: etix.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Eric D. Johnson rarely lingers at one location too long.

“There’s always been motion in my life between one place and another,” says the Fruit Bats songwriter. As a kid growing up in the Midwest, Johnson’s family moved around a lot, but it wasn’t until he became a touring musician years later that motion became a central part of his identity. That transient lifestyle stoked an enduring reverence for the world he watched pass by through a van window. “It weighs heavily on me—the notion of place,” Johnson says. “The places I’ve been and the places I want to go.”

A sense of place is a unifying theme he’s revisited with Fruit Bats throughout its many lives. From the project’s origins in the late ’90s as a vehicle for Johnson’s lo-fi tinkering to the more sonically ambitious work of recent years, Fruit Bats has often showcased love songs where people and locations meld into one. It’s a loose song structure that navigates what he calls “the geography of the heart.”

“The songs exist in a world that you can sort of travel from one to another,” says Johnson. “There are roads and rivers between these songs.”

Those pathways extend straight through the newest Fruit Bats album, aptly titled A River Running to Your Heart. Self-produced by Johnson—a first for Fruit Bats—with Jeremy Harris at Panoramic House just north of San Francisco, it’s Fruit Bats’ tenth full-length release. The album finds the project in the middle of a people-powered climb leading to the biggest shows, loudest accolades, and most enthusiastic new fans in Fruit Bats history! It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason for this mid-career resurgence. But after two decades of making music, hard-earned emotional maturity has clearly seeped into Johnson’s already inviting songs, resulting in a sound that’s connected with audiences like no other previous version of the band.

A River Running to Your Heart represents the fullest realization of Johnson’s creative vision to date. It’s a sonically diverse effort that largely explores the importance of what it means to be home, both physically and spiritually. And while that might seem like a peculiar focus for an artist who’s constantly in motion, for Fruit Bats, home can take many forms—from the obvious to the obscure.

Lead single “Rushin’ River Valley” is a self-propelled love song written about Johnson’s wife that clings to the borrowed imagery of the place where she grew up in northern California. Then, there’s the gentle and unfussy acoustic ballad “We Used to Live Here,” which looks back to a time of youthful promise and cheap rent. But the wistful “It All Comes Back” is perhaps the most stunning and surprising track on the album, Johnson’s production skills on full display. Built upon intricate layers of synths, keyboards, and guitars, it’s a pitch-perfect blend of tone and lyricism that taps into our shared apprehensions and hopes for a post-pandemic life.

“We lost some time / But we can make it back / Let’s take it easy on ourselves, okay?” sings a world-weary but ultimately reassuring Johnson in the song’s opening lines. It’s the kind of performance that makes you hope Fruit Bats stays in this one place, at least for a little while longer.

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  1. Megan Comer on March 19, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Would love to dance and live in the joy of the Fruit Bats!!

  2. Robbie on March 19, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    Seeing this made me put there music on. It’s just as good as I remember. This should be a very fun show!

  3. Denise WINDLEY on March 19, 2024 at 6:12 pm

    Ah, I miss listening to the Fruit Bats. 🙏

  4. Chitown Telly on March 19, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    Fruit Bats is an American indie rock band formed in 1997 in Chicago, Illinois, as the project of singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson. Johnson is the band’s sole permanent member, with various musicians joining the band in live and studio settings!

    I love Chi-Town…that’s my hometown. LFG!

    Ticket me bb!

  5. Kacy on March 20, 2024 at 6:36 am

    I would so love to be able to see them live and to take a friend for her birthday!

  6. Jessica F on March 20, 2024 at 7:13 am

    I remember going to their “last show” together at the Aladdin years ago and it was epic. I would love to go dance it up with them again!

  7. Myra on March 20, 2024 at 9:28 am

    The Fruit Bats are my favorite! I would love to take my sweetie to see them!

  8. Amelia on March 20, 2024 at 10:06 am

    Love this band and would be so excited to see them play!

  9. Alison on March 20, 2024 at 11:48 am

    Never seen them live and need to! Also, I’m broke.

  10. David on March 20, 2024 at 11:32 pm

    Absolutely love this band! Can’t get enough!

  11. Chris on March 21, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    Would love to see them!

  12. William Longnecker on March 22, 2024 at 11:21 am

    Got tickets to the second night, seeing both sets would be magic!

  13. Madeline on March 25, 2024 at 7:40 am

    I love fruit bats!!!

  14. Tara Kennedy on March 26, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    I heart Fruit Bats!! Would be a memorable experience to enjoy them live!

  15. Madeline Royse on March 26, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    Fruit Bats! I have gotta take my sis to this!

  16. Sam S on March 26, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    Love Fruit Bats! Would be a great show with my new beau!

  17. Brittny Fisher on March 27, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    Time flies like an arrow fruit flies like bananas. 🍌

  18. Rebekah G on March 28, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    If I win these tickets, my partner and I will hold hands singing “joy to the world”.

  19. Bob MacKay on March 28, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    Yes, over dcfc/postal srvc rehash

  20. Bowe on March 29, 2024 at 9:04 am

    I mean, fruit bars forever duh.

  21. madeline n on April 1, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    Honestly my fav band!!!

  22. Emily Albertson on April 2, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    Haven’t had a chance to see them live but I would love to! I’ve been a fan for 10+ years.

  23. Robin on April 2, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    Crossing my fingers

  24. Kate Austin on April 3, 2024 at 7:33 am

    This brings back so many high school memories! Would love to see them live for the first time!

  25. Alexis on April 5, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    Would love to go to this! 🤞🏻

  26. Bobby on April 6, 2024 at 9:38 am

    let me hear that banjo en vivo!!

  27. Kylie on April 9, 2024 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve seen them live for over 15 years! Love them so much.

  28. Tiffany on April 9, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    Mmmm love me some fruit bats.

  29. Mel on April 9, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    Indie, soothe my soul!

  30. Michael Brooks on April 9, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    Hearing Eric break into a falsetto for ‘Born in the 70’s’ would be a dream and it’s two days after my 50th birthday – because I was also born in the 70s 😉

  31. Cur on April 9, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    This would be such a fun and silly event to experience! I’d be happy to go!

  32. Isaac T on April 15, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    Would love to go for my bday!

  33. Heidi O on April 16, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    I would so love to be able to see them live 😍

  34. madeline n on April 16, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    Fruit Bats would love to see em!!!

  35. Sophia on April 17, 2024 at 8:54 am

    I have loved the fruit bats since I was in highschool driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains. I would love to take my partner to see them for his birthday!

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