Win Tickets ($90): Grammy Nominee Leo Kottke @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Grammy Nominee Leo Kottke @ Aladdin Theater on July 17. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed July 8.


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Leo Kottke
July 17, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $45 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi, John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Kottke had previously entered college at the U of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then to New London and into the Navy, with his twelve string. “The trip was not something I enjoyed,” he has said, “I was broke and met too many interesting people.”

Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis’ Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label. (The label released one other LP by The Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)

After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, “Mudlark,” positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972’s “Greenhouse” and 1973’s live “My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water” found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.

With 1975’s Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.

His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone,” caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called “Sixty Six Steps,” produced by Leo’s old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.




  1. Rodrigo Munoz on June 25, 2024 at 2:03 pm

    Love Leo! His playing is mesmerizing

  2. Cory on June 25, 2024 at 2:19 pm

    Sweet mercy, this should be great!!

  3. Deborah Shaich on June 25, 2024 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve loved Leo and his music for many decades. Would love to see him in concert

  4. jeanne zuelke on June 25, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    Leo will be amazing in concert!!! Would be so happy to win these tickets

  5. Charles Roddy on June 25, 2024 at 4:59 pm

    I saw Leo in 1975-76 in Moscow Idaho when both were young. Now we are both old and I can still hear must see and hear before it is too late.

  6. Lori A. Shin on June 27, 2024 at 10:51 am

    I saw Leo Kottke in Memphis the late 70s. He was amazing. I would love to see him again! Thanks for the chance to see him!

  7. Rich on June 27, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    I true legend. I’d love to see him.

  8. Deborah K. on June 27, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    I love Leo Kottke! Just in time for my birthday. I would love to go. Thank you for considering me.

  9. James Rowell on June 27, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    I like great artists who enjoy performing

  10. David on June 27, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Leo’s the bomb!

  11. Robin on July 2, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    Love his music! Haven’t seen him since I was 25… a loooong time ago.

  12. Martin Anderson on July 2, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    We’d love the opportunity to see Leo.
    Thank you!

  13. Charlie Y. on July 2, 2024 at 5:45 pm

    Leo? Here in July? An astrological coincidence? …I think not! lol – Would love to hear a live performance by this acoustic guitar phenom.

  14. Lucien kress on July 2, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    Because he is amazing.

  15. Eileen on July 2, 2024 at 8:14 pm

    Leo Kottke is a legend! love to go hear him live.

  16. Sherry G. on July 3, 2024 at 5:22 pm

    I would love to go with my husband to this show!

  17. Brig on July 5, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    Leo !!! Have loved this guy’s style for years.

  18. Karen C on July 7, 2024 at 6:09 am

    It’s been too long!

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