Win Tickets ($52): Less Than Jake @ Revolution Hall | w/ The Toasters & The Venomous Pinks

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Less Than Jake @ Revolution Hall on August 22. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed August 14.


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Less Than Jake
August 22, 2023
Doors 6:30PM, Show 7:30PM | $26 | All Ages
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

The story of ska-rockin’ maestros Less Than Jake isn’t told in their sizable discography. It can’t be calculated by the amount of road miles they’ve logged. (But if we’re forced to calculate, we think they might be a block or two short of the Van Allen belts.) Nah! Less Than Jake’s cumulative worth is all about what they bring to your party. From sweaty club shows to uproarious festival dates to opening up for America’s most beloved rock acts, these five lifers’ deeds are best measured in the smiles they’ve slapped on the faces of true believers and new listeners, alike.

Silver Linings is the name of the new Less Than Jake album, their first full- length for the Pure Noise label and the follow-up to 2013’s See The Light. It also doubles as a bunch of sonic diary pages and a mission statement that cements their conviction after two decades in this rock ‘n’ roll circus. Indeed, LTJ—frontman/guitarist Chris DeMakes, bassist/vocalist Roger Lima, trombonist Buddy Schaub, saxophonist Peter “JR” Wasilewski and new drummer Matt Yonker—have escaped most (but not all) forms of ennui, depression and violence against screen-based objects to create an endorsement of humanity.

Silver Linings also does a good amount of myth-exploding in its pursuit of joy. The songwriting core of DeMakes, Lima and Wasilewski wrote all the lyrics. New drummer Matt Yonker, whose former positions included LTJ tour manager and hammering along with such punk outfits as the Teen Idols and the Queers, helps bring a new sense of urgency. And that album title? Yeah, that was decided upon long before bands began to offer face masks in their online merch stores. Pro tip: Dial back your preconceived notions. The only things the Jakes have to prove are to themselves. Their laurels aren’t so comfortable that they’d willingly choose to be painted into a retro- colored corner.

While Silver Linings doesn’t skimp on the joy, fun or grooves, careful listeners will sense a bit more reality seeping into LTJ’s escapism. The calisthenic bounce of “Lie To Me” is slightly undercut by Lima’s tales of how “the flames we hold the closest burn the worse.” On the urgent track “The Test,” DeMakes dares to seek some self-examination through someone else’s prism. “Dear Me” might be the first rock song that doesn’t couch its disdain for technology with poetic metaphors. That track addresses the loss of friends via distance and tragedy. The word “love” also appears in the album’s lyrics at three junctures. That detail should not be lost on anyone.




  1. JMW on July 31, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    LTJ and the Toasters each put on a great show! I can only imagine the value added with The Venemous Pinks… I’d love to attend what promises to be a fun evening!

  2. Trevor on August 1, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Less than Jake is always a good time! I would love to put my dance shoes on and see them again!

  3. David on August 1, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Was just discussing Less Than Jake with a coworker last week and we both think they would be excellent live! Doesn’t hurt that The Toasters are also on the bill as well!

  4. Amy H. on August 1, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    I would LOVE to surprise my spouse with this! He has been a fan of LTJ since high school 😀

  5. Candyce Reynolds on August 1, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    The description got me on “love”

  6. Melissa on August 1, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Wow, haven’t seen them for decades, they are such a fun band would love to see them again!

  7. Nicole on August 1, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    One of my all time favorites! What a fun show it will be!!

  8. Jason on August 1, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Last one out of liberty city burn it to the ground

  9. Justin McGee on August 1, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    I grew up listening to both these bands and would love to finally see them live.

    • Bradlee Webber on August 2, 2023 at 8:28 am

      These guys are a great show!!! Haven’t seen them since the 90’s!!! Getting my skankin’ shoes on!!!

  10. Audrey Webster on August 8, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Love both of these bands! Would be a great night out seeing two awesome shows. One for nostalgia and one for new music. Punk rock rocks!

  11. Greg on August 8, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    I’d pick you if the roles were reversed.

  12. Jake on August 10, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    My name is Jake
    And I’m a true believer

  13. Kate on August 10, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    I love Less than Jake! They are anything but Less than 🙂

  14. Sydney McCotter-Bicknell on August 11, 2023 at 10:21 am

    LTJ got me through puberty so maybe they can get me through my current slump. Plz let me live out my ska dreams with these tickets!

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