Win Tickets ($80): New Year’s Eve 2022/2023 w/ Digable Planets @ Crystal Ballroom in Downtown Portland | Jazz-informed Hip Hop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Digable Planets @ Crystal Ballroom on December 31. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed December 26.



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From our sponsors:
New Year’s Eve with Digable Planets
December 31, 2022
Doors 7:30PM, Show 9PM | $35 ADV, $40 Doors
Reserved Balcony + Early Entry to Lola’s Room $75-$80
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Digable Planets burst onto the music scene in 1993 with their Grammy-winning single, “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”. Made up of Ishmael Butler (Butterfly), Craig (C Know/ Doodlebug) Irving, and Mary Ann (Ladybug Mecca) Vieira, the trio carved out a unique style of jazz-informed Hip Hop. Shortly after, Digable Planets followed up with their debut album, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time And Space), an ambitious offering that Pitchfork praised as “a world within a world, complete with its own language and monuments.”

Melding Jazz samples, and complex rhymes that touched on everything from the nuances of city life (“Where I’m From”) to abortion rights (“La Femme Fetal”), Reachin’ was a rich and vibrant artistic statement as well as a huge commercial success (RIAA certified gold).

Digable Planets immediately followed up with Blowout Comb, a bold and colorful meditation on Black liberation. While the album did not initially reach the immediate commercial successes of Reachin’, the album has aged beautifully, influencing future generations of Hip Hop heads, young Jazz musicians and Afrofuturists. The trio spent the 2000s establishing their own individual creative voices with Butler’s Cherrywine and Shabazz Palaces projects, Mecca’s work with BROOKZILL! and C Know leading Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra.

In 2015, the group embarked upon a string of wildly successful live shows and has been very active as a tight touring unit ever since. In 2017, they released Digable Planets Live, a live album that showcases many gems from the group’s catalog as well as the trio’s skill at rocking the crowd with a live band. A pioneering act that continues to cast a considerable influence, Digable Planets have left an indelible mark on music. Nearly 20 years after their debut, their music still shines and the group continues to bring their celebrated stage show to excited crowds around the world.

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51 Comments

  1. Dusty on November 7, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Life-long DP fan. Saw them on both of their first two tours back in the 90s. Would love to see them on New Years Eve. Thanks!

  2. Tammy Coles on November 7, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    It looks like a blast! I moved to Portland one month before COVID hit and haven’t been allowed to enjoy it!

  3. Kefira Malika LaValley on November 7, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Hi!
    Digable Planets have been apart of my life soundtrack since I can remember. Their sound and groove is comforting and classic. It would be a dream to start the new year watching them live.
    Grateful,
    Kefira Malika

  4. Jason on November 8, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    That album was such a game changer! Would love to catch them live.

  5. Brian on November 8, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Could this be my chicken dinner? Win.rar

    Jazz and trip hop are my favorite genres of music. Out of all my manually written entrys I hope this one is not rejected as “spam” the most.

  6. Kevin Williams on November 8, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Now that be worth staying up past midnight for!

  7. Brad on November 8, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Digable Planets! With Rakim coming, Portland has some awesome 90s hip-hop. I would love to go to either one but Digable Planets on New Years Eve would be doooooooooooooppppppppeeeeee! I’ve never seen them and I’d boogy-woogie and possibly do THA DOUGIE at some point 😉

    • Blu on November 23, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      I’ve been a huge fan but never had the opportunity to see them.

  8. Kaeli Plaks on November 8, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    I have NEVER seen Digable Planets! Another throwback coming to pdx. This would be an amazing way to spend new years eve, which is always my favorite night of the year! I know I’d bring that 90s energy to NYE!!

  9. Denise W on November 8, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    This takes me wayyyy back. Count me IN !!!!

  10. Leelee on November 9, 2022 at 4:18 am

    What better way to ring in the New Year than to spend it vibing musically with the Insect Tribe! Starting 2023 with Digable Planets would be starting the year off righteously!

  11. YB on November 9, 2022 at 9:20 am

    wow awesome!

  12. RK on November 10, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    I’d love to ring in my birthday with you all! You have to have a New Year’s party with a New Year’s Baby!

  13. DM on November 10, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    I have the perfect suit for this, very shiny!

  14. Shivacaranda on November 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    We old. We can walk home from here!

  15. Carol Trekas on November 12, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Need a date night for News Years Eve please. Love jazz.

  16. Melody Fontenot on November 13, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Digable Planets!!! Yes!

  17. Elise on November 14, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    This would be an awesome way to mosey into the new year

  18. Jade on November 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Looks like a fun event for NYE!

  19. Kyle Miller on November 15, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    This would be an amazing New Year’s Eve celebration to attend. I love the Digable Planets.

  20. Amber c on November 15, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Would love to go to this event!

  21. Mel on November 15, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    No NYE plans, and this sounds funky and just right!

  22. Stacey on November 15, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Whhhhhhhuuuut!? Would LOVE to GO!

  23. Megan on November 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    The last time I went to a rap show was when I was 19. I drank Hennessy on the roof of a parking garage with some of the performers prior to the set … This would be a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve.

  24. Sam S on November 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Oh man, this would be such a great New Year’s Eve show! YUSSSSSS

  25. Carolyn on November 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    My partner is turning 31 on the 31st (NYE) this year and we love Digable Planets! Help me make this an amazing golden birthday! ❤️

  26. Brittaney Allen on November 18, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Count me in!

  27. Tiana Monk on November 18, 2022 at 11:19 am

    WHAAAT this sounds amazing!! ♥️♥️♥️ Pick me, pick me!

    • Nichole Christmore on November 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      What Perfect band for New Year’s Eve!!!!!!

  28. Kate M on November 18, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Rad!!

  29. Heather on November 19, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Lyrical life loves! Made my poetic spirir soar the summer before i started high school.
    I’m cool like that
    I’m cool

  30. Alaina on November 20, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Would love the opportunity to surprise/take my closest friend to see DP after they’ve overcome a year of struggles and challenges.

  31. Elizabeth Grothouse on November 21, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    I’m entering this contest because my husband and I left our family behind in Texas to set out on our own path out here in the PNW. We’ve had a spectacular year of experiences, good and bad, since we’ve set out on own. I wouldn’t to trade a moment of the this years adventure for the world! With that being said, we are thrilled to be ringing in a New Year together and what better way to celebrate to dancing and singing along to some Digable Planets? We love the group and how free and spirited we feel when we listen- they fill me with so much optimism!

    Thank you for your consideration!

  32. Paul S. on November 22, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Since the summer of 1993 the digable planets have been in my life. Thanks for a chance of seeing them on NYE!!!!

  33. Alice Jones on November 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Who doesn’t have NYE plans? MEEEEEEEE….. unless you change that poor, unfortunate and pitiful state of affairs. Please help!

  34. Orest on November 22, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    These tickets would make a great Christmas gift!

  35. Bob on November 22, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Sounds like a swell time!

  36. Thyda Kong on November 23, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Who doesn’t love jazz & hip hop! This sounds like a good time and how else would you bring in the new year?!

  37. Kevin Williams on November 23, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Now that’s how you ring in the new year

  38. Cory on November 23, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Dig me in

  39. EIleen on November 23, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Cool Like Dat hit me in the early 90’s, and I’d love to hear and see DP LIVE! I would so appreciate a positive kick into 2023!

  40. Kelly on November 24, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    What an amazing show this will be!

  41. David on November 25, 2022 at 6:43 am

    This is the best way I could possibly think to spend new years eve!

  42. Kevin McE on November 25, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I’m picking up what you’re laying down my brother, I can dig it!

  43. Stephanie Smitherfiels on November 27, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Would love to attend, never had chance to see them live ❤️

  44. Willow Batson on November 28, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    This would be so much fun!!

  45. Michelle Blake on November 29, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    I never go out for NYE. Maybe this will be the year.

  46. Drew on November 29, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    I’d love to see Digable Planets live! One of my favorite hip-hop groups from the 90’s I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing. It’d be cool like that if I won the tickets. Thanks pdx pipeline.

  47. Erich Miller on November 29, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I mean a throwback in the way back will be cool

  48. Allegra Rainbow on November 29, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Oh this would be absolutely amazing! As I sit here getting over COVID, and go back to teaching science tomorrow, I can dream of an every so amazing New Years Eve with Ladybug, Doodlebug and Butterfly! Come and spread your arms, I need a hug!!!

  49. Melissa on November 29, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I am usually out of town visiting family on NYE, but this year I am ready to celebrate like it’s 1999 in PDX! 🍾 🥂 🎉

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