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

We are giving you another chance to WIN 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.


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:

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.




  1. AaronP on December 7, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I need to win some tickets so that I can hopefully get my old copy of Blowout Comb signed!

  2. Sarah Desrochers on December 8, 2022 at 1:48 am

    I wanna have a rockin NYE!

  3. Cory on December 8, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Dig me in

  4. Ashley Thompson on December 8, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    I’d love to go with my husband!

  5. Brad Miller on December 8, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Man, I’m ALL about 90s hip-hop and Digable Planets’ “Blowout Comb” is one of the cassettes I rocked harrrrrrrd when I was younger. Would love to GET UP and GET DOWN!!!!

  6. Kaeli Plaks on December 8, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Yes yes yes!!!! I’d love to see Digable Planets live! I’ve only ever heard them on CD and vinyl and can’t imagine how that bass hits live. Whew, the New Year celebration would be PERFECT if these tickets got sent my way!

  7. Chelsea on December 9, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I love this trip and can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

    • Chelsea on December 9, 2022 at 6:23 am

      Trio 🙂

    • GG on December 13, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      Absolutely an amazing way to bring on the new year! After a year of several losses and so much pain, Digable Planets would be a beautiful cap to the year ❤

      Congratulations and have fun to who ever wins!!!

    • Katrina on December 22, 2022 at 10:10 pm

      I would love to be part of this NYE celebration!

  8. Vanessa on December 9, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    It’d be fun to bring in the new year with Digable Planets! Best way to start the new year!

  9. AC on December 9, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    I need a hip hop pick me up and this will be the ultimate way to kick off 2023! Shaking it!

  10. Deb Maryanov on December 10, 2022 at 12:35 am

    I’ll be back in town just in time to catch this show!

  11. Fern on December 10, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    i can’t believe i’ll be in town just in time for this!! love love love love love digable planets

  12. Kevin McE on December 11, 2022 at 7:05 am

    I’d love to be an asteroid gravitating toward these Digable Planets!

  13. RK on December 11, 2022 at 10:43 am

    This New Years Baby is ready to party! Looks like a great night!

  14. DM on December 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

    My boo and I would love to ring in the New Year with you all!

  15. bmunday on December 11, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Me three! Im ready to dig! I’d get down on a pair, please count me into the giveaway!

  16. Karen Tang on December 12, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I’ll be cool like dat if I win.

  17. NaTasha on December 12, 2022 at 11:04 am

    This would hands down be my best NYE in a decade!

  18. James on December 12, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Would love to spend NYE at the Crystal with Digable Planets! Thanks for the chance.

    • Rashad on December 14, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Digable Planets is one of the most innovative groups to do it! Ring in 2023 with DP’s baby!

  19. Tanya Briggs on December 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    I’d love to spend bringing in the new year listening to real hip hop! Aye💃🏽

  20. Brittaney Allen on December 13, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Yes please!!

  21. Noël Lindquist on December 13, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    I need me some Ladybug!!

  22. Maggie on December 13, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Would love too. Not been out in years on ny Eve.

  23. Morgan on December 14, 2022 at 7:53 am


  24. Kai on December 14, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Oh heck yeah!! I’d love to surprise my partner with some tickets!

  25. LCB on December 15, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    This would be the greatest NYE I have had in the last ten years!! To win these tickets would be cool like that. Pick me!

  26. Jen on December 15, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Need some fun!

  27. Laura on December 15, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Would love to win surprise my husband he has been through a lot this year battling prostate cancer and other health problems happy new year yah

  28. Robyn Espinoza on December 16, 2022 at 8:25 am

    New Years it’s been a while, but here I come

  29. YB on December 17, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Would love this!!

  30. Mellody on December 19, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Let’s go it would be a dream to see DP live. i found them at such an important time in my life. It’s so rare to see them live atm would love to see ladybug irl!

  31. Laurie Gallinat on December 20, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    OMG what a great concert to go to on New Years Eve what a way to start the New Years off! Happy New Year to you all!

  32. kito s on December 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    First concert I ever attended, I wanna run it back!!!

  33. Ellen Champion on December 20, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like a great way to bring in the New Year!

  34. Samantha on December 20, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Um, YES! BF would DIG this event! This would make both his years!

  35. Morgan D. on December 20, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Woop! Woop!

  36. Kevin on December 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I first heard this group 5 years ago and i still can’t get over how good they are

  37. Helen V. on December 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

    I want to win because it’s my friend’s birthday who loves good music but was born to early to really appreciate the rebirth of slick! I want to take her for a funky jazzy birthday dance-stravaganza!

  38. N.Williams on December 21, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    What a great opportunity to celebrate the New Year 🍾 I would love to win this to get out of the house, let loose and have some fun! 💕💃 ♥️ 🕺

  39. Kelly Johnson on December 21, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Happy New Year!

  40. shen on December 22, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    this would be a blast!

  41. Robyn on December 23, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Nice to see what Portland is all about when it comes to urban culture

  42. Kevin Williams on December 24, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Sounds way cool

  43. Hannah on December 24, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    To have a fun NYE!

  44. Laura on December 24, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see this group and have never been to the crystal ballroom! Looks fun

  45. Heather on December 25, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Digable Planets was a staple of my youth and here’s to being a staple of my second youth (40’s)!

  46. Eric on December 26, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Digable new years eve event!

  47. Robynn Pagan on December 29, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I wanna go!!!!

  48. Lars on December 29, 2022 at 7:55 am

    That’s what’s up! This is the band that would get me back out in Portland. Would love to go!

  49. Victor Enriquez on December 29, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    Loved this group back in the 90’s. Would like to see them in person.

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