Win Tickets ($70): Owl City, Augustana @ Crystal Ballroom | Alt-Pop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Owl City, Augustana @ Crystal Ballroom on September 29. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed September 25.


From our sponsors:
Owl City

September 29, 2023
Doors 6PM, Show 7:30PM |
$29.50 ADV, $35 Doors, $39.50 21+ Reserved Balcony
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Since first breaking onto the alt-pop scene in 2007, Owl City has built a global following on the strength of his heart-on-sleeve songwriting and endlessly inventive sound. Along with earning a monumental hit with the diamond-certified “Fireflies”-a 2009 release that reached No. 1 in 26 countries-the Minnesota-bred artist otherwise known as Adam Young has made waves with smash singles like the double-platinum “Good Time” feat. Carly Rae Jepsen and brought his exuberant live set to sold-out shows around the world. With total album sales of over three million and single sales surpassing 20 million globally, Owl City has now delivered a highly anticipated new album called Coco Moon: a wildly imaginative body of work revealing his deepened devotion to the strange magic of creativity.

“The goal with this new music was to get back to how I felt when I wrote my first song alone in my bedroom when I was 18 years old,” Young says of Coco Moon, Owl City’s seventh full-length effort and the follow-up to his powerhouse 2018 album Cinematic. “It was this very pure, euphoric moment when I realized that I could immediately be transported into another world that I’d made myself. I had no agenda beyond creating that feeling-it’s why I got started making music, and it’s what I want to keep fighting to attain.”

Raised in the small town of Owatonna, Young first began dreaming up Owl City’s emotionally charged form of electronic pop in his parents’ basement in his early 20s, and soon went viral with his sweetly surrealist hit single “Hello Seattle.” Not long after landing a record deal and making his major-label debut with 2009’s chart-topping, platinum-selling Ocean Eyes, he achieved meteoric success with the album’s lead single “Fireflies”-a heavy-hearted yet effervescent track channeling the kind of wide-eyed wonder that brightens our own outlook. “For me ‘Fireflies’ was just this random song that I really loved, but it ended up connecting with people in a massive way,” says Young. “It’s something I didn’t expect or even hope for, but it’s the coolest feeling to know that a song I made means that much to people.” Over the coming years, Owl City turned out widely beloved albums like 2012’s The Midsummer Station (featuring “Good Time” as well as collaborations with the likes of blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and hitmaking production duo Stargate) and Mobile Orchestra (a 2015 effort that found him joining forces with Aloe Blacc, Hanson, Jake Owen, and others).

Naming legendary film-score composer John Williams among his longtime influences, Young has embraced a certain thoughtful grandeur in the making of Coco Moon. To that end, songs like “The Tornado” set their ultra-vivid storytelling against a majestic sonic backdrop, ultimately lending a larger-than-life quality to the most intimate expression. “‘The Tornado’ came from wanting to invent a story rather than write something autobiographical, and it turned into a story of a kid who’s delivering papers when a horrible storm starts up and forces him to take cover so he won’t get swept away,” explains Young. Partly inspired by the childlike poetry of Shel Silverstein, the string-accented track slowly unfolds as a life-affirming epic, encompassing an entire movie’s worth of thrilling drama in just four-and-a-half minutes. Meanwhile, on “Adam, Check Please,” Owl City shares a profoundly personal coming-of-age tale, amplifying its wistful mood with a bold assemblage of sonic details: ethereal textures, skittering beats, vocals layered to spellbinding effect. “On that song I wanted to pay respect to my first job, which was working at a grocery store in high school,” Young says. “I remember being overwhelmed but also so excited, and looking back now I see that it really taught me to stretch beyond my comfort zone.”

In creating Coco Moon, Young has deliberately carved out his own quiet refuge from the chaos of the outside world. “I’ve been spending a lot of time reading and going for walks in nature, which helps me to stay focused on what’s important instead of getting caught up in the craziness of social media,” he notes. And with all of Owl City’s output, he hopes to provide his audience with a similar sense of solace and clarity. “After a hard day or week or even season of life, one of my favorite things is to put on my headphones and zone out on the music I love-it always feels like I’m escaping in a healthy way, and when I come back to reality I feel a little more equipped to deal with what’s difficult in life,” says Young. “Over the years I’ve had people tell me that my songs have done the same thing for them, and that’s really given me a sense of purpose. To me there’s no greater honor than to hear that my music might be a place people can go to feel uplifted, and to contrast the darkness of the world with something more hopeful and positive.”




  1. Brittanie on April 10, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    I had no idea Augustana was back! Have to go to this!

    • Ashley on April 16, 2023 at 1:04 am

      Please let me winnnn! Owl city 🫶🏽😘😍💗💗💗💗 Just a Hawaii girl trying to live in a bigger world! I still like to make myself belieeeeeve that planet earth turns slowwwwwlyyyyy

  2. Sarah on April 11, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve always loved Augustana! Please let me win tickets!

  3. lIZ on April 11, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    These bands are so, so great! Would love to introduce my teenager to them!

  4. Ashley on April 11, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Owl City and Augustana were the soundtrack to my high school, this would be so fun!

  5. Charlie on April 11, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Owl city! 🦉

  6. Arianne Kimberly on April 11, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Oh this sounds like a nice date night!! I’m in….

  7. Jaid on April 11, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    Both Owl City and Augustana are bringing two very different sides of my high school music obsessions together! Gotta see them both

  8. Elise on April 11, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    I love their music! This would be a blast to the past. I would love to go!

  9. Dave on April 12, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Owl is my animal sign! 🦉

  10. Jules Wilson on April 13, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    My daughter loves Owl City! Definitely need to get her to this show! ❤️

  11. Paula S on April 13, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Hi It’s my Birthday month. I hope to be sent to all September’s events. Love and peace. P

  12. Danielle on April 15, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Owl city! I would love to attend this show! I’ve never seen them live, but I’ve been a fan since Fireflies.

  13. Brittany Kimzey on April 15, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    I love the Crystal Ball room!

  14. melanie on April 16, 2023 at 8:37 am

    owl city?! this takes me wayyy back. i would love to see them live.

  15. Elisa on April 17, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Ahhhh what a fun throw back! This would be such a rad time!!

  16. Christina Lasota on April 17, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Love Augustana 🥰🎶

  17. Myranda on April 18, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Augustana and Owl City? FUN! I wanna win~

  18. Amber on April 18, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    This music is so chill and atmospheric! I’d love to go. Oooooohhh What to wear!

  19. Erin on April 18, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    I wanna see them so bad!

  20. Amber on April 19, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Owl City was my entire childhood! Let me cry and revel in not paying taxes for one night!

  21. Fernanda Burch on April 20, 2023 at 12:31 am

    It would be awesome to see them!

  22. Jim chill on April 20, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds very fun

  23. Austin Walker on April 25, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Count me in, love owl city!

  24. Richard Potts on April 27, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Fireflies! Good time! Pick me please!

  25. James on April 27, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    A blast from the past. Nice double bill.

  26. Naomi Tsai on April 27, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Would be a show to remember!!!

  27. Jake J on April 28, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    This show is going to be so rad!

  28. Fernanda Burch on May 2, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Oooh can I go? Pleaaaase!

  29. Jessica Delta on May 2, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Owl city lyrics make me swoon.
    and PDX Pipeline ->Thanks for helping me find places to send my resume in PDX.

  30. Kayla Elmer on May 4, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Pick me 👋🏻 Pick me 👋🏻 I wanna go!

  31. Mikayla Green Albano on May 9, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Wow! I would love to attend this concert because in middle school I listened to Owl City every night as I went to sleep. The electronic beats calmed me down. Would love to see it!!!!

  32. Nikki Turman on May 9, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    I love both of these bands! I would simply love to be able to go to this show. I’ve never been to a concert at The Crystal Ballroom and would love for this to be my first.

  33. Rose on May 10, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    This would be an interesting show – I’d like to see if the music holds up! 😁

  34. Amy H. on May 11, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Would love to surprise my spouse with this nostalgic evening!

  35. Lily B on May 16, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Um I’m a millennial and it’s Owl City. Need I say more?

  36. Julie Craft on May 16, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Such great music!

  37. Glenn on May 17, 2023 at 12:50 am

    Great combo, love to see this show!

  38. Lena Bainbridge on May 20, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I’d be so grateful to win tickets and bring my boyfriend! We love relaxing to their music

  39. K on May 23, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    this would be such a fun concert!

  40. Danita on May 23, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    I would love to take my 16 year old son to this concert. Fireflies is still such a bop, and I have memories of us singing it together in the car when he was about 3-4.

  41. Scott Richter on May 23, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I would not believe my eyes
    If much to my surprise
    I got the tickets to see this show

    Music filling up the air
    You bet your bippy I’d be there
    Like heck yeah dude, thanks Pipeline for the share

  42. Hannah on May 24, 2023 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been dying to see a show at the Crystal Ballroom – and Owl City is the perfect nostalgia for me! This would be a great date night for me and my partner.

  43. Leinani on May 30, 2023 at 10:34 am

    The Owl!!!… and Alll these bands!!!= great night!

  44. Carolyn Ingram on May 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Had such a good time with my daughter when she was in high school with their music!

  45. Sandra on May 30, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Well shake my Augustana tree and flush out an owl, I’d love to go see this duo!

  46. Abby Wright on June 1, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    This takes me back to high school!! I’d love to go

  47. Channing on June 1, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Let me relive my middle school days!!

  48. Patricia on June 4, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Hoo hoo MF.

  49. Cheyenne Terbrueggen on June 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Some people wanna go to Funkytown. I want to go to Owl City. 🦉

  50. Ellison on June 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Yeah- me and my brother need to go!! Please!!

  51. Elisabeth on June 6, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    This would be a fun blast from the past!

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