Win Tickets ($80): Five For Fighting with String Quartet @ Aladdin Theater | Alternative Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Five For Fighting with String Quartet @ Aladdin Theater on April 21. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed April 15.


From our sponsors:
Five For Fighting with String Quartet
April 21, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $40 | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The only way for a story to progress is to turn the page. John Ondrasik — the songwriter and performer known as the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Five For Fighting — knows this well. In the two decades since his first major single, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” hit the stratosphere, the artist has both evolved and come back ’round full circle. Creativity, if nothing else, is paradoxical.

To date, Five For Fighting, has released six studio LPs, including the platinum certified America Town and The Battle for Everything; and the top-10 charting Two Lights, along with an EP and live albums.

Ondrasik has penned major hits, including the chart-topping “100 Years,” “The Riddle,” “Chances,” “World,” and “Easy Tonight,” which have earned tens of millions of streams and place him as a top-10 Hot Adult Contemporary artist for the 2000s. The reflective “100 Years” has joined “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” as part of the American Songbook and continues to stand the test of time at weddings, birthdays, graduations, memorials, and many a home video. Five For Fighting’s music has also been featured in more than 350 films, television shows, and commercials, including the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, Hawaii Five-O, The Sopranos and the CBS drama, Code Black.

Throughout his multi-decade career, which began when music publisher Carla Berkowitz (now his wife of 25 years) discerned him in a dive bar, Ondrasik has been involved in multiple charity efforts. Along with supporting the troops via multiple USO tours, Ondrasik created “The CD For the Troops” project with song and comedy compilations featuring artists like Billy Joel, Melissa Ethridge, Chris Rock, and others, gifting more than one million CDs to veterans and military families. John has also been deeply involved with the ALS charity “Augie’s Quest.”

While he may not be as obsessive as he once was — writing upwards of dozens of songs per month, Ondrasik is more focused today. He knows who he is, as an artist and as a human being. His is a career molded by light and darkness. At one point, he’d been looked over by every publishing house and label out there. At another, he had one of the biggest songs in the world. Those extremes give a person perspective.

“I’ve been incredibly blessed,” he says. “I still pinch myself.”




  1. Stacy B on March 26, 2024 at 11:13 am

    Wow, this sounds like an incredible show!

  2. Jason on March 26, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    Would love to finally check them out!

    • Tim on April 11, 2024 at 9:22 pm

      Sounds like a great night of music. Free tickets please!

  3. sheri on March 26, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    You had me at five for fighting! Would love to see.

  4. SK on March 26, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    Fan for decades.

  5. Heidi on March 26, 2024 at 12:51 pm

    I LOVE five for fighting. The last time I was able to see them live was in Chicago over 10 years ago, and it would be great to have another opportunity.

  6. Carmen on March 26, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    Would love to see him with string quartet . Fun fact I always thought this was a group of 5 guys until a recent trivia question revealed its only 1. What?!

  7. Marcy on March 26, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    Would LOVE to go. Their song 100 Years has been symbolic for some family members that have passed, so this would be a beautiful opportunity!

  8. Carter on March 26, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    Love a Throwback!

  9. Amber Taylor on March 26, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve never seen Five for Fighting live, with a string quartet sounds awesome!!

  10. Maggie on March 26, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    John Ondrasik can appear alone, with touring musicians, or with a String Quartet. Thanks for the opportunity to see this talented balladeer at my favorite venue, The Aladdin!!

  11. Purps Slurps on March 27, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Pick me. Pick me!

    Kiss & Hugs

    Love you PDX Pipeline!!

  12. James on March 28, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Great venue and talent made better with a backup of strings adding depth and warmth.

  13. Marty on March 29, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Yes please!!!

  14. Amy on March 30, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    This would be amazing!!

  15. Mollie Uselman on April 1, 2024 at 1:37 am

    It’s not easy….
    Oh wait, sure it is. Just pick me!

  16. Jory Bradley on April 2, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    I love that they are doing a string quartet.

  17. Wynand Van Emmerik on April 2, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    Love to see him perform with a string quartet

  18. Lisa on April 2, 2024 at 6:16 pm

    Excellent band. Saw them may years ago and danced all night.
    I would so love to go!

  19. K. Toft on April 2, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    I would love to treat a friend to this.

  20. Jonathan on April 4, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    This would be amazing! I saw John once. So good.

  21. Danita on April 8, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    This would be the best date night. We love Five for Fighting

  22. Michael K on April 9, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Wondrous, smoothly poetic music!! Would love to see this band live 💚✨

  23. Roger on April 9, 2024 at 2:12 pm

    Never had the opportunity to see Five For Fighting perform in person. Would love to be there. Thank you for the chance to win!

  24. Nicole SmithRyan on April 9, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    Superman’s been waiting 100 years for this chance with a string section!!!

  25. Drew on April 9, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    That sounds truly beautiful!

  26. Kimber on April 9, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    Five for Fighting with a String Quartet? Sounds like a perfect date night!

  27. shen on April 9, 2024 at 6:10 pm

    This sounds so cool!

  28. Jess on April 11, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    Wow, that show looks incredible! It’d be the perfect date night, and the nostalgia would be amazing. Can’t wait to go!

  29. Steve Russell on April 12, 2024 at 6:14 am

    Would love this.

  30. Maggie on April 16, 2024 at 3:46 pm


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