Win Tickets ($50): Shannon and the Clams @ Crystal Ballroom | Retro-rock Band, Featuring Paranoyds & Roselit Bone
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Shannon and the Clams @ Crystal Ballroom on September 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 30.
From our sponsors:
Shannon and the Clams
September 4, 2021
6:30PM Doors, 8PM Show | All Ages
GA: $20 ADV, $25 Doors
21+ Balcony: $25 ADV, $30 Doors
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Shannon and the Clams
“I am terrified of spiders,” says Shannon Shaw. “My mom always told me that they’re drawn to me. Like, they would drop down and dangle in my face as a baby, or they’d get in my bed.”
But the powerhouse singer-bassist of retro-rock band Shannon & The Clams had bigger fears when she went to an astrologer two years ago. Shaw was at an emotional tipping point – willing to try anything – because everything she loved was falling apart.
“It felt like the end of an era,” Shaw says, which began to unravel in 2016 with the tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire in the Clams’ DIY community in Oakland. In 2018, the California wildfires in Napa almost caused her parents to evacuate their homes. In 2019, a lurking intruder drove Shaw out of the beloved apartment she’d lived in for 14 years. And then, right as her band was getting invited on big tours with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Black Keys, her father was diagnosed with cancer. “The idea of leaving my family was agonizing – it was torture,” Shaw says.
The astrologer told her to summon Durga when she felt powerless, a Hindu goddess who holds a weapon in each of her eight arms. Shaw saw the connection. “The symbolism of the spider made a full turn in an interesting way,” she says. “I was getting protection from the thing I feared the most.” Plus, she says with a laugh, “Spiders destroy the bullshit bugs. Like mosquitoes. Who needs ‘em?”
Year Of The Spider, the band’s sixth studio album, rages against death and disease with the power of a thousand angry Ronettes. Songs like “All Of My Cryin’,” “Mary, Don’t Go,” and “Year Of The Spider,” pulse with girl-group elegance and punk ferocity. On a Clams record, you always get both.
That harsh/soft balance often comes down to Clams keyboardist Will Sprott. “Different keyboards lend themselves to different tones,” Sprott says, “a Rhodes [piano] is more soft and bell-like, whereas a Wurlitzer has these chunky, abrasive bites. So when I’m deciding which instrument to play on a song, I’m thinking, what does the song make you feel? What do you want it to communicate? It’s like, do you want this organ to scream at you or soothe you?”
Four-piece from Los Angeles. Punk wing dong gaze porn pop cop chop proto shoes progs clogs hogs fuzzy wuzzy soaked hugs and slugs.
After several years of touring the US, Portland’s Roselit Bone have perfected an infectious and powerful live show that falls somewhere between a demented Roy Orbison and an angelic Gun Club. Their anthems of loneliness, alienation, and triumph have allowed them to artfully navigate through a cluttered underground scene, captivating audiences and transfixing crowds in a nightly conversion ritual. On their newest release, Crisis Actor, they lace vignettes of systemic violence, sexual confusion, and class warfare with a wry, suicidal humor straight from the gut of America. In a review of Crisis Actor, Sean Jewell of American Standard Time writes, “Roselit Bone present a bizarrerie of song, a black mass of greased leather that oozes cool, and billows terror. Their music moves seamlessly from conjunto to cosmic country, from surf to rockabilly, transporting the listener from black forests to lonely casinos. It lives mournfully and defiantly in motels and dive bars of the mind, guided by strings, gliding on woodwinds and brass, over the heat mirage of pedal steel and electric guitars.”
Roselit Bone is my favorite local band, and I have never seen Shannon but really want to.
Who doesnt love Roselit Bone?
Havent been back to the Crystal Ballroom since last year. Would love to go and see this band.
I miss live music!
Omg Shannon Shaw is the beeeees kneeees! Would love to see this Rock n Roll Queen again <3
I would love to see these guys too!!
I would love to be considered. I love the Crystal Ballroom and we could use a pick me up after my boo just lost his job recently!
love music,loving getting out!
Yes please! I need to dust off my dancing shoes!
This would be so fun!!!
This would be my first show since we all locked down. Looking forward to venues staying open as long as we can stay safe.
I love Shannon and the Clams! Used to see them live in Oakland
Can’t wait to go back to the Crystal!
Ive have never saw Shannon before and would love to check this band out. Thanks.
Lets start September off right by seeing this band. Music sooths the soul.
Live music is the best therapy for someone like me ; )
Love! Love! Love, this band. Roselit Bone was a favorite before covid too!
Synchronicities. I don’t believe in coincidences. I love how The Universe works! Somehow I was guided here and here I am. I love winning concert tickets and I love the Crystal Ballroom. At first I skimmed through the bio and was going to leave a short comment, however, the word ASTROLOGY and HINDU GODDESS caught my attention and so I read the whole thing. I don’t like spiders, either, however, I use them in my analogy explaining how nothing’s Wrong with Me being “too sensitive” as I (just like the spider) will be the 1st to sense when there’s DANGER near! Saying I was too sensitive and that it was all in my head is something my ex used to say to me to put me down. The last concert I went to was in the summer of 2019, with HIM, at the Crystal Ballroom. Long story short: He was TOXIC and I suspected he was CHEATING on me?! Turns out I was right! Point is: “Why would I like to win these tickets?” – because I don’t want that bad memory to stop me from going to concerts or avoid going to the Crystal Ballroom. I was bummed out about not being able to go to concerts when the pandemic first hit. Winning these tickets would be a great way to put all that behind me and off onto New Beginnings! Plus, this band’s description of the music they play has me intrigued. The love of my life was a punk rocker and I love listening to Roy Orbison. He’s one of my favorites. Thanks for listening. Many blessings your way, with love ✨🙏🙏🙏💕✨ ~ Sandi ~
Never seen Shannon and the Clams. Would like to check out the style of music they play.
Shannon and the Clams are amazing and I would love to get the chance to see them live!! Thank you for doing this giveaway!
Let me get out of my own clam and defeat my paranoyd thoughts and get a roselit boner while watching live music for the first time in way too long!
I’m glad Shannon was able to come out of all of her hardships with another rockin’ album. This spider-fearing guy would love to get clammy at the Crystal!
A totally amazing show and would love to get tickets to attend!
Yes Crystal! One of my faves!
Count me in !
I just need to hear some live music for my sanity. We just found out he has cancer.
Roses are red
I’d love to hear and dance
With the band on this
Call on me and you will see!!!
I’m fully vaccinated pick me !! pick me!!
I would love to see this killer queen and bivalves do their thing!! Have never been able to see them and it would be an honor to get to dance my ass off and sing along. ❤️🎶
Retro rock music. Heck yes.
Sounds like fun!
Ive never seen this four piece band from Los Angeles. Count me in.
This would be an amazing time. I remember hearing Shannon and the Clams playing at my first barista job in Portland.
heck yes, really love their sound <3 used to play them tons on the college radio station i dj'ed at
It certainly felt like the year of the spider to me, sitting in my web, patiently waiting, hoping, preying for something to bug me. Hook me up pdxpipeline!!!
These guys sound great
I want to go out, dance, play and just let go.