Win Tickets ($50): Shinyribs @ Crystal Ballroom | Texas Blues, New Orleans R&B Funk, Horndriven Memphis Soul

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Shinyribs @ Crystal Ballroom on June 28. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 24.


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June 28, 2024
6:30PM Doors, 8PM Show | $20 ADV, $25 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Shinyribs defies genres as a sonic melting pot of Texas Blues, New Orleans R&B funk, horndriven Memphis Soul, country twang, border music, big band swing, and roots-rock. The Austin-based nine-piece (sometimes 10-piece) supergroup is led by Kevin Russell, the charismatic frontman with colorful suits and extravagant shoes who continuously swaps out an electric guitar for a ukulele and never falls short of creating a cinematic experience with on-stage antics that often include him donning a light-up cloak or leading a conga line through the crowd.

Shinyribs’ new record – Transit Damage (July 2023 on Blue Elan / Hardcharger Records) is, in Russell’s words, “the record I’ve been trying to make for most of my career. This is a collection of songs that relate to each other in a myriad of ways: musically, lyrically, emotionally. It’s a real throwback to the era of complete albums, and draws from songs I’ve written throughout my life. I hope listeners can take the time to fully immerse themselves in the whole thing.”

To help him flesh this collection out, Russell picked producer and longtime friend Steve Berlin (from Los Lobos) to help him arrange and record Transit Damage. Together they chose to work at another auspicious location, The Finishing School studios in Austin. The Finishing School is housed in the former home of Austin legend George Reiff (The Chicks, Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard) who engineered and produced Shinyribs’ debut Well After Awhile back in 2010. Reiff, a close personal friend of Russell’s, tragically passed away from cancer in 2017, yet his legacy lives on. His home studio was refurbished by Band of Heathens’ Gordy Quist, and reopened a couple years ago with acclaimed engineer Jim Vollentine. Berlin helped source a number of auxiliary players around town to help expand the Shinyribs sound, and realize Russell’s bigger vision. Shinyribs’ bassist Mason Hankamer also lent some producing skills, helping arrange many of the songs.




  1. Cory on June 4, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    Great band

  2. Brad P on June 4, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    One of my new favorite bands!

  3. Gabrielle on June 4, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    This looks like such a fun show!

  4. Chloe Vickers on June 4, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    Holy mole, Shinyribs and Kevin R formerly of The Gourds are top notch performers! Fun and lively night of music would be awesome!

  5. Joseph on June 5, 2024 at 12:49 am

    Teacher teaching summer school needs to dance before the students come!

  6. Brian on June 9, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    Looks like a rocking event

  7. Matthew on June 11, 2024 at 3:52 pm

    Saw him at Pickathon years back. One of my fave Pickathon shows of all time.

  8. shen on June 12, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Yes please!

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