Win Tickets ($90): Shakey Graves w/ Jade Bird @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Blues, Folk, Country, Rock
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Shakey Graves w/ Jade Bird @ Pioneer Courthouse Square on August 26. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed August 22.
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August 26, 2022
Doors 5:45PM, Show 6:45PM | $45 | All Ages
More info: pdx-live.com
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
The prehistory of Shakey Graves exists in two overstuffed folders. Inside them, artifacts document an immense era of anonymous DIY creativity, from 2007 through 2010 — the three years before Roll The Bones came out and changed his life.
There are stencils, lyrics, drawings, prototypes for concert posters, and even a zine. The latter, which Graves — aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia — wrote and illustrated, tells the tale of a once-courageous, now retired mouse who must journey to the moon to save his sweetheart. At the time, he envisioned the photocopied storybook as a potential vessel for releasing his music.
“There was a lot of conceptualizing going on — trying to figure out what I wanted stuff to look like, sound like, and be like,” Rose-Garcia recalls, shuffling through the physical files on his second-story deck in South Austin. “And, honestly, a lot of trying to keep myself from going crazy.”
In this lode of unreleased ephemera, CD-Rs are the most bountiful element. There are dozens of burned discs with widely varying track lists, loosely resembling what would become the Austin native’s 2011 breakout debut Roll the Bones. For Rose-Garcia, who’s long loved the incongruous art form of sequencing strange mixtapes for friends, his own record was subject to change every time he burned a disc for somebody.
Roll the Bones was released on the first day of 2011 without a lick of promotion advancing it. It was simply thrust into the world as a decapod of perplexingly memorable, narrative-wrapped songs with a mysterious cover and no information about the artist… only available on the relatively new platform of Bandcamp.
That year, an editor at Bandcamp made it a featured album for a month and from there it stayed in the website’s top selling folk albums evermore. The record has since seen well over 100,000 units sold — even while being available for free download. In the “Supported By” section of the Roll the Bones Bandcamp page, you can endlessly click “more” and squares of avatars will keep showing up until you grow tired and stop.
Accompanying Roll the Bones anniversary pressing are 15 additional tracks comprising an Odds + Ends LP, which stands as an essential document of Grave’s early era. Highlights include the mandolin imbued “Chinatown,” which sounds like it could be dubbed off a 1930’s silver screen soundtrack, and “Saving Face” — a seminal version of what would become Roll the Bones title cut. The crown jewel, however, may be a the first ever proper recording of the trifling love song “Late July,” a version that’s drastically different than the live rendition that’s racked 14 million views on YouTube.
My sister & I are HUGE Shakey Graves fans and I’d love to win and surprise her with these tickets. 🙂
He’s pretty special!!
Shakey!! I’d love to see him in Portland’s living room! One of my favorite live musicians out there
Jade Bird is opening! Wow!
I remember seeing Shakey Graves at Bunk Bar about 10 years ago when he was just a one man band. So great! I would love to fo see him at Pioneer Square.
How did I not know Shakey was in Oregon?! I’d LOVE to road trip up to see Shakey!
Biggest Shakey fan! This would be a dream!
I would love to take my sister!
Shakey and Jade! Me please!
This would make my whole summer to see!!
This would be a great night of live music and I’d love to attend.
I’d love a chance to see Shakey Graves live. Please pick me.
I’ve never been to a concert on the Square! This would be a fun one to attend!
What a treat this would be! Love this performer and such a unique venue.
He’s been on my to see list for a long time. Would love love love to win his show. I know he’s going to be even better live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)
Gonna be a real good time! I’d love to go!
Love them both!
A great show indeed.
I would love to see this show. Jade Bird is fantastic and Shakey Graves is one of my favorite musicians. Would love to see him [email protected]!
I love their music. I want to attend a concert!
Would love to go!
i love shakey graves!
Because I would like to watch and think about how far he would have traveled while forgetting all of those enemies and debts on this. CODEX ATLANTICUS, FOLIO 945R
A concert outdoors on a summer night sounds awesome. I would love to and have a few beers with a friend and listen to a great live band.
Jade Bird is unreal, should be a killer show.
The ol’ lady loves a great show and this band is on the top of her list. We need a good outing.
I just love blues music, and for my birthday I would love to hear music!
Shakey Graves is a fave!! Would love to go
We LOVE Shakey Graves! This would be a dream to go!
Dunno if I’m ready or not, but I’d prolly roll those bones ya know?
I am in need of a concert night with a friend.
Relive nostalgic memories of biking listening to Shakey!
I would love to see Shakey live!
Huge fan of Shakes and have never seen him live!
I’m shaking with excitement to see Shakey.
I’ve been wanting to see Shakey Graves for yearsss now.
Shakey graves is one of my favorite artists!
I would love free tickets to this show!
I would love free tickets to this show!