Win Tickets ($38): Strand of Oaks @ Aladdin Theater | Folk, Rock, w/ Pat Finnerty

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Strand of Oaks @ Aladdin Theater on May 19. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 16.


From our sponsors:
Strand of Oaks
May 19, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $19 | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

*Proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test required for entry. Details here*

w/ Pat Finnerty

To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved on the eighth studio album from Strand of Oaks. A stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment, In Heaven is a triumph in music making, and a preeminent addition to the Strand of Oaks discography.

In late 2018, Showalter’s wife, Sue, lost her mother in a car accident. Soon after, Stan, the cat they both adored, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Showalter quit drinking so he could take better care of his wife and help rebuild the life they shared. And within months, they decided to pack up and move across the country from Philadelphia to Austin, Texas. It was an irrational decision made at the height of a terrible time, but it’s one that shaped so much of what In Heaven is about.

In Heaven was recorded in October 2020 with Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles. Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) is featured on guitar throughout the record, while James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) contributed vocals and guitar for “Easter.” Bo Koster (MMJ, Roger Waters) provided keyboards, Cedric LeMoyne (Alanis Morrissette, Remy Zero) bass, Scott Moore violin, and Ratterman monstrous drums. Showalter also played a lot of synth on this record, which he hasn’t done since 2014’s HEAL. With clean sounds, Jeff Lynne-esque acoustics, and sophisticated songwriting, he approached In Heaven in a more poised and pop-leaning way than his past releases.

“I wanted to strive for something greater than what I thought I was capable of.”

Pairing smart, imaginative lyrics and striking arrangements, tracks like “Carbon” and its magnificent violin stand out, as does “Sister Saturn” with its funky, sinuous groove, and the sublime “Horses at Night,” which features one of Showalter’s most exquisite melodies to date. There’s also a discernible current running through In Heaven of homage to some notable losses in music—John Prine, Jeff Buckley, and Jimi Hendrix all play a part—for In Heaven is about moving beyond sadness or anger to a state of gratitude that we ever had these people to begin with. And while every song provides some clue to Showalter’s personal heaven, the jubilant “Jimi and Stan” says it all, wherein Hendrix and his beloved cat Stan are hanging out, going to shows, and looking at stars together.

And as our musical odyssey ends in the warm embrace of “Under Heaven,” the weight of everything Showalter has manifested—the beauty, and the sadness, and the immensity of it all—hits with tremendous impact. But any sense of hopelessness or melancholy yields to a different feeling entirely, just as he intended. Perhaps we’re feeling stronger, more prepared for something. Or maybe it’s just a reminder: call your parents, text your friends, hug your pets. Listen to your favorite records. And think about what it means to be alive.




  1. Carol Trekas on April 14, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I just need a good night out of good music. Bottom line.

  2. Rb. on April 14, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Pick me! I loved Strand of Oak’s last record

  3. Bowe on April 19, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Saw them years ago here in Portland and would LOVE to see them again this tour💗

  4. Dave G. on April 20, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Never seen Strand of Oaks, but I’d love to after my homie told me about them! And bring him, too!

  5. mia on April 26, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Me please!

  6. Carol L Trekas on April 28, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I’d love to take my hubby to this.

  7. Eva on April 29, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Visiting from South Africa! What a great experience this would be!

  8. Danielle on May 3, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a great show!

  9. Maggie on May 10, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Sounds great

  10. YB on May 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I’d love to go!

  11. Austin Walker on May 10, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Would love the chance to get my friend out of the house for some good music!

  12. Carol Trekas on May 10, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like a nice time out to have some fun.

  13. Chris W on May 10, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    I really enjoy strand of oaks and would love to hear them live.

  14. Carol trekas on May 12, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Would love to take my husband.

  15. Kaeli Plaks on May 13, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    My friend just introduced me this guy. I would love to take her with me as a surprise!!!

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