Win Tickets ($60): Desaparecidos w/ Virgin Islands @ Crystal Ballroom | Reunited Rock Band feat. Conor Oberst

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Desaparecidos and Virgin Islands on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Crystal Ballroom. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 24. 

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From our sponsors at Crystal Ballroom:
Desaparecidos @ Crystal BallroomDesaparecidos w/ Virgin Islands
Sunday, August 26, 2012
8 p.m. doors | 9 p.m. show
All Ages | $20-$30
Purchase Tickets HERE

Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047 | More Info: www.mcmenamins.com

Desaparecidos is a rock band featuring Conor Oberst (vocals,guitar) Landon Hedges (bass guitar, vocals), Matt Baum (drums), Denver Dalley – (guitar) and Ian McElroy (keyboards). The band formed in 2001, released one album (2002’s Read Music/Speak Spanish), and broke up shortly thereafter. In 2010, Desaparecidos reunited to play The Concert for Equality in Omaha.

Last wave punks Virgin Islands have been making waves in their home city of Seattle and beyond since their inception in the fall of 2009. The band releases their debut full-length “Ernie Chambers v. God” on May 10th, 2011 via The Control Group. ECvG is a politically provocative and musically bold rock album, yes – album, with 11 socially charged manifestos that could be the perfect house music for the last party on earth, or the fight songs for your next revolutionary meeting. Arguably post punk and definitely postmodern, this record is an intense and sincere statement from a band that’s not afraid to buck the status quo, much like the man Ernie Chambers himself. Virgin Islands usher in the last wave of rock music with conviction and soul.

The band, consisting of lead singer and guitarist Michael Jaworski (formerly of The Cops), drummer Aaron Ball, bassist Charles Keller and guitarist Christopher Meyer have stumbled upon something rare in this world. They’ve found a channel to create rock music that is exciting, fun and completely relevant in modern times. Virgin Islands stand out in the sea of sameness and passionately carry the torch of politics and punk rock while delivering one sweaty rock show after the next. Ernie Chambers v. God could be party music for the apocalypse, or it may be what we need to lead us out of darkness.

Either way, the last wave of rock n’ roll never felt so good. Ernie Chambers v. God was recorded to tape over 8 days in November of 2010 and was co-produced by the band and Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Briefs, The Cute Lepers, Steve Turner).

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19 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Desaparecidos w/ Virgin Islands @ Crystal Ballroom | Reunited Rock Band feat. Conor Oberst

  1. Ashley August 22, 2012 at 15:53 #

    I discovered Desaparecidos shortly after they broke up and never had a chance to see them live. As a long time Bright Eyes fan, I would LOVE to go to this show!

  2. Sarah holbach August 22, 2012 at 16:52 #

    I have always wanted to see them live, and with my recent move to portland and lack of a job, i could reallllyyy use some free tickets. fingers crossed!

  3. Tyler Berg August 22, 2012 at 21:43 #

    I would like to attend because I love the song Greater Omaha! I love Conor Oberst with Desaparecidos, what a surprise that they are touring again. Sounds like a good show to get cozy and bring a friend.

  4. Joseph Keebler August 23, 2012 at 00:49 #

    I definitely need a night of music before the beginning of a new school year.

  5. Dan Schlegel August 23, 2012 at 12:38 #

    Ahh can’t believe they’re reunited!

  6. Brian August 23, 2012 at 14:00 #

    My wife and I have been listening to Desaparecidos since high school and never had a chance to see them live. Half of the shows I ever want to see come to Portland the second I head out on tour, myself. Help a brother out?

  7. Amit Gordon August 23, 2012 at 14:01 #

    Desaparecidos is by far my favorite Conor Oberst project. I would love to see them!

  8. Rachel S August 23, 2012 at 14:19 #

    I would love to see Desaparecidos live and thought I’d have to miss it since I’ll be out of town. Turns out I’ll be back Sunday in time for the show, and now all I need are tickets!

  9. Dylan August 23, 2012 at 15:06 #

    This is a one of a kind, special show that I’ve known about since before it was announced. I would really appreciate free tickets. Maybe if I cross my fingers hard enough…

  10. FRANK BYERS August 23, 2012 at 16:59 #

    Sounds interesting.

  11. James August 23, 2012 at 17:42 #

    Would love to go. Not sure if Conor is a genius or just weird. Would like to find out for myself.
    Thanks

  12. Sara Kelly August 23, 2012 at 19:19 #

    We would love to check out the new McMenamins hotel across the street!! This could be the perfect night to do it!

  13. Gene August 23, 2012 at 21:39 #

    I want to win the tickets for my husband, who is a huge fan of Desaparecidos and Conor Oberst, and also the best Dad in the whole world.

  14. Beth Martin August 23, 2012 at 21:49 #

    I saw Conor perform as Bright Eyes years back and he is a hell of a musician and performer. I’d love to see him with this band because Desaparecidos are so good and I never thought I’d be able to see them live! Thanks!

  15. Jenni August 23, 2012 at 22:40 #

    This could be epic. If you pick me I promise to tell my grandkids about it in 50 years.

  16. Debra August 24, 2012 at 07:35 #

    Looks like a great time! I say Conor is genius AND weird!

  17. Sr. Guerrero August 24, 2012 at 09:48 #

    What once was, again rises. With tickets my journey will be complete.
    …besides gotta have at least one brother at the show,and hombre soy BROKE.

  18. Jess August 24, 2012 at 19:20 #

    MY CAP LOCK IS STUCK ON, SO THERE GOES MY SERIOUSLY CONVINCING COMMENT. NOW I JUST LOOK LIKE OBNOXIOUS. I’D REALLY ACTUALLY LIKE TO SEE BOTH THESE BANDS, AND YEAH, I REMEMBER WHEN DESAPARECIDOS WERE STILL AN ACTIVE BAND…. EVEN THOUGH I WAS AN ANGSTY TEEN GIRL, I STILL PREFERRED THE POLITICALLY CHARGED LYRICS TO THE EMO-POP BULLSHIT, BUT IT STILL TURNED ME ON TO BRING EYES IN THE FIRST PLACE.

  19. Jodie August 25, 2012 at 14:24 #

    It’s been so long.

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