Win Tickets ($100): An Evening with Keller Williams @ Aladdin Theater | Bluegrass, Folk, Alternative Rock

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to see Keller Williams at the Aladdin Theater on Friday, April 12, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 12.

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From our sponsors:
Keller Williams @ Aladdin TheaterKeller Williams
April 12, 2013
8 p.m. doors | 9 p.m. show
$23 advance | $25 door | 21+
Purchase Tickets HERE

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694 | More Info: www.aladdin-theater.com

Most artists would bristle at the term self-indulgent, but Keller Williams often invokes it in describing his own approach to music. To Williams, being self-indulgent means creating music that satisfies him—if he likes what he’s produced, he figures, then his audience is more likely to embrace it too. If he’s not happy with it, why would they be? And so, when Williams describes his first-ever all-covers collection, the amusingly titled Thief, as “self-indulgent, like all of my albums,” that signifies not an inwardly pointed diss but a thumbs-up from one of the most tireless musical seekers around.

Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel—Thief is a sequel to the trio’s 2006 collaboration Grass, and to those of us on the receiving end, there’s nothing self-indulgent about it. If anything, it’s about as accessible and welcoming a record as Keller’s ever made. Granted, Thief does require a certain amount of blind faith on the part of the listener: This is, after all, an album that includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up, from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes it). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, yup, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams’ music.

“I’m a music lover first, a musician second and a songwriter third,” Williams says, “so a covers record is a natural progression for me. I love writing songs and I love performing my songs—almost all of them. But I go out and do about 120 shows a year, and I just can’t write enough to play new songs all the time. There are always different cover songs to learn though; just flipping around on the radio, next thing you know you’ve got a song stuck in your head. If you change it around and play it completely differently, it sounds like a whole new song.”

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42 Responses to Win Tickets ($100): An Evening with Keller Williams @ Aladdin Theater | Bluegrass, Folk, Alternative Rock

  1. Sian April 8, 2013 at 10:46 #

    Sounds like a swanky affair!

    • Lynn April 11, 2013 at 17:54 #

      My husband and I would love these tickets!

    • Emily April 11, 2013 at 19:06 #

      Hi! It would be great to win tickets to the show tomorrow! My friend is flying up from San Fransisco and we are planning to start our night at the Aladdin. (He is flying standby so we haven’t gotten tickets yet just in case…)

  2. Emma April 9, 2013 at 02:51 #

    yes please!

  3. Aimee Franklin April 9, 2013 at 06:31 #

    I this he is extreemly creative and would live the experence to see this show!

  4. Travis April 9, 2013 at 18:04 #

    Have been enjoying Keller’s music for a number of years now and have always heard that he puts on a great live show. Would love to get to see him, but whoever does get the chance will be sure to have a great time!

  5. Ian April 9, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Sounds interesting, I’d be in!

  6. Toby April 9, 2013 at 20:21 #

    I would love to have these tix and share the moment with my wife!

  7. Mike Snyder April 10, 2013 at 08:31 #

    I love Keller Williams! Please pick me to win tickets. Thank you for the offer!

  8. Erica April 10, 2013 at 10:23 #

    Just because I love the Aladdin.

  9. Lin April 10, 2013 at 10:25 #

    Ooooooh my roommate will be thrilled if I take her to watch this concert. She loves Keller Williams.

  10. Grafton April 10, 2013 at 12:40 #

    I’d loveeee to see Keller Williams!

  11. Marcus April 10, 2013 at 21:09 #

    To hear Kidney In A Cooler.

  12. Aaron Levinson April 11, 2013 at 00:16 #

    I love Keller!!!

  13. grizwald April 11, 2013 at 12:02 #

    I’ll be that freaker right by the speaker

  14. Jessica S. April 11, 2013 at 12:29 #

    Love me some Keller and I’m dying to see him again. And hear Freeker!

  15. Briana April 11, 2013 at 13:05 #

    I love Keller :)

  16. Cory April 11, 2013 at 14:41 #

    Keller Rocks, He is the Bees Knees!!!!

  17. Nick April 11, 2013 at 14:44 #

    YES!!!!!!

  18. James April 11, 2013 at 14:45 #

    Seems like the perfect date night for 2…. or even simply for 1….

  19. Andrwe April 11, 2013 at 14:50 #

    Never miss a KW show. Love it if you could pick me out of you magic hat. Gatecrashers suck. That is all.

  20. Bob April 11, 2013 at 15:03 #

    K-dub rocks and rubs the Lamp!

  21. Brady April 11, 2013 at 15:54 #

    I really enjoy Keller, and I have been a fan since a buddy showed me his music in 2007 when I was in high school. Also I have never been to the Aladdin theater, and I would love to bring the girlfriend out for some drinks and a great time.

  22. Roddy Jasa April 11, 2013 at 16:33 #

    I can only play 0 instruments

    • josh April 11, 2013 at 16:34 #

      So much fun!

  23. Amanda April 11, 2013 at 16:47 #

    Well, I haven’t missed a Portland show Keller since his first and I don’t plan to yet. Two pairs of tickets, huh? PDX Pipeline: You are the greatest. Awesome musical giveaway choice!

    BTW – I dig your write up on Keller but did you know that this show is extra special? Keller plans to play the Grateful Dead on the keys. He recently released this albumn and I believe he’ll be doing it straight through. Yummy! :-)

  24. Lindsay_E April 11, 2013 at 16:50 #

    I LOVE his music and would be so awesome to go!

  25. Anne April 11, 2013 at 17:17 #

    Real estate AND music? Suh-weet!

  26. max April 11, 2013 at 17:20 #

    Keller!! Will be Amazing!!

  27. Tim April 11, 2013 at 17:28 #

    Dig Keller. Yet to see him live.

  28. Roy Nifoussi April 11, 2013 at 17:56 #

    Keller Williams is great.

  29. Robin April 11, 2013 at 18:25 #

    This sounds like the perfect way to spend the eve of my anniversary. I am looking for something new to do because I am only weeks away from finalizing a rough divorce and this Saturday is our 17th anniversary. It would be great to see a terrific concert instead of watching a stupid chick flick with a box of kleenex.

  30. Jennifer April 11, 2013 at 18:33 #

    I’d love to win tickets to see Keller because he’s super talented, plays an awesome one man show as if he’s a full band and he’s super cute to watch. Thanks for this opportunity.

  31. Lisa April 11, 2013 at 19:40 #

    I need a night out and this band is incredible!

  32. J-dizzle April 11, 2013 at 19:44 #

    Bluegrass?? I prefer green grass…. Or purple :) For sho. Yo.

  33. liza russ April 11, 2013 at 21:27 #

    really wanna do something fun

  34. Lily April 11, 2013 at 21:51 #

    I love bluegrass and Keller is one of my very most favorites! I wasn’t able to catch his set at String Summit a few years back because I was working my volunteer shift! I would love to catch this booty-shaking foot stompin’ good time :)

  35. Ben April 12, 2013 at 01:45 #

    Keller Williams is the MAN! He is an amazing musician that I have yet to have seen! I honestly listen to him all the time, and he always brings about the good vibrations when his music plays! I Would love it so much if I could take my girl out this weekend and go dancing and have a great time freakin next to the speaker!! I have been goin to school full time and this would be a great a great way to get out and cut loose! Wooo Portland loves Keller Williams!!

  36. Jeremy Russell April 12, 2013 at 10:33 #

    Nice website… I love free tickets!

  37. emily mitchell April 12, 2013 at 12:11 #

    I love live shows at the Aladdin. Pick me pick me! EM

  38. Bret April 12, 2013 at 13:07 #

    Keller Williams rocks! I’ve never been to a show at the Aladdin; time to change that?

  39. Tim April 18, 2013 at 14:38 #

    I think this would be a fabulous way to spend the eve.

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