Win Tickets ($54): Big Head Todd And The Monsters @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Hazel Miller + Ronnie Baker Brooks, Funk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Big Head Todd And The Monsters @ Crystal Ballroom on March 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 28.

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From our sponsors:
Big Head Todd And The Monsters @ Crystal BallroomBig Head Todd And The Monsters
w/ Hazel Miller + Ronnie Baker Brooks
March 29, 2014
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $25 ADV / $27 Doors | 21+
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ ninth studio album Rocksteady finds the veteran Colorado band returning to their DIY roots and forging into surprising musical territory.

Funky, lilting, and melodic, Rocksteady features founding members Todd Park Mohr (lead vocals and guitars), Rob Squires (bass), and Brian Nevin (drums), with keyboardist, steel guitarist, and backup vocalist Jeremy Lawton, who joined The Monsters in January 2004. Lawton produced and mixed the album.

Rocksteady cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain. “Beautiful,” the set’s first single, offers a sunny Caribbean vibe, as does the band’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden,” long a concert staple. “Back to the Garden” and the homage “Muhammad Ali” pulse with a roots rock groove, while the set’s title track is based in the like-named, revved-up Jamaican style that preceded reggae’s arrival in the late ‘60s. “I Hate It When You’re Gone,” dressed with a full horn section, is blazing old-school R&B, while a version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning” is burning Chicago blues in a Monsters pocket.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s this cohesive and focused. That’s what makes it shine and stand out from our other albums.”

Rocksteady is the latest chapter in a rock ‘n’ roll career that stretches back nearly 25 years. Founded in 1986 by Mohr, Squires, and Nevin, then University of Colorado students, Big Head Todd and The Monsters became one of the region’s most popular acts through constant touring. After issuing two popular independent releases on their Big imprint, the band hooked up with Irving Azoff’s Giant Records for the platinum album Sister Sweetly (1993). The Monsters issued four chart albums on Giant and Warner Bros.

Their formidable reputation rests on their stage performances; Big Head Todd and The Monsters Live was recorded on the fabled H.O.R.D.E. tour. Over the years, the group has developed a close relationship with their fans: Their last album, All the Love You Need, was released as a free download, and was snapped up by half a million of The Monsters’ followers.

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34 Responses to Win Tickets ($54): Big Head Todd And The Monsters @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Hazel Miller + Ronnie Baker Brooks, Funk

  1. Roger March 17, 2014 at 10:30 #

    Oh man, yes!! I have been wanting to see BHTATM for a number of years now. Just have not had the opportunity when they have been in town. The new album is incredible and the Crystal will be the perfect place for these guys. Hope you pick me! Thanks for the chance PDX Pipeline.

  2. lynnette March 17, 2014 at 10:51 #

    Are you kidding me !!!!! I just had my old cd out the other day played it for house cleaning music !!!! Would love to go !!!

  3. Fred March 17, 2014 at 11:41 #

    Would absolutely love to win these tickets. I am a musician as well and love funk. My wife and I would be very excited to see and hear Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

  4. Meagan barcelona March 17, 2014 at 20:29 #

    Oh man big head Todd brings back GREAT memories! So glad they’re still around.

  5. Jen March 17, 2014 at 21:19 #

    Big Head Todd always a great show! My husband and I would love to win these tickets! Thank you PDX Pipeline for the chance!

  6. Tim March 18, 2014 at 13:07 #

    I have liked their music but not been able to make it to a show (funds).
    Free tickets would be NICE!

    p.s. thanks for all the cool giveaways PDX Pipeline is able to line up. About two years ago I won roller derby VIP tickets and we had the BEST TIME. You guys are awesome!

  7. Julie March 20, 2014 at 13:36 #

    I’ve been a fan for 20 years but have never seen BHTM live and would live to.

  8. Bruce March 20, 2014 at 14:53 #

    Would love to see this show! Saw Ronnie Baker Brooks at the Waterfront Blues Festival a few years ago with his dad Lonnie. Ronnie is a great guitarist just like his dad.Paired with Big Head
    Todd and The Monsters and Hazel Miller this should be an outstanding show!
    Thanks PDX PIPELINE!!

  9. Scott March 20, 2014 at 14:59 #

    Sounds like fun.

  10. Cory March 20, 2014 at 15:08 #

    Great Band from the 90s on up. Would love to take my father who is in town that weekend!!

  11. Mary Blue March 20, 2014 at 15:49 #

    Big Head Todd is such a great band! I’d love, love, love to go see them play… PLEASE pick me!!

  12. James March 20, 2014 at 16:32 #

    Yes I would like to go. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Alex March 20, 2014 at 17:14 #

    because it would be lovely!

  14. Rob March 20, 2014 at 18:29 #

    Would like to take a broke friend who is a big fan from way back!

  15. Mr Karl Michael Jacobson March 20, 2014 at 20:05 #

    Please and then thank you.

  16. Elsa March 20, 2014 at 20:07 #

    I haven’t seen this band since college. Ready to reminisce!

  17. Tomp March 20, 2014 at 22:54 #

    let’s go

  18. Sherri.mc March 21, 2014 at 09:48 #

    Its Alright…best song of the 90′s. Love to hear it live!

  19. Michele March 21, 2014 at 12:04 #

    It’s bittersweet more sweet than bitter…yo, I wanna surrender to Big Head Todd and The Monsters!

  20. Chris Bilsborrow March 22, 2014 at 13:23 #

    It would be so BITTERSWEET to win tickets to see Big Head Todd!

  21. Billie Jo Sharlow March 23, 2014 at 08:57 #

    I was first introduced to BHTATM in Colorado way back in the day and have followed their music since then, but have yet to see them! Would love to see them now.

  22. Barbara March 23, 2014 at 13:19 #

    Oh Oh Oh, pick me please! I truly love Big Head Todd and the Monsters. No puns about their song titles required. I just think they’re awesome.

  23. ashlee March 26, 2014 at 10:58 #

    ooooh, so much fun! I’d love to go! :)

  24. Dave G. March 26, 2014 at 18:44 #

    Make my head BIG! Luv me some of dem tickets!

  25. Andy March 26, 2014 at 21:55 #

    I lived in Denver for a few years, never got to see them in their hometown. I want to see them in my hometown!

  26. Linda L March 27, 2014 at 14:16 #

    would be a great show!

  27. Cory March 27, 2014 at 14:31 #

    BHT & Me

  28. Rebecca March 27, 2014 at 14:54 #

    Got a friend who’d like to go–would love to surprise him with tickets!

  29. Lorelee March 27, 2014 at 15:53 #

    Would love to go to this show! Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets!

  30. Kate March 27, 2014 at 17:12 #

    Ah! Would be such a fun time for my boyfriend and I. We love live music and this band rocks! Pick us! :)

  31. Tomp March 28, 2014 at 08:25 #

    awesome

  32. Nora Frala March 28, 2014 at 08:40 #

    Like a cloud with sun.

  33. free March 28, 2014 at 13:27 #

    i’m a big head todd fan… i love me some resignation superman.

  34. Angela Niday March 29, 2014 at 00:21 #

    When I realized they were going to be in town, tickets were sold out, and I was heartbroken. I’ve only been to a couple of concerts in my life. Big Head Todd and the Monsters were there for me when I lost my mom on April 3rd last year, and remind me of her so much. I would be so blessed to be given the opportunity to see them live, an experience I would never forget.

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