Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band – Tickets – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – March 21st, 2013

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

True West Presents at the Crystal Ballroom

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Lake Street Dive

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR

$27.50 adv/ $30.00 dos

This event is all ages

Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter
The Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, was released on March 5 on Pytheas Recordings. Of the record, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”
The new album follows Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away, of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away,” while the Boston Globe praised, “quite sensational…marks the finest music he has made.”

In 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times Best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime . . . This is the work of a gifted novelist.”

Following a sold-out spring 2013 tour, this upcoming acoustic tour presents Ritter’s songs stripped down, intimate, and close up.
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive
"How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and
irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive
are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop
obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns
openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet
proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist
Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding
guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a
myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues: solid, evocative song craft; propulsive grooves; and Price’s disarming, forthright vocals. However, it’s a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds: a sinewy Motown bass line is reborn with woody heft on Kearney’s upright, Calabrese’s drumming mixes time keeping with more adventurous jazz-inflected outbursts, McDuck’s nimble trumpet is an unexpectedly warm counterpoint to Price’s singing. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own.