Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #5: Norah Jones

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, 10:32 am by Ben Salmon

More tickets to give away!

This time, it’s two to see jazz/pop superstar Norah Jones, who’ll play Les Schwab Amphitheater on Aug. 15. Her new album, “Little Broken Hearts,” came out Tuesday, and it’s great. Stream it all for free at her website.

After that tough contest for Shins tickets, let’s make this one a bit easier: All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me the best concert you’ve seen this year or your favorite album of 2012 so far. If you’d like to elaborate on why you chose what you chose, please do! I would love to hear it. But you don’t have to.

Just make sure you leave a real email address and your comment by 5 p.m. Monday. That’s when I’ll pick a winner and get in touch!

And if you’d prefer, you can always buy Norah tickets here.

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23 Responses to “Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #5: Norah Jones”

  1. Ryan McMahon says:

    I’m loving Gotye right now. Hope I win.

  2. Ken N says:

    winterfest 2012 w/mo wo & the coup heatin up the chilly night!

  3. Jordan says:

    D.R.U.G.S. – That is my favorite show this year. “so far” It was in Portland at The Hawthorn Theatre in February, something like 6 bands on the listing. Most all were relatively newer bands that had no national exposure. Most were selling homemade CDs for $5.00. It was awesome to see and hear other bands just trying to make it. They sounded great and after the set they came and rocked out with the rest of us in the crowd. That’s what shows are all about for me. It’s not big labels and expensive t-shirts. It’s all about new music and local exposure.

  4. Travis Ehrenstrom says:

    The best show I’ve seen in 2012 has to be Wilco, at the Schnitz in Portland. I’ve been a Wilco fan forever and every time I see them, it’s a reinvigoration as to why I love music so much.

    This time through, Wilco and especially Jeff Tweedy seemed more excited and animated than ever. Jeff even mentioned the bands first gig in Portland, a ’93 show at Berbati’s Pan (I had to google it to believe it).

    The songs off of their new album translated incredibly well to the live setting. The band opened with my favorite track from their new record; One Sunday Morning, which was a mellow folk opus that grew into a metal shred fest that was over 15 minutes long. Proof that if you are as cool as Wilco, you can do whatever you want, and the crowd will love it.

  5. Pam says:

    The best concert for me this year was when my parents took us on a special once in a lifetime trip to Hawaii over spring break and we saw local artists…that’s a hard one to beat! If I win the tickets, I would give them to my parents so they can see Norah, whom they love. And my favorite album this year SO FAR is Amos Lee’s “As The Crow Flies” but that’s only because I haven’t had the chance to download Norah’s new one yet…I am sure it will be my new favorite as I’m loving Happy Pills already and listened to the free streaming earlier. Thanks for the chance to win tickets!

  6. Colleen says:

    Best show I’ve seen this year, for a variety of reasons, was Diego’s Umbrella at Player’s Bar & Grill (yes, Player’s). An incredible night!

  7. Brian says:

    Miike Snow at the Roseland in PDX. Amazing show and a sold out crowd!

  8. Viki says:

    Elvis Costello at Arlene Schnitzer last month was great!

  9. JC says:

    I haven’t been to one all this year, been busy working. Hope I can still enter with a last year one? I went to see Surfer Blood and MGMT at the US surf open in Huntington Beach California. That concert was EPICLY LEGEN… I hope your not lactose intolerance… DARY! The sun was up the girls everywhere, me and my bro went down south to see them in the summer of 2011. Surfer Blood opened first which got the crowd going. MGMT brought the house down lucky for us we were feet away from te stage!!! The sand literally moved under your feet from they’re electric sounds an bass. By the end of they show we were practically deaf with a grin on our face stuffing ourselves of IN-N-OUT. Go to YouTube and look for a video titled “MGMT left shoe” yeah… We threw out shoes on stage! We walked bare foot 2 miles to our car. I’m really hoping to go to a concert this year. :)

  10. Erika S says:

    I’ve only seen one concert this year and the venue was fantastic! It was a series of alternative artists that performed acoustically at the Doug Fir in Portland. The night was awesome, but not near as cool as the concerts I’ve seen at Les Schwab in Bend. Bendites really know how to party and being outside is my absolute favorite way to experience live music. Looking forward to (hopefully) seeing Norah live this summer for my 25th BIRTHDAY!! :) Her song “Come Away with Me” was our first dance song at our wedding 2 years ago!

  11. Cheryl Schadt says:

    Haven’t been to a concert yet this year, but my favorite new album is Tuskegee, by Lionel Ritchie & friends.

  12. Kimberly says:

    I took my 14 year old daughter and her best friend for their May birthdays to see Yonder Mountain String Band on April 20th here in Bend. She plays the fiddle and loves bluegrass music, especially this band. It was also both their first time at a concert which was very exciting.

    Unfortunately, although an all-ages show, given the date of the concert and the fan base, there was a lot of illegal activity going on and it tainted our evening and required an educational moment (or two or three) on drug use.

    My daughter is still excited to go to another concert, especially one where she can breathe fresh air, and not leave with bloodshot eyes. We love Norah Jones and checked on tickets, but the cost is just too much for me to afford. It would be wonderful to win them and be able to attend with my daughter. Yesterday was her birthday so this would be a great gift for her!

  13. Scott Halvorson says:

    Best album 2012 album so far, easily, Napalm Death’s Utilitarian. Their most experimental album in some time. Don’t listen to pretty much ever underground/grind nerd ever; what’s old school and done by originators isn’t always best. Younger bands like Wormrot, The Day Everything Became Nothing, Agenda Of Swine, Rotten Sound have left me quite optimistic about the future of grindcore, especially since 4 different continents are represented by that list, and yet, Napalm Death is still as fresh and potent as ever. Napalm Death, ladies and gentlemen, yaaaaay!!! (Sorry, can’t introduce a band in to a conversation without thinking of Kermit The Frog introducing acts on The Muppet Show. Can’t be helped.)

    Favorite show of the year so far was actually at the third street pub. Buncha death metal bands. The younger bands, The Entity and Embrace The Fear were fun and have potential. I’m interested in keeping an eye on The Entity, a sci-fi influenced band from Eugene. The big three though, Damage Overdose (Warm Springs) Season Of Suffering (Madras) and Omnihility. D.O.D. and S.O.S. rank honestly among my favorite death metal bands, not just local or unsigned. Been a fan of Damage overdose for a while, haven’t caught them in a while, was happy to see them again. Been wanting to see Season Of Suffering (Oregon death supergroup kinda, members of D.O.D., Desolation, Reeker) for a while, absolutely dig their Annihilation Race e.p., something always came up whenever they played, was super-stoked to finally see them. Omnihility was a surprise; technical death very much in the vein of Origin and Suffocation, hadn’t heard of them before, they were a big shocker, made me an instant fan. I can totally imagine any one of those 3 bands no Relapse Records or Earache as known touring bands on the death circuit.

    Hmmm… that was a pretty death / grind heavy post, but I would really be interested in catching Norah Jones.

  14. David Skelton says:

    Is this a trick question? My favorite album of the year is Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts. My favorite show of the year will be when I attend the Norah Jones concert gratis courtesy of Frequency… Simplicity and the truth go hand in hand!

  15. Kenneth Chard says:

    Norah Jones tickets, please

  16. Pam says:

    Ben….can I change my answer from Hawaiian music to when we saw Portland Cello Project at McMenamins…I forgot I took my daughter, who plays violin in her school orchestra. It opened her eyes to what is possible. Favorite album is still Amos Lee’s As the Crow Flies (though I now have Norah’s new album now and am just getting into it), and I would still give the Norah Jones tickets to my 80 year old parents who just love her. Thank you!!

  17. Sharon Jensen says:

    Well I have not been to an actual concert yet this year but I suspect imy favorite would be Norah Jones. I absolutely love her new cd! I have tickets to see Asleep At The Wheel at the Tower, which should be awesome as I’ve seen them several times since the late 1970′s and they have always been a great show. Love their music, have a bunch of their albums. I also have several albums/cd’s of Norah Jones, including one of the Little Willies, she is an amazing singer & piano player, I love her voice & would love to win tickets to see her live in Bend!!! Thank you!!
    Sharon Jensen

  18. Abby Edwards says:

    My favorite album of 2012 is by the singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Old Ideas album is a great album released early this year where he filters these gifts of poetry and keen observation through his bruised,romantic outlook,into a fully formed album. The only concert I have seen this year was the great Glove and the Special Sauce here in Bend. I love his show and great energy that flows.

  19. David Holland says:

    Although not a “new” album for 2012 – the 2012 album I’m licensing to is License to Ill and Check Your Head. A huge shout out to Adam – a great visionary and a band that just lived to the beat of their own drum. Peace Beasties. And yes – one can enjoy both a Beastie Boy album and then alternate with Norah Jones :)

  20. Stefanie Swannack says:

    Erik Hutchinson has a great new album – love it!

  21. Alyssa says:

    RADIOHEAD!!!! Saw them at the Key Arena in Seattle last month. Breathtaking, mesmerizing, mind shifting, body moving, life changing!!!

  22. Jan McMeen says:

    I have not been lucky enough to see a concert since George Strait was in Pdx, but has anyone been watching Idol. I would give anything to see “Jacob” in concert. I love Nora Jones music and style, she has been a favorite of mine she she came out.

  23. Ben Salmon says:

    Congrats to our winner: Pam! Pam, I’m going to email you right now.

    Also, you guys stop me next time I think I want to do a contest. It is just too hard to pick a winner from all the great entries, and I’m *not* just saying that. As with the Shins contest, I’m going to see if I can come up with a prize or two for a couple other people. No promises, but I’ll see what I can do.

    Thank you all for reading and entering!

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