By MATT CARTER // Norway's Aurora and L.A.'s Warpaint will kick off the 12th year of the concert series
Thursday December 1st will mark the kick-off of 94.7 Alternative Portland’s December to Remember concert series at Crystal Ballroom. For 12 nights (December 1st – 15th) the 12th installment of the series will feature a noteworthy mix of indie and rock acts plucked from the top of the station’s listener requests and playlists.
Unlike the holiday concerts of other radio station’s – likely conceived for a ratings spike from on-air ticket giveaways – December to Remember does have a giving purpose. Over the years the event has been affiliated with many charities. For the second year proceeds will be donated to Vitalogy, a public non-profit started in 2006 by the members of Pearl Jam and named after their 1994 album. This year Vitalogy has allotted $2 from every ticket towards Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Association Camp Oasis.
Tickets are still available for Thursday’s show which will feature Norwegian singer Aurora, whose first U.S. tour made a stop at Doug Fir last April. Direct support is L.A. indie-rock band Warpaint. Their recent single “New Song” has been in heavy rotation since their third album Heads Up dropped in September. Also on the bill is Foreign Air, a duo who gained a buzz last year with the single “Free Animal”. All shows are all-ages, and signs point to most of them selling out before show date.
Still available are tickets to the closing show that will feature singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs along with local act, Bed. The remaining nights – featuring names like Jimmy Eat World, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and the Heart, and Glass Animals – are already sold out.
If you aren’t one of the lucky ticket holders for December to Remember, but would still like some fun all-ages action with a charitable direction, there will be an afternoon show for kids on Sunday, December 7th at Crystal Ballroom. Grouplove will play, and proceeds will benefit the music in schools and scholarships program at the Oregon Hall of Fame.