SOLD OUT: Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson – Tickets – Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR – July 16th, 2016

SOLD OUT: Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts

SOLD OUT: Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson

A Great Big World

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$30 - $60

SOLD OUT

This event is all ages

No outside food or beverage.

Only sealed water bottles permitted.
Rain or shine.
Valid for zoo admission day of show only.
No Refunds.

Phillip Phillips
Phillip Phillips
One of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home” announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records)—a platinum-selling album that shot to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’s widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year- old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips spent most of 2013 on the road – with Matchbox 20, his own college headline tour and most recently he brought his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour.

On The World from the Side of the Moon—a #1 debut on the Billboard Rock Album chart—Phillips channels his soulful spirit into acoustic-driven rock with an earthy yet high-energy sound. Produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Train, O.A.R.) and praised by Rolling Stone as “full of sweeping verses and uplifting power-pop hooks,” the album is mainly comprised of tracks written or co-written by Phillips over the past few years. Along with revealing his easy warmth as a songwriter, The World from the Side of the Moon showcases the dynamic guitar work Phillips has cultivated through careful studying of legends like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson
With his latest album, Matt Nathanson isn’t just saying Show Me Your Fangs — he wants to show you his fangs too. The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most darkly honest work yet, Show Me Your Fangs finds Nathanson digging deeper than ever before and sharing a powerful and modern-sounding set of new songs that are easily his sharpest and most biting to date. “My last album was called Last of the Great Pretenders, says Nathanson, “and it was my way of announcing that I was done holding back in my songs. I didn’t want to shade out any parts of myself anymore just because they might be seen as ugly or something people wouldn’t want to hear about. These days, as a writer, I’m really only interested in truth.”

On Show Me Your Fangs, the truth isn’t always pretty, but the album’s unflinching honesty and sonic freshness make it a welcome reintroduction to an artist dedicated to pursuing his own truth wherever it leads him. Indeed, one of the central songs on Show Me Your Fangs is entitled “Bill Murray”: a salute to the actor who Nathanson says represents “telling the truth and pulling no punches. He’s my North Star. If I am going to follow any path, I choose that one.” Yet Show Me Your Fangs is a dark ride with the emotional range to also include some of Nathanson’s most engaging and uplifting songs ever, such as the beautifully shimmering and soulful single “Gold In The Summertime” and the massively romantic and anthemic “Giants.”
A Great Big World
The magical journey of A Great Big World – Ian Axel and Chad King – began in the music practice rooms of NYU (New York University) where the two were attending college. In 2012, after a few twists and turns of fate, the friends formed A Great Big World and released a six-song EP funded by Kickstarter. It spawned the viral sensation "Everyone Is Gay" and "This Is the New Year," which was performed by the cast on Fox's Glee.

Soon after, Black Magnetic/Epic Records offered the duo a deal, and issued "Say Something" as their first official single in 2013. Its terse, tearful piano and Axel's heavenly hypnotic vocals tugged on heartstrings, and struck a chord. After hearing it during a pivotal segment of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, Christina Aguilera fell in love with the song. She collaborated with AGBW on a new recording of the track that they subsequently performed together on NBC's The Voice, which launched it to #1 on iTunes. More tv performances followed (The American Music Awards, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show), culminating with the song's release on AGBW's debut album, Is There Anybody Out There? (January 2014).

"Say Something" ultimately occupied the #1 spot on iTunes, Billboard's Digital Songs, Digital Tracks, Adult Top 40, and Hot Dance Club Songs charts, as well as Spotify and Shazam, in addition to going Top 10 on sales charts in 19 countries. After turning in a riveting performance at Clive Davis' prestigious annual pre-Grammy® party in January 2014, A Great Big World toured from May through August across the U.S. and Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

For the remainder of 2014, into 2015, A Great Big World was hard at work on new music that they were eager to present to their legions of fans across the globe. The release of "Hold Each Other" in July 2015 introduced the arrival of their second album When the Morning Comes last November. The band's newest single "Oasis" harkens back to the honest, sentimental songwriting found in "Say Something," and sets the stage for a new year full of touring.