TVD Ticket Giveaway: Joe Jackson at
the Music Centre at Strathmore, 9/15

“Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street . . . ”

Now, has there ever been a more compelling and stunningly accurate opening line to a song (and career) in the annals of songwriting? Me thinks . . . not.

From that opening salvo, Joe Jackson became a fixture in my record collection. From snide new wave/punker, detached groover, big band leader, instrumentalist, world music aficionado, pop star, recording innovator, film arranger—the ebb and flow of his muse has schooled me and brought to bear a perspective and worldliness I may not have achieved otherwise.

To hit the point home, TVD HQ is in possession of every Joe Jackson LP, including a factory sealed, file copy for at least the initial 8 or 9 releases in his catalog. Joe’s autobiography, A Cure for Gravity (ours is autographed, natch) is one hell of a read as well.

Joe’s back with The Duke a (hornless!) tribute to the late, great Mr. Duke Ellington, and a tour in support of the release wends its way to the Duke’s hometown, Washington, DC. (OK, right – he’s playing at the Strathmore just outside of DC and sure, sure – this writer thinks The Howard would have been a better venue . . . )

Nitpicks aside, we have a pair of tickets to award to one of you!

Enter to win a pair of tickets for Saturday night’s (9/15) show at the Music Centre at Strathmore by sharing in the comments below the band or artist who has had a singular influence on your tastes and/or record collection.

The one winner who puts my Joe Jackson obsessiveness to shame wins the pair of tickets. We’ll chsoose our winner at noon on Friday, 9/14!

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  • Todd

    I may have been late in finding about U2 in 1984 but the passion of Pride (In The Name of Love) hooked me. Their passion for politics and music history has been an inspiring ride for me Where The Streets Have No Name.

  • Mike

    System of a Down. Metal for me started with them.

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