Thanksgiving Throwdowns

Thanksgiving Throwdown

No matter how 2016 has treated you, there’s plenty to be thankful for, like these Thanksgiving weekend shows near you. The events below have been handpicked by our expert in-house curators, who know how to shake some serious turkey leg. So go out there and give it up to the live entertainment gods!


11.25: Minnesota – The Independent, SF ($21+)

11.25: Trus’me, Chvck., Petko Nikolov – Monarch, SF ($10+)

11.25: Vienna Teng – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley ($38+)

11.25: Rising Appalachia – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz ($23+)

11.25: The Spinners – Yoshi’s, Oakland ($39+)

11.26: Booka Shade – The Midway ($30+)

11.26: Borgore – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, Berkeley ($30+)

11.26: Eliza Skinner – Doc’s Lab, SF ($15+)

11.27: A San Francisco Tribute to Leonard Cohen feat. Conspiracy of Beards – The Chapel, SF ($14+)



11.25: Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World – The Bell House, Brooklyn ($15+)

11.25: Anthony da Costa – Rockwood Music Hall, NYC ($12+)

11.25: Robert Randolph and the Family Band present Funksgivin’ Jam – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn ($25+)

11.26: Homeshake – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn ($12+)

11.26: Chucho Valdes, Joe Lovano Quintet – Birdland, NYC ($50+)

11.26: NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off – The Bowery Ballroom, NYC ($14+)

11.27: Ween – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

11.27: Mike Brown & Griffin Newman – Union Hall, Brooklyn ($10+)

11.27: Hard Femme ft. Mr Twin Sister, Sateen, Neocamp, Sandflower – Mercury Lounge, NYC ($10+)



11.25: Dream Panther – The Hi Hat ($7+)

11.25: Booka Shade – Exchange LA ($10+)

11.26: No Man – iO West Theater ($10+)

11.26: Bootie LA: Dranksgiving! – Echoplex ($5+)

11.27: Neil Hamburger LIVE – The Satellite ($8+)

11.27: Rachel Mason and the Starseeds – Bootleg Theater ($7+)



11.25: CFM – The Hideout ($10+)

11.26: Wax – Subterranean ($15+)

11.26: Jim James – Riviera Theatre ($35+)

11.26: Natalia LaFourcade – The Portage Theater ($35+)

11.26: Farris Wheel Thanksgiving | Gene Farris – Spybar (Free before midnight, $10+ after)

11.27: Ulcerate – Reggies Rock Club ($15+)

Grub, then club: The ‘fly’s take on Thanksgiving 2015


Bring on the turkey, cranberry sauce and awkward dinner conversations—Thanksgiving is here. While we’re all about family here at the ‘fly, we know that the house can get a little cramped around this time (and we know how much of a drag it is to explain why you’re single at 30 a dozen times). Need a break from Cousin Eddie? We’ve got your back.

This holiday, be thankful for these awesome live shows taking place throughout the country during Thanksgiving weekend.

New York

11.25: The 2nd Annual Phunksgiving featuring Dumpstaphunk & Fishbone with special guests – The Capitol Theatre; Port Chester ($30+)

11.25: Robert Randolph and The Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl; Brooklyn ($20+)

11.28: Tiga – Output; New York ($20+)

11.28: Andy Kindler – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($12+)

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Ticketfly Acquires WillCall to Reimagine Live Events


This is an exciting day for Ticketfly. I am very happy to announce that we have acquired WillCall, an amazing concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce app for iOS and Android.

We’ve been friends and business partners with the WillCall folks for some time now, and are big fans of what they do. The WillCall app offers one of the best event discovery and commerce experiences we’ve come across, allowing fans to purchase and share tickets with just a few taps on a mobile phone. WillCall is best known for its curated list of concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Their latest innovation leverages beacon technology to let fans open bar tabs on their phones with a single swipe as they enter the venue, and close out at the end of the night by simply walking out the door. Think Uber for drink ordering.

Ticketfly and WillCall have a shared passion for improving the event-going experience for fans. But fans won’t be the only ones to benefit from Ticketfly and WillCall joining forces. WillCall has some great tools for venues and event promoters as well, including a simple and intuitive iPad-based point of sale system, which integrates seamlessly with its bar tab functionality. Over time the WillCall POS will integrate tightly with the Ticketfly platform. We believe that the melding of concessions and ticketing data is crucial to helping promoters better understand their customers and reward loyalty.

The way people experience live events in the future will be very different than in the past. The phone will play a big part in that. Ticketfly has been a leader in mobile event discovery and ticketing for years. Nearly half of the traffic to and the 500 mobile-optimized websites we power on behalf of our partners originates from mobile devices. WillCall will be yet another tool in our mobile arsenal.

The combination of WillCall’s innovative mobile technology and Ticketfly’s broad network of leading independent venues, promoters and festivals will be powerful, and one that will accelerate innovation for fans and promoters alike. This partnership will lay the foundation for a frictionless show-going experience, and help us to continue to transform the way people experience live events.

Andrew Dreskin Co-founder and CEO, Ticketfly

Read more in Fast CompanyTechCrunch, The Next WebHypebot, and Pollstar.

Ticketfly Tours: MØ, Real Estate, Bear in Heaven, and Soulja Boy


Coming soon to a Ticketfly venue near you… , Real EstateBear in Heaven, and Soulja Boy!

Karen Marie Ørsted (born ’88 in Odense, Denmark), better known by her moniker MØ, is a singer-songwriter with an electropop sound and vibe similar to Grimes, Twin Shadows, or AlunaGeorge. MØ first made an impact on the music scene when she lent her vocals to Swedish producer Avicii’s “Dear Boy” in 2013. Her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, was released in February 2014.

MØ – XXX 88 | Listen for free at

9.22: 9:30 Club ▴ Washington, DC
9.26: Union Transfer ▴ Philadelphia, PA
10. 1: Varsity Theater ▴ Minneapolis, MN
10.16: The Regent ▴ Los Angeles, CA
10.21: Wonder Ballroom ▴ Portland, OR

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Real Estate

This Jersey-bred indie rock group is made up of Titus Andronicus‘ Martin Courtney, Etienne Duguay (who also records as Predator Vision), Alex Bleeker, and Matthew Mondanile, also of Ducktails. The foursome played together in bands — including a Weezer cover band — during high school, but didn’t become Real Estate until 2008. Check out their latest album, Altas, with hit-single, “Talking Backwards.”

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7.20: Pitchfork Music Festival ▴ Chicago, IL
7.26: Main Stage at SSFCU ▴ Denver, CO
8.2: Gundlach Bundschu Winery ▴ Sonoma, CA
8.3: The Catalyst ▴ Santa Cruz, CA
8.4: Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub ▴ Sacramento, CA
9.19: Cat’s Cradle ▴ Carrboro, NC
9.20: 40 Watt Club ▴ Athens, GA
9.24: Zanzabar ▴ Louisville, KY
10.1: The Altar Bar ▴ Pittsburgh, PA

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Ticketfly Canada GM Bruce Morrison Honored in Canadian Ticketing Community


Our very own GM of Ticketfly Canada, Bruce Morrison, was recently granted the Richard Carter Lifetime Achievement award at the Ontario Professional Ticketing Association’s (OPTA) annual meeting.

OPTA is an organization of around ~120 members of Bruce’s long-time peers and colleagues in the Canadian ticketing community. Prior to joining Ticketfly, Bruce ran ticket sales at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto. Bruce also worked as an executive at Ticketmaster Canada for 13 years and served as director of ticketing for Concert Productions International, working with artists like the Rolling Stones, The Who, Barbra Streisand, and Genesis.

Congratulations, Bruce! We’re so happy to have you on the team. 


Ticketfly Tours: Phox, Future, and Uh Huh Her

PHOX Press with logo

Whether you like indie rock or gangster rap, we have tickets to a ton of shows across the nation (and in Canada!). Here are some of the hottest tours of the summer… Find a show near you!


PHOX is a six-piece indie/psychedelia/soul/rock band of long-time friends from Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their performance at the iTunes Festival last year in London really put them on the map, and now they’re picking up serious steam in the underground indie scene. PHOX’s self-titled debut LP will be released on June 24, 2014.

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6.25: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6.28: Three Links – Dallas, TX
6.30: The Western – Scottsdale, AZ
7.1: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
7.3: The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
7.5: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
7.6: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
7.9: Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
7.18: Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
7.19: The Hamilton – Washington, DC
7.21: The Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
8.7: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
8.8: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

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Ticketfly Tours: The War on Drugs, Chromeo, and YelaWolf


Spring is in full-bloom, and festival season is officially upon us. The best concerts are popping up all over the country, so it was tough to pick only three artists for this month’s Ticketfly Tours. We honed it down the The War on Drugs, Chromeo, and Yelawolf. Whether you’re into indie-rock, funk, or hip hop, we’ve got a show near you:


Philadelphia indie-rock band, The War on Drugs, is making major waves with their most recent release Lost in the Dream (released March 2014 on Secretly Canadian) and two hour live sets this tour. With Don Henley-esque vocals and hints of Dylan, Petty, and Springsteen, The War on Drugs’ new, energetic sound earned them an 8.8 Pitchfork review, and they’ve already hit the #26 spot on the Billboard 200 charts.

4.7: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
4.8: Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
4.10: Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
4.13: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
4.14: The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
4.15: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
4.14: The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
4.18: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

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Ticketfly Tours: Chance the Rapper, NO, & Chiodos


In the next few months, Chance the Rapper, NO, and Chiodos are coming through tons of Ticketfly venues all over the US and Canada. Whether you sway or mosh, we’ve got tickets to the shows you want to see in this month’s edition of Ticketfly Tours:



Chance the Rapper is an independent 19-year-old rapper from Chicago. So far, he’s released two (completely free on Datpiff) mixtapes, Acid Rap and 10 Day, and fans are already anticipating more work out of this up and comer. He’s been in the studio with Twista, Childish Gambino, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and many of rap’s greats, so Mr. Bennett is frankly becoming hard to ignore.

3.22: Hill Auditorium – Ann Arbor, MI
4.17: Brooklyn Bowl LV – Las Vegas, NV
5.2: JMBLYA 2014 – Dallas, TX
5.3: JMBLYA 2014 – New Braunfels, TX
5.21-22: Buku Art & Music Project – New Orleans, LA

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#NP at Ticketfly HQ

Ticketfly employees are always looking for new music and the next show to attend. We’re a bunch of music freaks and geeks, and we love to share our favorites. Here’s some of the music we’re enjoying, from Maya Jane Coles to M.I.A.. Listen up!

Name: Jamie
Department: Customer Support
Now Playing: Maya Jane Coles – “Everything” (feat. Karin Park)
Next upcoming show: RuPaul at The Regency Ballroom (2/9)
Most recent album purchase: Phantogram – Voices (comes out on 2/18)
Favorite lyrics or random fact: I love cozy socks and going out to breakfast.


Name: Eddie
Department: Marketing
Now Playing:  Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Next upcoming show: The Pizza Underground @ Neck of the Woods
Most recent album purchase: M.I.A. – Matangi
Favorite lyrics or random fact: I just wanna do hoodrat stuff with my friends.


Name: Jon
Department: Client Services
Now Playing:  Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
Next upcoming show: Viva Phoenix FestivalMarch 7th
Most recent album purchase: Frankie Rose Interstellar & Herein Wild on vinyl!
Favorite lyrics or random fact: I was in an elevator once that got stuck between floors backstage at a concert comprised of Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, and Gang of Four. Chuck D from PE was pounding on the doors to get help because they had to go on stage in a few minutes. They lowered a chair into the elevator so we could climb up and out onto the floor right outside PE’s dressing room.

Name: Gene “Bean” Bae
Department: Customer Support
Now Playing: Henry Rollins show on KCRW, Solid Gold Hell on WFMU, pledge breaks on KQED
Next upcoming show: Rocket From The Crypt 3/28 at the Independent is my next big one. But hey! Free RSVP tix to Bl’ast 2/18 at the Chapel is pretty awesome.
Most recent album purchase: I think it was field recordings of racecars at the 24 Hours of LeMans from the ’60s. That or the Boomtown Rats – The Fine Art of Surfacing
Favorite lyrics or random fact: I once heard Johnny Rotten say in an interview: “I don’t go around lecturing, I just do it.” There’s a philosophy for life right there.


Full-time Ticketfly employees benefit from a yearly “Shows on Us” fund to reimburse the cost of buying tickets to events. Enjoy the show, guys!