Ticket Giveaway: Drive-By Truckers and Booker T at the 9:30 Club on 31 December 2011

To celebrate the first full year of show listings here on ShowlistDC.com, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the Drive-By Truckers and Booker T at the 9:30 Club on 31 December. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite album released in 2011, and I’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday, 29 December at 6 PM Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry).

A little bit about the show: the Drive-By Truckers are a Southern rock band with a 15-year history (and an even longer pedigree: co-founder/songwriter Patterson Hood is the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood). They’re known for their excellent songwriting and booming three-guitar sound. They released their 9th studio album, Go-Go Boots, earlier this year, and they’re capping off a three-night stand at the 9:30 Club with this special New Years Eve show, where they’ll be performing with Booker T. Booker T is a longtime Memphis soul performer, whose band Booker T & the M.G.’s served as the Stax Records house band as well as scoring its own hits. Also performing will be the Alabama Shakes. This should be an awesome show with both old and new Southern bands– and there’s even a champagne toast at midnight.

If you’re still not convinced, here are some tunes you can listen to: the Drive-By Truckers’ “Working This Job“, the new Booker T song “Representing Memphis” (with Matt Berninger of The National and Sharon Jones), and the classic Booker T & the M.G.’s tune “Green Onions“. And there’s also this great article published last year in the Village Voice about the Truckers. But just trust us, this is going to be a fun night!

So leave a comment below telling me your favorite album released this year, and I’ll select a winner at random (via random.org) at 6 PM Eastern on Thursday, 29 December for this pair of tickets. I’ll contact you via email if you win, so be sure to use an email address you check regularly! (and again: it won’t be posted publicly when you comment below.)

And if you just can’t wait until then, note that tickets are available via ticketfly.com for $55 plus a $8.80 service fee and a $4 order processing fee, for a total of $67.80. Tickets can also be purchased at the 9:30 Club box office for a total of $56 (the club charges a $1 fee, even when purchasing with cash at the box office), any time the box office is open (12-7 PM M-F OR on show nights: 12-11 PM M-F, 6-11 PM Sat, and 6-10:30 PM Sunday).

Contest is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Debbie!

New blog on ShowlistDC.com

So after running ShowlistDC.com for over a year(!) now, I thought that it was time to make the site a little bit more interactive– or at least to have a little bit more text content besides just the recommended shows page. WordPress was remarkably easy to set up and configure and integrate into the site; in case anyone else is looking to do so, here are a few helpful pages I used along the way:

how to install WordPress (specifically, with my web host, 1and1.com)
WordPress’s tips for integrating WordPress into a web site
burnSEO’s tips for integrating WordPress into a web site
WordPress’s tutorial on theme development
• Setting up a gravatar

….and that’s all there was to it! I hope to be doing some cool stuff with this blog in the future, so start keeping an eye on this space!