Beth Orton is coming to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, 7 August, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what song you’d most want to hear her perform, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 18 July at midnight 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 and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!
Beth Orton is a folk/folktronica singer-songwriter from England who started her career with collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers but soon transitioned to her own solo releases, starting in 1996 with Trailer Park, which featured the haunting “She Cries Your Name” and a cover of Phil Spector/the Ronettes’ “I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine”. She followed that up a few years later with Central Reservation, whose song “Stolen Car” I actually remember getting some radio air play back in the late 1990s. After a few more albums, Orton went quiet for six(!) years, finally releasing a new album last year, Sugaring Season, which I liked quite a lot (you can read my review of this album in the Washington Post, here). We’ve included a few videos from that new album (as well as her old hits) at the bottom of this post.
Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes will open this show; she’s released four solid albums, the most recent of which came out in 2010 (so hopefully she’ll be playing some new tunes at this show!).
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If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $25, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.