This is a past event.
When: Mon., Sept. 5, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $30
Remember those fresh-faced heartthrobs from Tulsa? You know, the ones with the song that went "MMMBop," and then 10 million screaming pre-teen girls were like "YESSSSSS! MMMBOP!" and the world was forever changed? Well, it appears the efforts of the brothers Hanson have not been thwarted due to premature success, and they'll be stopping in Portland on their Musical Ride Tour. As an attendee, you get to dictate which record they'll play and if you're anything like me, your pre-pubescent heart murmurs resurged at the very thought of hearing 1997's Middle of Nowhere in its entirety. However, much to our dismay, that album is not on the city's ballot, though 2010's Shout It Out is and honestly, it's not that bad. The songs clutch a '60s pop nostalgia and are carefully dabbed with soulful touches, thanks to horn arranger Jerry Hey (Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire) and Funk Brothers' bassist Bob Babbitt. Plus, all lyrics are comprised solely of tried-and-true English words; the boys have grown up indeed. RAQUEL NASSER

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