Pretty Little Empire at the Sheldon Ballroom: Win Tickets, T-Shirts and Vinyl [Update with Winners]

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The new PLE t-shirt logo! It comes in brown as well.
This Friday, July 8th, the Sheldon Ballroom hosts a fantastic local lineup: Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine, Kentucky Knife Fight and Pretty Little Empire -- recent RFT Music Award winners and damn fine bands all.

Pretty Little Empire -- which will headline the show -- has put together a couple prize packages for us to give you. They include: Two tickets to Friday's show, a copy of the band's debut album, Sweet Sweet Hands on vinyl, and a t-shirt featuring a brand-new design by Annie Martineau. Contest rules below.

Update, 7/7/11: Congratulations, Nicky and Lando! Details for collecting your winnings have been sent to your email. Thanks to everyone who commented -- a testament to an especially fervent fan base. See you at the show!

This band is one of the most respected live acts in St. Louis, and for good reason: Each show incites sing-alongs and visible relief on the faces in the audience, and on good nights the experience is something like rapturous. To win: tell us, in the comments below, what your favorite PLE show was and, briefly, why. If you're struggling to nail something down, we will also accept favorite song.

A few notes:

-Winners will be selected subjectively, based on which submissions we like the best. Please include a way we can contact you in your comment.

-The contest will close at 5 p.m. Thursday (also known as tomorrow).

-You must go to the show on Friday to collect your prize, obviously.




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Robquiason
Robquiason

Already got my tickets but one of my favorites was the Harvest Sessions at Tower Grove Farmers Market. A few great toned down numbers really showed the range of the boys. "Reasons are Wrong" and "Wrong Kind of Feeling" were particular numbers that stood out.

Court L. Sloger
Court L. Sloger

My favorite PLE show was in the basement of a house in West County, off Dougherty Ferry Road. It had one of those plush carpeted basements that were the envy of every kid, complete with a mirrored bar and cement floor storage nooks. Friends of the home's owners, PLE played a late night set after the Jump Starts (first time I had seen them perform) and the first time I met Sarah. Pretty Little Empire went on after the small crowd had their fill of Nora's sandwiches and chocolate-covered tortilla chips with strawberry salsa. The low ceiling, carpeted floors, and warm pink and blue back lighting made the whole show very intimate, with Sarah dancing open-armed and people twirling each other around. I took a video of "Let's Say 'I Do'" which does an alright, IPhone-good job of conveying the fun atmosphere and uncontrollable dancing. http://youtu.be/9Hg07aeV7xE

But the real treat was coming home and watching the video. Throughout the song, there are all these floating light orbs shooting in front of the camera. Coming from all directions. And yeah, I'm getting all Ghosthunters on this story, but it was fascinating to watch. I learned from a quick Google search that the house was adjacent to the Phantom Forest Conservation Area, donated to Missouri Department of Conservation in 1994 by Ray and Claire Moore. The area is called Phantom Forest because Ray Moore was the illustrator of the Phantom comic. A notoriously private person, he was seldom interviewed or photographed, but enjoyed the deer and owls in the acreage surrounding his home. Who knows, maybe he likes good music too. And even if it was just dust orbs we were kicking up that night, I like the idea that maybe other energies were joining in the dancing and great mood.

Jessica
Jessica

PLE played their Reasons and Rooms release show at Firebird last November. I was watching the concert with a friend who'd never seen them. One thing about PLE's intense, palpably joyous performance style is that it's an instant memory...you're reliving the show on the way home. I remember where I was standing, (stage left), and what I was drinking/spilling (a rail rum 'n diet). That night the fans in the room, new and old, came together and took hold of the show in a way that I've rarely seen at other local band performances. They've since tore it up all over town, relentlessly, never without passion. And they're nice guys, and they go to other people's shows. They're a band that's okay to like, not just for the stick-in-your-head songs, but because their collective character deserves it.

Esmith326
Esmith326

One of my favorite PLE shows was at The Firebird. It was warm and cozy in there on a cold night. Besides being a HUMONGOUS fan of PLE, The Firebird had pinball to be entertained in-between sets. Like I said, the weather outside was cold but PLE was hot that night.

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David C
David C

Halo bar after some English band played at the Pageant because we got to see Justin Johnson beat the hell out of some drums,

Daniel2
Daniel2

PLE @ EARTH Day 2011!! my two favorite things, PLE and the earth... it's a celebration. but i heard they rocked midwest mayhem, wish i could have been there to see it. 

Nicky Melz
Nicky Melz

The setting: Off Broadway.  The year: 2010.  The booze: dangerously cheap Stags.  Combine all three and you have the rockin', sweaty recipe for my favorite Pretty Little Empire show.  It was my first time attending Off Broadway, and I was impressed with the large number of fans singing along.  I now can proudly say I am one of those fans, and I am constantly wowed by the adrenaline fueled, bring-the-house-down swagger PLE brings to each and every show.  (nmello1@slu.edu)

Deborah_triplett
Deborah_triplett

My favorite show was the first one i went to in November of last year. It was the first time I saw them and it was awesome! I bought the cd directly after they played! They sounded amazing. email is deborah_triplett@yahoo.com.

Lando
Lando

The best Pretty Little Empire show I've ever been to was at the Schlafly Tap Room in June of 2010. The band had just got back from a lengthy tour and had already played a show for the RFT Music Showcase earlier in the day, so they were completely exhausted. The end result, however, was a show that was pure adrenaline and they rocked out like never before. The way the tap room is set up the whole band was within feet of the audience without a stage, so you could literally feel them playing. The show, along with a gratuitous amount of draft beer, made it one of the best nights of last summer. 

Jamie Dee.
Jamie Dee.

My favorite PLE show was the show in December 2009 at Sasha's on Shaw. Everyone was crammed everywhere and they totally rocked the house. Now, each show seems to get better with the new additions of their song repertoire. Keep it up PLE!

Daniel
Daniel

SCOSAG with Maid Rite, a year ago. 

David C
David C

Well darn I thought my email would show up above in the profile...da_unga@yahoo.com

Lburris21
Lburris21

My e-mail is lburris21@gmail.com btw

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