Win Tickets to Vampire Weekend Tonight at the Pageant

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New York City's Vampire Weekend is playing the Pageant tonight and we just had two tickets slide across our desk!

To win, simply tell us why you deserve to go. Be creative! You may enter in the comments below -- make sure you include some way of contacting you, as well as your full name so you can pick up your tickets. We will announce the winner here at 5 p.m.

When Vampire Weekend came to town in 2010, RFT Music writer Diana Benanti had this to say:

Everything about Vampire Weekend is deliberate, but their equation is a winning one. Despite getting sued for the photo on the cover of Contra, which was allegedly used without permission; despite being dubbed the "whitest band" by the foremost authority on all things cracker, Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like; despite being Carles' whipping boy-band of choice on Hipsterrunnoff; they have the formula, and now they're just raking it in. They refer to their sound as "Upper East Side Soweto" (ugh) but it's a disinctly premeditated fusion of Talking Heads' new-wave/Barenaked Ladies (forgive me) nerd-out, plus some ska and classical tossed in for extra credit. It sounds like a lot, but it never strays from the combination that's made them famous: surfy and Afropop-inspired, with an unmistakable smack of collegiate pretension.

Listen to Vampire Weekend's "Obvious Bicycle" from May's Modern Vampires of the City below.

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6161 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO

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23 comments
sophiakenyon
sophiakenyon

cuz i'm broke de broke / vamp weekend holy smokes / i'm their biggest fan / ain't got NO tan / i'm a true blood sucker / vicious like no other / I NEED THESE TICKETS / don't leave me hearin' crickets

please pick me to go / i'm beggin' on my knees / my life won't be complete 'til i see the band of my dreams / ezra is my fave / ain't talkin' Pretty Little Liars / if you tell me that i've won / you'll hear the screech from my tires (i just got my drivers license today so i need a reason to use the car!!!!!)

sophia kenyon sophialhkenyon@gmail.com 

rachelawilhite
rachelawilhite

Vampire weekend, when they first came out they offered a unique sound! African influences, or songs that sound similar to 1990's Paul Simon. Once on a date I was made fun of for playing Paul Simon, but that was before I'd heard Vampire Weekend. Around the purchase of their first album, my position on the indie-pop music scene changed from aware and intent to fairly left out. It was like I got demoted from music involvement, music plans, and music conversations. I tried to get back into a knowledgeable position, but the people nearest me could only offer bands that had location listening similarities, bands played the night after one I really wanted to hear and see, and less audio similarity.
On the purchase of the second Vampire Weekend CD, I burned copies of the two albums for my dad and he said that he didn't enjoy it. He said, "Of course I hear the influences and they aren't for me." Maybe he was trying to make suggestions for drug-free living, but I mostly felt like he hadn't understood and I had put myself in a vulnerable position of sharing something I liked with my dad for nothing. I want to go to the concert, I made an intent effort to put my ears and eyes back towards bands, shows, radio, pitchfork, the river front times, and it has been rewarding. I thought I was over the sound of Vampire Weekend but it's last album is cleverer than the ones before, it actually sounds personally nice. I've missed their concerts a few times, a childhood neighbor that was inordinately competitive with me went to one to tell me about it afterwords, I thought they were leaving me out of all of my needs. rachel wilhite Rachelawilhite@gmail.com

Mychal Anne Voorhees
Mychal Anne Voorhees

I added plenty of garlic to my lunch today, so I probably don't deserve to go.

pinkslippaper
pinkslippaper

I've never seen Vampire Weekend. I've tried, but something always come up. The very first time I tried to see them was in Portland, OR during MusicFest NW in 2008. I was 18 years old. I was pumped all day! Playing their music for the kids at the daycare I worked at, telling my co-workers how excited I was to drive from Olympia to Portland (which is a two hour drive). I even had downloaded a concert version of White Sky because it hadn't come out yet, to listen to on the way down. I left home kinda late and in a rush, but it doesn't matter because I'm in my car singing/yelling to all their songs, getting myself even more pumped by thinking about how everyone will be dancing and jumping and just enjoying themselves because Vampire Weekend's got great beats and rhythms. I finally make it to Portland just in time. I find expensive parking many blocks away, but nothings bringing me down. I'm about to dance the night away! I grab the envelope with the ticket, get out of the car, and start heading to the venue. As I'm walking I re-open the envelope and discover the tickets not there. WHAT!? I run back to the car. Check under my seat, the passenger seat, side doors, and everywhere around the car. No ticket. I'm freaking out. I call my Mom and ask her if she see's the ticket anywhere in the house. every second that ticks by is more suspenseful than the last. She calls back a minute later and says, "I found the ticket on the ground right next to the door." My paradise for the night was laying two hours away in Olympia on the floor of my house. How could this be?! I realized in my haste to leave the ticket must have fallen out of the envelope. I was devastated. And it got worse. I went up to the ticket booth and they we're sold out. The only I could get in was to buy a weekend festival bracelet for $50. I'm a kid with probably $20 in my bank account. I knew then it was over. I walked the most dejected walk you could walk back to my car and drove home in silence because the thought of even listening to any music would probably have made me cry. For a while after I used that unscanned Vampire Weekend ticket as a book mark to remind myself to not be such in a rush and to always double check in the future to make sure I actually have the ticket on me.

Sarah R Bullock 

pinkslippaper@gmail.com 


elizabeth.weaver01
elizabeth.weaver01

I am a 2nd grade teacher in the inner city. This is a high stress job. All I want to do at the end of the day is dance! Unfortunately, that dream seems a bit out of reach. So, if I am selected as the lucky winner, not only will I dance the night away, but I will introduce my students to the glorious sound that is Vampire Weekend. Last week during indoor recess we rocked out to The Arcade Fire. As a contributing member to society, I believe it is my duty to expose my student to the arts! Remember, I am molding th minds of the future!


elizabeth.weaver01@gmail.com

smartychenko
smartychenko

These guys are totally awesome! My husband discovered them last year, and we love how fun they sound! I love how I can hear Lindsey Buckingham and Paul Simon on their songs! We've been so busy lately, that we didn't even know that the were in town. SInce it's our anniversary this month, I'd love to surprise my husband with tickets to the show tonight! Thanks!  :) smartychenko@hotmail.com

las75220
las75220

I saw Vampire Weekend in concert four years ago at the Pageant and I loved the way Ezra Koenig sings and dances on his tippy toes. It's so awesome I gotta see it again!

lsilva1217@gmail.com  

poogna
poogna

So I can ask a pretty girl to go with me and have an incredibly awkward evening, because I'm terrible with women!

But at least I'd have some Vampire Weekend to listen to.

poogna@gmail.com

DrSalad
DrSalad

Gimme the tickets. I'll publicly burn them, thereby saving two people from having to listen to Vampire Weekend.

jaredpitonak
jaredpitonak

I would like to win the tickets because my girlfriend recently got me into Vampire Weekend but I did not have enough money to buy tickets before the show was sold out. If I were to win these tickets, I would use them to top off what was already going to be a date night for us. Seeing the look of excitement and joy on her face if and when I would be able to tell her that I won free tickets to show would be priceless for me. Going to concerts is one of the best bonding experiences that we have together. We love to go see live music together and shout along with our favorite songs. And if we were able to see Vampire Weekend it would just be a wonderful experience all in all.

Jared Pitonak

jaredpitonak@yahoo.com

JKLCH
JKLCH

By possessing these tickets, it will start my life as I knew it would: Dating a mildly famous indie rock pop star. You see the opener, Sky Ferreira, and I are destined to be together. I will stand in the 2nd or 3rd row and she will notice me by the 3rd song. Our eyes will lock and all of space in time will seem to cease. The room will empty, only us, on a blank slate of new, baby scented romance. She will point to me at the end of the show and inform her security that I need to meet her backstage. We will start with mere small talk, but the fiery passion can be seen in our eyes for miles. She will take my hand and run me to the side stage as Vampy Weeks begins to play. As Ezra bb sings his songs about mexican rice milk beverages and and telling me how I'm such a modest mouse, Sky and I will dance and enjoy the splendor of p4k royalty. As "I stand corrected" begins, we will share a slow dance, she will rest her head on my shoulder and coyly profess "I love you, because you make me feel safe from the indie-sphere. I can truly be safe with you, lamestreamer. I also know you won't get arrested for heroin possession and in turn send me to jail for being an accomplice like my boyfriend zachary cole smith from Diiv". I'll hold her just a little bit tighter. She will take me back to her room at the Moonrise hotel, where we proceed to make awkward pasty white love to each other all night long. In the morning, she asks me if I will ever see her again. I will reply, "Everything Is Embarrassing, bb", and walk away into the cool, dim u city morning. 

This is my destiny. I must fulfill it. Please RFT, help me fulfill my blog addled love affair.


jakeandthegiantleech@gmail.com 

ArchieMck
ArchieMck

Identifying why I deserve to attend tonight's Vampire Weekend show is certainly a challenge, but here's a short list of the bigger, most terrible reasons:

1. They convinced me to try horchata. A romantic and cinnamon-y version of almond milk; don't be deceived.

2. I've worn those pastel colored chinos with embroidered animals on them; because #YOLO.

3. I own their self titled release on vinyl and when I bought it wasn't sure if it was genius or pseudo-ivy league kitsch. 

4. The great vampires need to be celebrated, not just those with diaries, or HBO shows or living in Forks.

5. Peter Gabriel.

c.dent86
c.dent86

The tickets should go to me cause it would.be my first time seeing them in motion. And i because if I don't get them *looks around* she will make me clean!!! *whimper*

Myranda Rachelle Lee
Myranda Rachelle Lee

I've never gotten to see Vampire Weekend live and I think it would be amazing and I'd dance my butt off and I also love Sky. Oh and there's a vampire on my T-shirt right now so obviously it's meant to be.

jasmine.stewart87
jasmine.stewart87

This is a life or death situation. You see, a few years ago I caught a terminal illness called Contra and the only known cure is having Ezra Koenig's voice directly transmitted into my ears. Without the live awesomeness of his crooning I may die! And I also believe that lil' jon always tells the truth. :-D

jacobaaronalbert
jacobaaronalbert

I think this haiku best describes my situation with vampire weekend :) but I still wanna go!!!!

Screaming high school fans

Tix sold out to shows near by

Wife says I'm too old

anna.pavlik
anna.pavlik

I was gifted tickets to their last show, but had to give them up because a co-worker started projectile vomiting a la the Exorcist. And I give a fuck about the Oxford Comma!

Mikey TheCocktapus Berner
Mikey TheCocktapus Berner

I deserve to go because I've been a fan of them for a while and because it's Vampire Weekend. The weekend already is hella fun and sucks everything out of ya, so this seems fitting for me. :)

Greg Hahne
Greg Hahne

Because I have plenty of wooden stakes and garlic...

NickLucchesi
NickLucchesi moderator communitymanager

@JKLCH Congrats, you're our winner! Check your e-mail JKLCH.

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