The Georgia Straight presents the Black Keys at Deer Lake Park

The Georgia Straight will be presenting a couple of unassuming white boys out of Ohio—better known to all of you as blues-rockers the Black Keys—at Deer Lake Park on June 27.

Long before they were picking up the Grammy for the best alternative album with Brothers, they were on our radar, headlining the Georgia Straight's first Straight Series concert back in 2008.

This time around the duo—vocalist-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney—will be kicking off a Canadian tour with their Vancouver show, in support of that award-winning album (which we can't get enough of around here). Hope you were wise enough to listen to our sound advice when we told you all about the top albums of the year.

Tickets for the Black Keys, and openers Cage the Elephant, are priced at $45 (plus service fees) and go on sale Saturday (February 26), 10 a.m., at Live Nation, but Straight.com readers can take advantage of our presale, which takes place this Friday (February 25) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., by going here.

If you're as psyched about this one as we are, and want to know how you can win a pair of tickets to the Live Nation show before they go on sale, create an account or sign in with the Straight and leave us a comment below, telling us why the Black Keys rock your world.

Don't forget to become a fan of the Georgia Straight on Facebook and sign up for THE LIST newsletter for more concert announcements, contests, and exclusive “beat the lines” presale passwords.

Thank you all for your fantastic responses, but the contest is now closed. Of course there can only be one winner and drum roll please.... Congrats Jessie-Mae!

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rcvan
The Black Keys are two guys rocking harder than everyone else combined.
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L316H
I once rocked so hard to the Black Keys that one of my eyeballs popped out and rolled around on the floor. I had to get my friend to help me pop it back in and it was super gross because it had American Apparel lint and hipster sweat all over it.

Now give me some tickets, please.
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Bensamin
The Balck Keys have renewed my faith in music. Finally a band with feeling!!! I have been listening to them since 2004 and have been awed by them ever since. The closest I have been to seeing them live is watching the 3 songs they performed on Live at Abbey Road in season 2. My girlfriend (will be my wife by then, getting married on June 11th) birthday is on the 24th and tickets would make a great birthday/wedding present.
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summer
I just want to be near them to try to suck up some cool.
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Someone over there.
I had left my soul in a pinata
inside there was little candy for nourishment
or firecrackers for amusement
every time a birthday was announced
the other pinatas full of sweets and explosions were
picked instead of mine

left dangling from a dusty beam
my soul hung in disrepair
chewing on the rapper of a tootsie roll

from a small stereo by the window
where sunshine would flaunt
came the title track to the Black Key's album Thickfreakness
which surrounded the pinata
applied a pressure, a stirring, a movement
not felt by my soul in years

the heart of my soul
skewered by the acute needled adrenaline of Dan and Pats
finely crafted riffs and rhythms
pressed itself against the confines of its cage
an implosion of freedom
and my soul returned to me
and I was able to stop
writing such
whiny
trite
baloney.
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cster
Honestly, I'm trying to win these for my boyfriend. He is a HUGE! fan of the Black Keys...I swear he has been listening to their music almost every day for the past few years-for him, this band is a BIG DEAL and has got him through some rough times.
I would love to surprise him with these tickets!!!
pretty please
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Entourage
The Black Keys represents the good feeling that rock and jamming can bring,. even if its just 2 instruments.
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loves vancouver summer concerts!
tickets ALREADY on sale if you have an AMEX :-)
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glen p robbins
Great band - my daughter bought the CD - I says - darlin' who is this?

Black Keys - very nice indeed.
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drea
the very reason i wanted to go to coachella!
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Alexis
It's true
Baby I'm howlin' for tickets from you!!

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megana28
The Black Keys are one of the best bands around right now. Every one of their albums is wicked. Saw them back in October, that show is in my top 5 all-time. Can't wait to see them in June!!! :D
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slar27
Black Keys are one of my favourite bands, and they're touring with another one of my favourite bands, Cage The Elephant!! Ahhh I'm so excited!! *HOWL!*
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sigh....
"Long before they were picking up the Grammy for the best alternative album with Brothers, they were on our radar, headlining the Georgia Straight's first Straight Series concert back in 2008."

I love how The Straight has to remind all of us that they're at the absolute avant garde of discovering music. Oh yeah? I first heard these guys when they used to jam in the garage next door! Give me a break.
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Marvin
Before the Black Keys I was just an Unknown Brother, Too Afraid to Love You. I said I was Never Gonna Give You Up, you said I'm Not the One. Like a Ten Cent Pistol it dropped me into the Black Mud. And then the Black Keys came along. They showed me the Everlasting Light, they helped me Tighten Up my game. These Days I'm a Sinister Kid, a Go Getter, and I've got the Next Girl saying I'm The Only One. I'm Howlin' for You, Black Keys, without you my girl would be Long Gone.

If that's not good enough... how about my dog just died?
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new sass
hey i just put up my new music video on you tube and looking for feedback http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kki-1p59FlI
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aedster
the black keys are such a refreshing sound, everysong making you move. what better way to experiance it than seeing them live?
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LisaW
love the black keys. I would be so stoked to see them at deer lake
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kases
Can't wait to see them live! Rubber Factory is one of the only two CDs I've actually bought in the last few years. I wanted to go watch them this past weekend in Vegas, but the air tickets were $600+..
I would love to win some tickets, but even if I don't, I'll still be attending the concert. Black Keys rocks!! See you all there!
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Jessie-Mae
On the 27th of June this year, I will turn 29. Nothing in the world would appease my mad-to-live-blues-rock-loving-starving-student-howlin'-oldish-soul than to see the 'Keys perform at the park near where I grew up in Burnaby (and lord, it's been awhile since I've been back there; catharsis here I come)...

Please take this as a respectful and formal appeal and make it happen for me, I beg of you, oh Mighty Georgia Straight Gods. As an ode to a song by the band in question and to a poem which echoes its title, I leave you now with the angst-ridden words of Mister Allen Ginsburg. Thank you.

"I'm with you in Rockland

where we wake up electrified out of the coma by our own souls' airplanes roaring over the roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the hospital illuminates itself imaginary walls collapse O skinny legions run outside O starry-spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is here O victory forget your underwear we're free

I'm with you in Rockland

in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night."
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