Who's ready to see some shows? Well, the Mercury is here to help with FREE TICKETS to see some of Portland's best concerts—our way of saying thanks to our great readers and spread the word about some fantastic upcoming performances! (Psst... if you want to say thanks to the Mercury, please consider making a small monthly contribution to keep us alive and kickin'!) And oh boy, do we have some great shows coming at ya this week! CHECK IT OUT!

ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see Ben Rector on March 10 at Keller Auditorium!

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ben Rector creates piano-based contemporary pop full of powerful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. His third full-length album, 2010’s Into The Morning reached number 11 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Rector also gained exposure through performing alongside the likes of Five for Fighting and Dave Barnes. His 2011 album, Something Like This, established Rector as a pop sensation. Walking in Between followed in 2013, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart. Get your tickets now, or enter to win here!

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Fri March 10, 7:30 pm, $39.50-$59.50, all ages

ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see Queensrÿche on March 21 at the Crystal Ballroom!

Queensrÿche have launched their first headlining campaign in the US supporting the release of their sixteenth studio album, Digital Noise Alliance! The band also has a special message just for you: "This touring package is amped up and very much looking forward to seeing all of you! Come on out and let's have a great time together, as live music is as vibrant as ever once again!” Direct support on the Digital Noise Alliance Tour comes from Marty Friedman, with Trauma opening the night for each show. Get your tickets now, or enter to win here!

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Tues March 21, $35-$45, 21+

GOOD LUCK, and all winners will be notified by Monday at noon. And check back next week for more FREE TIX from the Mercury!