Jan 7 2011

photoOK...as a professional, I know am supposed to maintain a cool, detached demeanor. I mean, yeah we have fun here at McMenamins Music and all, but still, there's a certain comportment one is supposed to bear while at work. You know, no tank tops at your desk. No throwing flip-flops at the brewers as they pass by. No excited "Woo hoo"'s should be emanating from behind my cubicle wall.

photoWell, I'm just going to have to chunk that last one out the window, because I am so excited about our switch from Ticketmaster to locally owned Cascade Tickets, I cannot contain my hoots and hollers! Whooooo hoooo!. I'm doffing the accoutrements of an employee and replacing them, momentarily, with that of a music fan. Because this, friends, is an awesome move.

Here's why:

1.     Waaaay lower ticket fees. You know those ginormous add-ons that you always puzzle over while perusing your ticket for the latest Crystal Ballroom show? Gone. Oh, there will still be some fees, mind you, but we're talking a considerably small percentage compared to what TM charges. Like just one buck in many instances.

2.     Cascade Tickets is locally owned! We know this is important to many of you, and you better believe it's important to us. The money you spend to catch a great show now flows back into the community, to local employees and a local business owner, rather than out into the ether, never to be seen again. Frankly, that's rad.

Now, to avoid confusion, you should know all events that went on sale on or after December 16, 2010 will be sold by Cascade Tickets, and all shows that went on sale prior to that date will remain for sale through Ticketmaster through the day of show. The proper ticketing company will be clearly noted on our website schedule and in our print ads. (And if you're buying tickets online, just click the "Buy Tickets" link and we'll get you where you need to go.)

Cascade Tickets are available at www.cascadetickets.com, the Crystal box office or other McMenamins outlets: The Bagdad Theater (Portland, OR) Edgefield (Troutdale, OR), and East 19th St. Café (Eugene, OR) by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX, or (855) CAS-TIXX, or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event listing on our schedules.

Except for lower fees, more point-of-purchase options and the local angle, not much will change in terms of your ticket-purchasing. But we want to make sure we cover any questions you might have. So check out our handy FAQ page if you so desire.

About the author: Jonanna Widner, McMenamins Music Marketing Assistant, is a former music editor for the Santa Fe Reporter and the Dallas Observer.
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