Apr 6 2011

photoOne of the great things about our new Crystal Hotel is how the entire space blurs the lines between art and music. As you probably know, all of our properties feature intriguing, mind-bending art; in the hands of our artists, wall panels, doors, even pipes transform from the mundane to the visually fascinating. Throw rock ’n’ roll in the mix, and you’ve got an opportunity to do something really special. For instance, every room (all 51 of ’em) here is named after a song that actually has been played on the Crystal Ballroom stage. Cool, right? But it gets cooler: Our artists have filled each room with vivid paintings on headboards and panels inspired by those songs. From Bo Diddley’s classic “Who Do You Love” to Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love,” to Silversun Pickups’ “Lazy Eye,” the well of songs serving to inspire is a deep one, and our artists have done some very cool stuff with it.  The result is a kooky swirl of art and music, a clever reminder of the power of creativity. So check out this video and get a sneak peek at the wonders that have flowed from their brains and brushes! 

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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#1 Mark Silliman

Love the artwork of all the artists at McMenamins!  Kudos to Mike and Brian McMenamin for hiring these great artists to keep local histories alive and the memories of great music and fun times!  Thanks to all of them!

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