Back to full calendar Event Info Event Calendar Venue Info Info Tech Specs Promoter Info Box Office Private Events Shop Lola's Room Discover Art History Brewery Explore the Crystal Blocks Saturday, December 31, 2016 McMenamins and KINK-FM Brandi Carlile Brynn Elliott 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. showSOLD OUT21 and over Add to Calendar Brandi Carlile "Everyone needs to be risking something," says Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She's discussing the M.O. behind The Firewatcher's Daughter, her stunning new release - her first for artist-friendly indie label ATO. The 12-song collection marks a triumphant return after a three-year recording hiatus, and her strongest, most rock & roll album to date. "Rock & roll music as a genre always has a sense of erratic recklessness to it," she says. "It can't really be rehearsed - in fact, rehearsal can kill it. On this album, each song has its honest rock & roll moment, even the ballads; it's between the point where you've learned the song enough to get through it, but you don't have any control over it yet." Since her heralded, genre-defying 2005 Columbia debut, Carlile and her indispensable collaborators, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, aka The Twins, have always offered listeners both control and abandon, often within a single song. The most well-known Brandi Carlile tunes, 2007's "The Story" and 2012's "That Wasn't Me," are dynamic journeys in themselves, encompassing myriad emotions and varied stylistic touches; "The Story" morphs from understated balladry to epic stadium rock, while "That Wasn't Me" effortlessly straddles country soul and pop gospel. Infused with Carlile's clarion voice, The Twins' tight sibling harmonies, and stellar musicianship from everyone, it all simply sounds like Brandi Carlile. Yet, over four acclaimed Columbia albums, countless sold-out tours, and fruitful relationships with top producers Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett, something was missing: Carlile and The Twins hadn't yet captured the distinctive spark of old friends working up new tunes, a slippery magic born of years touring together, and often caught only on raw demos made at the behest of the label. The Firewatcher's Daughter, by contrast, is a full-on Carlile/Twins co-production, cut live in Seattle's Bear Creek Studio, with complete artistic control granted by ATO. With this new freedom, Carlile and The Twins, intent on capturing the elusive essence of a song's spirit, tracked the album live, with little or no rehearsal. Ironically, during this time of liberation, Carlile and The Twins all transitioned to married life; the Hanseroths became dads, and Carlile's wife, Catherine Shepherd, was pregnant during the making of The Firewatcher's Daughter. So when the engineer hit RECORD, the stakes were higher than usual: Carlile and the Twins producing, kids underfoot or on the way, and three years since an album. But true to form, they wrangled it all into song, catching many, many lightning-in-a-bottle moments; the crackling Lucinda Williams-meets-Fleetwood Mac of "Wherever Is Your Heart," the CSN-meets-Bonnie Raitt of "The Eye," to the dark folk-punk of "The Stranger at My Door," the Elton John-meets-McCartney of "Beginning to Feel the Years," and more - all executed without a net. "Everything is completely live," Carlile says. "That's the only way to make the moment happen. It's way too easy to say, ‘Hey guys, you get your part down and I'll spend the rest of the evening by myself in a fucking booth not taking any risks, and trying to nail down my contribution while I drink a bottle of Jameson.' A lot of the songs are in about the highest key I can sing them in. The vocals were very emotional for me. I was right on the edge - I'd been off the road for a long time, I was on the precipice of becoming a mother, and there was a lot that needed to come out before that could happen." The title, The Firewatcher's Daughter, comes from a line in "The Stranger at My Door," written after Carlile stared into a bonfire for a long, long time. "I wrote it standing next to one of my frequent bonfires up in the horse pasture on our land. I have a bonfire compulsion. I tend to stand there and stare into them close to every day, and I'm able to tap into something beyond my day-to-day consciousness. I often write lyrics, solve problems, run for President - the usual stuff. Catherine was pregnant and I was contemplating the juxtaposition between religious rigidity and beauty, and its effects on families and society." Carlile says she and The Twins always insert a through-line in her albums: "An instrument keeps appearing, a theme keeps getting touched on, or we try to use the same microphone. But of all my albums, I felt the least amount of control over this one. Catherine was nine months pregnant, The Twins' kids were there, the tension was there, but the love was also there, so the continuity is felt." Part of that continuity is the concept of "chains," which recurs over the course of The Firewatcher's Daughter, from the lullaby "Wilder (We're Chained)" to the chorus of the gorgeous "The Eye": "I wrapped your love around me like a chain / But I never was afraid that it would die / You can dance in a hurricane / But only if you're standing in the eye." Carlile lays this chain fascination at the feet of Fleetwood Mac, a band she and The Twins listened to a lot in the run-up to The Firewatcher's Daughter, and whose classic love song "The Chain" is bittersweet reality. "The twins and I were inspired by that band's connection and their turbulence," she says. "I find it fascinating how culturally some things can get cast in a negative light, like a chain. But a chain can bind and connect, like a fire can refine and renew. We would definitely describe ourselves as chained in the best possible way." After stepping back from this fine new work and assessing it, Carlile knows exactly what she wants from The Firewatcher's Daughter: "My goal," she says, "is to connect on a soul level with our longtime fans and friends, and to reach new people with the honesty of this music. Also, I would like my daughter, Evangeline, to grow up and think I'm cool." Instagram:https://instagram.com/brandicarlile/Website:http://brandicarlile.com/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/brandicarlileTwitter:https://twitter.com/brandicarlile Brynn Elliott Brynn Elliott's life has always been set to music. The Atlanta native, who began singing with her grandfather at age three, is now a Harvard philosophy major who juggles an intense academic life with touring, recording and song writing. As an emerging artist to watch, she is in demand. Most recently, Brynn has toured with Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, OAR, Parachute, and Allen Stone. Radio is quickly embracing her first EP, "Notions of Love," and it's currently playing on over 40 college radio stations. A contemplative and philosophical singer/songwriter, Brynn worked with Grammy winning producer Clif Magness on her first EP and is currently in the studio working with producer Cason Cooley who has produced for Ingrid Michelson, Katie Herzig, Jason Gray and The Normals. Last year Cason produced Ingrid Michelson's hit, "Girls Chase Boys". From early childhood, Brynn became captivated by art and music. In late 2010, she began strumming her Dad's old guitar and taught herself how to play piano within a year. In 2012, after the death of a loved one named Marie, she found her voice and rhythm as a songwriter. In the midst of sorrow, Brynn found she needed a catalyst for understanding and a way to honor and mourn Marie's passing. She locked herself in her bathroom and began to pick away at the guitar. Oddly, it wasn't a sad melody she composed, but a joyful one. Through this loss, her love of songwriting was born. Shortly thereafter, Brynn realized writing, songwriting and playing music was her calling. After Brynn recorded a few of her songs with just her voice and her guitar in Atlanta, a family friend sent them to Clif Magness, a music producer who has worked with Quincy Jones, Wilson Phillips, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Two weeks before heading off to college, Brynn was invited by Magness to spend a year on the West coast to write and record with him. She decided to postpone her education to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The EP "Notions of Love" started to take shape. The academic culture, which Brynn enjoys, not only influences, but also wonderfully infuses her music and creativity. Brynn balances her studies and music opportunities throughout the academic year and tours during the summer, during winter break and many weekends performing 70-80 concerts annually. Although the schedule is demanding, Brynn embraces this exciting and hectic life of being a student and touring artist. "For me, school and music are inseparable. They are two sides of the same coin," she says. "The academic environment pushes me to think about my art. What do I want to say to the world and how should I say it? That question is what drives me to write." 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Burnside Portland OR 97209 (503) 225-0047 Contact us Where On Any Night, Anything Can Happen!! In these walls... The historic Crystal Ballroom -- now over a century old -- is one of those rare concert halls that can point to a proud, diverse history while also laying claim to an ongoing musical legacy. Every time you enter this majestic ballroom, let your imagination sense the tremors resonating from a century's worth of gatherings, and realize that you are joining a thriving, generations-long procession of show-goers. Welcome! ♦ Looking for your Crystal Ballroom Passport Stamps? Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room & Crystal Brewery Tour occurs daily at 2 p.m. - meet at Ringlers Pub (street level below the Crystal Ballroom.) The tour takes about half an hour to complete. Any questions may be directed to the Crystal box office, 503-225-0047. Stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show – ticketed or free – in either venue. Please note: Due to private events, concert setup needs and brewers’ schedules, not all spaces are guaranteed to be available to tour daily, but our staff will give it our best shot and show you the spaces that we can. Tech Specs Floor and stage plan PDF download Lighting diagram PDF download Sound manifest Crystal: PDF download Lola's Room: PDF download Technical and logistical packet For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room PDF download Ballroom height and beam-to-beam dimensions 16' 11" from beam to floor 19' 11" from floor to ceiling 14' 6" in between beams Promoter Info Rental Expenses To Outside Promoters RENT VARIES, PLEASE CONTACT A BOOKING COORDINATOR $850 SOUND & LIGHTS $365 PRODUCTION MANAGER ($54.75/hr OT) $255 STAGE MANAGER ($38.32/hr OT) $255 FOH TECHNICIAN ($38.32/hr OT) $255 MONITOR ENGINEER ($38.32/hr OT) $255 LIGHTING DIRECTOR ($38.32/hr OT) $150 HOSPITALITY ($20/hr OT) [mileage is 33 cents per mile] $1,000* SECURITY ($100/hr OT) $100 BOX OFFICE STAFF ($20/hr OT) $200 ADMINISTRATION FEE $ ---- PARKING HOODS $ ---- CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair) $ ---- ADVERTISING $500 PIPE AND DRAPE/BARRICADE $175 STAGEHANDS $ ---- BOX OFFICE CREDIT CARD FEE (3% of Box Credit Card Sales) * Security cost is an estimate. Additional security may be required depending on the nature of the event. Overtime: All expenses incurred by the Crystal Ballroom for Catering, Advertising, requested stagehands, overtime (anything over 10 hours), backline, barricade, risers, etc. will be added to total rental rate. Deposits: A non-refundable 50% room deposit and a $2,500 'untenured promoter fee' (UPF) is due immediately in order to secure the room. If ticket sales exceed 500 the 'UPF' will be refunded; if ticket sales are below 500 the room keeps the entire $2,500 to make up for less than 1/3 capacity and corresponding lack of sales. The 'UPF' will not be refunded if the event cancels within 60 days of the event. Settlement: Venue will pay renter with a company check at the immediate conclusion of door sales. Venue will not provide any cash at settlement. Late Night Fee: There is a $1,000/hour additional fee for any events after 3 a.m. We may also require additional security for events of that nature. Merchandise: Merch rate is 20% they sell. We can provide a seller with advance notice and will keep 30% of sales. The outside promoter will receive no revenue from the merchandise as that is the prerogative of the house. House keeps a percentage of all transactions. Tickets: All tickets must be placed through the venue onto the Cascade Tickets system. All comps, label buys, and holds must be approved by the venue. There is a $1/ticket venue fee at the Box Office. Refunds: All refunds will be directed to the outside promoter. In the absence of an outside promoter representative, the venue shall use its own discretion regarding refunds and all refunds shall be deducted from settlement. Insurance and Licenses: Renter must provide liability insurance not less than $1,000,000 for any single occurrence naming McMenamins Inc. d.b.a. Crystal Ballroom as additionally insured. Tickets will not be placed on sale until binder is received. Promoter is responsible for all ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC fees. Production Advance: Performers or their representative must contact venue's production manager 5 days prior to the event in order to advance production needs, otherwise runner will arrive at 6 p.m. and all rider items/requests will be greatly limited if provided at all. Layout: The Crystal Ballroom is located on the 3rd floor. The first floor is Ringlers Restaurant and the 2nd floor is Lola's Room, both of which may have a public or private event simultaneously with the Crystal. Cancellation/Postponement: The contract covers the specified event for the specified date. No substitution will be accepted for a cancellation. If the event is postponed the room deposit will be transferred to the date of the new event but the $2,500 'UPF' will be applied toward the date of the originally scheduled show and an additional $2,500 will be required in order to reschedule. Capacity: The venue's capacity is 1500*. All artist and promoter guests and comps will be deducted from sellable. Comp and guest space must be reserved in advance. House is entitled to 20 guests. House guests will not effect sellable. Promoter must have guest list to house no later than 2 hours prior to doors. VIP cap is 25. * Seated capacity is 850. Seated shows must be 21 and over. There is a $2/chair rental fee. Venue and corporate sponsor banners may be present during event. Marketing your event at the Crystal Ballroom Please contact Mike Walker for information about marketing your event through McMenamins resources. Box Office Please note! Both the Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room specialize in open-floor shows with a very limited amount of seats. The rare seated events will be clearly denoted as such, within the event description on our schedule page. Box Office Information Tickets for all McMenamins shows are ticketed by Cascade Tickets, and may be purchased at the Crystal box office (located under the Crystal's awning) and McMenamins Edgefield, by phone at 1-855-CAS-TIXX, or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event listing on our schedules. Tickets bought directly at the Crystal box office or any of our four ticket outlets will only incur a $1 facility charge. (Please note! Tickets to Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will incur additional service fees.) Crystal Ballroom Box Office Hours Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The box office is open later on nights when there is a performance. Tickets may also be purchased in Ringlers Pub, Monday through Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The box office accepts cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard. Will Call Will call is located at the box office. Refunds All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Parking There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available. Accessibility Those with disabilities may call (503 225 0047) or email in advance to arrange early admittance. There is an elevator located in the lobby. Hold your Private Event at Crystal Ballroom Weddings Meetings Social Events The Crystal Ballroom is a truly awe-inspiring venue with its vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers, giant wallscapes and famous "floating" dance floor. Accommodating groups from 100 to 1000 people, this 7,500-square-foot space includes access to the Ballroom's classic corner stage, floor-to-ceiling windows, swooping balcony, and full bar service. Tucked in the Crystal’s second story is Lola’s Room accommodating events of up to 200 guests. Lola’s comes with a handsome fully stocked bar, original artwork, and a floating dance floor all it’s own. For overnight accommodations, our Crystal Hotel is just a block away! Art History Brewery Art Artwork plays an important role in the character of McMenamins locations throughout Oregon and Washington. We believe art makes life richer and more enjoyable. So, you'll often find paintings covering our walls, ceilings doors, overhead pipes, and equipment -- works as diverse and entertaining as our places for family and friends. Many artists have contributed to this vast variety of delightful eye candy. Jump in and enjoy some now! History Explore the Crystal Blocks Our Crystal Hotel and legendary Crystal Ballroom are just across the street from each other, each offering their own unique spaces for live music, Northwest style fare and McMenamins hand crafted beverages. Explore these properties and all they have to offer. Movie Showtimes Select Showtime Select Showtime Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Choose date above and click showtimes on the right for online ticket purchases... All seats are reserved. Doors open 45 minutes before each showing for food and beverage service. We recommend arriving 45 minutes early if you would like to order food to enjoy with your movie. Minors (under 21) are allowed only with parent or guardian 21 and over. Finding Dory (TBC) Running time 1:43 Buy Tickets 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 10:00 pm Please be patient while we process your order.