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1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Skillet

    Unleashed Tour 2017
    Sick Puppies
    Devour The Day

    Buy Tickets

    6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
    $30 advance, $35 day of show
    All ages welcome

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    Skillet

    Skillet recently made headlines when their last album, Awake, became one of just three rock albums to be certified platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys' El Camino and Mumford and Sons' Babel. The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band's wildly diverse horde of rans, male an female, young and old - known as Panheads - whose still-swelling ranks now officially number in the seven-digit range. This remarkable achievement was announced just as Skillet was putting the finishing touches on their eagerly waited follow-up album, Rise (Atlantic/Word).

    Unwilling to stand pat or rest on their laurels, the band - lead vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper (John's wife), drummer/duet partner Jen Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, making his first appearance on record with Skillet - continue to explore new terrain on Rise, expertly produced by Howard Benson, who previously helmed the mega-successful Awake. Eager for new challenges, Cooper threw himself into collaborative songwriting to a far greater degree than ever before, co-writing the uplifting title song and the lacerating first single "Sick of it" with Scott Stevens, founder/leader of the L.A.-based Exies, while teaming with Nashville songsmiths Tom Douglas and Zac Maloy on the timely and anthemic "American Noise," which Cooper considers to be the strongest song Skillet has yet recorded. On "American Noise" and the joyous "Good to Be Alive," the band explores new stylistic territory, bringing an element of heartland rock into their aggressive theatrical approach. The band expanded their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments link accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.

    It isn't just the songs themselves that make Rise so gripping, it's also the song sequences - like the radical contrast between the almost unbearable tension of "Sick of It" suddenly giving way to the ecstatic release of "Good to Be Alive," or the way the closing three-song progression of "My Religion," "Hard to Find" and "What I Believe" builds to a thrilling musical, thematic and emotional crescendo. Clearly, these songs and the album as a whole are embedded with an impassioned overarching message. This message courses with a tidal pull through Skillet's entire body of work, but on Rise, it's artfully woven into a gripping coming-of-age narrative. This sprawling work stand as the band's first concept album - though is wasn't premeditated.

    "The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen, Cooper reveals. "As we were recording them, we started to realize that there's something going on here - this album is really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could." The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral.

    "Rise is the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and facing the massive world problems," says Cooper, who is deeply concerned about the erosion of belief in young people today, as well as their deeply felt desire to belong. "Facing world problems as an adult is different from when you're growing up and under someone else's care. All of a sudden, you realize that the world is a dangerous place. It's dark and scary, there's acts of God happening, there's war, there are all these terrible things, and you thinking, 'How can I have hope in this place?' But at the same time, you also think, 'Even moving all those huge problems aside, I look at my own life and I'm not even comfortable with the things I can change. I'm fighting with my parents, my parents have split up, I'm here in this home getting yelled at all the time that I'm never gonna be good enough, and I'm starting to believe that I'm never gonna be good enough. I constantly fail myself, and I just want to have a reason to live. I want to matter, and I want to know that my life counts for something.'"

    "So the story is basically about rising up out of your downtrodden life, rising up from that place where you feel lide a failure, rising up to be comfortable being yourself, to stand up for what you believe in," Cooper continues. "It's not about pleasing your friends, it's not about doing what's cool; it's about being who you are and being comfortable with that. And lastly, in the grand scheme of it all is, if I can be somebody I am comfortable being, maybe I can even rise up and help change the world. Can one person make a difference? Can one person actually matter?"

    But there's another key distinction between Rise and the band's previous albums. "We've written songs about issues, but the reason this record stands out so much to me is that this is the first time that we're singing songs that use the word 'we' rather than 'me,'" Cooper points out. "It's not just my feelings, these are our feelings. We can do this. Even the title track is about me rising, it's about us rising. so this record feels inclusive of all kinds of people, and that's unique for us. It's a rallying cry."

    On Rise, then, the message is both spiritual and social, as Skillet reaches out anew to its ever-growing, ever-changing following. "I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope," says Cooper. "That's what music does for me."

     

    Website:
    http://www.skillet.com/

    Sick Puppies

    Sick Puppies

    You hear it again and again.

    When one door closes, another one opens. However, it?s true - especially in the case of Sick Puppies. Weathering and persevering through potentially life-changing events, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing.

    They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.

    "There was no question" affirms Emma. "We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.? In order to do that, we needed to find the right member."

    Instead, the "right member" found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.

    "Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away - he was cool and he sounded great.
    It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something" said Emma

    "Something just overwhelmed me," admits Bryan. "I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that?s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood - it's who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I'm the same way."

    Following a first dinner together at a Los Angeles burger spot, they hit the rehearsal studio together and began jamming. After nailing numerous favorites from the Sick Puppies catalog, they started writing new material over the next several months.

    2013s Connect saw the band embrace a more experimental side.

    "On the last album, a lot of ideas came from many different places, but our core is rock and that is what we love!" Mark says on this new album, were giving fans what they want, that classic Sick Puppies sound."

    "I think fans will enjoy the resurgence of the heaviness," smiles Emma. "We love that, so we went all the way with it."

    The group teamed up with producer and songwriter Mark Holman [Three Days Grace, Red, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Struts], to start working on their fourth full-length album. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles during 2015, the new music reflects the group?s, incendiary interplay between Emma, Bryan & Mark.

    "We were actually supposed to work with Mark Holman before, but it never materialized for whatever reason," Emma continues. "It was the right moment in time, and he was the perfect producer to bring out the emotion in these songs."

    Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, "Stick To Your Guns" the band?s first single announces the band?s return with a literal bang. Bryan?s vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.

    "You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you," he says. "This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to "stick to your guns", go out there, and believe. The song is meant to em- power."

    Then, there?s the epic "Where Do I Begin," which spotlights Emma and Bryan?s impressive harmonies in the chorus. For lyrical inspiration, the musicians actually turned to the diehard collective Sick Puppies World Crew.

    "We looked on their Facebook and read everything," Emma recalls. "We saw that everyone shared a lot in common, and it was quite touching. We grabbed a few descriptive words and came across this theme. A lot of people out there feel like they?re missing out. They hear things like, „You can do it when you?re ready.? I think, „What?s ready?? If someone?s going to wait to be ready, they might wait their whole lives. It?s about struggling with that and making a move."

    With its gnashing chant and pummeling groove "Let Me Live" introduced the album during the first teaser video-which arrived to palpable audience fervor. Meanwhile, "Walls" sees Emma?s vocals take center stage with gorgeously haunting delivery.

    "It describes the painful feelings that come when a friend, family member, or someone you?re very close to changes, disappoints, disappears, or drifts away," she sighs. "It?s just a snapshot of what I was feeling at that point in time."

    That kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies and their fans since day one. To date, their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified "You?re Going Down" as well as rock smashes "Maybe" "Riptide," and "Odd One."

    "All The Same" the band?s first hit single from their debut album, "Dressed Up As Life" became the soundtrack for the viral video "Free Hugs" campaign racking up tens of mil- lions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

    2013?s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world?s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

    Now, their message is more powerful than ever.

    "When people hear this, I want them to take away a feeling of new life, new passion, and new excitement from this band," Emma leaves off. "Mark and I love what we do. We were going to forge ahead no matter what. We found the perfect guy, and we?re excited about this next chapter."

     

    Website:
    http://www.sickpuppies.com

    Instagram:
    http://www.instagram.com/sickpuppiesofficial

    Twitter:
    http://www.twitter.com/sickpuppies

    Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/sickpuppies

    Events

    The Crystal Ballroom

    1332 W. 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

    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.  

    Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

    Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

    • Sunday, March 5, 2017

      Skillet

      Unleashed Tour 2017
      Sick Puppies
      Devour The Day

      Buy Tickets

      6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
      $30 advance, $35 day of show
      All ages welcome

      Add to Calendar

      Skillet

      Skillet recently made headlines when their last album, Awake, became one of just three rock albums to be certified platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys' El Camino and Mumford and Sons' Babel. The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band's wildly diverse horde of rans, male an female, young and old - known as Panheads - whose still-swelling ranks now officially number in the seven-digit range. This remarkable achievement was announced just as Skillet was putting the finishing touches on their eagerly waited follow-up album, Rise (Atlantic/Word).

      Unwilling to stand pat or rest on their laurels, the band - lead vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper (John's wife), drummer/duet partner Jen Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, making his first appearance on record with Skillet - continue to explore new terrain on Rise, expertly produced by Howard Benson, who previously helmed the mega-successful Awake. Eager for new challenges, Cooper threw himself into collaborative songwriting to a far greater degree than ever before, co-writing the uplifting title song and the lacerating first single "Sick of it" with Scott Stevens, founder/leader of the L.A.-based Exies, while teaming with Nashville songsmiths Tom Douglas and Zac Maloy on the timely and anthemic "American Noise," which Cooper considers to be the strongest song Skillet has yet recorded. On "American Noise" and the joyous "Good to Be Alive," the band explores new stylistic territory, bringing an element of heartland rock into their aggressive theatrical approach. The band expanded their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments link accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.

      It isn't just the songs themselves that make Rise so gripping, it's also the song sequences - like the radical contrast between the almost unbearable tension of "Sick of It" suddenly giving way to the ecstatic release of "Good to Be Alive," or the way the closing three-song progression of "My Religion," "Hard to Find" and "What I Believe" builds to a thrilling musical, thematic and emotional crescendo. Clearly, these songs and the album as a whole are embedded with an impassioned overarching message. This message courses with a tidal pull through Skillet's entire body of work, but on Rise, it's artfully woven into a gripping coming-of-age narrative. This sprawling work stand as the band's first concept album - though is wasn't premeditated.

      "The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen, Cooper reveals. "As we were recording them, we started to realize that there's something going on here - this album is really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could." The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral.

      "Rise is the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and facing the massive world problems," says Cooper, who is deeply concerned about the erosion of belief in young people today, as well as their deeply felt desire to belong. "Facing world problems as an adult is different from when you're growing up and under someone else's care. All of a sudden, you realize that the world is a dangerous place. It's dark and scary, there's acts of God happening, there's war, there are all these terrible things, and you thinking, 'How can I have hope in this place?' But at the same time, you also think, 'Even moving all those huge problems aside, I look at my own life and I'm not even comfortable with the things I can change. I'm fighting with my parents, my parents have split up, I'm here in this home getting yelled at all the time that I'm never gonna be good enough, and I'm starting to believe that I'm never gonna be good enough. I constantly fail myself, and I just want to have a reason to live. I want to matter, and I want to know that my life counts for something.'"

      "So the story is basically about rising up out of your downtrodden life, rising up from that place where you feel lide a failure, rising up to be comfortable being yourself, to stand up for what you believe in," Cooper continues. "It's not about pleasing your friends, it's not about doing what's cool; it's about being who you are and being comfortable with that. And lastly, in the grand scheme of it all is, if I can be somebody I am comfortable being, maybe I can even rise up and help change the world. Can one person make a difference? Can one person actually matter?"

      But there's another key distinction between Rise and the band's previous albums. "We've written songs about issues, but the reason this record stands out so much to me is that this is the first time that we're singing songs that use the word 'we' rather than 'me,'" Cooper points out. "It's not just my feelings, these are our feelings. We can do this. Even the title track is about me rising, it's about us rising. so this record feels inclusive of all kinds of people, and that's unique for us. It's a rallying cry."

      On Rise, then, the message is both spiritual and social, as Skillet reaches out anew to its ever-growing, ever-changing following. "I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope," says Cooper. "That's what music does for me."

       

      Website:
      http://www.skillet.com/

      Sick Puppies

      Sick Puppies

      You hear it again and again.

      When one door closes, another one opens. However, it?s true - especially in the case of Sick Puppies. Weathering and persevering through potentially life-changing events, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing.

      They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.

      "There was no question" affirms Emma. "We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.? In order to do that, we needed to find the right member."

      Instead, the "right member" found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.

      "Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away - he was cool and he sounded great.
      It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something" said Emma

      "Something just overwhelmed me," admits Bryan. "I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that?s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood - it's who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I'm the same way."

      Following a first dinner together at a Los Angeles burger spot, they hit the rehearsal studio together and began jamming. After nailing numerous favorites from the Sick Puppies catalog, they started writing new material over the next several months.

      2013s Connect saw the band embrace a more experimental side.

      "On the last album, a lot of ideas came from many different places, but our core is rock and that is what we love!" Mark says on this new album, were giving fans what they want, that classic Sick Puppies sound."

      "I think fans will enjoy the resurgence of the heaviness," smiles Emma. "We love that, so we went all the way with it."

      The group teamed up with producer and songwriter Mark Holman [Three Days Grace, Red, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Struts], to start working on their fourth full-length album. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles during 2015, the new music reflects the group?s, incendiary interplay between Emma, Bryan & Mark.

      "We were actually supposed to work with Mark Holman before, but it never materialized for whatever reason," Emma continues. "It was the right moment in time, and he was the perfect producer to bring out the emotion in these songs."

      Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, "Stick To Your Guns" the band?s first single announces the band?s return with a literal bang. Bryan?s vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.

      "You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you," he says. "This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to "stick to your guns", go out there, and believe. The song is meant to em- power."

      Then, there?s the epic "Where Do I Begin," which spotlights Emma and Bryan?s impressive harmonies in the chorus. For lyrical inspiration, the musicians actually turned to the diehard collective Sick Puppies World Crew.

      "We looked on their Facebook and read everything," Emma recalls. "We saw that everyone shared a lot in common, and it was quite touching. We grabbed a few descriptive words and came across this theme. A lot of people out there feel like they?re missing out. They hear things like, „You can do it when you?re ready.? I think, „What?s ready?? If someone?s going to wait to be ready, they might wait their whole lives. It?s about struggling with that and making a move."

      With its gnashing chant and pummeling groove "Let Me Live" introduced the album during the first teaser video-which arrived to palpable audience fervor. Meanwhile, "Walls" sees Emma?s vocals take center stage with gorgeously haunting delivery.

      "It describes the painful feelings that come when a friend, family member, or someone you?re very close to changes, disappoints, disappears, or drifts away," she sighs. "It?s just a snapshot of what I was feeling at that point in time."

      That kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies and their fans since day one. To date, their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified "You?re Going Down" as well as rock smashes "Maybe" "Riptide," and "Odd One."

      "All The Same" the band?s first hit single from their debut album, "Dressed Up As Life" became the soundtrack for the viral video "Free Hugs" campaign racking up tens of mil- lions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

      2013?s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world?s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

      Now, their message is more powerful than ever.

      "When people hear this, I want them to take away a feeling of new life, new passion, and new excitement from this band," Emma leaves off. "Mark and I love what we do. We were going to forge ahead no matter what. We found the perfect guy, and we?re excited about this next chapter."

       

      Website:
      http://www.sickpuppies.com

      Instagram:
      http://www.instagram.com/sickpuppiesofficial

      Twitter:
      http://www.twitter.com/sickpuppies

      Facebook:
      http://www.facebook.com/sickpuppies

    • Events

      • The Crystal Ballroom

        1332 W. 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

        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.  

      Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

      Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

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