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McMenamins Music

1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    "HELL NO!"

    all profits and ticketing fees to benefit ACLU and Unite Oregon
    featuring short sets by:
    Sleater-Kinney
    Colin Meloy
    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
    Quasi
    Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
    Team Dresch
    Gregory McKelvey of Portland’s Resistance
    Chanti Darling (DJ set)
    Summer Cannibals
    Máscaras
    Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

    Buy Tickets

    5 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. show
    Sold out
    All ages welcome

    Add to Calendar

    "HELL NO!"

    A protest concert in direct opposition to the policies of the new administration. All profits and ticketing fees to benefit ACLU and Unite Oregon.

    With short sets by:

    Sleater-Kinney
    Colin Meloy
    Quasi
    Team Dresch
    Chanti Darling (DJ Set)
    Summer Cannibals
    Mascaras

    and speakers
    Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
    Gregory McKelvey of Portland's Resistance

    Lola's will be hosting information booths representing many of Portland's local non-profit organizations, featuring a DJ set by Strange Babes.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    Volunteer your way into the event! If you would prefer to EARN your ticket you can volunteer through our friends at wavePDX.org where we have a limited number of volunteer tickets available.

    VIP tickets include early entry and access to VIP viewing section on the Crystal Ballroom floor. 

    Sleater-Kinney

    Sleater-Kinney

    "We sound possessed on these songs," says guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein about Sleater-Kinney's eighth studio album, No Cities To Love. "Willing it all-the entire weight of the band and what it means to us-back into existence."

    The new record is the first in 10 years from the acclaimed trio-Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss-who came crashing out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk's political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as "America's best rock band" by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.

    But the new album isn't about reminiscing, it's about reinvention-the ignition of an unparalleled chemistry to create new sounds and tell new stories. "I always considered Corin and Carrie to be musical soulmates in the tradition of the greats," says Weiss, whose drums fuel the fire of Tucker and Brownstein's vocal and guitar interplay. "Something about taking a break brought them closer, desperate to reach together again for their true expression." The result is a record that grapples with love, power and redemption without restraint. "The three of us want the same thing," says Weiss. "We want the songs to be daunting."

    Produced by long-time Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson, who helmed many of the band's earlier albums including 1997 breakout set Dig Me Out, No Cities To Love is indeed formidable from the first beat. Lead track "Price Tag" is a pounding anthem about greed and the human cost of capitalism, establishing both the album's melodic drive and its themes of power and powerlessness-giving voice, as Tucker says, to those who "struggle to be heard against the dominant culture or status quo."

    "Bury Our Friends" has Tucker and Brownstein joining vocal forces, locking arms to defeat a pressing fear of insignificance. It's also emblematic of the band's give and take, and commitment to working and reworking each song until it's as strong as it can be. "‘Bury Our Friends' was written in the 11th hour," says Tucker. "Carrie had her great chime-y guitar riff, but we had gone around in circles with how to make that part into a cohesive song. I think Carrie finally cracked the chorus idea and yelled, ‘Sing with me!'" "A New Wave" similarly went through many iterations during the writing process, with five or six potential choruses, before crystallizing. It enters with an insistent guitar riff, and a battle between acceptance and defiance-"Every day I throw a little party," howls Brownstein, "but a fit would be more fitting."

    The album's meditative title track was inspired by the trend of atomic tourism and its function as a metaphor for someone enthralled and impressed by power. "That form of power, that presence, is not only destructive it's also hollowed-out, past its prime," says Brownstein. "The character in that song has made a ritual out of seeking structures and people in which to find strength, yet they keep coming up empty."

    Sleater-Kinney's decade apart made room for family and other fruitful collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band's singular chemistry demands. "Creativity is about where you want your blood to flow, because in order to do something meaningful and powerful there has to be life inside of it," says Brownstein. "Sleater-Kinney isn't something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. We have to really want it. This band requires a certain desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity that is this band will push right back."

    "The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the basement and to try and reinvent our band," adds Tucker. With No Cities To Love," we went for the jugular."

    -Evie Nagy

     

    website:
    http://www.sleater-kinney.com/

    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/SleaterKinney

    Colin Meloy

    Colin Meloy

    Frontman for Happy Cactus, Tarkio, and the Decemberists, Portland-based Colin Meloy's first foray into solo work came in 2005 when he hit the road in support of the six-song EP Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey. He toured again the following year with fellow singer/songwriters Laura Veirs and Amy Annelle, where he hawked another self-released limited-edition EP of covers, this time from the canon of lauded British folk legend Shirley Collins. In 2008 Meloy released his first "official" solo album, Colin Meloy Sings Live! on the Kill Rock Stars label, followed by a tour (where he sold his third installment of self-made tribute albums, this time of soul legend Sam Cooke) with fellow Portland, OR, singer Laura Gibson

    Website:
    http://colinmeloy.com/

    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

    the title.
    new album called Wig Out at Jagbags. Jagbag is a great word. A smeared aspersion, not profanity, but derived from one..... watered down for the airwaves, or the assembly line. To Wig out--we've all been there. We ARE there, at least i Am.

    And the "I" on a record is speaking for/as/to you, so If you're not wigging out, go no further, dear reader... (and then there is Dag Nasty, which I wont bother justifying , just a first flourish of the unstoppable need to name drop).

    the album.
    produced by the band and Remko Schouten, the Dutch soundman of Pavement fame, and owner of IJland studio in east Amsterdam.


    I don't know where to start... again. This record is inspired by Cologne Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas. Imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, the Joggers, The NBA, home life in the 2010's...

    We (Remko) found a studio over in the Ardennes with a" farmhouse vibe". It was isolated, rural Belgium... near Luxembourg, the cradle of morbid Tax relief. It went very well cuz the band is quite good....We were (are?) pretty psyched with results.

    I've spent the last couple years in Berlin. Berlin, while very hip and in some ways the "center" of Europe, is still isolated. At least if you are an American Dad. Pretty amazing place as you probably already know, and so easy to disappear into. Perhaps any " big" city has this quality-- but a New one (to me), where they speak German(mostly)....well, you can almost cease to exist. Which is of course a liberating fantasy.

    But after two years there, we were Starting to Exist. It was like an average birth, without pain. I worked the lyrics/chords out on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment. And This is what you get: Projected Imaginings of ROck and ROll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle.

    And we feel compelled to share it with you.
    --
    SM (& Jicks)

    (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, Mike Clark)

    facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=90332465483

    website:
    http://stephenmalkmus.com/

    Twitter:
    @MalkmusAndJicks

    label:
    http://www.matadorrecords.com/stephen_malkmus_and_the_jicks/

    Quasi

    Quasi

    Quasi was formed in Portland OR in '93 by Sam Coomes & Janet Weiss. Their first album was self released in '95. They released three albums between '97 & '99 on Up Records. They moved to Touch & Go Records in '01 & released three albums with them, & additionally T&G reissued the first album. The band moved over to the Kill Rock Stars label in '09. Quasi albums are licenced by Domino Records outside North America & P-Vine & Hostess in Japan. Throughout this time they have also toured &/or recorded either individually or collectively with Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, Heatmiser, the Go Betweens, Pink Mountain, Blues Goblins, Jandek, the Boston Spaceships, Crock, Slang, Portland Cello Project, Deep Fried Boogie Band, IS, numerous other less recognizeable names. Prior to to Quasi, SC was in the San Francisco band Donner Party (c.'83-'88) & both SC & JW were in the Portland power trio Motorgoat (c.'90-'92). Joanna Bolme (Jicks, The Minders, Calamity Jane) joined the band in c.'06 & left the band after the recording of "American Gong" & numerous tours in '11. Quasi is still in the new, gentrified Portland.

    Website:
    http://www.theequasi.com/

    Team Dresch

    Team Dresch

    Team Dresch helped grow the legendary queercore and feminist music scenes of the 90's. Their album Personal Best has been called one of the finest debuts in punk-rock history. In addition to releasing their own records, their record labels, Chainsaw, Candy-Ass, and Mr. Lady, released seminal albums from Sleater-Kinney, The Need, Free to Fight Self-Defense Project, Le Tigre, and many more radical and brilliant bands.

    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/teamdresch/

    Chanti Darling (DJ set)

    Chanti Darling (DJ set)

    Influenced by groovy danceable R&B in all of it's facets; funk, disco, boogie, house, freestyle, New Jack, 90's and beyond, and named "Best New Band 2016" by Willamette Week, Chanti Darling creates "All Day All Night Jams."

    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/ChantiDarlingMusic/

    Summer Cannibals

    Summer Cannibals

    Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux, the Cannibals initially cut their teeth on the local circuit, sharing the stage and receiving encouragement from peers such as The Thermals. Along the way, they released a pair of fantastic full-lengths -- 2013's No Makeup and 2015's Show Us Your Mind - on their own label, New Moss Records. Show Us Your Mind was recorded by legendary NW engineer Larry Crane and was recently named one of the best of 2015 by Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis. The band has since spent an unhealthy amount of time on the road, earning accolades and adding plenty of fresh converts to their highly-charged, no frills attack.

    It seems only logical that when the band decided to sign to a label, they chose a label like Kill Rock Stars, which has a long history of putting out fearless, female-led bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. "Summer Cannibals take us back to our roots," says KRS President Portia Sabin. "Jessica is a great songwriter and the band is super exciting live, it's a perfect fit."

    The new album Full Of It is the band's defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that every band hopes to achieve at least once in their career. Aided by rhythm guitarist Marc Swart and a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley and bassist Jenny Logan, the 11 songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume.

     

    Website:
    http://www.summercannibals.com/

    Máscaras

    Máscaras

    MÁSCARAS IS A MOVEMENT. IT'S A FRIENDLY GAME OF BALANCED, ELEMENTAL FORCES THAT PUSH, PULL, AND TURN TOGETHER IN AN UNCANNY DISPLAY OF SYNCHRONICITY AND UNBRIDLED ENERGY. THIS IS WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IN LIVE, LIVING MUSIC.

    Máscaras is the band that revived the Portland basement show scene. This is soul music, but not that kind. NO, this triple-headed hydra of pummeling instrumental prowess comes on with quickness; surf leads riding on polyrhythmic crescendos and unbridled fuzz bass freak outs that resolve in lock-step dance rhythms that get the whole house moving.

    A pillar of Portland, Papi Fimbres (Sun Angle, GALLONS, Paper/Upper/Cuts, and 20 other bands) assembled the trio after witnessing T-KRAY and DC's dynamic guitar/bass interplay at a party. The three found "LA ZONE", creating instrumental songs that lack nothing in passion, energy. In the ensuing year, the band has risen to become a house show and club favorite, often playing multiple sweaty, packed rooms a week and reminding audiences what live music can be.

     

    Website:
    http://mascarasmusic.com/

    Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

    Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

    JOANN SCHINDERLE is a working stand up comic, actress, and writer based in Portland, OR. She has been seen on VICE, LaughsTV on Fox, and her comedy is regularly featured on Rooftop Media - Audible Radio. Locally, you can catch JoAnn's charming snark at Helium Comedy Club, or every Sunday at Alberta Street Pub where she hosts her weekly stand up showcase called 'Control Yourself', which has been voted 'Top Five PDX Comedy Shows' 3years running by the Willamette Week.

    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, February 26, 2017

      "HELL NO!"

      all profits and ticketing fees to benefit ACLU and Unite Oregon
      featuring short sets by:
      Sleater-Kinney
      Colin Meloy
      Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
      Quasi
      Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
      Team Dresch
      Gregory McKelvey of Portland’s Resistance
      Chanti Darling (DJ set)
      Summer Cannibals
      Máscaras
      Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

      Buy Tickets

      5 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. show
      Sold out
      All ages welcome

      Add to Calendar

      "HELL NO!"

      A protest concert in direct opposition to the policies of the new administration. All profits and ticketing fees to benefit ACLU and Unite Oregon.

      With short sets by:

      Sleater-Kinney
      Colin Meloy
      Quasi
      Team Dresch
      Chanti Darling (DJ Set)
      Summer Cannibals
      Mascaras

      and speakers
      Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
      Gregory McKelvey of Portland's Resistance

      Lola's will be hosting information booths representing many of Portland's local non-profit organizations, featuring a DJ set by Strange Babes.

      PLEASE NOTE:
      Volunteer your way into the event! If you would prefer to EARN your ticket you can volunteer through our friends at wavePDX.org where we have a limited number of volunteer tickets available.

      VIP tickets include early entry and access to VIP viewing section on the Crystal Ballroom floor. 

      Sleater-Kinney

      Sleater-Kinney

      "We sound possessed on these songs," says guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein about Sleater-Kinney's eighth studio album, No Cities To Love. "Willing it all-the entire weight of the band and what it means to us-back into existence."

      The new record is the first in 10 years from the acclaimed trio-Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss-who came crashing out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk's political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as "America's best rock band" by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.

      But the new album isn't about reminiscing, it's about reinvention-the ignition of an unparalleled chemistry to create new sounds and tell new stories. "I always considered Corin and Carrie to be musical soulmates in the tradition of the greats," says Weiss, whose drums fuel the fire of Tucker and Brownstein's vocal and guitar interplay. "Something about taking a break brought them closer, desperate to reach together again for their true expression." The result is a record that grapples with love, power and redemption without restraint. "The three of us want the same thing," says Weiss. "We want the songs to be daunting."

      Produced by long-time Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson, who helmed many of the band's earlier albums including 1997 breakout set Dig Me Out, No Cities To Love is indeed formidable from the first beat. Lead track "Price Tag" is a pounding anthem about greed and the human cost of capitalism, establishing both the album's melodic drive and its themes of power and powerlessness-giving voice, as Tucker says, to those who "struggle to be heard against the dominant culture or status quo."

      "Bury Our Friends" has Tucker and Brownstein joining vocal forces, locking arms to defeat a pressing fear of insignificance. It's also emblematic of the band's give and take, and commitment to working and reworking each song until it's as strong as it can be. "‘Bury Our Friends' was written in the 11th hour," says Tucker. "Carrie had her great chime-y guitar riff, but we had gone around in circles with how to make that part into a cohesive song. I think Carrie finally cracked the chorus idea and yelled, ‘Sing with me!'" "A New Wave" similarly went through many iterations during the writing process, with five or six potential choruses, before crystallizing. It enters with an insistent guitar riff, and a battle between acceptance and defiance-"Every day I throw a little party," howls Brownstein, "but a fit would be more fitting."

      The album's meditative title track was inspired by the trend of atomic tourism and its function as a metaphor for someone enthralled and impressed by power. "That form of power, that presence, is not only destructive it's also hollowed-out, past its prime," says Brownstein. "The character in that song has made a ritual out of seeking structures and people in which to find strength, yet they keep coming up empty."

      Sleater-Kinney's decade apart made room for family and other fruitful collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band's singular chemistry demands. "Creativity is about where you want your blood to flow, because in order to do something meaningful and powerful there has to be life inside of it," says Brownstein. "Sleater-Kinney isn't something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. We have to really want it. This band requires a certain desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity that is this band will push right back."

      "The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the basement and to try and reinvent our band," adds Tucker. With No Cities To Love," we went for the jugular."

      -Evie Nagy

       

      website:
      http://www.sleater-kinney.com/

      Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/SleaterKinney

      Colin Meloy

      Colin Meloy

      Frontman for Happy Cactus, Tarkio, and the Decemberists, Portland-based Colin Meloy's first foray into solo work came in 2005 when he hit the road in support of the six-song EP Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey. He toured again the following year with fellow singer/songwriters Laura Veirs and Amy Annelle, where he hawked another self-released limited-edition EP of covers, this time from the canon of lauded British folk legend Shirley Collins. In 2008 Meloy released his first "official" solo album, Colin Meloy Sings Live! on the Kill Rock Stars label, followed by a tour (where he sold his third installment of self-made tribute albums, this time of soul legend Sam Cooke) with fellow Portland, OR, singer Laura Gibson

      Website:
      http://colinmeloy.com/

      Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

      Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

      the title.
      new album called Wig Out at Jagbags. Jagbag is a great word. A smeared aspersion, not profanity, but derived from one..... watered down for the airwaves, or the assembly line. To Wig out--we've all been there. We ARE there, at least i Am.

      And the "I" on a record is speaking for/as/to you, so If you're not wigging out, go no further, dear reader... (and then there is Dag Nasty, which I wont bother justifying , just a first flourish of the unstoppable need to name drop).

      the album.
      produced by the band and Remko Schouten, the Dutch soundman of Pavement fame, and owner of IJland studio in east Amsterdam.


      I don't know where to start... again. This record is inspired by Cologne Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas. Imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, the Joggers, The NBA, home life in the 2010's...

      We (Remko) found a studio over in the Ardennes with a" farmhouse vibe". It was isolated, rural Belgium... near Luxembourg, the cradle of morbid Tax relief. It went very well cuz the band is quite good....We were (are?) pretty psyched with results.

      I've spent the last couple years in Berlin. Berlin, while very hip and in some ways the "center" of Europe, is still isolated. At least if you are an American Dad. Pretty amazing place as you probably already know, and so easy to disappear into. Perhaps any " big" city has this quality-- but a New one (to me), where they speak German(mostly)....well, you can almost cease to exist. Which is of course a liberating fantasy.

      But after two years there, we were Starting to Exist. It was like an average birth, without pain. I worked the lyrics/chords out on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment. And This is what you get: Projected Imaginings of ROck and ROll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle.

      And we feel compelled to share it with you.
      --
      SM (& Jicks)

      (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, Mike Clark)

      facebook:
      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=90332465483

      website:
      http://stephenmalkmus.com/

      Twitter:
      @MalkmusAndJicks

      label:
      http://www.matadorrecords.com/stephen_malkmus_and_the_jicks/

      Quasi

      Quasi

      Quasi was formed in Portland OR in '93 by Sam Coomes & Janet Weiss. Their first album was self released in '95. They released three albums between '97 & '99 on Up Records. They moved to Touch & Go Records in '01 & released three albums with them, & additionally T&G reissued the first album. The band moved over to the Kill Rock Stars label in '09. Quasi albums are licenced by Domino Records outside North America & P-Vine & Hostess in Japan. Throughout this time they have also toured &/or recorded either individually or collectively with Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, Heatmiser, the Go Betweens, Pink Mountain, Blues Goblins, Jandek, the Boston Spaceships, Crock, Slang, Portland Cello Project, Deep Fried Boogie Band, IS, numerous other less recognizeable names. Prior to to Quasi, SC was in the San Francisco band Donner Party (c.'83-'88) & both SC & JW were in the Portland power trio Motorgoat (c.'90-'92). Joanna Bolme (Jicks, The Minders, Calamity Jane) joined the band in c.'06 & left the band after the recording of "American Gong" & numerous tours in '11. Quasi is still in the new, gentrified Portland.

      Website:
      http://www.theequasi.com/

      Team Dresch

      Team Dresch

      Team Dresch helped grow the legendary queercore and feminist music scenes of the 90's. Their album Personal Best has been called one of the finest debuts in punk-rock history. In addition to releasing their own records, their record labels, Chainsaw, Candy-Ass, and Mr. Lady, released seminal albums from Sleater-Kinney, The Need, Free to Fight Self-Defense Project, Le Tigre, and many more radical and brilliant bands.

      Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/teamdresch/

      Chanti Darling (DJ set)

      Chanti Darling (DJ set)

      Influenced by groovy danceable R&B in all of it's facets; funk, disco, boogie, house, freestyle, New Jack, 90's and beyond, and named "Best New Band 2016" by Willamette Week, Chanti Darling creates "All Day All Night Jams."

      Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/ChantiDarlingMusic/

      Summer Cannibals

      Summer Cannibals

      Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux, the Cannibals initially cut their teeth on the local circuit, sharing the stage and receiving encouragement from peers such as The Thermals. Along the way, they released a pair of fantastic full-lengths -- 2013's No Makeup and 2015's Show Us Your Mind - on their own label, New Moss Records. Show Us Your Mind was recorded by legendary NW engineer Larry Crane and was recently named one of the best of 2015 by Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis. The band has since spent an unhealthy amount of time on the road, earning accolades and adding plenty of fresh converts to their highly-charged, no frills attack.

      It seems only logical that when the band decided to sign to a label, they chose a label like Kill Rock Stars, which has a long history of putting out fearless, female-led bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. "Summer Cannibals take us back to our roots," says KRS President Portia Sabin. "Jessica is a great songwriter and the band is super exciting live, it's a perfect fit."

      The new album Full Of It is the band's defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that every band hopes to achieve at least once in their career. Aided by rhythm guitarist Marc Swart and a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley and bassist Jenny Logan, the 11 songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume.

       

      Website:
      http://www.summercannibals.com/

      Máscaras

      Máscaras

      MÁSCARAS IS A MOVEMENT. IT'S A FRIENDLY GAME OF BALANCED, ELEMENTAL FORCES THAT PUSH, PULL, AND TURN TOGETHER IN AN UNCANNY DISPLAY OF SYNCHRONICITY AND UNBRIDLED ENERGY. THIS IS WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IN LIVE, LIVING MUSIC.

      Máscaras is the band that revived the Portland basement show scene. This is soul music, but not that kind. NO, this triple-headed hydra of pummeling instrumental prowess comes on with quickness; surf leads riding on polyrhythmic crescendos and unbridled fuzz bass freak outs that resolve in lock-step dance rhythms that get the whole house moving.

      A pillar of Portland, Papi Fimbres (Sun Angle, GALLONS, Paper/Upper/Cuts, and 20 other bands) assembled the trio after witnessing T-KRAY and DC's dynamic guitar/bass interplay at a party. The three found "LA ZONE", creating instrumental songs that lack nothing in passion, energy. In the ensuing year, the band has risen to become a house show and club favorite, often playing multiple sweaty, packed rooms a week and reminding audiences what live music can be.

       

      Website:
      http://mascarasmusic.com/

      Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

      Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle

      JOANN SCHINDERLE is a working stand up comic, actress, and writer based in Portland, OR. She has been seen on VICE, LaughsTV on Fox, and her comedy is regularly featured on Rooftop Media - Audible Radio. Locally, you can catch JoAnn's charming snark at Helium Comedy Club, or every Sunday at Alberta Street Pub where she hosts her weekly stand up showcase called 'Control Yourself', which has been voted 'Top Five PDX Comedy Shows' 3years running by the Willamette Week.

    • 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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