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, November 11, 2017 Showbox presents Blues TravelerLos Colognes 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show $29.50 advance, $35 day of show All ages welcome Add to Calendar Blues Traveler After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions evident on their upcoming record Blow Up The Moon. A clever collaboration between various artists, Blow Up The Moon sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band's remarkable 25+ year career. Blow Up the Moon is the first collaborative album that Blues Traveler has ever made. Prior to these sessions, it was rare for the band to have someone else perform on their songs and even more rare to have anyone outside the band write with them. This process was a unique and successful experience for each of these artists who each found new depths and energy in their writing and performance. Blow Up The Moon is an exciting collaboration featuring a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. "We wanted to experiment with co-writing since we usually try to do everything in-house, in this misguided homage to The Beatles," says singer John Popper. Blow Up The Moon allowed Blues Traveler to expand their musical palette while holding the foundation of their distinct and explosive brand of rock. "We found quality writers to see what they could bring to us as a band, and also people who could see our strengths, something that's hard to see for yourself." Blow Up The Moon features collaborating artists Thompson Square, Plain White T's, 3OH!3, Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez (Sublime), Hanson, Jewel, Secondhand Serenade, JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Bowling for Soup, New Hollow and Thomas Ian Nicholas. The concept for Blow Up The Moon came about when the band was commemorating the 20th anniversary of their six-times platinum, award-winning and breakthrough album Four. "Once the idea was put out there, the thing took on a life of its own," says guitarist Chan Kinchla. "We had so much fun reinvigorating our songwriting. This was an organic process that worked." "Nikkia's Prom," which Blues Traveler collaborated on with the Chicago pop-punk band Plain White T's, was brought about through a Twitter conversation. While the groups had not met before, Popper and Plain White T's vocalist Tom Higgenson bonded over the film Kill Bill. "Nikkia's Prom" imagines what would happen if the daughter of Uma Thurman's badass assassin showed up at her future high school dance. As drummer Brendan Hill said, "Like with all the bands we worked with, we just hit it off with them very easily. John and Tom holed themselves in a room and the rest of us just worked on key changes and rhythms. We all had the same kind of humor." Sharing humor and an open-minded perspective on music made the collaboration between Blues Traveler and electronic duo Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte, better known as 3OH!3, work so well. 3OH!3 are represented with two cuts on the disc, "Hurricane" and the title track which also includes contributions from J.C. Chasez (*NSYNC). Keyboardist Ben Wilson says Foreman, "is one of those real grinders who pored over every word all day until he felt we had a real coherent tune. And Sean played an instrument called a guitalele, which looks like a ukulele, but has six strings. When you hear it in this context it has a twangy sound that's just awesome." Blues Traveler also had a relaxed time working with the California ska-punk band Dirty Heads on "Castaway" and "Vagabond," which singer Rome Ramirez (from Sublime) produced. "Both bands just kicked back, handed some chords down and everybody added lyrics," said bassist Tad Kinchla. "We would just learn the chords while we were all in the room together and played it the way we felt. It's the luck of getting along with people." While Keifer and Shawna Thompson from the popular country team Thompson Square are a very different group than 3OH!3 or Dirty Heads, they were equally excited to work with Blues Traveler on "I Can Still Feel You" and "Matador." The latter piece was written with Merle Haggard in mind and how he deserved more respect within the music industry. It's a theme both groups know all too well, especially as they dare to challenge any imposed limitations. "They want to push boundaries," Popper said of Thomson Square. "Generally, they stick to love songs, but here they wrote a philosophical statement about how the industry will embrace you and then turn on you. With them, we enabled each other to broaden the idea of genre and help it lose its meaning. Music is never supposed to be monogamous." A few stars that ascended at the time of Four also make guest appearances on Blow Up The Moon. Jewel lends her voice to "Hearts Are Still Awake," and Thomas Ian Nicholas (star of American Pie), worked with Blues Traveler on "All The Way." Hanson, the brothers who gave the world "Mmmbop," join in on "Top Of The World." Wilson said, "Hanson were huge fans of us back in the day - they were little kids then and 14 years later, here they are, grown men and had the tune almost the way they thought it should go, and we played it down until we got it right. They're great singers and cool songwriters." Other collaborators on Blow Up The Moon include Secondhand Serenade who perform on "Darkness," and co-wrote "Hearts Are Still Awake." "Jackie's Baby," a song of soaring hooks and the collaboration with New Hollow, is according to Popper a new slant on the imagery in The Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon." Working with Bowling For Soup on "Waiting For You" and "I Know Right," proves that Blues Traveler is in no danger of taking itself too seriously. That piece is a satirical look at online communication. "That title phrase just covers everything now," Popper said. "It's easy to talk to someone or beat up someone on Twitter, but try to come up with something new to say." Blues Traveler plan to spend all of 2015 on the road and are looking at more collaborative projects in the future since, as Wilson said, "There are a lot of different ways to write songs, and so many different ways to work with other people and arrive at the same place. It was reaffirming, but also instructive in teaching us how to say something simpler. When you listen to what came out of it, it's something to be proud of." Loud & Proud Records will release Blow Up The Moon on both CD and vinyl in North America via RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world through earMUSIC. Loud & Proud see Blues Traveler as a relevant artist and the collaborations as exciting partnerships proving the band's versatility Website:https://www.bluestraveler.com/ Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Crystal Ballroom Oh Wonder Saturday, October 21 Crystal Ballroom Milky Chance Sunday, October 22 Crystal Ballroom Broken Social Scene Tuesday, October 24 Crystal Ballroom The Jesus and Mary Chain Wednesday, October 25 Crystal Ballroom Slowdive Thursday, October 26 Crystal Ballroom '80s Video Dance Attack - Halloween Party Friday, October 27 Crystal Ballroom 18th Annual Portland Erotic Ball Saturday, October 28 Crystal Ballroom NEEDTOBREATHE Monday, October 30 Crystal Ballroom Similar Events at Crystal Ballroom Oh Wonder Saturday, October 21 Crystal Ballroom Milky Chance Sunday, October 22 Crystal Ballroom Broken Social Scene Tuesday, October 24 Crystal Ballroom The Jesus and Mary Chain Wednesday, October 25 Crystal Ballroom Slowdive Thursday, October 26 Crystal Ballroom '80s Video Dance Attack - Halloween Party Friday, October 27 Crystal Ballroom 18th Annual Portland Erotic Ball Saturday, October 28 Crystal Ballroom NEEDTOBREATHE Monday, October 30 Crystal Ballroom Monqui presents Oh Wonder SoldOut Saturday, October 21 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents Milky Chance SoldOut Sunday, October 22 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui presents Broken Social Scene Tuesday, October 24 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom McMenamins & Monqui present The Jesus and Mary Chain Wednesday, October 25 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui presents Slowdive SoldOut Thursday, October 26 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom '80s Video Dance Attack - Halloween Party Friday, October 27 9 p.m. 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom 18th Annual Portland Erotic Ball Saturday, October 28 8 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom STG presents NEEDTOBREATHE Monday, October 30 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Noise presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour Tuesday, October 31 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom McMenamins and 94/7fm present Silversun Pickups Wednesday, November 1 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Double Tee & Dead Nation present 6LACK Thursday, November 2 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Front Bottoms Friday, November 3 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox present Tyler, the Creator SoldOut Sunday, November 5 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Shoebox Presents LANY Monday, November 6 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom McMenamins and Medicine Tribe present Nahko Tuesday, November 7 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Devil Makes Three Friday, November 10 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents Blues Traveler Saturday, November 11 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Living Prism Presents ORIGIN Friday, November 17 8 p.m doors/show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom 90s Night "Glow Night In the Ballroom" Saturday, November 18 9 p.m. 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Red Cube presents The Monstery Energy Outbreak Tour Presents Wednesday, November 22 7 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show 18+ at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents The Broken Crowns Tour featuring Matisyahu Friday, November 24 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents Illenium SoldOut Saturday, November 25 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show 18 and over at Crystal Ballroom Animals As Leaders/Periphery Monday, November 27 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui & Abstract Earth Project present Louis the Child: Last To Leave Tour Thursday, November 30 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm Sylvan Esso SoldOut Saturday, December 2 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Lumineers SoldOut Monday, December 4 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm Vance Joy Tuesday, December 5 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Dandy Warhols: Cowboy Christmas Saturday, December 9 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm Joywave Sunday, December 10 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm The War On Drugs Monday, December 11 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm Weezer SoldOut Tuesday, December 12 6:30pm doors, 8pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 94/7fm Cold War Kids Wednesday, December 13 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom SYML // Alice Merton Thursday, December 14 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Breakfast with Santa Sunday, December 17 8:30 a.m. All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Breakfast with Santa Sunday, December 17 11 a.m. All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Portugal. 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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 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! 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. 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