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 Thursday, March 1, 2018 True West Presents The Wood Brothers 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show $25 advance All ages welcome Add to Calendar The Wood Brothers The cover of The Wood Brothers' gorgeous new album, 'Paradise,' is adorned with an illustration of a mule staring at a carrot dangling just inches in front of its mouth. The carrot, though, is hanging from a stick affixed to the mule's own head."In some ways, he's already got it," explains guitarist Oliver Wood. "And in some ways, he'll never have it."That paradox is at the core of 'Paradise,' an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach. It's a beautiful collection, the band's most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in Nashville, 'Paradise' captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band-and a family-navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.Dubbed "masters of soulful folk" by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, 'Ways Not To Lose,' on Blue Note in 2006. You'd be forgiven at the time for expecting it to be something of a side project. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, it's become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act.'Paradise' follows the band's acclaimed 2013 release 'The Muse,' which was recorded almost entirely live around a tree of microphones in Zac Brown's Southern Ground studio. Hailed previously by the New York Times for their "gripping" vocals and by the LA Times for their "taught musicianship," the brothers found the live setting to be a remarkable showcase for their live chemistry and charismatic magnetism. But when it came time to record 'Paradise,' their fifth studio album, the band knew the music called for a different approach."For this album, we wanted to have a more up-close and dry sound," explains Chris. "I worked on another record at Easy Eye and I just loved the room. Dan's studio is cool because it's not old, but it feels that way when you walk into it. It reminds me of Sun Studios. It just has that feeling of a small room with natural compression, and I think you hear that in the sounds on the record."The decision to record in Nashville was no coincidence either, as this marks the first album written with the entire band living in Music City."Oliver and I spent a lot of hours just in a room together writing songs," says Chris. "That's really never happened before. All the music in the past was written long distance or over the course of touring. It's definitely the most collaborative album we've ever made.""It was kind of a luxury to be able to play together not just at a soundcheck," adds Jano. "It was a different starting point. Rather than people bringing in compositions that were relatively finished, we were starting from the ground up as a group."The album opens with "Singing To Strangers," which sets the tone for what's to come both musically and thematically."Singing to strangers is something we do every night," explains Oliver, "and there's some satisfaction about singing to strangers. It's this weird thing that I think we get addicted to. It's not that we need attention as much as we need connection. On a good night, when we're singing to strangers, everybody in the room bonds, and you have this amazing sense of connection."That desire for connection permeates the album, from "Touch Of Your Hand"-a song about what Chris describes as "the most basic human need that there is"-to "Two Places"-a track about longing for home and family while on the road-to "Never And Always," which examines the fundamental emotional experiences of loneliness and belonging. "Snake Eyes" and "American Heartache" both explore the dark side of longing, how the constant need for more in our consumer culture can engender a perpetual dissatisfaction with never having enough, while on "Without Desire," they find the beauty and the magic that the titular emotion can bring into our lives."Desire gets a bad rap sometimes," explains Chris, "and people think it's the root of all of our problems. We wanted a song that said, 'Maybe it's not, maybe we need it.' What would it be like if we didn't desire all those good things in life?"In addition to Chris's electric bass, which appears on two tracks, the album also showcases Jano's "shuitar," a portmanteau for "shitty guitar." The name belies the instrument's complexity, though. It's actually an acoustic guitar that Jano has rigged up with noisemakers to function as an easy-to-travel-with drum kit."I made one in The Wood Brothers because we needed a portable drum set we could take to play on sessions and on the radio," he explains, "but then we've been using it so much live, we started writing for it and not wanting it to even sound like a drum set anymore. We wanted to let it be its own thing."It turns up prominently on "Heartbreak Lullaby," which also features guitar playing from Oliver inspired by field recordings of African folk musicians. There's more to Jano than percussion, though, as he sits down at the piano on several tracks on 'Paradise,' including album closer "River Of Sin.""That song imagines how when people get baptized in a river, it's supposed to wash away their sins," explains Chris. "But what happens to the water? Where do the sins go? And what if you live downstream from all that baptizing?""A lot of the songs are dealing with these themes of longing and desire," adds Oliver, "but the album finishes with 'River of Sin' because it's a positive and empowering message, which is that you can't really do anything unless you're persistent. The narrator is humble and understands that there are all these things larger than him andhe's just trying to understand them and he's determined to do better and be as good as he can. And he recognizes the only way to do that is to keep trying."It's a fitting, lovely, gospel-tinged ending to an album that traces both the darkness and the beauty in our nature, the perpetual hope and the futility of it all. The quest for the carrot often blinds us to the fact that we already possess it, and that's the irony of desire."He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have." Socrates said that."I can't live without desire / If I didn't want anything / Why would I rise? / Why would I sing?" 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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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