Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Vance Joy

Karl Kling

6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show


All ages welcome

Vance Joy

Vance Joy

After dodging the camera for the first leg of his recording career, Vance Joy is staring down the barrel for the cover of his long-awaited debut Dream Your Life Away.

No more arty blurs, or in the case of the Riptide video, being totally MIA.

"You can see people's personalities in their eyes," Vance Joy says. "You can tell if someone is really feeling the song they're singing. I wanted to have a straight on direct 'look into my eyes' moment for this album cover. If I'm going to regret anything it's not going to be that my face looks like my face. People can like it or not like it, but I won't look back and go I shouldn't have been wearing that hat or anything."

Vance Joy has had an unexpectedly long time to finish his debut album. There's a simple reason why - his first single "Riptide" kept charming the world and its charming author followed it around the globe. Several times over.

As well as selling out headline tours in Australia, Vance Joy performed at South By South West, Glastonbury, Firefly and Boonaroo Festivals before returning to Australia for Splendour In The Grass and then back to the UK, Europe, US and Canada for headline tours and V Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Osheaga.

In Australia, Riptide moved from alternative to commercial radio, then commercial TV and got a second wind after it became the first song to top Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown without an album to call home. "Riptide" went worldwide, hitting No.10 in the UK, and Top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It has sold over a million copies worldwide, is being streamed over three million times a week and has cracked the American Top 100 after relentless touring. "Riptide" has gone four times platinum in Australia, with its award victory lap including the prestigious ARIA Song of the Year award.

"It's taken on its own life," the musician says of "Riptide." "It's definitely been a door opener. It's running its own race now."

Naturally, "Riptide" surfaces on Dream Your Life Away, kept company by another track from the "God Loves You When You're Dancing" EP, "From Afar."

"It's still one of my favorite songs," Vance Joy admits.

They're some of his earliest compositions. Back when Vance Joy was still Melbourne boy James Keogh, he'd been in a "shamelessly" Bloc Party inspired Uni band while he juggled footy with a law degree. Falling asleep in most classes suggested that maybe law wasn't where his head was. Just prior to a three-month vacation, he wrote a song called "Winds of Change."

It contains the phrase "an errant finger pokes me in the eye" as well as precisely zero obvious Bloc Party influence. Crucially, James Keogh had found his sound, just before he found his pseudonym Vance Joy (a character who likes to tell stories in Peter Carey's book Bliss)

"'Winds of Change' is the first song I ever wrote that I thought was any good," Vance Joy says. "It was 2009. It was a breakthrough. It planted the seed in my head of me being able to write good songs. So I went away and I had all these ideas running through my head, I didn't take an instrument, I just made notes in a book. When I came back I wrote 'From Afar.' 'Winds of Change' was the first coherent song I wrote that I wanted to show people. I'm glad that song opens that album. It was the change in my songwriting, I discovered that strumming rhythm. It started something."

Good things came fast. He pieced together "Riptide" on a dirt cheap ukulele (he's since upgraded) from a few songs sitting on his cerebral scrap heap. That area in the back of his head also gave rise to new single "Mess is Mine," a charming construct of good sections he managed to shoehorn in one song.

"It's total cannibalization that song," Vance Joy explains. "There's so many bits from other songs I had on the wreck heap. Some of the lyrics are from conversations I had, like my friend who had a crush on two blonde guys in a hostel in Byron Bay, so I got that line 'check me in and check me out' from her. That stayed with me. 'Riptide' was pieced from a few songs I had lying around. You do whatever works."

Books and films also provided plenty of inspiration. The movie in "Riptide" was Midnight Cowboy, while on Dream Your Life Away the tune "We All Die Trying To Get It Right" started life when Vance Joy was watching the movie Infamous about writer Truman Capote. "With a line like `we all die trying to get there', sometimes you hear something and you put it in your phone. Well, you blatantly steal it. But rarely does something come to fit perfectly, even the syllables, but it did in that case."

"Who Am I" parties like it's 1899 - the year poet W.B Yeats wrote "The Wind Among the Reeds," where Vance Joy saw the line about laying your dreams down at someone's feet and asking them to be careful they don't crush them.

"Georgia," one of singer/songwriter's personal favorites, was particularly important. He wrote it on January 1 this year, right in the throes of "Riptide" fever. "Hemingway says, 'I have written well, I will write well again.' The well doesn't dry up. Before 'Georgia,' I wasn't feeling particularly inspired, then that song came out of nowhere. I was on a high for five days. You can't force it, but it's nice to know that now you recognize when a song is coming."

Hemingway's, A Moveable Feast, also provoked the "first cut is the deepest" acknowledgement in "First Time," the last song recorded for the album, again salvaged from one from Vance Joy's "maybe" pile. "I'm glad we resurrected it," he says. "It's turned out really well for a song I hadn't thought about for a while."

"Red Eye" captures a pre-frequent flyer Vance Joy who didn't know the phrase for the night flight, also with a few lyrical (and canine) nods to Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. "It's a tried and true story," Vance Joy says of the geographical heartache in "Red Eye." "You put two lovers in a song, separate them, and you've got three minutes to reunite them. I suppose it's a story that has been told and re-told in different forms. It's reliable."

Dream Your Life Away was recorded mainly just outside of Seattle with producer Ryan Hadlock (Lumineers, Gossip, Johnny Flynn) including a handful of songs ("Mess is Mine," "Winds of Change" and "Georgia") being finished off in a tree house on the studio grounds. "It was beautiful," Vance Joy says of the gravity-defying recording sessions, "And it was cool being so super close as we were recording."

With his debut album finally finished, Vance Joy is in the enviable position of the entire world wanting to hear it all at the same time. He's already blacked out the next year for touring, on the back of nearly two years of touring since "Riptide" was a mere ripple.

The album title, Dream Your Life Away, came to him after hearing John Lennon's 1981 classic "Watching the Wheels."

"He has that line 'People say I'm crazy, dreaming my life away,' and I love that idea. That title feels like a good reflection of my life recently. It's still all totally new to me. I still feel new as, which is good. I still feel like I'm just chipping away."

- Cameron Adams



Karl Kling

Karl Kling

Karl Kling is a Portland, OR based artist who's on his way to becoming a heavy hitter in the indie electronic space. Outside of performing with Grammy winner RAC he explores his personal musical stylings, utilizing a wealth of production & studio talents to dream up an engaging and nuanced brand of Electronic Pop. In early 2015, his debut LP was released on Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records.

With his latest release "I Need You," Kling syncs up a booming New Jack Swing inspired break to ethereal-falsetto vocals and hazy, evocative lyrics.

Kling is currently wrapping up a new set of songs recorded at Portland's A/D Agency Recording Studio, which he founded.




The Crystal Ballroom

1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

(503) 225-0047
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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
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Lighting diagram 
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Sound manifest
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Lola's Room: 
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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

$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)
$ ----  CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair)
$ ----  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.


All ticket purchases are non-refundable.


There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available.


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!


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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