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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 94/7fm Cold War KidsThe Autonomics 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show $33 advance, $33 day of show All ages welcome Add to Calendar Cold War Kids Ten years have come and gone since Cold War Kids first took to the stage in their homegrown Southern California scene. Time is typically unkind to indie rock bands. So how is that Cold War Kids are still here in 2014, selling out tours and releasing their fifth album in a decade amidst these 40 seasons of torrential fate winds, while so many of their peers have vanished? "We worked really fucking hard, that's the answer," says Nathan Willett. "We worked really hard and we were successful, which is freakishly impossible, and we should embrace it. That's our story." From his post at the front, Willett-along with the band's bassist and visual director Matt Maust-has led Cold War Kids through the tricky 21st century rock and roll landscape, soaring over the peaks and facing the valleys head-on while carving out a place of the band's own. Reaping sky-high praise from a mid-2000s blogosphere then growing wings as a live show juggernaut, they stand now with their fifth studio album Hold My Home as both a different animal and an unaltered beast all at once. The band wrote and recorded the album in their own San Pedro studio, with guitarist Dann Gallucci and Dear Miss Lonelyhearts collaborator Lars Stalfors at the production helm. It is at the same time a more pure and also more bombastic album than anything they have ever made, utilizing their environment, experience, energy and cohesion while still driving home the familiar Cold War Kids sound that has been honed and perfected over this past decade. "This record is a testament to some of my strengths-loving words and stories-but also getting out the other side and creating a fun song that is in the spirit of the band," says Willett. "This fifth record is probably the most simple, in a way, since the first one." Cold War Kids began as a four-piece of college friends but has undergone a couple of lineup changes in the past few years, from the fulltime addition of guitarist/producer Gallucci (Modest Mouse, Murder City Devils) to the departure of two original members, including most recently drummer Matt Aveiro. Replacing Aveiro on the album and on tour is seasoned veteran Joe Plummer (The Shins, Modest Mouse, Mister Heavenly), and also onboard is touring keyboardist/vocalist Matthew Schwartz. Willett admits the alterations, while not easy, have been for the best. "For a band getting past that several-year hump, everyone figures out their role or contributions and are either content or not. The idea of what we're doing evolved. It was the right kind of work for Maust and for me. We're on the same tip that way; we want to live this artistic life." By now, it's clear that Cold War Kids starts and ends with Willett, Maust and Gallucci, the creative yin and yang and three-chambered heart of the band. Willett stars as reluctant leader, like Moses in the wilderness, the cerebral center and refined song-crafter, shouldering responsibility; Maust is the spontaneous punk rock locomotive, constantly pushing the group forward as the conducting engine of their artistic spirit; Gallucci, who worked for Cold War Kids doing live sound for three years before officially joining, has the wide experience, taste and encyclopedic knowledge of music to make it all click. ("No one knows the sound of this band better than Dann," says Willett. "He's opened many doors for us.") Together, they are the perfect complement; to wit, when Willett and Maust formed the side-project French Style Furs last year, that experiment only brought more energy and ideas to Cold War Kids. "French Style Furs showed us how fun it needs to be making a record," says Willett. "And that sometimes you have to tear something off to create a new energy." The rounding out of their main project's lineup has created a dream team of sorts, hitting on all cylinders. As Willett says, "We have everything we need: hunger, energy, guys that come from bigger bands who know how things should work... There's a lot of space for these guys as musicians to be creative, but we have our musical common ground in that we're serving the song. As Maust understands about art, you elevate it to a place where it's bigger than you and you serve it." The one-two elevated punch that launches Hold My Home is undoubtedly the band's strongest leadoff since Robbers & Cowards. "All This Could Be Yours," the first single, packs influences from Patti Smith and Them with its chugging piano chords and sing-along refrain, while the second song, "First," is perhaps their biggest sound yet. One of the final songs to be completed and originally intended as a B-side, Willett calls "First" a "morning-after song with the usual Cold War Kids self-doubt: ‘Who am I, what am I doing, who are these people, do they love me, do I love myself?' The songs that strike a nerve emotionally are the vulnerable ones. But it got an immediate reaction. I want to still learn what roads I can go down that are working." "Hotel Anywhere" is an escape from expectations and responsibility, a song inspired by an energetic experience listening to Oasis in the van after a gig. "There was this sense of abandon," says Willett, "and I realized that's what we feed off of as a band, that kind of energy that's not cerebral. I feed off of Leonard Cohen but I feed off a good rocker, too. ‘Hotel Anywhere' has a space and time and it's poetic, but it has some Oasis drunken pub fun." "Harold Bloom" is an introspective number named after one of literature's foremost critics and inspired in part by a confrontational moment in a John Lennon documentary. A torch song of sorts, it toes the line of the artist's obligation to let go, regardless of who may be watching closely, while cautioning to not "lift your heroes up so high/that you can't touch." "You cannot let the potential for criticism come before your own creative release," says Willett. "You have to make mistakes, and run forward knowing you may trip. Powerful art often happens accidentally and I have to work to make myself that way. I understand the dynamic of needing criticism or self-awareness but I am reminding myself to be childlike about it." In that sense, Willett and Cold War Kids have circled back to the beginning, as self-sufficient artists creating for the sheer love and joy of creation, surviving and thriving as they go, running off of the same steam they started on. Picking up some essentials along the way, they remain, ultimately, themselves-exemplified by the title track. "It's about battening down the hatches when trouble comes and seeking control in a chaotic world," says Willett. "To ‘hold my home/where the seasons never change.' "We come from that time of bands that either don't exist anymore or do in some smaller form. We're somewhere in this middle ground, which is really great because we still get to do exactly what we want. In that way it does come back to Maust and me. We've existed 10 years and five records, we're still making art that is very vulnerable and singular but we are ambitious and honest with ourselves, knowing that we want success and to reach people and have them understand our art. There's something great that comes from having to knock on doors, and some of that hunger is back in this record. That's where depth comes from, when you can tap into that place that has you digging deep and trying to find something true. I think Hold My Home is about all those things." Website:http://www.coldwarkids.com/ Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Crystal Ballroom X Thursday, December 28 Crystal Ballroom Beats Antique Friday, December 29 Crystal Ballroom Fruition Saturday, December 30 Crystal Ballroom New Year's Eve with Sunday, December 31 Crystal Ballroom Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole Friday, January 5 Crystal Ballroom The BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the NW Sunday, January 7 Crystal Ballroom Steel Panther Friday, January 12 Crystal Ballroom Wolf Parade Sunday, January 14 Crystal Ballroom Similar Events at Crystal Ballroom X Thursday, December 28 Crystal Ballroom Beats Antique Friday, December 29 Crystal Ballroom Fruition Saturday, December 30 Crystal Ballroom New Year's Eve with Sunday, December 31 Crystal Ballroom Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole Friday, January 5 Crystal Ballroom The BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the NW Sunday, January 7 Crystal Ballroom Steel Panther Friday, January 12 Crystal Ballroom Wolf Parade Sunday, January 14 Crystal Ballroom X Thursday, December 28 7:45 p.m. doors, 8:45 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Abstract Earth Project Presents Beats Antique Friday, December 29 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Fruition Saturday, December 30 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom New Year's Eve with Fruition Sunday, December 31 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole Friday, January 5 7:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom The BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the NW Sunday, January 7 12 p.m. doors All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Steel Panther Friday, January 12 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Wolf Parade Sunday, January 14 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Emporium Presents Randy Rogers Band Thursday, January 18 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents Hippo Campus Saturday, January 20 7:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Excision Monday, January 22 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show 18 and over at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Excision Tuesday, January 23 6:30 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show 18 and over at Crystal Ballroom True West present Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Wednesday, January 24 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Hammerhead's Birthday Thursday, January 25 All day All ages welcome | 21 and over to drink at All Locations Live Nation and McMenamins present Meshuggah Thursday, January 25 6 p.m. Doors, 7:30 p.m. Show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack and J-Fell 80s Weekend Night #1: 80s Video Dance Attack Friday, January 26 8 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom J-Fell Presents and 80s Video Dance Attack 80s Weekend Night #2: 80s Tribute Bands Saturday, January 27 8 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band SoldOut Friday, February 2 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band SoldOut Saturday, February 3 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Super Diamond - 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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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