Friday, April 6, 2018

Jonathan Davis of Korn


6:30 p.m. Doors, 7:30 p.m. Show

$35 advance, $40 day of show

All ages welcome

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Jonathan Davis of Korn

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Music heightens the senses, conjures catharsis, and unlocks other levels of consciousness.
Just ask Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

Throughout his storied career, he's unleashed his demons night after night on stage, sharing an escape with audiences of millions. However, Davis does something that he's never done before on his 2018 solo debut.

"This time, I'm pulling something out of the audience," he grins. "I've bared my soul for so fucking long I thought it'd be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once. I'm taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that's spiritual, positive, and makes them really think! It's just art. I've changed lives with Korn, but I wanted to open minds with this shit."

The new music represents a natural step for the Bakersfield, CA singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A true original, the overpowering figure he casts behind that H.R. Giger-made microphone remains just as iconic as his signature scream does. His output in Korn encompasses two GRAMMY® Award wins, worldwide sales of 40 million-plus, and countless sold out shows in nearly every corner of the globe. Throughout over 20 years in music, his presence coursed through film scores to popular video game franchises, and official remixes for the likes of Steve Aoki and more. Along the way, he lent his voice to tracks for everyone from Linkin Park to Tech N9ne.
Throughout this whirlwind, Davis quietly compiled ideas for what would become this solo effort beginning back in 2007. Writing and recording on the road, he personally played guitar, keys, and anything else he could get his hands on. Moreover, the music was primarily record live.

Numerous times, it felt like fans might experience this music, but it was never the right time.

That changes now.

"This is how fate would have it," he explains. "Deals would come and go. Then, we'd do a Korn record and a tour. There was no time for me to do this. All of the stars finally aligned. Velvet Hammer believed in it. Sumerian Records came to the fold. It's like an extension of where I was at on the Queen of the Damned shit mixed with rock, early goth, new romantic, and everything I love. It's going to take you on a journey."

That journey bears a resemblance to the Ganzfeld Experiment. Often studied in universities and replicated on YouTube, the parapsychology test involves a combination of a split ping pong ball, red light, and white noise that can spark natural hallucination without any drugs. Loosely inspiring the album's own trip, Davis breathes life into the role of "The Teacher," as if assuming his own tarot card.

"During the experiment, some people see shit, some people have out-of-body experiences, and some people think there's someone else in the room," he goes on. "To me, it shows there's something else out there other than religion, consumerism, and all of that. There's a level of enlightenment I want to achieve. With all of the bullshit going, everyone is stuck on their fucking cell phones. This takes us way out of that."

The music does as well. Siphoning his love for Dead Can Dance, Bauhaus, The Cure, and Andrew Lloyd Weber into a twisted pastiche, the songs comprise a tableau of divine darkness. On the lead single "What It Is," ominous piano keys bleed into a slow-burning verse before thick guitars snap towards an expansive and engaging refrain punctuated by his dynamic vocals.

"No matter how hard you try to fight bad things in your life, life will be what it is," he admits. "It's up to you to accept that, combat it, and move forward, or it's up to you to be in denial. Then, it becomes a thorn in your side until you finally deal with it. This is it. Just deal with it."

The six-minute "Basic Needs" tempers a hulking groove with a breakdown played live by percussive instruments from Japan, India, and beyond.

"It's a fucking love song about what I need to survive," states Davis. "I don't need fucking money, fame, or anyone to pat me on the back. Basic needs are all it takes."

As always, he makes a primal connection by doing what he does best in the end.
"I've always got to be different," he leaves off. "Once again, I'm doing something I haven't heard before. This is my swan song. It's my fucking masterpiece up to this point."
If that sounds familiar, it's just because Jonathan Davis once again rewrote the rule book.

- Rick Florino, January 2018



Experimentation precedes evolution. In chemistry, disparate elements clash, collide, collate, and combine into new formulations. The same goes for music. The most influential artists push the envelope by burning boundaries and fusing styles in ways the world has yet to hear.

Palisades perfect that approach on their self-titled third full-length album [Rise Records]. Igniting the nexus of rock, electronic, and alternative music, the New Jersey five-piece -Louis Miceli [lead vocals], Xavier Adames [lead guitar, backing vocals], Matthew Marshall [rhythm guitar], Brandon Elgar [bass], and Aaron Rosa [drums]-summon an aural palette akin to Skrillex and Hans Zimmer teaming to re- produce Hybrid Theory for the 22nd century.

This signature sonic science opens up a gateway into Palisades...

"We were going through a lot of hardships, and we wrote something deeply emotional and, above all, real," Lou admits. "It's our more mature side. We may have flirted with that aspect in the past, but it was time to finally dig in. We tried to find out who we are. We didn't pull any punches. We were true to ourselves and held nothing back. It's a coming-of-age moment."

"There were a lot of changes in our lives," Xavier elaborates. "We chose to create songs that defined our sound in the future. It's big, dark, powerful, and moving."

"This is our statement to the world," adds Matt. "It's a genuine reflection of who we are; it's just us."

This collective identity has quietly crystallized since the group's emergence in 2011 with the fan favorite I'm Not Dying Today EP. Along the way, they released their 2013 full-length debut Outcasts followed by Mind Games in 2015. On the latter, Palisades teamed with chart-dominating underground hip-hop sensation blackbear for "Player Haters' Ball," which eventually amassed over 1.8 million Spotify streams and counting. "Bad Girls" clocked over 1.4 million as the 2016 single "Fall" closed in on 3 million. Simultaneously, they earned praise from the likes of Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine, and many others between joining Warped Tour and crisscrossing North America on treks with The Color Morale, Like Moths to Flames, Famous Last Words, and Letters From The Fire, to name a few.

However, the musicians collectively decided to up the ante for record number three.

"Everything had to flow like one movement," explains Matt. "We tried our best to combine all of our emotions, conflicts, and tastes. We didn't just want a bunch of songs we liked, we wanted a collection of music we loved."

"Ever since we were younger, we always strived to make an album of this caliber," agrees Aaron. "We really found what we wanted to do with our influences of hip-hop, electronic, and rock. We fine-tuned everything we were adept at, pushed ourselves even more, and realized not only what, but who we could be as a unit. It's the personification of everything we've gone through together and as individuals."

After demoing a host of ideas at Xavier's attic studio, the boys retreated to Los Angeles in late 2016 to record in Hollywood with "Fall" producer Brandon Paddock [The Used, Set It Off, Volumes]. It would also mark their first collaboration with new member Brandon Elgar.

"Brandon's attitude, vision, and voice are amazing assets," continues the drummer.

In just two months, they emerged with the 11 anthems comprising the album. Among those, the single "Let Down" amassed 1 million Spotify streams in a few months' time, while impacting regular rotation on SiriusXM OCTANE, taking the #1 position for five weeks. A mélange of swirling electronics, dancefloor grooves, and jagged riffs, the track drops from a wild crescendo into an undeniable chant, "Cuz you're a let down, let down."

 "We tried to write a Flume-inspired rock song," exclaims Matt. "That sort of production comes in so big and aggressive, but no one ever puts guitar chords to it. That's what we did while calling out everyone who had left us high and dry at the time."

"There was a lot of darkness around us during this record," says Lou. "Many people that we thought we could count on ended up letting us down. You move on, but it definitely cast a shadow on the way we felt. Those lyrics were written in that headspace. It's something identifiable and real."

From the ominous glitch snap, driving percussion, and schizophrenic "serenity and rage" delivery of "Through Hell" to "Hard Feelings," which showcases the interplay between Brandon and Lou as "Aggression" carries a corrosively catchy balance of haunting instrumentation and hypnotic melodies. It snaps into a rapid fire attack with a barrage of distortion and energy that's as overpowering as it is otherworldly.

Ultimately, Palisades encase an uplifting message within this aural alchemy.

"No matter where you are in life or what hardships you've gone through, you can overcome anything," Matt leaves off. "If you give your all and try your hardest, you can be whoever you want to be. That's a big thing for us. We took a leap of faith and trusted ourselves here. We've heard it all. We're letting fans know they're not alone in the struggle. They can overcome too. If you listen to our music and it helps you, we have already succeeded on levels that we never imagined."

"When people listen to Palisades, I hope they walk away with a connection," concludes Lou. "This is every side of who we are."



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
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

$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. 

Crystal Ballroom Property

Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

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