Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Showbox presents


Kacy Hill

6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

$20 advance, $25 day of show

All ages welcome

Share this event

Add to Calendar



On his 2016 EP i think you think too much of me, singer/songwriter/producer EDEN struck a rare balance of ingenuity and intuition. With his full-length follow-up vertigo, the Dublin-based artist takes an even more instinct-driven approach to his music, a process he perceives as a form of exploration. "Even when I'm writing, I don't feel like I'm actually creating anything," says the 21-year-old musician otherwise known as Jonathon Ng. "It's more like I'm uncovering something that's already there. Like how an archaeologist doesn't create a fossil-they're just finding it and uncovering it, and maybe rearranging it if it's broken." 

With its unpredictable sound palette, fractured textures, and volatile mood, vertigo marks a purposeful departure from the exacting sound design of i think you think too much of me (a Billboard 200-charting release featuring the Lorde-supported lead single "sex"). "With this album, I was chasing that feeling I had when I first started making music-that weird thing where sometimes you're not quite sure why an element in the song is expressing itself in a particular way, but it just feels right and you go with it," says Ng. "I decided not to think about things like having a massive pop chorus everyone could sing along to; I just tried to let the songs breathe and to do whatever the music called for right at that moment."

Working entirely on his own, recording mostly in Dublin and New York, Ng also shed all traces of perfectionism in his artistry. "I definitely took a step back from overdoing everything," he says. "I really embraced not trying to cover up the blemishes by adding like five more layers of a certain guitar sound or synth sound. Even on the biggest-sounding songs, there's maybe half as many tracks as things I've done in the past."

Despite that relative simplicity, vertigo proves deeply complex in form and feeling. To that end, its title reflects not only what Ng calls "a very tumultuous period of my life, where everything around me was changing so fast"-but the very experience of absorbing the album. Endlessly jarring but powerfully hypnotic, arranged in a willfully cryptic sequence, vertigo unfolds with a chaotic intensity that's ineffably captivating. The album continually darts between genres, handling dance beats and folk riffs with equal elegance, all while sustaining an urgency that makes its quietest moments just as unsettling as any wall-of-sound dissonance.

From track to track, vertigo shows the strange magic that can only come from true spontaneity. Created through a collage-like method that found EDEN assembling song fragments he'd begun collecting on tour, "start//end" fuses its seemingly disparate elements-cinematic strings, hard-hitting beats, falsetto vocals, spacey synth tones-into a sprawling meditation on desperation and hope. On "crash," meanwhile, he sets a barrage of brilliantly freestyled lyrics ("the world bends around you/and living through cracked screens/we fold down to what we want") to intricate guitar patterns improvised on a 1940s acoustic borrowed from the host at his Brooklyn Airbnb. 

One of the album's most purely melodic tracks, "gold" merges its jagged synth lines with a serendipitously composed guitar riff. "I was a showing my friend a guitar and he tuned it to this weird tuning that I don't even understand," Ng recalls. "One day I picked up the same guitar and it was still in that tuning, and the first thing I played ended up becoming the riff to that song." And with "float," vertigo delivers a darkly charged dance track whose rhythmic samples of shattering glass and ambulance sirens heighten its haunting effect. (Also sampled on "float": Ng's mother's voice in the midst of an intimate conversation, accidentally recorded on a family car trip to his grandmother's house.) 

Throughout vertigo, EDEN's shapeshifting vocals capture every nuance of his lyrical outpouring, revealing a raw-nerve vulnerability that manifests as its own form of power. "I always find that I can sing about things that I would never be able to talk about," Ng says. "So it was cathartic to get all that out of me, although now it's kind of horrifying to think that people are going to be able to hear it." 

Even in its most frenetic moments, vertigo maintains a sonic gracefulness closely tied to Ng's lifelong devotion to music. Growing up in Dublin, he learned to play violin at age seven at the urging of his parents and-through that classical training-discovered a natural musicality that he soon applied to piano and guitar. "My two goals in life were to be an astronaut or a musician, and somehow being a musician seemed like less of a longshot," he says. After playing in several bands in his early teens, he began experimenting with production and releasing his self-produced electronic music under the name The Eden Project. As his sound evolved and took on a more vocal-centric aesthetic, Ng rechristened himself as EDEN, made his debut with 2015's End Credits, and-despite making zero effort to promote it-soon found the EP gaining major attention and prompting him to sell out his first tour of both Europe and North America.  With i think you think too much of me arriving in August 2016 (and reaching #1 on the iTunes Alternative Charts), "sex" landed on a "Songs You Need In Your Life" list from BuzzFeed and earned more than 2.5 million listens across platforms within just a few weeks of its release.

Noting that "the album is not a coming of age story, but it caused one," Ng considers vertigo to be both a creative and emotional milestone in his work as EDEN. "I'm still confused about a lot of things, but it feels like a halfway point in untangling all the weirdness and recognizing that not everything has to make sense," he says in discussing the album's emotional thread. "If you can let things be and stop overthinking everything, you can feel infinitely better-which goes back to the whole philosophy I had in writing this thing. I enjoyed myself way more and cared way less about trying to make everything come out a specific way, and it's just been so much better."


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 $2/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 6 p.m.
The box office is open later on nights when there is a performance.

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!

Contact our sales team to inquire or book your event.
Get Started Here


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

Crystal Hotel Property

Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

Contact Us  | Join Our List  |  Music Booking Inquiry  |  Employment  |  Privacy Policy  |  Accessibility  |  Gift Cards  |  Donations

Site handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon by Project A
Copyright © 2018 McMenamins Inc. All rights reserved.

Daily Fresh Sheet