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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Showbox Presents

Brett Young

with special guest

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

$39.50 advance, $45 day of show

All ages welcome

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Brett Young

soulful country-pop

Brett Young

 

For most artists, following up a debut album is a serious creative challenge. But when that debut happens to be a meteor of breakout country success like Brett Young's, the stakes get even higher.

 

"Going into this project, I was terrified," Young admits about Ticket to L.A., his second album for BMLG Records. "A lot has happened, the first record has been really good to me and I'm really, really proud of it. But just having a new batch of songs - it's like breathing new life."

 

After nearly a decade of under-the-radar work, Young made his PLATINUM-certified entrance in 2016 with the restless romance of his #1 hit, "Sleep Without You," then proceeded to own the top of the charts with three more singles from his self-titled PLATINUM-album debut. The tender "In Case You Didn't Know" spent two weeks at #1, selling over 3 million copies and becoming the second-most purchased/streamed country song of 2017, followed by the three- week #1 "Like I Loved You" and the heart-rending "Mercy" - another pair of PLATINUM- certified smashes.

 

Co-writing each of those career-defining hits himself, Young's emotionally fluent brand of country soul didn't exist elsewhere in the genre, and fans connected with it deeply. But it was all born from a painful time in the Southern Californian's life - one he's since emerged from.

 

"I think the first album was a really good way for me to introduce myself," Young explains. "It was extremely honest and vulnerable, but me and my girl were broken up, and I was new to Nashville and hadn't built a friend base yet, so that made it easy for me to go a little bit somber."

 

With his hotly anticipated sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., Young once again embraces his gift for vulnerable honesty - but this time in a much different capacity. That girl from the first album is now his wife, and Nashville has become the easy-going crooner's second home. So rather than double down on brokenhearted balladry, he's inviting fans to explore a brighter chapter, as he turns up the heat on his mellow SoCal-meets-Music-City style.

 

"There's a lot of Southern California's DNA all over the record," Young says. "It's very light - intentionally - and sonically it's very upbeat. That doesn't exist as much on the first album, so I wanted to showcase a bit more versatility this time around. We're still doing the same thing, it's just coming from a completely different moment in my life."

 

Sticking with same studio team behind his extraordinary debut - producer Dann Huff, executive producer Jimmy Harnen and engineer/mixer Justin Niebank - Young doesn't reinvent his sound so much as build off what was uniquely him to begin with. The tempos on Ticket to L.A. are indeed quicker - but the heart behind each track remains front and center. The sonics are more vibrant - still sophisticated but emboldened with a pinch of R&B playfulness. And the themes have shifted away heartbroken, sliding easily toward a sense of romantic serenity.

 

Over 13 new tracks - 10 of which Young co-wrote with hit makers like Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and more - the star brings fans ever deeper into his world, basking in the transformative power of love.


Lead single "Here Tonight" shows off the new approach with a rush of romantic energy. Passionate, dynamic and framed by that smoldering, sensual vocal, it feels like a soundtrack to moments you wish would never end. "When I hear it, it actually makes me go to the night I proposed," he admits. "When she said yes, that was one of the best moments of my life."

 

The title track, "Ticket to L.A.," follows a similar emotional flight plan, opening the project with a laid-back combo of country charm and left-coast cool. The plot twister may not trace the contours of Young's own relationship, per se, but it does reveal his renewed faith in love, imagining a couple who fall head over heels while waiting out a delay at New York's JFK airport. "What made me excited was when we decided he wasn't even on her flight, but he never told her that the whole time," Young explains, a mischievous grin betraying his usual calm-and- collected demeanor.

 

Revisiting his signature honesty, Young goes on to lead fans through a soulful country-pop ballad, a hometown-to-hitmaker look in the rearview at his path to stardom which finds him teaming up to write and sing "Chapters" with one of his inspirations Gavin DeGraw. Naming the album Ticket to L.A. was no accident, Young explains, saying that for him it represents a connection to his roots which no amount of distance can break.

 

Meanwhile, classic-R&B grooves pepper the project, with tracks like the flirtatious "Reason to Stay." The irresistible "Catch" feels like the musical equivalent of a beachside sunset, toasting the moments that take our breath away in relaxed perfection. And the smooth blues-pop of "Where You Want Me" puts Young's smoky baritone on blast, lamenting a courtship which would feel right at home on any 1960s-era Stax hit.

 

"Change Your Name" and "The Ship and the Bottle" add more territory to Young's kingdom of slow-burning romance, laying bare the supercharged emotions intrinsic to the start - and end - of any life-changing love, while "Let It Be Mine," takes quiet devotion to new heights.

 

"1,2,3 Mississippi" offers a playful coming-of age-anthem - a winking nod to Young's time as a baseball-slinging undergrad at the University of Mississippi. And "Used to Missin' You" is straight-up fun, with its upbeat tone never losing interest in the pursuit of happiness.

 

But it's "Running Away From Home" and "Don't Wanna Write This Song" which put a poignant cap on the album, with Young taking the laid-back longing and unvarnished honesty he's become so famous for, and pushing it into the present tense. Defined once again by romantic regret, they're actually much different than his past hits - perhaps because now, he has so much that's worth fighting for.

 

Coming into this project, Brett Young had as much to lose as any young artist in country's history, but he's never been one to hold back. There is far more to his story, and he's learned that in life and music - just like in love - growth is really nothing to fear. With Ticket to L.A., the journey continues.

 

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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
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
$900  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 $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.

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!

Contact our sales team to inquire or book your event.
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