Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Monqui Presents

Lukas Graham

Lauren Duski

** This show was moved from February 22. All tickets from that date honored. **

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

$35 advance, $40 day of show

All ages welcome

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Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham

Please note: Every ticket purchased online for Lukas Graham includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, 3 (The Purple Album), released on 10/26/2018. You'll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album after ticket purchase.

Lukas Graham wears his heart on his sleeve at all times, so it's entirely fitting that "7 Years," where he candidly summarizes his life, his losses and his future hopes and dreams, would take the Danish singer-already an acclaimed star in his home country-to the next, stratospheric level. Released at the tail-end of 2015 and lifted from his self-titled global debut, "7 Years" snowballed throughout 2016, racking up over 20 million units in worldwide consumption, hitting number one in 13 different countries, and ultimately garnering three Grammy nominations. But Lukas Graham is far from content with such accolades: He's restless and ready and wants to be known as an artist that supersedes any smash he may have past or present. With his new full-length, 3 (The Purple Album), the singer looks set to do just that.

Thirty years ago his mother gave birth to Lukas on their couch in Christiania, an impoverished enclave of Copenhagen-a commune established in 1971, famed for its cannabis trade and ultra-liberal ethos. As Lukas tells it, he grew up in a progressive community that to this day lies at odds with the rest of the Danish capital; as a teenager hanging with his friends, strip searches and police brutality were the norm. It's these formative, resonant experiences that Lukas explores on the album opener "Not a Damn Thing Changed."

"I still live two blocks away from where I grew up, I still hang out with the same guys, I still go home to visit a friend and, oh, he's not home because he just got arrested," Lukas explains. "The song is also a tribute to one of the guys I grew up with who hung himself in January. He was three months older than me and we walked through life together. He was going to be the first of our friends to turn 30."

It sounds like a bleak opener, but it's also defiant, his lyrics underpinned with love for his community and bearing the same steely determination he's always had to make something of himself, except now, thanks to his international success, the goal posts have shifted: "I got a few records to break," he sings. In truth, as much as "NADTC" sets up a same-as-it-ever-was scenario, the song serves as a critical bridge, because in the past few years Lukas has gone through a personal evolution as immense as his record sales. Most notably, in 2016 he proposed to his long-term girlfriend Rillo Schwartz (they've been friends since they were 18), and they're now proud parents of a little girl, Viola.

Rewind to 2013 and Lukas was in an entirely different headspace, mired in the unexpected death of his greatest champion-his father-and spiraling into a relentless cycle of alcohol, partying and performing, which resulted in the temporary loss of his voice. These days he's working out almost every day (gymnastic rings are a firm favorite), he's 30lbs lighter, and he rarely drinks. Whereas Lukas Graham saw his grief loom large, on 3 his father appears minimally, but poignantly, particularly on "Lullaby" (dedicated to his daughter), and "Church Ballad" where, like a movie's climactic final scenes, Lukas details walking down the aisle to meet Rillo at the very altar where his father was laid to rest.

"These are very big emotions," says Lukas. "I was afraid of making a whole album about my daughter, just like I was afraid of making an album all about my dad. I wrote a lot of poetry and music about the death of my grandad because writing from that feeling of grief is a really powerful tool. But if you stay there you'll get stuck and my dad said don't get stuck in that feeling."

Written and recorded almost entirely between September 2017 and April the following year, Lukas spent two months in Copenhagen before decamping to LA with Rillo and Viola to finish the record alongside the same team as the last album-"his boys," producers Morten "Rissi" Ristorp, Morten "Pilo" Pilegaard, songwriter Stefan Forrest and engineer David LaBrel. Together they create a special kind of alchemy: hooks that are easy and instantly memorable, with first single "Love Someone" being a pitch perfect example. Over simply plucked guitar chords Lukas wades through the vulnerability that comes with understanding the higher the stakes, the greater the loss.

"The struggle is easier-no expectations in the struggle," admits Lukas. "After Viola I realized I could lose this, I could lose my family and my spouse if I'm a dick. But it's not a sad love song, it's a positive message."

Elsewhere gospel refrains and string-laden soul ("Hold My Hand") slot neatly next to sparkling, R&B singalongs ("Unhappy"). At the album's center stands, "You're Not the Only One (Redemption Song)" where Lukas turns his gaze outwards, name-checking his musical heroes Bob Marley and John Lennon. It's a cry for unity and love in these fractious and internationally uncertain political times. He's not claiming to know the solution, but understands change begins at home, quoting Chinese philosopher Confucius: "If your plan is for one year plant rice; if your plan is for 10 years plant trees; if your plan is for 100 years educate children."

And yet, it's when Lukas' lyrics are direct and diaristic, that he truly excels. It's in the universality of the deeply personal that the listener can extrapolate the complex nuances of human relations. For instance, the aforementioned "Unhappy" picks apart the communication breakdowns that occur between any two people trying to grow together: "I'm trying to pick up on all the signs / Read between your lines," he sings.

"I don't think it's a man-woman thing, it's a partnership thing," Lukas says. "Accepting that communication gap is sometimes one of the most powerful things you can do. If we fight, let me be the one by your side." Lukas continues to dig deeper still on "Everything That Isn't Me" he comes to terms with the boy he was and the man he's becoming, while "Promise" and "Stick Around" contends with the pressure of mounting responsibilities and the push and pull of being a touring family man. The latter song makes Rillo tear up every time.

Throughout, Lukas' self-assessments remain unflinching, and never more so than on "Hold My Hand." "I'm an asshole sometimes," he says, expanding on the theme, "You know, I'm not always the best spouse, or dad, or son, or brother, but will you hold my hand anyway and walk with me to the end?" Surprisingly, despite the seismic subject matter, 3 offers a melodic lightness that ensures an uplifting shoutalong almost every time, and this was by design.

"I want people to dance," he says simply. "It's a more mature record, definitely, but it has more life in it." And it's the life that he's living, one shared so openly, that allows us all to feel a little less alone.



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Portland OR 97209

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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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Technical and logistical packet
For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room
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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.
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