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 Saturday, May 25, 2019 Mike Thrasher Presents Gogol Bordello 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show $35 advance, $40 day of show 21 and over Share this event Add to Calendar Gogol Bordello gypsy punk “I’ve come full circle and I’m comfortable being a total outsider,” says Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, explaining the philosophy behind the band’s new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. Like everything they’ve ever done, this outing is an uncategorizable blend of international influences, anchored by the gypsy rhythms Hutz grew up with in Ukraine. “Most people are looking for a box to put stuff in,” he says. “I try to avoid it. The message of this record is the quest for self-knowledge beyond borders and nationalities. Every culture is a useful mask, but it is just a mask. To get to know your actual human self, you have to get behind all the masks. With all the time I’ve spent in Latin America, living and loving, I realized I’ll never be Argentinean or Brazilian, just like I’ll never be Ukrainian. If you have true human spirit, you can’t fit into any genre, nationality or culture. To be a true citizen of the world, you can only be an ultimate outsider.” Hutz chose Pura Vida Conspiracy as the title because it represents everything the band has been moving toward since they first formed over a decade ago. “We’re not a whimsical band with a whimsical message and some languages offer things that others don't. As I made my way through Spanish, the phrase ‘pura vida’ - pure life - struck me. In Spanish, ‘pura vida’ has the gusto that true life should have, as opposed to words in English, French or Russian. It sums up my need of joining fragmented parts and pieces to create a worldwide consciousness. It’s what we’ve had in mind since the first song on the first Gogol Bordello album.” The band did pre-production on 30 songs at studios in Mexico, Paraguay and Burlington, VT narrowing it down to the most compelling tunes for the album. The arrangements were done on the fly, with the musicians contributing ideas from their own areas of expertise. “Our sound comes from being a group of polyamorous musicians. The style comes from musicians born and raised in various elements, like (bass player) Thomas Gobena’s Ethiopian meters and (Russian violinist) Sergey Ryabtsev and (folkloric Russian accordion player) Yuri Lemeshev’s palette of colors. Everyone does their own thing to keep the train moving.” Andrew Scheps, who was the recording engineer on 2010’s Trans-Continental Hustle, the band’s last album, stepped into the producer’s chair and helped them capture the feel of their vibrant live performances. “Andrew is a saint,” Hutz says. “From the first time we met, I felt like he was part of our family. He was keenly aware of our musical evolution and encouraged us to encapsulate the passion and experimental energy we’ve accumulated in the last few years of intense world travel.” “The Way You Name Your Ship,” suggests a rocking boat, with a subtle funk backbeat and a swaying off center rhythm. Ryabtsev’s violin, the fuzz heavy guitar accents of new guitarist Michael Ward and the band’s rousing vocals add to the feel of a pirate vessel on a rampage. “The song is about the power of the word and its intent,” Hutz explains. “Naming your ship determines where you go and how you get there.” Gogol adds primal rock guitar to the bold stomping rhythm of “We Rise Again,” one of the album’s most anthemic tracks. Percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia drops a Spanish rap into the maelstrom of Ryabtsev’s violin, Ward’s power chords and Hutz’s furious vocal. “This is the album’s definitive song. The Russian poet Yevtushenko first said that political borders are scars on the face of the planet. Like us, he thought of himself as a citizen of the world.” Italian flavored mandolin, a reggae pulse and scorching Russian violin drive “Dig Deep Enough,” a song that veers between blistering punk and a laid back one drop rhythm. Hutz sets its inspirational message to a classical melody. “Powerful melodies in classical music are often taken from folklore,” Hutz says. “We’re borrowing it back, with an added bit of Ennio Morricone.” Gogol brings a taste of country music to the Latinized Ukrainian rhythm of “Lost Innocent World,” with the vigorous drumming of Oliver Charles. Gogol shows its omnivorous mastery of music on “I Just Realized,” a contemplative love song that suggests a Russian samba and features Elizabeth Sun’s sultry backing vocals; “John The Conqueror” a blend of spaghetti western twang and punk; and “Malandrino,” a Neapolitan style tune that dips into Tex Mex, mariachi and reggae. The band’s long time goal of creating a global style of music is fully realized with the heartfelt tunes on Pura Vida Conspiracy. “What makes Pura Vida Conspiracy so strong is that, unlike other records we’ve done that are also musically polyamorous, this one combines our adventurous spirit with a stronger rock anchor,” Hutz says. “People ask how I had the confidence to attempt this task and I tell them it was not confidence. I had a feeling I needed to do it, but no idea if it would work out. When we scream on stage it’s to acknowledge all cultures are beautiful masks, but they only take you so far - to a nice carnival or masquerade. True human spirit is beyond culture, that’s why my main interest is in human potential. Music is a way to explore that and you can see how it links up with the idea of pura vida. ‘Pura vida’ is pure life, ‘conspiracy’ is word play on the fact that most of the people in the world are so focused on everything going wrong that they fail to see the 50% that’s going right. “Gogol Bordello’s music gives me confidence to say that. It’s music that goes into the depth of now and opens the consciousness to another dimension that’s usually hidden from people. This accumulation of playing for thousands of hours in Gogol Bordello has connected me to the energetic self, the true human spirit. When you preserve this feeling and transfer it into real life, it becomes a huge part of you.” Hutz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl. In keeping with his vision of creating an international groove, he recruited musicians of all ages, races and cultures, including bassist Thomas Gobena, from Ethiopia, Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Moscow and percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia from Ecuador. The band’s endless touring and critically acclaimed shows have made them international headliners. These days Hutz divides his time between New York and Rio de Janeiro, but a recent stay in Ukraine also influenced the songs he wrote for Pura Vida Conspiracy. “When I stayed in Kiev for months, people thought it was my victory lap back home. When I told them I was leaving, they were disappointed that I didn’t want to be the rock guy on Ukraine TV. Spending time in a Zen monastery and that trip back home made me certain of my mission as an ultimate outsider.” Website:http://www.gogolbordello.com/ Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack: Prince Tribute Friday, April 26 Crystal Ballroom I Prevail Wednesday, May 1 Crystal Ballroom Songs & Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear Thursday, May 2 Crystal Ballroom 80s Video Dance Attack benefiting Avi Haviv and the Cascadia Montessori School Friday, May 3 Crystal Ballroom The Melvins Saturday, May 4 Crystal Ballroom "When Beers and Bands Collide" Saturday, May 4 Crystal Ballroom Dance Gavin Dance Thursday, May 9 Crystal Ballroom Animals As Leaders Friday, May 10 Crystal Ballroom Similar Events at Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack: Prince Tribute Friday, April 26 Crystal Ballroom I Prevail Wednesday, May 1 Crystal Ballroom Songs & Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear Thursday, May 2 Crystal Ballroom 80s Video Dance Attack benefiting Avi Haviv and the Cascadia Montessori School Friday, May 3 Crystal Ballroom The Melvins Saturday, May 4 Crystal Ballroom "When Beers and Bands Collide" Saturday, May 4 Crystal Ballroom Dance Gavin Dance Thursday, May 9 Crystal Ballroom Animals As Leaders Friday, May 10 Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack: Prince Tribute Friday, April 26 8 p.m. 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom I Prevail Wednesday, May 1 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Songs & Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear Thursday, May 2 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom 80s Video Dance Attack benefiting Avi Haviv and the Cascadia Montessori School Friday, May 3 8 pm 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom The Melvins"Sabertooth Micro Fest" Saturday, May 4 3 p.m. beer tasting and vendor gazing, 4:30 p.m. music 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom "When Beers and Bands Collide" Sabertooth Collaboration Beer Tasting Saturday, May 4 3 p.m. beer tasting and vendor gazing, 4:30 p.m. music 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Dance Gavin Dance Thursday, May 9 5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Thrasher and McMenamins Present Animals As Leaders Friday, May 10 7 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents Kevin Morby Monday, May 13 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Hatebreed 25th year anniversary Friday, May 17 5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui and McMenamins present Jenny Lewis (sold out) SoldOut Wednesday, May 22 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Live Nation presents Elle King: Shake the Spirit Tour Thursday, May 23 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents The Specials Friday, May 24 7:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents Gogol Bordello Saturday, May 25 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Death Sunday, May 26 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show with a movie earlier at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A at 6 p.m. All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Double Tee & Dead Nation Present Nav Wednesday, May 29 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Living Prism Presents RAW Friday, May 31 7:45 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Benefit For Flora feat. 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Joy Wednesday, November 6 7 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Saturday, November 9 7 p.m. VIP M&G, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Info Tech Specs Promoter Info Box Office Private Events Shop 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 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. Get Started Here 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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