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Monday, June 3, 2019

Benefit For Flora feat. The Decemberists, Blind Pilot & more (SOLD OUT)

6:30 pm doors, 7:30 pm show

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A Benefit for Flora (SOLD OUT)

A Benefit for Flora (SOLD OUT)

The Decemberists, Blind Pilot and other community artists perform at a benefit for their good friend and talented Portland engineer Tucker Martine, whose studio Flora Recording and Playback was victim to a burglary and loss of about $70,000 worth of gear. Stolen items included guitars, microphones, and various pieces of gear, much of it irreplaceable. The bands are determined to help Tucker get back on his feet, reclaim or replace the stolen gear, and finish out this latest and greatest iteration of Flora Recording and Playback. They invite the Portland community and music lovers the world over to join them in support of this important cause. 

Additionally, you can give support here! https://www.gofundme.com/tuckermartine (Please note: donations to this GoFundMe site do not apply to the purchase of tickets to this event.)   

 

 

The Decemberists

The Decemberists

"When you've been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into," says Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. "So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That's what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different."

With their eighth full-length studio album, I'll Be Your Girl, the Decemberists-lead vocalist and guitarist Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen-along with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Ray) explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range. It's the Portland, Oregon-based group's first album since 2015's What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (which charted in the Top Ten and included the #1 AAA single "Make You Better"), though in the time since, they released the EP Florasongs; a 10th anniversary limited edition vinyl box set of their 2006 Capitol Records debut The Crane Wife; their own crowd-funded board game Illimat; The Queen of Hearts, a GRAMMY-nominated collaboration with Olivia Chaney under the name Offa Rex; and "Ben Franklin's Song," the first of Lin-Manuel Miranda's monthly "Hamildrops" of bonus material from Hamilton; as well as launching Travelers' Rest, a two-day musical festival of their own curation in Missoula, Montana.

As busy as they have been, the band felt a need to shake things up. "On the last record," says Meloy, "there were moments when I thought I was making familiar choices. I tried to be mindful in the songwriting process of challenging myself and being a little more critical. The idea was, how can we make unfamiliar choices, turn off the light a little and grope around in the dark a bit?"

The band took some of the new material on the road and worked out initial arrangements, but didn't want to lock into ideas too quickly. Meloy points to the song "We All Die Young" as an early example of how the songs on I'll Be Your Girl transformed through the process. "It was initially a Leonard Cohen rave-up, like his song ‘Passing Through,' but on stage it was turning into a more bluesy rumble," he says. "Then when we got in the studio, John was like, ‘what if it were more like a Jock Rock song?' And that immediately made sense-but we had to be open enough to hear that."

This radical reworking set a new course for the project. "All of a sudden, we were talking about music and our references," says Meloy. "It kept coming back to Roxy Music and early glam, and we dove in with that in mind.

"The Decemberists are a record-collectors' band, we're all fans and scholars of music, so there a lot of touch points that we all get, but they don't always come through. So we were trying to embrace that Bryan Ferry aspect, that kind of set the tone."

Previous Decemberists' records like The Hazards of Love or The Crane Wife have been structured around thematic or musical concepts, though Meloy maintains that ultimately, it's always "our frame of mind that ties them together." This time, he says, the songs share a mood that's steeped in our current times and condition-"exuberant nihilism, an apocalyptic dance party was what we envisioned."

Most blatant is "Everything is Awful" a straight-up, high-energy lament for the world in 2018. "I wrote it immediately after the election," says Meloy. "It was just how I felt and how a lot of people felt, and how I still feel. It was therapeutic-I wanted to just shout that out. I had my particular soapbox and wanted to use it."

Not that he thinks the tone of I'll Be Your Girl is wildly different from the Decemberists' usual work. "I don't think I've ever written with a sense of optimism," he says with a laugh. "My songs all tend to the dark side. But I think this record draws some ironic humor out of that. It's not a negative record. It's intended for a shared experience of disgust and cynicism with the country today."

The songs on the new album were being written while the band was recording The Queen of Hearts, an adventurous collaboration with English singer/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney released under the name Offa Rex. That record, which NPR called "a match made in folk-rock heaven," has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Folk Album category.

Working on the Offa Rex album, Meloy says, was a way to "exorcise the folk out of me and get a bit more of a clean canvas" for the next Decemberists' album. "It was an opportunity to explore that side of our music to its fullest, and then be able to start with a feeling of fresh ideas."

One notable element of the new songs is the concision of Meloy's writing, a sharp focus that led to seven of the eleven songs clocking in under three-and-a-half minutes. "I've become more economical as a songwriter as I've grown older," he says. "In the past, I tended to go on a little bit. Some of these came out and just felt finished without that extra bridge or extra verse. If anything has changed in my writing, it's that."

The one nod to the group's history with folk-style epics is the eight-minute "Rusalka, Ruslka/The Wild Rushes," based on a traditional Russian mermaid tale. "It fits in the sense that it's a narrative piece," says Meloy, "and I think there's a lot of narrative stuff on this record. It's the kind of thing I've been drawn to since the beginning of our career."

The approach the Decemberists pursued on I'll Be Your Girl also allowed for a new sense of contribution and involvement from the other band members. "Since we were going to mix it up, everybody felt like they had more of a voice," says Meloy. "Where before it was really driven by Tucker (Martine, producer of the group's last several albums) and me, this was a more democratic, egalitarian thing."

Highlighting the input of Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee, Meloy mentions the song "Severed" as a significant team effort. "That was written as a punk song, but wasn't really working," he says. "Jenny set this arpeggio throughout it, and it became like an early New Order song. And I had forgotten that when we made the demo, I also started a file to turn it into more of a Depeche Mode song-I actually wanted it to be a synth song all along."

The opener, "Once in My Life," is another track that was reconfigured by the instrumentalists. "We were playing that on the road as a folk-rock anthem thing," he says, "but bringing in that obliterating synth really took it somewhere different. The whole band really stepped up and transformed these arrangements."

I'll Be Your Girl is the sound of a veteran band finding new inspiration, a unit unafraid of challenging itself to re- connect with its creativity. "Making music is an infinite choose-your-own-adventure," says Meloy (who is also, of course, the author of a series of best-selling children's books), "and when you go down one path, the other paths get sealed off. So every time we could, we said, ‘If this is what our impulses would tell us to do, let's try to imagine it in a different way.' "

 

Website:
http://decemberists.com/

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot, which consists of Israel Nebeker, Ryan Dobrowski, Kati Claborn, Dave Jorgensen, Ian Krist and Luke Ydstie, was formed in Portland, Oregon in 2007 when songwriter Israel Nebeker and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a west coast tour via bicycle.  Twelve years later, Blind Pilot has released three studio albums, 3 Rounds And A Sound (2008), We Are The Tide (2011) and And Then Like Lions (2016) and has sold out concerts throughout the U.S., Europe and the UK since its inception.  The band has performed on Ellen and The Late Show With David Letterman as well as at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza among others.  

 

website:
http://www.blindpilot.com/

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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
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.
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Art

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!

History

 

 

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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