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 Friday, February 28, 2020 True West Presents Umphrey's McGeeAndy Frasco & The U.N. 6 pm doors, 7:30 pm show $35 advance, $40 day show All ages welcome Share this event Add to Calendar Umphrey's McGee Jam musical alchemists The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants — Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals] and Ryan Stasik [bass] — know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight song craft. The conversation continues on their eleventh full-length album, it’s not us [Nothing Too Fancy Music] — which was released January 12, 2018. “It represents the band because it basically runs the gamut from prog rock to dance,” says Brendan. “We’ve mastered our ADD here. The record really shows that.” “No matter what you’re into, there’s something on it’s not us that should speak to you,” agrees Joel. “This is a statement album for Umphrey’s McGee. The sound is as fresh as ever. The songs are strong as they’ve ever been. We’re always pushing forward.” It’s also how the band is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Instead of retreading the catalog, they turn up with a pile of new tunes. “It’d be easy to play the hits from our first five or ten years,” continues Joel. “We’ve never been a band to rest on our laurels though. New music is key to our continued development. We’re known as a strong live band, but we take so much pride in our writing. This album distinguishes us because the focus is on that writing.” Appropriately, this idea gestated on a sunny May afternoon at Wrigley Field. Six months before The Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, Brendan took in a game on a rare day off. “I can pinpoint the actual a-ha moment,” Brendan goes on. “My wife was out. My kids were at daycare. I walked to Wrigley, bought a standing room ticket, and enjoyed the game. Halfway through it, I thought to myself, ‘If we can get into the studio by the end of the year, we can have a brand new record.’ That’s where it all started.” Bringing things full circle, Umphrey’s McGee entered I.V. Labs Studio in Chicago ready (and maybe a little hungover) a week after that historic game seven. For the first time since recording Local Band Does O.K. in 2002, five of the six members roomed together in a rental condo with Brendan staying a stone’s throw away at home. “We would wake up, bounce ideas off each other, and go to the studio together,” recalls Joel. “We did all of this as a unit. There was something really special about our group ethos coming together for this project. We decided to go in for a week, live, eat and breathe Umphrey’s McGee. It’s the most fun we’ve had in the studio. It really was a blast. Having that camaraderie was really cool.” That camaraderie shines through in their inimitable interplay, which finds them at the pinnacle of their craft and groove as a band. That chemistry defines the approach — which sees Umphrey’s McGee hone their songwriting to its sharpest point to date. “I feel like we’re getting better and better at writing succinct, concise musical pieces,” Brendan elaborates. “When we started out, we were trying to figure out how to fill time. We didn’t have much of a catalog, so we had to extend things and repeat parts in order to make up space. Since our catalog is so big now, we don’t feel the need to make everything ten minutes long. We’ve really trimmed the fat. Everything seems to be the right length.” It’s definitely the case with the first single from it’s not us, “The Silent Type.” Powered by a bombastic beat, funkified rhythms, fiery fretwork and a chantable refrain, this anthem introduces it’s not us with a bright and brilliant bang. “It’s super simple,” explains Brendan. “This character is in the wrong place at the wrong time making the wrong decisions. Everybody has to deal with temptation. That’s a part of life. This guy goes out, and he blows it after a girl offers him a cigarette. You see it all the time.” “Half Delayed” builds from airy guitar into an iridescent refrain that serves as “a reminder to stop and smell the roses.” Meanwhile, the bass strut, anthemic beat production and percussive wallop of “Looks” could be the love child of Nine Inch Nails and Talking Heads. Then, the metallic shredfest outro of “Remind Me” bleeds effortlessly into the gorgeous acoustic love song “You & You Alone.” “We called the record it’s not us, because it’s really not about us,” adds Joel. “This is for the fans.” Over 2,200 gigs and five million tracks sold later, they’ve enjoyed countless milestones. 2002 saw them perform at the first-ever Bonnaroo and sell more CDs than any other act on the bill. They became the “first group to launch its own single artist streaming service” with UMLive.net, which houses recordings of every gig since 2005. The service has since grown and now lives on through Nugs.net, which is used by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and more. They recorded ten tracks in one day at Abbey Road for The London Session in 2015. Notably, 2016’s ZONKEY mashed-up the strangest of bedfellows into a critically acclaimed collection that unites Radiohead and Beck, The Weeknd and Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and Bob Marley, Metallica and Gorillaz, and more. That adventurousness extends to their legendary audience immersion experiences. From their initial bar gigs in 1998 to three-nights playing to packed crowds at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2017, the group have simultaneously remained intensely committed to their fans. Beyond intimate backstage encounters and ski trips with their most diehard fans, Umphrey’s McGee instituted the groundbreaking “Headphones & Snowcones” program, granting fans access to professional headphones and a soundboard-quality mix at shows. At their UMBowl, they empowered the audience to vote on the setlist in real-time and choose favorite improv themes via text message. In 2017, they stepped into another realm altogether by integrating themselves into the VR Platform Endless Riff. Most recently, Umphrey’s McGee dropped a 10-track surprise album, it’s you, which serves as a companion piece to it’s not us. The band's virtuosity and encyclopedic knowledge of diverse styles is front and center once again, punctuated with snarling guitar riffs and teeming with crisp acoustics. By harnessing the world-class musicianship and energy of their live performances into the precision of their studio craft, it’s you encapsulates a range that is rarely found in a single band. From the fresh and vibrant opening single “Triangle Tear,” to the ACDCinspired rhythm chiming through “Attachments,” to the iridescent personal tune “Push & Pull,” the album offers something for Umphrey’s McGee’s legion of fans and newcomers alike. “It was almost like we had two of everything,” said Joel. “I feel like “You & You Alone” [from it’s not us] and “Push & Pull” [from it’s you] are these kind of nice, more pastoral, acoustic-based songs. We have “Dark Brush” [it’s not us] and “Nether” [it’s you], these sort of heavier, more aggressive pieces of music. Once we got to the point where we decided we were gonna do two, we felt like we wanted to break these up so that there was a balance between the two albums. “Speak Up” [it’s not us] is something that’s a little bit funkier and dancier. I don’t know if we really have something that goes along with that on the new one but with “Hanging Chads” you can tell that we’re having a good time being ridiculous in the studio. It’s just nice that there’s an element of levity there. This is 20 years into Umphrey's McGee, and not only do we have one new album of music, we have two albums of music. We’re more fired up than we ever have been about the stuff that we’re putting out.” “There’s something uniquely Umphrey’s McGee that could never be mistaken for another band,” Joel concludes. “I hope it makes people think a little bit or shed a tear or two. Maybe, you smile or laugh. Life is hard. We still believe music can heal and motivate.” “We’re here,” Brendan leaves off. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re starting to find our identity. I think if you give it a chance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”website:http://www.umphreys.com Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Crystal Ballroom The Infamous Stringdusters Friday, January 17 Crystal Ballroom The Green Wednesday, January 22 Crystal Ballroom 80's Weekend Night #1: 80's Video Dance Attack Friday, January 24 Crystal Ballroom 80's Weekend Night #2: The Crystal 80's Ball with Radical Revolution Saturday, January 25 Crystal Ballroom Crystal Ballroom's 106th Birthday Free-For-All Sunday, January 26 Crystal Ballroom Wolf Parade Monday, January 27 Crystal Ballroom Mike Gordon Friday, January 31 Crystal Ballroom Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute Saturday, February 1 Crystal Ballroom Similar Events at Crystal Ballroom The Infamous Stringdusters Friday, January 17 Crystal Ballroom The Green Wednesday, January 22 Crystal Ballroom 80's Weekend Night #1: 80's Video Dance Attack Friday, January 24 Crystal Ballroom 80's Weekend Night #2: The Crystal 80's Ball with Radical Revolution Saturday, January 25 Crystal Ballroom Crystal Ballroom's 106th Birthday Free-For-All Sunday, January 26 Crystal Ballroom Wolf Parade Monday, January 27 Crystal Ballroom Mike Gordon Friday, January 31 Crystal Ballroom Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute Saturday, February 1 Crystal Ballroom The Infamous StringdustersYonder Mountain String Band Friday, January 17 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents The Green Wednesday, January 22 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack and J-Fell Present 80's Weekend Night #1: 80's Video Dance Attack Friday, January 24 8 pm doors, 8 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Video Dance Attack and J-Fell Present 80's Weekend Night #2: The Crystal 80's Ball with Radical Revolution Saturday, January 25 8 pm doors, 9 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Crystal Ballroom's 106th Birthday Free-For-All Sunday, January 26 1:30 pm doors All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Wolf Parade Monday, January 27 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents Mike Gordon Friday, January 31 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute Saturday, February 1 7:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Queensrÿche Tuesday, February 4 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom An evening with Sinead O'Connor Wednesday, February 5 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Red Cube Presents Minnesota Friday, February 7 7 pm doors & show 18 and over only at Crystal Ballroom Live Nation & FPC Live Present The Marcus King Band Saturday, February 8 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents Music of the Talking Heads for Kids Sunday, February 9 11:00 am doors, 11:30 am show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Violent Femmes Tuesday, February 11 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom '80s Video Dance Attack: Valentine's Celebration Friday, February 14 9 pm 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom J-Fell presents Grand Royale - Beastie Boys Tribute Saturday, February 15 8 pm doors, 9 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Dashboard Confessional: 20 Year Celebration Wednesday, February 19 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Friday, February 21 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Favela Brazilian Cafe Presents 8th Annual Brazilian Carnaval Ball - INFINITE LIGHT! 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Friday, April 3 9 pm 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom The Noise & OTW Present The Chats On SaleJan 2410 AM Monday, April 13 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents Jacob Collier Thursday, April 16 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Sunday, April 19 7:30 pm doors, 9 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Live Nation Presents Milky Chance - Mind the Moon Tour 2020 Tuesday, April 21 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Mura Masa Wednesday, April 22 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents Dance Gavin Dance Thursday, April 23 5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui presents Bombay Bicycle Club Friday, May 1 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Live Nation Presents James Arthur Tuesday, May 12 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Emporium Presents Apocalyptica Wednesday, May 13 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Citizen Cope Thursday, May 14 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Circa Survive Tuesday, May 19 6 pm doors, 7:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox presents EDEN Saturday, June 6 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Tanya Tucker Wednesday, June 10 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents The Airborne Toxic Event Sunday, June 28 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom The Shakti Journal presents the 2020 edition of Shakti Speak Easy (taking place in 2020) Thursday, August 20 4:30 p.m. doors, 5 p.m. VIP Dinner, 7 p.m. General Admission All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West presents Ty Segall and The Freedom Band Friday, September 18 7:30 pm doors, 9 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Einstürzende Neubauten Sunday, October 18 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome 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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