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 Thursday, November 4, 2021 Monqui Presents Dr. Dog 7 pm door, 8:30 pm show $28 advance, $30 day of show All ages welcome Share this event Add to Calendar Dr. Dog Neo-psychedelic folk-rock “I feel like I’m in a totally new band right now,” says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It’s a bold declaration considering he’s been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group’s brilliant new album, Critical Equation. The most infectious and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet, the record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group’s history and forced them to confront that timeless question: what do we really want? “We’d been touring and making records for our entire adult lives, and I think we just needed to take a step back,” reflects bassist/singer Toby Leaman, who splits fronting and songwriting duties with McMicken. “It was important for all of us to figure out if we were actually doing what we wanted to be doing, or if we were just letting momentum carry us down this path we’d always been on.” The path to Critical Equation was an unusual one for the Philadelphia five-piece (McMicken, Leaman, guitarist Frank McElroy, keyboardist Zach Miller and drummer Eric Slick), and it stretches all the way back to 2014, when the band completed work on an album titled Abandoned Mansion. Instead of releasing the record the following year as planned, they temporarily shelved it in favor of an opportunity to partner with the celebrated Pig Iron Theatre Company on a reimagining of The Psychedelic Swamp, a long lost McMicken-Leaman collaboration that actually predated Dr. Dog’s debut album. The resulting theatrical/concert performance premiered at the Philly Fringe Festival and the accompanying LP earned rave reviews, with NPR hailing it as “a concept album that wanders and sprawls to absorbing effect” and Under The Radar swooning for its “unmistakably sublime harmonies.” Despite representing something of a Rosetta Stone for Dr. Dog, the album also marked a major departure, with elaborate production and experimental arrangements that broke from the simpler, more emotionally direct studio sound they’d been gravitating towards over the years. Rather than the start of a new chapter, The Psychedelic Swamp seemed to symbolize the closing of a circle, which made it an ideal catalyst for some serious soul searching. “We were all really satisfied to close 14 years of history by finally revisiting The Psychedelic Swamp and giving it our full attention,” says McMicken, “but I think stepping out of our natural evolution definitely taxed us. We decided we should put Abandoned Mansion out and just go our separate ways for six or seven months.” They released the album with little fanfare, posting it to Bandcamp as a benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center and walking away without any touring or press for a much–needed break. That time apart proved to be invaluable, as it offered each band member the opportunity to reflect and reevaluate, to challenge and confront their conceptions of the group and its possibilities, to ask the hard questions of themselves and each other. They’d achieved remarkable success — multiple Top 50 albums; television performances on "Letterman," "Fallon," "Conan" and more; critical acclaim everywhere from the NY Times to Rolling Stone; massive festival appearances around the world; major tours with the likes of My Morning Jacket, M. Ward and The Lumineers; countless sold-out headline shows — but none of it mattered if they couldn’t answer that nagging question: what do we really want? Some band members used the break to grow their families, others to explore different artistic avenues. McMicken and Leaman each penned a mountain of songs on their own, inspired by the liberty of writing without expectation or responsibility. When the band finally reunited to begin work on Critical Equation, they did so with fresh perspective. The distance had ironically brought them closer together, helping them learn to communicate in more honest and open ways. As they worked through the challenges and growing pains inherent in rewiring the foundation of any relationship, they found themselves more excited and inspired than ever before. “We had to tear it apart in order to rebuild it,” explains McMicken. “At first, we’d just tiptoe into things and gently peel back a layer, but once we’d peeled back that layer, we’d find that we’d accessed an even deeper layer, and again and again. Eventually we got to the deepest, most honest part of ourselves.” Typically, Dr. Dog would record themselves in their own studio, but one of the revelations from their break was that that brand of insularity had begun to feel more limiting than empowering. With that in mind, they packed their bags and headed to LA to record Critical Equation with producer/engineer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka), who served as something of a group therapist, whether he knew it or not. “One of the big conclusions we came to was that we’ve got to blow this whole scene open,” explains Leaman. “We needed somebody to be the boss, somebody to be in charge of us in the studio. It’s not the way we’ve ever worked before, but we really trusted Gus.” One listen to Critical Equation and it’s clear that the decision paid off in spades. Recorded to a 16-track analog tape, the album opens with the equally lilting and ominous “Listening In,” a track which pairs Dr. Dog’s signature blend of quirky '60s pop and fuzzy '70s rock with Seyffert’s willingness to tear their songs wide open. On “Go Out Fighting,” a vintage Hammond organ gives way to blistering electric guitar as McMicken sings a mantra of perseverance, while the dreamy “Buzzing In The Light” finds Leaman contemplating the mysteries of universe with gorgeously layered harmonies, and the slow-burning title track strips away everything but the vitality of the band’s live show in its rawest form. “The take on the record was our first take in the studio,” says McMicken. “When we finished playing the song, everybody could feel that something special just happened.” Despite the weighty self-reflection that led to its creation, Critical Equation is perhaps the most playful entry in the Dr. Dog catalog. Even tracks that grapple with heartbreak — like the utterly contagious “True Love” and insanely catchy “Heart Killer” — are full of joy and humor, while the shuffling “Under The Wheels” finds a freedom and a lightness in surrendering to forces outside of your control. The record closes on a note of pure optimism with “Coming Out Of The Darkness,” a song McMicken wrote at the end of the band’s break, just as they were first beginning to discuss the future. “It’s singular among all the songs I’ve ever written because it’s completely functional,” he explains. “It exists to take you from wherever you are and leave you somewhere better, and that felt poetically perfect for this phase of the band.” In the end, it turns out that what the group really wanted was fairly simple: to make music that they loved with their friends and to have fun doing it. Sometimes the simplest things can become more complicated than we ever imagined, but the band’s journey here proves that they’re always worth fighting for. It’s a rare thing to be able to say in this life, but with Critical Equation, Dr. Dog got exactly what they wanted and a whole lot more.Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/DrdogWebsite:http://www.drdogmusic.com/Twitter:http://twitter.com/drdogmusicInstagram:http://instagram.com/drdogmusicSpotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4mLJ3XfOM5FPjSAWdQ2Jk7 Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Crystal Ballroom Risley Thursday, July 1 Crystal Ballroom Beartooth Thursday, August 19 Crystal Ballroom Gogol Bordello Sunday, August 29 Crystal Ballroom Shannon and the Clams Saturday, September 4 Crystal Ballroom Dance Gavin Dance Tuesday, September 7 Crystal Ballroom Osees Friday, September 10 Crystal Ballroom New Found Glory + Simple Plan Sunday, September 12 Crystal Ballroom Alec Benjamin Friday, September 17 Crystal Ballroom Similar Events at Crystal Ballroom Risley Thursday, July 1 Crystal Ballroom Beartooth Thursday, August 19 Crystal Ballroom Gogol Bordello Sunday, August 29 Crystal Ballroom Shannon and the Clams Saturday, September 4 Crystal Ballroom Dance Gavin Dance Tuesday, September 7 Crystal Ballroom Osees Friday, September 10 Crystal Ballroom New Found Glory + Simple Plan Sunday, September 12 Crystal Ballroom Alec Benjamin Friday, September 17 Crystal Ballroom Oregon Cider Week Friday, June 18 June 17-27 *Oregon locations only 21 and over at Oregon Locations Livestream Dance on Air Balcony Series Thursday, July 1 6 pm All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Beartooth Thursday, August 19 5:30 pm doors, 7 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Live Nation and McMenamins Present Gogol Bordello Sunday, August 29 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui and McMenamins Present Shannon and the Clams Saturday, September 4 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Dance Gavin Dance SoldOut Tuesday, September 7 5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom True West Presents Osees Postponed Friday, September 10 7:30 pm doors, 9 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents New Found Glory + Simple Plan Sunday, September 12 6 pm doors, 7:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Alec Benjamin Friday, September 17 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Marc Rebillet SoldOut Monday, September 20 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents City and Colour Wednesday, September 22 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Canceled: SuicideGirls Canceled Friday, September 24 7 pm Meet & Greet doors, 8 pm regular doors, 9 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Monqui and McMenamins Present Japanese Breakfast Tuesday, September 28 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents CAAMP Wednesday, September 29 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents Bayside Saturday, October 2 5:30 pm doors, 7 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Showbox Presents Dabin Thursday, October 7 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Tanya Tucker Saturday, October 9 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents Watsky Tuesday, October 12 7 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Mike Thrasher Presents Omar Apollo Friday, October 15 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom McMenamins Presents Sabertooth Micro Fest Saturday, October 16 5:30 pm doors, 7 pm show 21 and over at Crystal Ballroom Bleachers Wednesday, October 20 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Jungle Saturday, October 23 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom Monqui Presents Wolf Alice Tuesday, October 26 7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show All ages welcome at Crystal Ballroom 80's Video Dance Attack's MONSTER 2-Floor Halloween Party! 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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. *Get 15% off room rates at Crystal Hotel, Sunday through Thursday with a ticket purchase. (Must mention at time of booking, must verify ticket at check in for discount) *restrictions apply. 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