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Monday, December 13, 2021

Cory Wells

Born Without Bones

Demon In Me

6 pm doors, 7 pm show

$15 advance, $20 day of show

All ages welcome

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All attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID (proof is required via vaccination card or photo of vaccine card on phone), or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours preceding the show. Proof in all cases must be accompanied by photo ID. Full COVID policy here.

Cory Wells

Cory Wells

CORY WELLS subverts expectations at nearly every turn.

The cover of Wells' debut album, THE WAY WE ARE, features the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter perched atop a rusted-out vintage car, calling to mind dusty folk music. Songs like the set-opening "Distant" and "Keiko," imbued by seemingly effortless musicianship and wistful nostalgia, go a long way toward reinforcing this sonic predilection.

But there's more to Wells than what you'll find on the surface. The songwriter grew up playing metal before discovering Dashboard Confessional's seminal MTV Unplugged 2.0 live album, a record that set him on a hard left turn to creating a more well-worn, earnest style. Even so, he injects the desperation and power of his heavy music background into every note of THE WAY WE ARE (due out November 15, 2019 via Pure Noise Records) - not necessarily in sound, but in spirit.

Across the album's 12 songs, Wells plays the role of shapeshifter: Just when you've got him figured out, he unleashes new musical elements - a ferocious scream ("Walk Away") that eventually gives way to soaring falsetto ("Cement"), stirring acoustic guitar that crescendos into fiery full-band fare. The ghosts of new-era emo torchbearers (including Dashboard's Chris Carrabba, a contributor on "Fall Apart") are alive and well in his lush beds of acoustic-based rock, but Wells isn't actively summoning them. Rather, he's a decidedly patient songwriter, waiting for the right time to pair a searing lyric with the throat-shredding vocal performance it demands.

First single "Wildfire" encompasses everything that makes THE WAY WE ARE such a multifaceted collection: sheen-heavy production, urgent rhythms and aching melodies juxtaposed against bright acoustic guitar - and, naturally, a biting narrative.

"I didn't realize what it was like to really hate anyone until a certain person came into my life and tried to ruin everything I loved," Wells explains about the song. "Everyone tried to warn me, but I had to learn the lesson for myself."

Wells launched his solo project in 2017 with his first release for Pure Noise, the How to Tear Apart the Ones You Love EP, and follow-up single "End of a Good Thing" quickly became a viral hit in 2018, racking up millions of YouTube views and Spotify streams and introducing fans around the world to Wells' storytelling.

As he expands his songbook with THE WAY WE ARE, Wells continues to push the guardrails of his writing, both inwardly and outwardly. Take album standout "Broken," a relationship-ending salvo rife with dynamic and emotional ebbs and flows. To hear Wells explain how the song mirrors its inspiration is to see the true mastery of his songwriting at work:

"It was the first time I'd ever been the one to break up with somebody," he says. "I remember walking down the stairs of her apartment complex to go back home, and I was so upset at the top of the stairs. By the time I got to the bottom, I didn't even care anymore. The song represents that emotional roller coaster: It starts out big, and when it's done, it ends really soft, like ‘I'm over it.'"

At this point in his still-young career as a solo artist, Wells is in an enviable position: As a true student of music in all its styles and forms ("Every genre has its place, and I appreciate something from all of it"), he's a songwriter without limits. He's already masterfully distilled the songs of his youth - the emotional ferocity of metal, the heart-on-sleeve confessionalism of emo and salt-of-the-earth universality of folk - into the music of his present, and looking forward, there seems to be no telling how Wells' music will evolve from here.

You get the sense the singer prefers it that way. As it stands, he's having too much fun keeping listeners - and even himself - anticipating what will come next.

"I could write a ton of different styles of songs, but as long as I sing them like I mean it, the songs will resonate," he says. "I played metal because I liked it. I play this music because I love it." XX

 

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COVID POLICY

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom is committed to protecting the health and well-being of music fans, artists, and industry staff. In light of the recent upswing of COVID cases, beginning immediately, all ticketholders to shows at the Crystal Ballroom or Lola's Room must meet one of these conditions:

1) Be at least two weeks past receiving their second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccination card or photo of vaccine card on phone must be provided along with photo ID. 

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2) Show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 48 hours preceding the show, along with photo ID.  

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An oasis below the Crystal

The little sister of the historic Crystal Ballroom, Lola's Room is located on the second floor, directly below the Crystal. If you're a fan of DJ'd dance events, raging local rock showcases or intimate seated performances, then take a moment and bookmark this page.

The navigation menu at left is your roadmap to Lola's Room and the other offerings at the corner of 14th & Burnside. Check out what's coming up on the Events Calendar, let us host your next party or simply investigate our brewery, artwork and history.

A night at Lola's Room should always include a stop by Ringlers Pub or Ringlers Annex, where the vibe will fit your mood -- great pub fare, handcrafted beverages, engaging conversation, a good pool game, a rowdy party or a groovy DJ in a dimmed setting.

Never stop exploring! This website is a continual work in progress, and will develop over time. Watch for photo tours, sound samples from upcoming acts and much more. Meanwhile, be our guest, wander and enjoy!
 

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A 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.

If you cannot make the tour, stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show. The shows can be ticketed or free – as long as you’re attending an event in the venue, you can get that room’s stamp. Please note that if you’re attending an event in the Crystal Ballroom, you will need to attend a separate event in Lola’s Room to get the Lola’s stamp and vice versa. Stamps are always exclusively available in their own 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.

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