Friday, March 11, 2022

Monqui & AEG Presents


The Life on Mars Tour

7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show

$30 advance, $35 day of show

All ages welcome

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Over the past 3 years, YUNGBLUD has built a hugeand devoted following of young people from all corners of the world that he considers a community rather than a fanbase. Bound by a love for his brilliantly outspoken and genre-bending version of 21st Century rock-and-roll music, that community has witnessed YUNGBLUD's rise from a struggling musician living in a Northern England council flat to a global superstar hailed by Rolling Stone as a "pop-punk rebel on a mission." But toward the end of touring behind his 2019 EPthe underrated youththe 23-year-oldartist felt suddenly overcome by a massive wave of insecurity.

"I realized that even though I'd been telling everyonefor years that it's all right to be who you are, I had no idea who I really was," says the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Dominic Harrison. "I was a nervous wreck and overcompensating all the time, so I decided to just stop everything and check myself."

Within days of that revelation, Harrison wrote what would become the title track to his newalbum weird!: an urgent and soaring anthem that redefines individualityfor the modern day. "That song is me sayingit's all right to feel like you're 12 different people at once," Harrisonexplains."There doesn't needto be any kind of cohesiveness in the way you think or look or behave-cohesive is for a textbook. So it'sokay to be completely full of contradictions, because that's the nature of being a real human being."

The second full-length fromYUNGBLUD,weird!emerges as his most emotionally complexworkto date. "It's a storyof coming-of-age andself-acceptance and liberation,in terms ofsex and gender and drugs and heartbreakand all the other twists and turns we go through in life," says Harrison, who refers toweird!as a "Skins" episode in album form. Doubling downonthe raw vulnerabilityfirst glimpsedon hispowerhousedebut album 21st Century Liability, weird! also looks back onmoments of majorupheaval that he'sendured in recent years. "I fell in love and got my heart broken, and when that happens it forces you tofigure out who you really are-it just obliterates every single guard you've put up," he says. "Making this album was the hardest thing I've ever done, because I really had to look inside myself, but it's also the mostfun I've had in my entire life."

True to YUNGBLUD's refusal tobox himself in, weird! embodies a wildly eclecticsound: Queen-inspiredharmonies, Beatles-esque chord progressions, elementsof dance-punk and glam-rock and hip-hop and metal. Workingwith his longtime producers/co-writers Matt Schwartz(Cold War Kids, Bullet For My Valentine), Zakk Cervini(Bishop Briggs, Machine Gun Kelly), and Chris Greatti (Poppy, Grimes), Harrison recorded at several studios in London and L.A., but also embedded the album with moments spontaneously captured oniPhone voice memos."I love imperfections, and how they feel soreal and pureand magic," notesHarrison, naming hyper-creative and boundary-pushing musician/producers likeJeff Lynne among his key influences on weird!."This record reallytaught me that there's no limit to where I can go or what I can do with my music, as long as I completely believe in what I'm creating."

On songs like "mars," YUNGBLUD reveals the rarebalance of conviction andsensitivity he brought to his songwriting and performance onweird!.With its delicatestorytelling and tendervocalwork, the acoustic-guitar-lacedtrack sharesthe narrative ofa young trans women Harrisonmet while playingWarped Tour in 2018. "She told me how her parents had come to the show with her, and how seeing ourcommunity helped them to understand that her coming out as trans wasn't just a phase-this is who she really was," he recalls. "It made me cry to think thatwe could have that kind of impact and change people's perceptions, just by being ourselves."

Another full-hearted celebration ofself-discovery, "cotton candy" deliversa dreamy meditation on sexual liberation, unfolding in airy textures and impossibly sweet melodies."To me sex and sexuality is about freedom and the idea that you can to lose yourself in other people of all genders, of all shapes and sizes, to find yourself and figure out who you truly are," says Harrison, whose co-writers on "cotton candy" include the hitmaking duo Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter.Meanwhile,"strawberry lipstick" presentsa delightfully warped portrait of all-consuminglust, its fuzzed-out riffs and explosive vocalsgiving way to a gloriously chaotic intensity.

One of the most poignanttrackson weird!, "god save me, but don't drown me out" rides the line between desperation and defiance, gradually building to a transcendent moment of radicalself-acceptance. "I wanted to paint a picture of what depression reallyfeels like-where everyone can be screaming at you, but you just can't hear anything at all," says Harrison. "I wanted this video to ignite a resemblance or a spark of self-love to highlight the idea that if you ever feel like you can't go on, it can get better."

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Harrison first started using songwriting as catharsis at the young age of ten. After picking up a guitar at just two-years-old, he later moved on to bass, piano, and drums, independently releasing his debut single "King Charles" in spring 2017 and landing his record deal by that summer's end. With 21st Century Liabilityarriving in July 2018, he's since scoredmajorhits with the gold-certified "11 Minutes" (with Halsey feat. Travis Barker) andthe platinum-selling"I Think I'm OKAY" (a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker that garnereda 2020 Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Rock Song).Along with releasing the underrated youth(a top 10 debut on the UK Official Albums chart), YUNGBLUD put out Live In Atlanta-a 12-track effort showcasing the joyfully hellraising live performance he's brought to sold-out crowds in countries around the world and to leading festivals like Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Austin City Limits.Endlessly prolific, YUNGBLUD has also created two graphic novels: The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club(hisacclaimed2019 debut) and The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club Volume 2: Weird Times at Quarry Banks University(its 2020 follow-up).

In the making of weird!, Harrison kept hiscommunity of fansat the forefront of his thought process behind every track. "When I finally get to play these songs live, I want to walk out to a crowd of people who feel liberated and happy and accepted, and feel like the reason we're put on this Earth is a good one," he says. So, while much of the album delves into painful subject matter, it ultimately telegraphs an undeniablesense of hope. "My first album was severely bratty because I was so angry at the world, but this album is about finding a community of people who understand me, and about figuringoutwho I am from a place of love and acceptance," says Harrison. "I hope it makes people feel like it's okay to feel out of place or twisted or weird, because life is weird-but that's what beautiful about it. So don't ever try to live it as someone else. Live it as you."


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
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

$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)
$ ----  CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair)
$ ----  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.


All ticket purchases are non-refundable.


There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available.


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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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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