Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Monqui Presents

The Green


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7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show

$25 Advance, $30 Day of Show, Balcony Seats Available

All ages welcome

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The Green

Dub-heavy roots reggae

The Green


With much of the live music industry scaled back or in a holding pattern for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many musicians enjoyed an extended hiatus at home with family and friends and additional time to focus on their music. Hawaii-based reggae band The Green sum up their period of self-reflection, as well as overcoming personal challenges, on the title track of their 6th studio album, Brand New Eyes, out November 5th (Easy Star Records/Ineffable Records). A powerful roots reggae song, “Brand New Eyes” was co-written by one of The Green’s four lead singers, JP Kennedy, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Kimie Miner.

“Kimie is a friend of the band and the song was inspired by us becoming new parents at about the same time, but as our latest album came together, the song evolved into a whole new thing,” explains JP Kennedy. One of the greatest accomplishments for JP during lockdown was going into rehab; throughout that time the band kept up their rigorous rehearsal and work schedules. “When I was away, the band took that time to evolve so when I got out, we had a whole new foundation of what we are working from; I was blown away by that. Even though ‘Brand New Eyes’ was written years ago, it speaks to where the band is now, what centers us to achieve the same goal. The song is relevant to looking at your life and trying to make things better.” “It’s about having minds of our own, different lives, seeing things from a different perspective,” adds vocalist Caleb Keolanui, who co-produced “Brand New Eyes,” alongside JP, Leslie Ludiazo, and Lapana Ieriko, the crew that also produced the tracks “Stay True,” “Feeling Free,” and “DFRTNLY,” all recorded at Honolulu’s Live Animaux Studio.

The Green are among the very first reggae bands from the Hawaiian islands to extensively tour the US mainland and perform in such far-flung locales as Japan and New Zealand. One of the genre’s busiest acts, prior to headlining their own tours, the band supported many American reggae bands including Rebelution, Iration, SOJA, and even Jamaica’s Damian Marley. Grammy winning pop superstar Bruno Mars selected The Green to open his three sold out shows at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena in 2014 and his two sold out dates at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, Hawaii’s largest outdoor venue, in 2018. The Green have also appeared on several of America’s biggest music festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Life Is Beautiful, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, One Love Cali Reggae Festival, California Roots Festival, and Rebelution’s Bright Side Festival in Jamaica. The Green launched their forthcoming album by performing two consecutive shows on May 20-21, 2021, at an event called Brand New Eyes: The Experience. It was held on the rooftop of Waikiki’s International Market Place and is Hawaii’s first rooftop concert; the concert footage will be released at a later date.

For band members Ikaika Antone (keyboards, vocals) and Zion Thompson (guitar, vocals), who became first time fathers during the pandemic, the lockdown afforded expanded time to bond with their newborn daughters; for the entire band, the lockdown provided an opportunity for deeper concentration on their music making. “Because we weren’t touring, we were able to pull the album together in a way that we couldn’t before,” says Ikaika. “Now that our families are growing, it’s time to get more proactive with our music, so the pandemic was a blessing in disguise, and we adapted really well.” 

One of the album’s standout tracks is the ballad “Young Man,” produced by Imua Garza. Ikaika takes the lead, openly sharing the struggles he and his wife experienced trying to conceive their daughter; the song is tenderly written from the perspective of their unborn child. “I wrote the song over the process of trying to conceive, beginning with our first miscarriage, then having trouble getting pregnant again, then we had another miscarriage, an 18-month span that ends with a pregnancy that we held on to,” reveals Ikaika. “The listener might not get that, but they will get that someone is lost, maybe struggling with an addiction.” When Ikaika wails, “living life on the bottle and a hand on the needle, planting a seed will be harder for now,” he’s not depicting a drug addict or an alcoholic’s unstable reality, he’s referencing the fertility drugs that his wife took to conceive their child. “Ultimately, whatever the song will mean to people will be powerful in some way,” Ikaika continued, “and I hope they get the message of hope, love and strength because those were the things that helped us to persevere during that time.”

The Green was formed in 2009 with Caleb Keolanui (lead and backing vocals), Ikaika Antone (keyboards, lead and backing vocals), JP Kennedy (lead and backing vocals, guitar), Zion Thompson (lead and backing vocals, guitar) and Brad Watanabe (backing vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums). Drummer Jordan Espinoza joined in 2011, replacing Leslie Ludiazo, who remains the band’s musical director. The Green’s self-titled debut was recognized by iTunes as the Best Reggae Album of 2010. In 2014, the band received three prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards (considered Hawaii's equivalent of the Grammys): Group of the Year, Reggae Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. They’ve also had three albums released via Easy Star Records that topped the Billboard Reggae Album chart, 2011’s Ways and Means (which spent four weeks at number one), 2013's Hawaii 13, and 2017’s Marching Orders, which stayed in the top 10 for 18 consecutive weeks, regaining the no. 1 spot three separate times. Marching Orders was distinguished as the Best Reggae Album at the 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano awards. In 2019, The Green released an acoustic set of their greatest hits, Black & White, the same year they were named Group of the Year at Hawaii’s Island Music Awards, created by Hawaii’s no. 1 reggae radio station, Island 98.5 FM.

The varied cast of producers complementing the enhanced writing on Brand New Eyes’ 11 tracks brings out a bolder shade of The Green. They include Jamaica’s Phillip “Winta” James on “Recipe” and “Lost You” and Brooklyn’s Ricky Blaze on “Feelings.” Brian Fennell (a.k.a. SYML, a successful artist in his own right) who has worked with Third Eye Blind, OneRepublic and with The Green on Marching Orders, helms the production on “Coming Home,” “Blue Skies,” and “My Friend (Don't Give Up).” “We get a lot of inspiration from each song and as our songwriting grows, that has an effect on everything, including who’s producing it,” notes Ikaika. “From album to album, we recognize that our songs are getting more mature so sonically, it evolves in the same way.” “With Brand New Eyes we have a pretty good size production team, which allows us to take songs to places that we wouldn’t have been able to on our own,” adds JP.  “Songs like ‘Recipe’ (a sultry interpolation of legendary English band Aswad’s ‘Your Recipe’), ‘Lost You’ (an exquisite reggae love lament), and the irresistible soca-tinged ‘Feelings’ (featuring Jamaican singer Gyptian and J Boog) are completely Jamaican produced; that’s the result of having years in the game, being able to work with veterans and not having to do everything ourselves.” Other guest artists include Alborosie on the redemptive reggae track “Feeling Free” and Keznamdi on the ethereal “Blue Skies.”

The Green has earned rave reviews from Billboard, which described their music as “a powerful sonic identity that fuses late 1970s-era dub-heavy roots reggae with strands of contemporary rock/pop/R&B and sporadic indigenous Hawaiian musical and lyrical references.” Top Shelf Reggae enthused: “The Green as a musical force cannot be overstated; they are one of the most consistently loved bands in the genre.”  The band has almost 1 million monthly active listeners on Spotify, nearly 50 million total plays on Apple Music and over 311 million lifetime streams on Pandora.

As The Green prepares to hit the road again in 2022, Brand New Eyes’ heart wrenching ballad “Coming Home” ruefully expresses the most challenging aspect of touring faced by musicians: telling their young children they are leaving home, again. “I wrote the chorus and two verses, and Caleb wrote the second verse,” says bassist Brad Watanabe. “When we were on tour, I saw the boys talking to their kids back home and I thought, what is it like for the kids when we leave?” Sensitively conveyed by Caleb’s lead, “Coming Home” is notable because it is partially written and sung in ??lelo Hawai’i, the indigenous Hawaiian language that was banned in schools and government by the United States in 1898. Five years earlier, a consortium of sugar and pineapple businessmen, the American minister to Hawaii, and heavily armed soldiers and marines deposed and subsequently imprisoned Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani, conspired to annex the islands to the US, and seized 1.75 million acres of crown land. Hawaii became a US territory in 1900 and the 50th US state in 1959, by which time the Hawaiian language had nearly vanished. A revival began in the 1980s and Hawaiian Language Immersion Schools were created to provide K-12 Hawaiian language education.  “I have been learning Hawaiian for the past three years, teaching at a Hawaiian Immersion School, and the language has become a really big part of my life; I didn’t set out to write the lyrics in Hawaiian - they just came to me that way,” adds Brad.  “Brad is the one guy in the band who doesn’t have kids yet, so coming from him, this song is a very impactful, universal take on the whole story,” offers JP. “We also take great pride in our Hawaiian culture, so it’s massive for Brad to be taking up the Hawaiian lyrics and putting them into our music.”

Brand New Eyes concludes with “My Friend (Don’t Give Up)” a polished, soulful fusion with empowering lyrics that offer an important reminder: “You are enough, more than enough and never, ever change,” a sentiment that has gotten the band through their greatest hardships. “Responding to adversity is something that we are naturally good at,” reflects JP. “We all come from humble beginnings and when things start to get rocky, we toughen up and just get it done. Throughout the pandemic, we just hunkered down and did what we needed to do. I am so proud of Brand New Eyes; I am proud of all of our albums, but the way this one happened through all of the challenges, I am so stoked to share it.”

By Patricia Meschino










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
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Lighting diagram 
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Sound manifest
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Lola's Room: 
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Technical and logistical packet
For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room
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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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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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