Thursday, September 29, 2022

Live Nation and McMenamins Present

The Midnight


6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show

$32.50 advance, $35 day of show, VIP tickets available

All ages welcome

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The Midnight

The Midnight

"We stick to the archetypes. A literal world isn't interesting. We're trying to put a skin around the symbols and myths that civilization has told itself for 10,000 years. The better the symbol and the more universal the myth, the more people can create a world for themselves from their memories and desires. That's the goal: Give the audience enough raw material to make the world their own."
- Tyler Lyle of The Midnight

The Midnight, the duo of producer Tim Daniel McEwan and singer-songwriter Tyler Lyle, are masters of flipping the disparate archetypes of yearning American youth - think everything from John Hughes films and the Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" music video to Snapchats of ravers losing it to a big bass drop and the lonesome sway of the "lofi hip hop radio - beats to study / relax to" YouTube channel - into their own modern collage that finds a throughline between generations of teenage ennui.

Their music fuses this Americana with an evocative electronic palette that incorporates synth-driven film scores, dance music, synth-pop, and rock, creating an enveloping harmony of richly textured sonics and poignant lyrical imagery. Each song cultivates a story written on a bedrock of universal themes and eternal hooks, coming together to create a body of work that unifies an enthusiastic global fan base.

This movement McEwan and Lyle have been building since 2014 began online with their debut album DAYS OF THUNDER, and over the past six years has become an encompassing, multi-sensory opportunity to find community wherever someone goes. Fans come together online on every platform imaginable, streaming and downloading their previous releases - Endless Summer (2016), Nocturnal (2017) and Kids (2018) millions of times, and jumping over to spaces like social media and Reddit to hermeneutically dissect The Midnight's body of work with a loving passion. They come together, 15,000 at once, to experience a livestream benefit the band puts together. They make fan videos. They blast the records at parties and crank up the volume on their car stereos. They show up by the thousands to sold-out shows on multiple continents. Fans see themselves in the movement and want to bring in more people. With The Midnight, you're never alone.

Since their beginning McEwan and Lyle have been building progressively more complex yet eminently relatable worlds - their most-recent effort earning the top spot on Billboard's Dance/Electronic charts and getting songs placed in shows like 13 Reasons Why. These architects use meticulously crafted music, a stunning visual aesthetic, and engaging live shows to tap into our quietest and most wistful tendences, the unbridled sense of joy we have within us, and our infinite desire to surrender ourselves to the collective charisma of togetherness.

The ingredients of this come from a blend of markedly different experiences. McEwan grew up in Denmark and got his start in pop-music production working with acts like Sean "Diddy" Combs, New Kids on the Block, and The Wanted before he and Lyle met in 2014 in Los Angeles. Lyle hails from the Alabama-Georgia line, forging an indie-folk music career, releasing albums such as THE GOLDEN AGE & THE SILVER GIRL and co-writing music with Court Yard Hounds, among other acts.

Their fateful pairing in Los Angeles yielded DAYS OF THUNDER, which features concert staples "Gloria" and "Los Angeles" and laid the foundation for The Midnight's seamless blend of stirring narratives and magnetic electronic music. With each release, Tim's interest in musicians like Toto, Phil Collins, and Thomas Newman, and Tyler's attraction to the songs of people like Springsteen, Dylan, and John Prine, have blended together more immaculately, creating richer work for listeners to explore.

A key element of The Midnight's work is the visual art that accompanies their music. The cover art for their albums and singles, and the still images and videos on their social media accounts, all complement the themes and motivations involved in their storytelling.

"I love the visual side of the music," McEwan says. "Adding that dimension and building that world is so fun. You're able to be much more precise with what you want the listener to feel."

The imagery shifts considerably on the cover for forthcoming album MONSTERS. In it, we see a dark bedroom with an old PC monitor and snowy TV offering the primary source of dim light. On the floor is an original Playstation next to a pizza box. A backpack and skateboard are close by. On the walls are film posters with the titles of each of the album's songs. This is a snapshot of a late night spent vacillating between playing around on the internet and the pull of a super fun console video game system - it's a teen's lair and in it we see ourselves.

That cover shows a pronounced preview into the world of MONSTERS. The 15-track album, a sequel to 2018's KIDS and second record in an intended trilogy, finds McEwan and Lyle embracing new sounds while retaining the DNA of what has made them so compelling. There is a balance of the familiar with a drive to elevate the songwriting and the sonic palette into new, exciting areas. This mirrors the transition from being "just a kid" to being a complicated, heart-afire teenager.

"I wanted the wonder of coming of age to shine through and combine that with the inherent darkness and complexity of being a teenager," McEwan says. "I wanted it to feel a lot more adult and emo than KIDS. Adolescence is messy, tragic, brutal, wistful and beautiful. MONSTERS is all of that."
The teenage years can be marked with isolation. For every homecoming dance, prom, or surreptitious party at a friend's parent-free house, there are hours spent online deep into the night - with merely the blue light of a monitor guiding the way. This is as true for the kids now as it was for their parents. Isolation and connection are key themes on MONSTERS.

Lyle says the album tackles some big questions that arise during adolescence and might not necessarily find a resolution into the adult years: "How vulnerable can I be? How do you learn that? What sort of boundaries can and should be placed around the human heart? What is lost if I reach out and have my heart broken, but what is lost if I don't?" Along those lines, MONSTERS - like its predecessors in The Midnight's catalogue - isn't stuck in the past. It's not about wanting to go back, so much as it is a story of how we manage our own monsters to build a suitably connected life.

Ultimately, when that last note hits, The Midnight have us prepared for the next album, the third in the KIDS trilogy. We started out finding universal themes and common ground in our childhoods, then we shifted to the beautiful brutality of adolescence, and now we're ready to contemplate the stakes of adulthood. We may find ourselves in the songs of MONSTERS - we may come up with our own interpretations of the symbols - but we've had Lyle and McEwan guiding us with love and respect throughout the journey.

"As we become aware of where our sounds are and why people stick with us," Lyle says, "we want to do two things: make sure there are enough comfortable moments, and we also want to push the sonics and the songwriting into new worlds as we create a bridge for listeners to come along - rather than just dropping them into it without a map."


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!


Tech Specs

Floor and stage plan
PDF download

Lighting diagram 
PDF download

Sound manifest
PDF download
Lola's Room: 
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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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