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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Monqui Presents

Sammy Rae & The Friends

Fleece

7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show

$25 advance, $30 day of show

All ages welcome

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Sammy Rae & The Friends

Sammy Rae & The Friends

For as much as Sammy Rae & The Friends may be a band, this collective of, dreamers, and artists considers itself a family first.

Fronted by singer and songwriter Sammy Rae, the group flourishes in any spotlight with a combination of all-for-one and one-for-all camaraderie, palpable chemistry, deft virtuosity, and vocal fireworks. Their sound is a mélange of Sammy's influences, rooted in classic rock, folk, and funk and sprinkled with soul and jazz. Complete with a rhythm section, horn section, keyboards, and backing vocals, Sammy Rae & The Friends have or will deliver their high-energy, spirited, and unrestrained shows to sold-out audiences in the Northeast and beyond, including Terminal 5 in NYC, two consecutive nights at the Boston Royal, 9:30 Club in DC, Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, The Showbox in Seattle, the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, and many more. NPR Music, the Boston Globe and American Songwriter alike have dubbed her an artist to watch is 2022.

While the band considers themselves the "7 faces of The Friends," they advocate for the importance of their community. Avid music fans themselves, they pride themselves on this original grassroots, word-of-mouth growth. The Friends is their community of followers, artists and creatives who help in the creation of their songs and sustenance of the project-their mixing engineer, band photographer, graphic designer, budget manager, and everyone who hangs around the shows supporting the vision. The shows are like a shot in the arm of affirmation of individuality. They are safe spaces to feel overwhelmed with love and acceptance. "Friends" in the audience are encouraged to dress how they like, dance how they like, join the party and form person-to-person Friendships.

Sammy Rae & The Friends just wrapped a five-week tour celebrating her latest single, "Follow Me Like the Moon," and will be on the festival circuit this summer. Their next single, "Time Being", comes out on 7/15/22.

 

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/sammyrae

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SammyRaeMusic

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SammyRaeMusic/

Website:
https://www.sammyrae.com/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sammyraemusic/

Fleece

Fleece

 

"If two men just ain't right, then I'm living in a world that's upside down," Matt Rogers,

lead vocalist and songwriter of Montreal-based LGBTQ indie-rock band Fleece, croons

on "Upside Down", a song on their gorgeous new LP, Stunning and Atrocious. On this

album, the band isn't holding back on sharing their roadmap for how they see the world.

In fact, Fleece has never paused, even for a moment, to define themselves or add labels

to their experience, instead opting to open up and be. This band is au naturel and it

shows, right from their earliest days and rise to notoriety through their rice cakemunching

"How to write an Alt-J song" viral video (which amassed 12 million views).

Since that video, that notoriety has only amplified. Subsequent releases and antics have

added fuel to this fire and grown large and dedicated followings on Spotify, Instagram

and TikTok, resulting in worldwide audiences and millions of monthly streams. The

band's recent singles "Upside Down", "Do U Mind? (Leave The Light On)", and "Love

Song for the Haters" have each leapt past the 2-million stream mark. Along the way the

band found themselves on tour across North America multiple times, supporting

renowned bands Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, Mt. Joy, and others as their demand

as a headliner grew in these same markets.

While having been focused on the songwriting of lead vocalist Matt Rogers and the

relentless energy of drummer and co-founder Ethan Soil, Fleece has always been about

being a band. Fleece's previous music had drawn from musicians no longer in the

project, but it was the emergence of Megan Ennenberg (guitar/vocals) and Jameson

Daniel (guitar) as members that completed the line up and contributed to the cohesive

whole, the final resting place, the rebirth of Fleece.

And it is from this new Fleece where their newest emerging musical work, the album

Stunning and Atrocious, came to fruition. Said Matt, "I think we're finally Fleece. In the

past, the process was more about bringing my own compositions to the band, but this

album is a complete coming together of all of our brains. We played whatever we came

up with, stream of consciousness style, and then restructured the songs until they felt

right. It was a bit daunting to give up control at first, but the product and process of

collaborating made Fleece more exciting for all of us. I definitely grew from it too. Song

two ("Like It A Lot") is about exactly this - letting the power go and feeling good."

Written from the late parts of 2018 until 2020, the album was a first for Fleece in that it

was created with a collective focus in mind: songwriting with a strong emphasis on

contributions from all four band members. While on tour, the band would write and demo

songs, creating oodles of voice-memo-type song skeletons everywhere they went, from

rural Texas to the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec to a highway-side rehearsal room in

Montreal. The song ideas came together naturally and the singers began weaving in

lyrics about the complexities of vulnerability, sexuality, love, depression and anxiety, joy

and silliness, honesty, and power. And then, of course, the lens of a pandemic magnified

the stunning and atrocious parts of all of these tropes, and they wove in that new

intensified insight as well.

Throughout this process the band found themselves with an abundance of ideas, a

wealth of songs, ultimately collecting three albums worth of content and slowly finding

which songs stuck, which would make the cut. And with so much time spent together on

the creation and selection of content, it only made sense to self-produce the album. To

this end, the band hired friends to help engineer, rented studios, and waltzed into the

tracking process, comfortable and willing to capture the vibes and sound that they'd

been nurturing. "Most of the album is self-produced so we really got to tinkering with

sounds in post-production together. I'd say overall this album process made my

friendship with Megan, Ethan, and Jameson even stronger. I just love them so much,"

says Matt.

If nothing else, the pandemic gave us all time. In Fleece's case, that meant time to play,

record, breathe, reflect, record more, post-produce, mix, and finally master. And so it

was that the album was born. From its infancy on the road to the adolescent struggles of

defining its boundaries and makeup and to the shiny bright eyed young adult collection

of songs proudly and outrageously presented now.

Finally: Stunning and Atrocious - the why it was called that. Matt says, "In 2018 when

we were on tour with the band I'd use those words to describe literally everything. When

we were in the studio and coming up with an album name, Jameson and Megan

suggested Stunning and Atrocious as a joke, and then we all realized it actually really

spoke to the record. Half of it is more beautiful and ethereal, half is straight up rock 'n'

roll. Also, while writing it, the world around us was the definition of stunning and

atrocious. Megan is singing lead on a couple songs on this record, so obviously she is

the stunning, and I'm the atrocious (haha). Can't wait to hear the other parallels that our

dear sweet fans will draw."

If you've seen the videos, followed the band on any social media platform, and listened

to previous lyrics, you'll of course be aware that the band doesn't run a straight line. It

bends, turns, flips, bops, boops, and, in general, encourages others to live whatever life

they choose in any way, as the band themselves do. These songs are about feelings

and emotions shared between people that aren't to be contained by previously limiting

rules. These songs exist in a world where everyone is free to be and love as they wish, a

world where people are able to define themselves in any way they choose. And that is

the Fleece way.

 

Events

The Crystal Ballroom

1332 W. 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!

 

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.
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Art

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!

History

 

 

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. 

Crystal Ballroom Property

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