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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Yonder Mountain String Band

6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show

$29.50 advance, $35 day of show, $39.50 advance 21+ balcony

All ages welcome

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Yonder Mountain String Band

Bluegrass & beyond

Yonder Mountain String Band

With their latest album, "Get Yourself Outside," Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band once again echoes out into the universe their place as not only a pioneering jam-grass act, but also one of the most innovative groups in the live music scene - something the groundbreaking ensemble has proudly held high for the better part of a quarter-century.

"The whole thing has always been about the energy and the connection between all of us onstage and everyone out in the audience," says guitarist Adam Aijala. "And with this iteration of Yonder Mountain, we're really tapping into that onstage connection once again."

This chapter of YMSB is one of my facets. Aside from the obvious nature of the new album, it's a complete restart for the live music industry - slowly reawakening itself after a year and a half of radio silence during the early stages of the pandemic. Internally, it's also a fresh start for the group in welcoming its newest member, mandolinist Nick Piccininni.

"Nick is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. He's also a great singer with a magnetic stage presence," Aijala says. "And he's in such a creative space right now, something that has brought a whole new vibe and dynamic to the band. But, at the same time, he's such a natural fit."

Recorded during the shutdown at Cinder Sound Studio (Gunbarrel, Colorado) co-produced by Yonder Mountain and John McVey, "Get Yourself Outside" (Frog Pad Records) is a musical odyssey of string instruments and sonic textures.

"We want the listener to get outside of your own head, get outside the box or container that you've created around yourself - look outside and see what else is out there," says bassist Ben Kaufmann.

What started out as back-and-forth online interactions between the band members soon shifted into Yonder Mountain entering the studio after several months apart - this genuine, intrinsic urge within each musician to capture the unique chemistry and magic of playing live in the studio.

"We knew we had to take greater advantage of our time off the road. So, we started to collaborate and realized we had all of these songs," Kaufmann says. "It was kind of a trick to figure out how to get together and record safely. But, we're glad that we did and what came from it."

"Some of the song ideas were older. But, a lot of the ideas happened during the pandemic," Aijala adds. "It was interesting, because Nick had a bunch of ideas that emerged from the pandemic and he's heavily featured on the record."

There's the usual foot-stomping melodies and sorrowful ballads that reside at the core of the Yonder Mountain signature tone. But, there's also a deep, honest sense of renewal and rejuvenation running through the heart of the record.

"This album was a learning experience for the band, from bringing Nick in to navigating the shutdown as a nationally touring band to working on new material," Kaufmann says. "There's a blessing to this life to be able to play music for a living, and ‘Get Yourself Outside' is a testament to that, which is why it's been such a joy to finally play these songs live."

Regardless of the free-flowing, ever-evolving ebb and flow of its sound and journey, Yonder Mountain still stands atop the ancient rock foundation of the "high, lonesome sound" that is bluegrass music.

"For me, it's was the accessibility and the ease of bluegrass," Aijala says. "I really liked that the music could achieve this really high energy, and it was just acoustic instruments, your voice, and a microphone - it's a beautiful thing."

By being back on the road, performing to raucous audiences of die-hard fans and the curious alike, Yonder Mountain has been taking note of their long, bountiful journey from their foundation in 1998 to the here and now - with the 25th anniversary just around the corner.

"At almost a quarter-century, it still feels like it has all gone by in the blink of an eye, like watching your kid grow up," Kaufmann marvels. "Playing music live can be like medicine for my soul and that's something we've never taken for granted in Yonder Mountain."

"When we were three years into this band, I had already exceeded any expectations that were initially set way back then, which was to basically be able to pay my bills and maybe be able to save a little bit of money," Aijala adds. "And now? We're still here. People still like us and we still love performing and making music - it's always been about having fun and being together."

It's also a testament to the life and legacy of Yonder Mountain that three of the founding members - Aijala, Kaufmann and banjoist Dave Johnston - remain at the helm of this American musical institution.

Looking back on those early days, the members of Yonder Mountain can't help but shake their heads in awe - of where it all originated from, and what the live music landscape looked like at that time.

"When we started, there was nothing else like we were doing. We were the only example of what we were trying to do, if even then we might not have known what it was we were trying to do," Kaufmann notes. "You can see a four-piece bluegrass band at a rock festival now. But, there was a time, back when we started, where something like that was incomprehensible - it's mind-blowing to think about it in the context of where the scene is today."

"And that was a big part of why we had all of those opportunities early on," Aijala adds. "They would ask us to open for The Allman Brothers Band or Willie Nelson, or to go on after Widespread Panic. And we say yes to it all - everything was wide open in those days to try and do something different."

And it's the fearlessness of youth - of being present within the serendipitous whirlwind of artistic collaboration and musical discovery - that remains a thick thread of inspiration and ambition within Yonder Mountain.

"From the first time we got together in a room and played together, it felt predestined. I've never doubted for a second that this band wouldn't work," Kaufmann says. "And that's a wonderful experience to have known that early on - to not have fear or doubt in the creative experience. And when you think of it, how unlikely of a journey has this been?"

 

Website:
http://www.yondermountain.com/

Instagram:
http://instagram.com/yondermountain/

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/yondervideo/

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/yondermountain

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/yondermountain

Soundcloud:
http://soundcloud.com/yondermountainstringband

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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!

 

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Floor and stage plan
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Lighting diagram 
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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

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!

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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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