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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The Charlatans UK

RIDE

6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show

$39.50 advance, $45 day of show, $49.50 21+ reserved balcony

All ages welcome

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The Charlatans UK

The Charlatans UK

The Charlatans have reached a higher state of grace. Twenty-seven years since they first bagged a Number One album with 'Some Friendly', they're still achieving fresh career highs, dreaming up new music that redraws their own map, increasingly assured of who they are as a band.

Their trajectory has few parallels in British rock, and it's all set to continue with the release of 'Different Days', their brilliant 13th album, which finds them never more forward-looking, yet equally never more self-defining, or relevant. As Tim Burgess pointedly sings on one anthemically optimistic track called 'There Will Be Chances'"I laughed when I thought about the past, a place I love, but I can't go back - the present's where it's at".

Just listening to 'Different Days' makes you feel like a positive force has entered your life - and this, in a year when, as the title implies, the political outlook has shifted dramatically, bringing unforeseen prejudice, anxiety and division across the world. Explains Tim, "To us, the album represents an upbeat view of a world that might well be falling apart, in a time where you have to work out who your friends are, and gather them around you."

The Charlatans' own ever-spiralling success has itself been a triumph over adversity. After losing not one but two members (to a car crash, and a brain tumour) in their rollercoaster history, this most resilient outfit have somehow soldiered onto greater heights - a people's band, whose embattled mortal passage through life also mirrors our own.

This time, the core surviving quartet of Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, opened their doors to allow an enviable cast of friends to contribute to their latest work. Initially, this happened out of necessity: following the passing of founding drummer Jon Brookes in 2013, they have yet to appoint a permanent replacement. So, the first call went out to Pete Salisbury, the former Verve sticksman, who'd stepped in to help the band get up and running again on tour, through those difficult months of illness, loss and grieving.

Their last album, 'Modern Nature', was also made under that cloud, but had come out amazingly positively - and, indeed, modern. "It was a very soulful and cathartic record," says Martin Blunt, The Charlatans' founder and avatar, who has captained the band through all its ups and downs. "On previous albums, it had all got a bit fragmented, but I think we realised that what makes us, is all of us in the room together".

Pristine and confident, 'Modern Nature' drew critical praise across the board, and duly notched up their eighth Top Ten on the album chart, all capped off with a lifetime achievement award from Q magazine. The Charlatans duly had a whirlwind 2015, completing two sold-out UK tours, popping up as unannounced opening act at Glastonbury, and headlining at the Isle Of Wight and Kendall Calling festivals.

Touring continued on into 2016, taking in Europe, America and Australia, but by summer, they had a preponderance of individually carved ideas for new music, and when they met up at their residential Big Mushroom HQ in Cheshire in September '16, arrangement and recording commenced right away, without recourse to demoes. Burgess describes the process as "very conversational", as these friends chipped away, with renewed camaraderie and egolessness.

Aside from Pete Salisbury, the first invitation into their world came on a whim, as they pinged an early version of 'Not Forgotten' over to Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre at his studio in Berlin. "Literally in the space of 15 minutes," Mark Collins recalls, "he sent back some ideas on keyboard and guitar, and then he Facetime'd us to talk us through them".

After that encouraging response, they decided to open the gates a little wider. "We only wanted people that we actually knew," says Mark, "and that we could let into our world without feeling fraudulent about it." Adds Burgess, "It's matter of sharing it with people we love."

Johnny Marr could easily have appeared on any Charlatans album since 1999, when the band were introduced to him by Jim Spencer, their in-house engineer at Big Mushroom. Marr dropped by for an hour, but ended up staying for five, and contributed to three tracks, including the majestic leading single, 'Plastic Machinery'.

Similarly, Stephen Morris, the New Order and ex-Joy Division drummer, is an old friend - he briefly helped out on 'Modern Nature'. His role this time extended further, to seven tracks. As well as playing a physical kit, he brought his savvy in programming and other digital technology. From 'Hey Sunrise' and the title track, through to the album's 'housey' phase ('Over Again', 'The Same House', which also features his wife Gillian on keyboards), Morris's parts lend a gleamingly futuristic dimension to The Charlatans' endeavours.

As the spirit of collaboration prospered, Burgess fast-tracked a long-discussed team-up with Paul Weller, the expansive, Chicago soul-y album finale 'Spinning Out' taking shape between Big Mushroom and Wellers' studio in Surrey. Other 'star turns' include congas from ACR's Donald Johnson, and bass from his brother Derrick, on 'Over Again', and vocals from Sharon Horgan - yes, as in TV's 'Catastrophe' - on the title track.

As The Charlatans made the final push to complete the record in the early weeks of 2017, it was all about streamlining what they had into a sequence of music that flows, a good old-fashioned journey - another of The Charlatans' key strengths. "It starts off bright," Tim summarizes, "then it gets dark, but after that it gets sexy". Strengthening the sense of narrative, the band enlisted further amigos, including crime novelist Ian Rankin, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner, and Shuri Endo (a friend of Tim's on Twitter) to deliver spoken-word passages, binding the whole thing together.

On the ideas level, Burgess has rarely seemed more subliminally connected to the things occupying our daily thoughts. Awake every morning at 5am to greet the dawn in rural Norfolk, where he lives with his partner Nik Void (from Factory Floor, who aptly sings back-up on 'Over Again').

Tim was careful to exclude direct references to current affairs, which might shackle this most liberating and poetic of records to today's political woes. "I just don't want to spoil it by using those words," he says. In the face of boorishness and corporate greed writ ever larger, the message in the creativity, diversity, and collective strength of 'Different Days' is implicit, but clear. "There are layers and layers to this record," concludes Burgess. "It's true to who we are. It doesn't sound like we're trying to be anyone else - aware of the world around us, but protective of the world we hold close."

In the days and months ahead, its boundless positivity and invention will be a comfort to each and every bewildered listener.

 

 

RIDE

RIDE

One of the leading lights of the early 90's shoegaze scene, Ride reformed in 2014, releasing their first album in over 20 years in 2017. 'Weather Diaries' was produced by Erol Alkan and greeted by a raft of critical and commercial acclaim, reaching number 11 in the UK album charts. It also saw Ride reunited with Wichita Recordings' Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with the band during their early years on Creation Records. The follow-up, 'This Is Not A Safe Place,' came together in a matter of weeks at the end of 2018 and start of 2019, the sound of a band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. As well as working with Erol Alkan for a second time on production, their sixth record also saw Ride reunite with sound engineer Alan Moulder, who is on mixing duties for this fourth Ride record, following 'Weather Diaries,' 'Going Blank Again' and their 1990 seminal debut album 'Nowhere' (an album whose artwork is wonderfully echoed on the cover of 'This Is Not A Safe Place'). 'This Is Not A Safe Place' charted at UK #7 on release in August 2019, the band's highest chart position in 25 years.

Ride are currently working on new material, as well as touring 'Nowhere' for its 30th anniversary throughout 2022. The band's classic Creation Records albums 'Nowhere,' 'Going Blank Again' and '4 EPs,' the first collection of Ride's early EPs on one record, will be reissued on vinyl, cd and digital 4th November by Wichita Recordings.

Ride are Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt.

 

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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!

 

Tech Specs

Floor and stage plan
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Lighting diagram 
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Sound manifest
Crystal:
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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

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!

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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

Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

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Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

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