Wednesday, March 26, 2025


6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show

$32.50 Advance, $35 Day Of

All ages welcome

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Palace are a band familiar with being tossed on the tides of life. Originally school friends in Dorset, singer Leo Wyndham, guitarist Rupert Turner and drummer Matt Hodges began playing together in 2012 (alongside early bassist Will Dorey) after fate had brought them all separately to London. Holing up in an artistic multi-band hub called The Arch in Tottenham, and inspired by an array of artists encompassing Nick Drake, Cocteau Twins, John Fahey, Neil Young, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, they conjured an enthralling maelstrom of sound and emotion – equal parts intricate alt-rock, dark blues, glacial melody, cosmic echo and exotic experiment - and became an almost instant streaming hit, garnering over a million plays for early EPs Lost In The Night and Chase The Light.

Their debut album on Fiction records, So Long Forever (2016), trawled the wreckage of Wyndham’s shattered psyche following the death of a family member and the break-up of both his parents’ and his own relationships, and chimed with the times; the sumptuous “Live Well” reached 100 million streams alone. “It's been an amazing marker for our band,” Leo says. “It resonated with people in a very profound way.” 2019’s second album Life After took a more optimistic slant: embracing “the hopefulness within the idea of grief and life after, growing again” it drew Palace’s fanbase ever closer, particularly with seven-minute radio favourite “Heaven Up There”, a celestial ice storm of a song which held the whole record together and really landed with people thanks to its enveloping portrayal of loss and recovery.

As Covid hit and the community at The Arch collapsed amid “a lot of politics and weird stuff”, Palace shifted HQ to a windowless space in Manor House and, after brushing up some demos for 2020’s well-received Someday, Somewhere EP, recorded their third album Shoals (2022) remotely over lockdown. Coloured with more electronic textures, Shoals saw Palace’s world darken again, confronting the fear, isolation, anxiety and self-analysis of the pandemic era and trying to map potential paths out of the woods. The record was fanfared with a series of singles (Gravity, Lover (Don’t Let Me Down), Fade and Where Sky Becomes Sea), and as Palace lay plans for their fourth album they decided to lean further into this more sporadic creative approach.

"Re-recruiting the producer of their debut album, Adam Jaffery – now a friend of the band with whom they felt they had unfinished musical business – Palace booked regular recording sessions at Deptford’s Unwound Studios between October 2022 and September 2023. Ahead of each session they’d write five or six songs, with the aim of recording four, serving each song as they came and finding fresh excitement in the chemistry, trust, friendship and creative collaboration built into the process. “We were at a point where it was quite blank canvas,” says Leo, “we thought it'd be a nice approach to do it as we go along and see how it unfolds."

Thus, they hoped to capture a year in the life of Palace. Not realising how challenging and significant it would be.

While writing the first batch of songs, Leo and his partner suffered a late miscarriage. The experience left the band’s chief song-writer bereft and adrift. “I felt a hollowness and emptiness for a long time when it happened,” he says. “There was just a thick layer of indescribable pain and confusion that we experienced for a long time, vibrating in the silences. It was like a bomb had gone off and the explosion had destroyed any sense of time and present journey. It became us for a long time.”

Palace’s fourth album Ultrasound, then, naturally became an open diary of Leo’s year-long struggle from devastation to deliverance. “It was incredibly hard to comprehend what had happened, how to deal with it and how to move forward,” he says. “The album is the journey of that absolutely earth-shattering experience - starting with a loss, then a period of processing, and then finally acceptance, release and growth. And being in awe of women within that. Their dignity, strength and courage in how they can deal with these things that feel beyond a man.”

Album opener “When Everything Was Lost”, chilling ozone rock with a hint of Bon Iver, captures what Leo calls “that initial bombshell feeling” when “suddenly everything’s on the floor…you’re all at sea for a long time, figuring out which way is up and which way is down.” “I dreamt it was different so much I was different,” he sings, hoping that “I’ll see you in another time” and bluntly concluding “everything is fucked”. “Son” is a more placid emotional swell, reflecting not only on Leo’s own loss but those of his friends too: “heaven will never be empty, strange the way the silence grows,” he muses.

From there, Ultrasound picks its way through the wreckage, seeking light. The languid and lustrous pop-gaze trio of “Bleach”, “Nightmares & Ice Cream” and “Rabid Dog” explore the fractures that test a grief-stricken relationship and the difficulty of bearing witness to each other's pain. But while loss is an agonizingly solitary experience“ the hallucinogenic “Nightmares…” was based on a dream Leo had about seeing his partner in the afterlife: “It was a very beautiful abstract thing that we were together and there was this total acceptance of what had happened and it was euphoric,” he says.

At the album’s core sit three songs of support and consolidation. “Make You Proud” is about wanting to be the best version of yourself out of love for another. . The soulful “Inside My Chest” concerns the realisation that there are quarters of the heart that are forever reserved for those we’ve lost and that it’s okay for a partner not to fill the space. And “Love Is A Precious Thing”, the album’s melodic centrepiece built on krautrock rhythms and vaporous high-wire guitar lines, paints love as something capricious - at times precious and fragile, at others “an oblivion” and “a vicious thing, blood in the biting wind” – but concludes “We could be anyone if you love me like I you”. “We had to rebuild ourselves independently,” Leo says. “And I think we’re stronger for it.

The album’s final stretch marks a more reflective period. The pastoral, Gallic-tinged “Say The Words” acknowledges the societal pressures on women to raise families and their resilience in the struggles of motherhood. “A miscarriage in itself is a female experience and as a man, in a way, you're this onlooker, and that's what makes it so confusing,” Leo says. “I have this huge level of respect and understanding and awe for women for that strength.” “How Far We’ve Come” confronts aging, mortality and our shifting ambitions along the way. And while “All We’ve Ever Wanted” revisits the rawness of Leo’s anguish in its images of forest fires and quicksand, his desire for fatherhood still burning, the epic closing “Goodnight Farewell”, sonically corroded, beaten but standing proud, finds him finally attaining a sense of peace.

“That’s about transitioning to a new phase,” he explains. “It’s saying goodbye to this life-changing year, saying goodbye to former versions of ourselves and what would have been a child as well. It's that transcendence of suddenly discovering that we can move forward into something that feels lighter and optimistic.


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
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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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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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