Friday, October 4, 2024

John Douglas (of the Trashcan Sinatras)

Lily Vakili

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$20 advance, $25 day of show

All ages welcome

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John Douglas (of the Trashcan Sinatras)

John Douglas (of the Trashcan Sinatras)

Following up from a busy and successful year of music prowess, involving the reissue and UK Top-40 charting of Trashcan Sinatras' debut album 'Cake', 33 years since its original release, John Douglas has stepped into the center stage, releasing his debut solo album supported by a run of concerts around the UK and North America.

One of Scotland's finest songwriters, and a founding member of Trashcan Sinatras, Douglas has opened a new chapter in his life with the release of his eponymous debut album, via Reveal Records. Presenting an intimate snapshot of the talent, charisma and depth of this celebrated songsmith. The album was recorded live at Kyoti Studio in Glasgow with producer Mark Freegard (New Model Army, Lush, The Breeders, Del Amitri, Marillion).

Featuring original material and new recordings of John's favourite Trashcan Sinatras' catalogue, and his own rendition of the Prefab Sprout classic ‘We Let The Stars Go', this album reflects the genuineness of Douglas' music, also demonstrated in recent live peformance videos for 'Lost', 'I'm Not The Fella' and 'Always', plus Trashcan Sinatras' classics 'Oranges & Apples', 'Leave Me Alone' and 'Weightlifting'.

Performing as a solo artist and also as part of his partner Eddi Reader's band, John has been on the road a lot lately in the UK and Ireland, having also performed with friends like Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Jill Jackson, Withered Hand and James Grant (Love & Money) and Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout).

John's decades of music as a vital member of Trashcan Sinatras, and now also a solo performer are based around an unwavering love for stories, for creating moments, and diving into a need for human connection that only happens through the power of songs. From living room shows, to clubs and small theatres, from festivals, to large events, you will always find John connecting with his fans, old and new, and making a difference with his music.

Lily Vakili

Lily Vakili

It might seem the most mundane detail in an artist's profile is where they were born, but in the case of genre-transcendent singer/songwriter, Lily Vakili, it's the best place to capture the start of a wild, expansive life journey. "I was born in Honduras during a military coup," says the New Jersey-based artist, "At the hospital, my father made his way around injured soldiers to welcome me to the world. He said that set the stage for everything else in my life."

An early career in theatre and dance was followed by a second career as a biotech lawyer. The third act - a return to creative life - emerged while raising her three children, one with profound developmental disabilities, and during her mother's decline into Alzheimer's. Poems written throughout her life began to come together as songs accompanied by the musical explorations of a self-taught guitar player.

Lily launched her recording career as a solo artist with two albums Lake City/Next 3 Exits and Meadowlands, before forming the five-member Vakili Band. That fruitful collaboration resulted in three studio albums, Oh Alright, Walking Sideways, and 2023's Honey. Produced for the first time by Lily, the Honey album, described by Under the Radar as "an electric blend of Rock, Soul & Psychedelia...", exemplifies the collaborative bacchanalia of her band, having honed their distinctive sound in the studio as well as on tour up and down the East Coast.

Her songwriting is described by Relix Magazine as "upp[ing] the emotional and political ante with ... punchy tunes, delivered from a strong female perspective" and Postcard Elba says "The Patti Smith Group vibe is strong ... both in the straight ahead rock n' roll fire and passionate street poet vibes, and we'll take that over ironic detachment ... any day of the week." Ink 19 adds "Vakili's voice - yes, it is honey, in a cool glass of whiskey on the hottest night you remember..."

Lily says: "Returning to the stage as a solo artist feels like coming full circle as well as an artistic metamorphosis. I'm reminded of my beautiful mother's words and the moment of my liberation as a creative person: ‘What is stopping you? No one else will do it for you'."



About Mission Theater

Experience a slice of Portland history. What is now known simply as “the Mission” was originally home to the Swedish Mission Covenant congregation in the early 20th century, and despite its staid, buttoned up appearance, this place now hosts live music, video dance nights and special events on select nights each month. 

For ADA accommodations please contact us by email at or by phone at (503) 225-0047. Please note we are only able to accommodate in this section until it is at capacity.

House Rules

As our guest, please respect the house and ensure the safety and comfort of those around you by observing our House Rules. 
  • Backpacks are not permitted.
  • Re-entry policy is determined on the day of the show, and we can't guarantee that re-entry will be permitted.
  • Possession or use of illegal substances
  • Possession or use of permanent markers or paint pens
  • Possession of any type of weapon
  • Possession or use of false identification
  • Willful damage to the property
  • Cursing or verbal harassment towards other customers or staff
  • Inconsiderate behavior towards other customers or staff
  • Any form of inappropriate, racial or physical harassment , including displaying symbols that the venue deems to be threatening
  • Intoxication before entry
  • Consumption of any alcoholic beverage not purchased on premise
  • Smoking in non-designated areas
  • Violence of any nature
  • Thank you for your help in making the Mission Theater safe, comfortable and fun for all.

Box Office

Box Office Information
Tickets for all McMenamins shows are ticketed by Cascade Tickets, and may be purchased at the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 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 ticket outlets will only incur a $2 facility charge. (Please note! Tickets to Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will incur additional service fees.)
Resend Ticket Confirmation Email
23rd Avenue Bottle Shop Hours
Sunday–Thursday, 10am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am - 11pm
The bottle shop accepts cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard.
Crystal Ballroom Box Office Hours
2pm on concert days only
Will Call
Will call is located at the box office.
Refund requests may be directed to If a show is cancelled or rescheduled, ticketholders will be emailed with their refund options. We will also post show information on our website ( and social media platforms. 
For ADA accommodations please contact us by email at or by phone at (503) 225-0047. Please note we are only able to accommodate in this section until it is at capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions about your box office and ticketing … where do I find that info?
Scroll up and check out our Box Office info! If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you might find your answer below, and if not then feel free to shoot us an email.

What seating is available?
The Mission Theater specializes in open-floor shows, but also has a mezzanine on three sides with seating throughout. Occasionally the main floor will feature seating as well, and we will indicate this by referring to the event as a “seated event.”

The mezzanine sounds cool! Can I reserve seats there? 
No, our seats are all first-come, first-served. 
I don’t like to buy tickets online; where can I buy in person at the Mission? 
The Mission does not have its own outlet, but tickets for Mission shows (and any McMenamins music events) are available at the outlets describe above in the Box Office section. 
I heard that fees are lower if I buy tickets in person … is this true? Yup, the fee is only two bucks for Mission shows if you buy those tickets in person at our outlets. PLEASE NOTE: Since Crystal Ballroom box office hours are very limited, here’s a pro tip for ya: purchase your tickets at our outlet at 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop to receive the same fee deal. 
Help, I can’t find my tickets! Can you resend/email them to me?
Even better, just go to and provide your email address as well as the last 4 digits of the card used for purchase. A ticket confirmation will be sent to you.
I have a printed at home ticket … can you just scan the original email from my phone? 
We’re able to scan ticket barcodes from most phones…. Make sure your brightness is turned up for best results! If that doesn’t work we will be able to enter your ticket’s order number into the system and get you into the show that way. 
I can’t make the show; can I get a refund? 
We are not able to offer refunds. If you opted to purchase insurance through our ticketing company as part of your ticket purchase, you should have received an email from Allianz Global  Assistance and you can file a claim with them directly. You are also welcome to sell your tickets.

Someone sold two tickets to me for tomorrow's show. When I arrive at the venue, will there be any issues since I wasn't the original buyer? 
We are unable to determine the validity of third party tickets. Also, a ticket may be scanned only once for entry. If your ticket was purchased from someone who sold the tickets to multiple parties, only the first person who shows up will be granted entry. 

Are there still tickets / VIP tickets to a show?
You can check this by finding the show on the Mission Theater online calendar and clicking the ticket link, where availability information will be displayed. 
I couldn’t get a ticket for a sold-out show. Is there any way I can get one?
The best we can say is that sometimes the artist or promoter will release some tickets that they’ve been holding onto. We can’t predict, however, if or when that might happen. 
How do you accommodate for ADA?
For ADA accommodations please contact us by email. Please note we are only able to accommodate until the ADA section is at capacity.

I understand there are stairs leading into the Mission’s main floor. Do you have accessibility options? 
Yes, we are wheelchair accessible. We have a ramp leading to our side entrance on 17th Avenue; just let security at the front door know you need ramp access. 
Can I bring my camera to a show? 
While we don’t have specific house policy, we do enforce the band’s policies, and we don’t typically know those policies until the day of the show. Usually only phones or small handheld cameras are allowed, but all attendees are subject to the stipulations from the band. Professional camera gear is almost never permitted. 
Are Light Gloves allowed?

 Is there a coat check?
There is no coat check at the Mission Theater. 
What’s your re-entry policy?
Due to a variety of factors in play for each performance, re-entry policy is determined on the day of the show, and we can’t guarantee that re-entry will be permitted. Please see our House Rules (above) for additional important entry-based information.
I’m interested in performing at your venue; who can I contact?
You can email
I want to work at the Mission Theater! 
We want to hear from you! Please check out our employment page and apply there!
I want to hold a private event in that glorious space!
Please visit our private event page for details! We have a dedicated staffer that can help with weddings, meetings, parties, you name it!
What is the venue capacity?
300 standing, 200 seated
Do you have air conditioning?
We do indeed have air conditioning, but there’s a LOT of air in the room and it can be tricky to keep the space cool. We set up water stations at our shows, and you are permitted to bring your own empty water bottle to fill there so you can stay hydrated. 
How do I get my McMenamins passport stamped?
Mission Theater stamps are only provided at the bar in the venue, and you must attend an event in order to receive one! If there’s no show or a show is sold out then you’re out of luck for that night, so plan ahead and pick a show from our fine selection of upcoming events! Another option is to wait for our occasional open houses or other free events, as we issue stamps for those events as well. 


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub to event space, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!


Use the arrows to scroll through the photos, or click on any image to view the gallery in flickr.

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