Thursday, October 31, 2024

Genevieve Stokes

Lily Kershaw

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$20 advance, $25 day of show

All ages welcome

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Genevieve Stokes

Genevieve Stokes

One of alternative pop's brightest stars, named among People's "Emerging Artists" to watch list, Genevieve first taught herself piano at the age of eight. Spending her teen years developing her own unique sound, she was inspired by iconic female musicians like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor but infused her own repertoire with her deeply personal experience and perspective. Stokes initially drew attention and applause for her intimate yet lush approach to alternative pop, amassing over 7M streams all before releasing her debut EP, ascending esteemed playlists, and garnering support from Complex, EARMILK, Ones to Watch, and more.?

Named by Alternative Press as a "New Artist You Need To Hear," Stokes made a striking major label debut with her angsty yet nostalgic 2021 EP, Swimming Lessons, highlighted by the standout tracks, "Surface Tension," "Parking Lot," and "Running Away." Recorded in a cabin just a stone's throw from the 23-year-old artist's childhood home, the critically acclaimed project went on to earn over 38M streams worldwide while receiving praise from publications including Flaunt, NYLON, Billboard, Refinery29, FLOOD, and more.

A dreamy exploration of what it means to heal and unlock your inner child, her latest EP, Catching Rabbits, was heralded by the lead single "Habits," which was produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Paul McCartney), featured on PAPER and Teen Vogue, and has gone on to amass nearly 105M global streams. Further EP highlights include the brooding "You & Me," self-soothing lullaby, "17," and emotionally charged "Can I."

The acclaimed Portland, ME-based singer-songwriter is gearing up for an exciting year ahead with her forthcoming single "Dreamer" arriving on Friday, July 26th. This fall, she'll take her mesmerizing live performance back on the road across the US for her largest headline tour yet which follows previous live dates supporting artists including Noah Kahan, Briston Maroney, Sarah Kinsley and Charlie Burg.

Lily Kershaw

Soulful singer/songwriter

Lily Kershaw

The only response can be physical.

When Lily Kershaw sings, it resembles a gathering storm. Emotion wells up before its expulsion in a rush of poetic clarity and provocative intensity. Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles singer and songwriter deeply felt every note on her 2018 EP, Lost Angeles [NETTWERK].

Moreover, this emotionality remains as infectious as it does inescapable.

"I'll sing and literally have to massage my chest after, because I feel things happening in my heart," she affirms. "Something's coming out of me. It's painful, but it's also beautiful. Music is always the way anything makes sense. If I'm going through something, I'll write a song, listen back, and get answers from my subconscious. It's the way I unlock aspects of who I am."

Audiences have gotten to know the enigmatic artist little by little since the release of her 2013 full-length debut, Midnight In The Garden. Bowing at #5 on the Singer-Songwriter Chart in the U.S. and Canada, the breakout single "As It Seems" clutched #1 on iTunes Top Singer/Songwriter Songs Chart and impressively moved 30,000-plus digital downloads first week before eventually scoring over 7.2 million Spotify streams. Acclaim came from USA Today, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Billboard as she landed syncs on Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, Finding Carter, and more. She cut her teeth on tours alongside Radical Face, Mason Jennings, and Bobby Bazini, to name a few.

As much as she nods to the spirit of Laurel Canyon sirens a la Joni Mitchell, she siphons a cinematic intensity from a longstanding passion for film composers like Alexandre Desplat, Dustin O'Halloran, and Jóhann Jóhannsson as well as a curious inner sound...
"The trippiest thing for me is when I go to sleep at night, I hear orchestras," she admits. "It's been like that for as long as I can remember because my parents played a lot of classical music around the house. When I'm writing a song these days, I'll hear different parts from an orchestra. Those larger aspects of production innately come with the idea. My mind is fully open in waking life in a way that it had only worked in sleeping life before."

In producer Danny Burke, she found the perfect collaborator to infuse that sensibility into her sound. The plan was for Lily to just record a song. Within a week-and-a-half, they had finished nearly an album's worth of material during 2017. The music and lyrics spoke to this psychological Sturm und Drang brought on by interpersonal tumult.

"I was honestly lost," she explains. "Nothing was making any sense. Life was very amorphous at the time. There wasn't a path or a set direction. With art, you have to be okay with being uncomfortable. All of my relationships-whether friendships, romantic, or to myself-felt really undefined as this cycle of uncertainty was coming to an end. Writing brought a lot of understanding to my life. It was a snapshot for sure. Much of the EP isn't just made of the original takes, but the actual moment I wrote the songs."

She introduced the project with "Party Meds." Punctuated by minimal production, her heavenly delivery anesthetizes as she details "a ridiculous and debaucherous L.A. party," which gave birth to the titular term "Party Meds." Appropriately, Nylon praised it as "purely raw, authentic, and unfiltered."

The 2018 single "Another" followed with its blissfully technicolor stop-motion video premiered by Refinery29. A lull of ethereal acoustic guitars ebbs and flows in tandem with her angelically haunting croon assuring, "Your lover's gonna love you"-as if scrawled on a handwritten bedside goodbye note.

"I was in a moment of experiencing a little bit too much pain in a relationship," confesses the songstress. "When something is painful in a way that isn't promoting change or healthy resolution, it's time to let it go. I wanted to create something that absolved me of leaving's residual guilt. If it's not working, don't cause any more suffering for yourself."
Whether it's the orchestral swell of "Hurricane Punch" and "Moonlight" or the gentle piano and vocal "beautiful existential crisis" on "Grand Illusion," Lily incites a reaction that's not only physical, but spiritual as well.

"Hopefully, this makes you feel better or think about something in a different way," she concludes. "That anyone would give their time or attention is a gift. I'm just a person who wants to make others feel good and reduce as much suffering as possible."






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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