Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Shakti Journal presents the 2020 edition of

Shakti Speak Easy (taking place in 2020)

Featuring Dr. Cynthia McKinney & Gloria Flora

And Much More!

4:30 p.m. doors, 5 p.m. VIP Dinner, 7 p.m. General Admission

$100 Early Bird VIP, $40 Early Bird General Admission

All ages welcome

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Shakti Speak Easy (taking place in 2020)

Dinner, dancing & speakers

Shakti Speak Easy (taking place in 2020)

The most radical evening of the year!  Shakti Speak Easy is a Night of Dinner, Dancing, & Speakers in honor of the mighty forests, the funky artists, and peaceful protectors. 

The Shakti Speak Easy is a gathering for people from all sides of the political and social spectrum who are ready to engage in social change, political action and environmental solutions. Featuring 6-time US Congresswoman and avid peace activist Dr. Cynthia McKinney, and environmental activist Gloria Flora who served 22 years with the US Forest Service, our night together will celebrate free press, independent media and community-driven action.

Saloons in New England, especially during the prohibition era, were commonly known as "speak-easies" because of the practice of speaking quietly about them, or inside of them, so as not to alert the police. We believe we need these types of spaces again. Not to drink booze but to share ideas, organize and protect our rights in these changing times, along with sharing food and laughter in community.

Our speakers will address solution-oriented responses to issues like the corporatization of the media, incrimination of free speech, degradation of environmental law, and other pressing issues that affect all Americans and the world at large. Both speakers will address how we overcome the mass media's divisive tactics and have much needed conversations about pressing issues of our time. Shakti Speak Easy is an intentional collaboration with people who want to see global change begin in their own communities and are ready to raise their voices and protect their rights.


  • Speeches and Q&A with Featured Speakers Dr. Cynthia McKinney and Gloria Flora, two political and environmental heroes with decades of experience as radical leaders in their fields
  • Panel Discussion on what we can do as individuals & communities to protect our rights
  • Raffle & Silent Auction with goods from our earth-friendly sponsors
  • Live Music with Alais Clay, Freedom Movement & Little Star
  • Live Painting, Gallery and Art Sale with Ashton Hullinger


  • 5-star Locally Sourced Dinner with speakers, artists & sponsors
  • Gift bag from our earth-friendly sponsors valued at over $200
  • Special Opening Performance by Little Star
  • Live Comedy Hour
  • Book Signing with Featured Author TBA
  • 3 Complimentary Raffle Tickets
  • Complimentary Local Kombucha on tap
  • Official Shakti Speak Easy Organic T Shirt
  • CD's & Downloads from all artists
  • Exclusive Speak Easy Album - Musician Mix compilation
  • Signed hardcover of Naomi Wolf's newest book
  • Coffee Mug printed with Ashton Hullinger's Rose Photo


Cynthia Ann McKinney is a civil rights activist and six-time elected U.S. Congresswoman. Driven by a deep devotion to free the oppressed and see justice restored, Cynthia was recently stranded in international waters and rescued by the Lebanese Navy as she attempted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the besieged people of Gaza during military attack. As an advocate for the disadvantaged and working-class, Cynthia is fiercely anti-war and has continually prioritized fighting injustice and prejudice in the U.S. Cynthia's brave contributions to our civil rights are too many to name, and we are honored to have her join us as guest speaker at the Shakti Speak Easy.

Gloria Flora is founder and director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization dedicated to the sustainable management of public lands. In her 22-year career for the US Forest Service she became internationally known for her work to protect the Lewis & Clark National Forest from hydraulic fracturing and the 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front from natural gas leasing. Gloria works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies to assist states in developing climate change action plans, and she recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, efficiency and conservation. She joins the Shakti Speak Easy as a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on real and effective ways we can protect our precious natural resources. 



The Crystal Ballroom

1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

(503) 225-0047
Contact us

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!

Looking for your Crystal Ballroom Passport Stamps?

Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room & Crystal Brewery Tour occurs daily at 2 p.m. - meet at Ringlers Pub (street level below the Crystal Ballroom.) The tour takes about half an hour to complete. Any questions may be directed to the Crystal box office, 503-225-0047.

Stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show – ticketed or free – in either venue.

Please note: Due to private events, concert setup needs and brewers’ schedules, not all spaces are guaranteed to be available to tour daily, but our staff will give it our best shot and show you the spaces that we can.

Tech Specs

Floor and stage plan
PDF download

Lighting diagram 
PDF download

Sound manifest
PDF download
Lola's Room: 
PDF download

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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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!




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. 

Crystal Ballroom Property

Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

Crystal Hotel Property

Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

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