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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Livestream

Dance on Air Summer Balcony Series featuring Kassi Valazza

6 pm

Tips strongly encouraged (Venmo @kassi-valazza)

All ages welcome

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Dance on Air Summer Balcony Series

Dance on Air Summer Balcony Series

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Join us every other Thursday via livestream for the Crystal Ballroom Summer Balcony Series - live music, quarantine style...We're bringing local musicians to you!

Order takeout dinner & beer and tune in to your own living room concert. Not only do you get a "live" show, but this is a great way to support local artists (you can tip by Venmo).

featuring Kassi Valazza

Psych country western

featuring Kassi Valazza

Kassi Valazza has a viscous, light gold voice. It swirls around in your head like whiskey in a snifter; vaporous, and intoxicating. For most of Dear Dead Days pedal steel and electric guitar lope along at half time, the in pocket rhythm section booming from deep in the low end. Its frequencies penetrate your flesh. The songs reverberate off your bones. Her lyrics drip down the inside of your skull. On the opening track "Cayuse":

"cause they're hard runnin' critters, and wild-eyed quitters / kicking up all they can find / that fool hardy man of mine"

Musicians with Southwest origins dependably bring a languorous relaxation -the slow pace a defense against the oppressive heat of the high desert- and a grim sense of gravitas, having walked among the bleached bones and arid landscapes. At times Valazza sings as if her lyrics are smoke she's exhaling. On "A Fine Colour" she sings every note clearly, and with force, on a surrealist-jealousy jawn.

"Juniper has come and gone this year / Soft whispers in my ear / Broken promises she swore to keep / That don't mean a damn to me / like pickin' daisies off your tongue / life's a gamble for you, son..."

Likewise "Sad Songs" calls out a triflin' troubadour. Melancholy and psychedelia folllow Kassi wherever she goes. Down the road on "Chino" she sings "...and I guess that I've been doing fine / and I reckon I could ease my mind / if my bills were paid".

On the folk-tale "Mary Valaza and band craft a southern rock setting for a parable about being careful what you wish for, and -conversely- sticking around long enough to get your rewards.

The album backs off to half-time again and vibes and guitar reverberate from down the hall on the waiting-around-to-die country song "Running on Empty". The country-soul torch-bearers "Johnny Dear" and "Verde River" illuminate side-b. You get the hint: Valazza is pretty goddamn good at writing a sad song -but there's another element, a painted desert, couloured canyon walls at sunset, endless sky vision. Kassi will be your peyote coyote; a guide through these psychedelic vistas. Here she's found a way to trap the world of cheaters, drifters, lovers and leavers in amber. Wander from your own woes, and come walk with Valazza's. - Sean Jewell at American Standard Time

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk6aAxQSsPU

Instagram:
http://instagram.com/kassandraerin/?hl=en

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pg/kassivalazzamusic

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4qIi20XYGNXcVvCzBZFumH?si=RroEFQHiStiRPkEJoer_Ng

About Lola's Room

The music has stopped – for now. All McMenamins, except 23rd Ave Bottle Shop, are temporarily closed. We’ll be ready for you with beer, wine and burgers when this is over. Until then, stay safe.

An oasis below the Crystal

The little sister of the historic Crystal Ballroom, Lola's Room is located on the second floor, directly below the Crystal. If you're a fan of DJ'd dance events, raging local rock showcases or intimate seated performances, then take a moment and bookmark this page.

The navigation menu at left is your roadmap to Lola's Room and the other offerings at the corner of 14th & Burnside. Check out what's coming up on the Events Calendar, let us host your next party or simply investigate our brewery, artwork and history.

A night at Lola's Room should always include a stop by Ringlers Pub or Ringlers Annex, where the vibe will fit your mood -- great pub fare, handcrafted beverages, engaging conversation, a good pool game, a rowdy party or a groovy DJ in a dimmed setting.

Never stop exploring! This website is a continual work in progress, and will develop over time. Watch for photo tours, sound samples from upcoming acts and much more. Meanwhile, be our guest, wander and enjoy!

Looking for your Crystal Ballroom and/or Lola's Room Passport Stamps?

A 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.

If you cannot make the tour, stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show. The shows can be ticketed or free – as long as you’re attending an event in the venue, you can get that room’s stamp. Please note that if you’re attending an event in the Crystal Ballroom, you will need to attend a separate event in Lola’s Room to get the Lola’s stamp and vice versa. Stamps are always exclusively available in their own 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.

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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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