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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Balanced BreakFEST in Portland

DoublePlay

Douglas Allen

Tara Velarde

Emily Zisman

7 p.m.

$10 in advance, $10 day of show
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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Balanced BreakFEST in Portland

Balanced BreakFEST in Portland

Balanced Breakfast, which was started in San Francisco, presents its first music showcase in Portland at Al's Den. Featuring a variety of local Portland artists as well as touring bands, it will be the ultimate example of community in the music industry. In addition to hosting showcases, we also connect people through our music industry meetups, and summits. At the core, Balanced Breakfast is a multi-city community of musicians, industry professionals, and music enthusiasts. For more info visit balanced-breakfast.com

 

DoublePlay

DoublePlay

DoublePlay is based in Portland, Oregon. The power-pop four-piece bursts out with Weezersque gumption and ear candy hooks that keep you coming and humming back for more.

Douglas Allen

Douglas Allen

Douglas Allen hails from Southern Oklahoma, his music straddles lines and in-between places. Finding the exquisite in heartbreak and the human search for connection, this ex-Baptist preacher uses the tension of big feelings, channeling them into the strings of his guitar. His voice is one part whiskey and two parts honey; like a tonic to soothe the raw intensity of his gritty melodies and heartfelt guitar playing. He blurs the lines between folk, blues, and soul, creating a sound at once both fresh and classic Americana. He's humbled by some of the comparisons made between his music and the work of Ben Harper, Amos Lee, and Ray LaMontagne. The son of a farmer turned city boy, he makes his home in Nashville after cutting his teeth in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Listening to Douglas Allen's music is like a sucker punch to your heart. Listen at your own risk.

Tara Velarde

Tara Velarde

Tara Velarde, from Portland, commands the stage with her vocally fronted Diva Pop and Soul. Listeners liken her performance to Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Carole King - great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Glide Magazine states that Velarde "embodies that elusive combination of swagger and sensitivity. She writes songs with a sharp sense of poetics and vulnerability, and then steps up to the mic to deliver words and vocal melodies with powerhouse pipes". With the release of her album "Rise" (2019), Velarde stays active in the studio and on the road touring the US. She has shared bills with Michael Franti, Gaelynn Lea (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner), and Haley Heynderickx, and recently made her European debut with a 3-week headlining tour.

Emily Zisman

Emily Zisman

Emily Zisman is an unapologetic storyteller of the contemporary woman's experience. She uses unabashed honesty and humor to punctuate the complexity of the entire escapade. Emily found her way to songwriting as an outlet for her struggles when she was studying to be an actress in New York City. Over time, she realized that songwriting and sharing her personal stories connected her more closely to her community than her attempts to be an actress. The more raw and candid her songs were, the more people seemed to be drawn in. So, she packed up and moved back to California to pursue writing more studiously. Hilarity and devastation continue to ensue, and so in turn does she.

About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this music venue named for Al Winter, Portland's 1940's gambling overlord.
Al’s Den is an intimate, speakeasy-style space where live music fills the air, but we save the dancing for our larger venues.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 3 pm – 10 pm
Friday, 3 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, 1 pm – 11 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 10 pm
Happy Hour served 2 pm – 5 pm
(21 and over only after 5 pm)

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The menu features local ingredients, house-baked breads, desserts and pastries from the Crystal Bakery, a specialty cocktail menu and an affordable yet approachable wine list, while a well-trained waitstaff provides a comfortable and welcoming guest experience. No reservations are necessary; stop by for a quick business lunch, a pre-show drink or an evening date night.

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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