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Friday, January 20, 2023

Showbox Presents

Mitchell Tenpenny

Tyler Braeden

7 pm doors, 8:30 pm show

$30 advance, $35 day of show, $45 21+ Reserved Balcony

All ages welcome

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Mitchell Tenpenny

Mitchell Tenpenny

For an artist who's amassed so many light-hearted country songs, Mitchell Tenpenny is actually dead serious about his craft. And the result of that is a carefully curated batch of bona fide country songs that he hopes will keep getting fans to listen and to love what they hear.

"This isn't a hobby for me. This is my job: to get people to love and believe my songs. I have a responsibility to make music that people latch on to. That's what songwriting is to me," Tenpenny says now, four years after making his debut in 2018 with Telling All My Secrets. "It's like that old adage, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.'" That album earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP at the time of its release, is certified Gold and also includes the 3x platinum selling #1 single, "Drunk Me."

Even with that solid work ethic, Tenpenny knows that half the fun of making the music is the having fun part. The songwriting and wordsmithing come naturally, he says, even when he's been out drinking with friends. "There's a clarity in the drunk. Sometimes that's when you have the best titles, phrases, and alliterations, because you're free and you're talking, and things just come out differently." He says his hook book is packed with ideas from good hangs and nights out.

Now that he's on the verge of releasing his ambitious 20-track studio album This Is The Heavy, he maintains that while his rock influences are featured on the songs, with heavy drums and guitars, the foundation for everything he does is country. Which you'd expect from someone who was born and raised in Nashville, in a family with deep roots in the country music business.

"In the heyday of Brooks & Dunn, they were my favorite band. And going to Fan Fair with my grandma (former Sony/ATV Music CEO Donna Hilley) was awesome," he recalls. "But there was a lot more than just country music going on in Nashville. There was the emo-rock scene and the Rocketown scene. After being so engulfed in country music, when I got to high school, I made friends by starting a rock band." Even as they explored that sound, Tenpenny's origins stayed with him and ultimately, led him to a proper career in country music. "When teacher says, ‘write whatever you want in your journal': that's how songwriting feels to me. Just free. So lyrically we stay country, but we also explore new sounds."

That's the very reason that Tenpenny's music sounds like an evolution of sorts. If fans expect him to recreate traditional country music, that's just not him. "If I copy Waylon and Willie, that's not authentic. Because those records have already been made. I write what I know and what I like, and hope that other people like it, too."

At 33, Tenpenny also knows that he hasn't lived quite enough life to make every single song about him. He's okay with telling a compelling story when it happens to make a compelling song. "I don't always just write about myself. Johnny Cash didn't really shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die. It was just a great lyric. A lot of my songs come from true life, but a lot of them are stories I make up in my head."

He's learned those songwriting lessons from his idols, like Bobby Braddock, who he says can write a million different songs a million different ways. And from Brett and Brad Warren, who he credits with getting him his first publishing deal. "They told me when we met that if they ever had a songwriting cancellation, they'd call me. They did, and we ended up writing ‘That's How She Goes.' Keith Urban put it on hold, then Blake Shelton put it on hold. I always thought it was someone else's song, but then it finally felt right for me, and I knew I needed to cut it myself." The song makes its debut appearance on This Is the Heavy even though it was written nearly a decade ago.

The Nashville that built Tenpenny isn't much like the one that exists today. His memories of the influential music from Lower Broadway take him back to Paradise Park Trailer Park at 4th and Broadway. A place where he and his buddies could drink $6 pitchers of Natty Light and listen to a guitar player with a Fender Forever tattoo. "It was the coolest place in the world. Rest in peace, Paradise Park," he says of the honky-tonk that closed in 2018.

Another instrumental part of Tenpenny's early attempts at songwriting came in college when he hit the roommate jackpot. He lived with Brad Clawson -- "Happy Does," "Up Down" -- the son of prolific hitmaker Rodney Clawson. They didn't plan to make a living in country music, but they also didn't plan not to. "We had guitars in our room, and there was nothing else to do but just try to figure this out. We started writing country songs. It just kind of happened, because we didn't have a plan B. We were so naïve. But we had jobs - I worked in construction and valet parking - and I learned that you never know who's in the room. When you're too focused on becoming an artist, you lose sight of everything that's around you. And then you might miss the opportunities around you."

Opportunities such as meeting a producer while he was putting insulation in a roof in Nashville. "You have to be open minded enough to take chances every time you get them," he says. And then those seemingly random moments can lead to bigger things, like Tenpenny's breakout #1 hit "Drunk Me," which has amassed more 580 million on-demand streams. He wrote the song with Jordan Schmidt and Justin Wilson, and it became his debut single. It was released in 2018, but he remembers hearing it on the radio for the first time as if it was yesterday.

"I remember being in my truck driving around Nashville, and I heard my voice. I thought it was just my CD and that I was listening to the mix. But it sounded different," he says. When he pushed the eject button and nothing came out, he had the quintessential epiphany: "Is this the radio? I couldn't believe my song was on the radio. I started crying, I called my mom: that feeling never changes."

He considers his new song stack more mature, with a best-of-both-worlds sound. "It goes back to my rock influences, with more expressive arrangements, but lyrically it's about what I've been doing the last four years of my life," he says. His intention was not to veer off course. "There are still songs that have the vibe of ‘Drunk Me' and ‘Alcohol You Later.' I'm not one to ever leave the fans behind. Because I loved when bands stuck to what made me fall in love with them. That's important to me. I never want to venture off too far from what first got me started."

And it's those fans that have pushed his on-demand streams to be among the best out of today's breakout artists, with over 1.3 billion total and as many as six tracks exceeding competitive artists' tracks thanks to his loyal fan base. At the close of 2021, Mitchell was a Top 10 artist on Spotify's Hot Country (#7) and the #5 most-played artist on SiriusXM's The Highway only just behind superstars like Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton. His social following continues to grow and specifically, his TikTok following, and likes are competitive with current headlining acts. In the weeks leading into the release of This Is the Heavy Mitchell made history with the shortest time between #1 songs in the modern chart era with just a three-week span between "Truth About You" and "At The End Of A Bar."

When Tenpenny set out to make This Is the Heavy, there was no question that he'd write all the songs the way he did on his first studio album. "It's hard for me to make someone believe a song I didn't write. When it comes to my own record, I feel like I'm the best one to write my own story and say what I want to say." The album's first single, certified gold, "Truth About You" has already racked up more than 129+ million streams and landed in the Top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.

Tenpenny recently celebrated his second career #1 single, "At The End Of A Bar," which he co-wrote with his label mate Chris Young.
Tenpenny's debut album and his follow-up EPs also caught the attention of expert talent spotter Luke Bryan, who invited Tenpenny to join him on his current "Raised Up Right Tour." In January 2023, Tenpenny will launch the first run of shows on his headline "This Is The Heavy Tour."

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The Crystal Ballroom

1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

(503) 225-0047
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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!

 

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Floor and stage plan
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Lighting diagram 
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Sound manifest
Crystal:
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Lola's Room: 
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Technical and logistical packet
For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room
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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

RENT VARIES, PLEASE CONTACT A BOOKING COORDINATOR
$900  SOUND & LIGHTS
$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)
$200  ADMINISTRATION FEE
$ ----  PARKING HOODS
$ ----  CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair)
$ ----  ADVERTISING
$500  PIPE AND DRAPE/BARRICADE
$175  STAGEHANDS
$ ----  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.

Refunds

All ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Parking

There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available.

Accessibility

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!

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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!

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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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