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Friday, March 10, 2023

True North

6:30 pm doors, 7pm show

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

21 and over

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True North

Americana Duo

True North

Singer-songwriter acoustic duo Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel's performances resonate deeply with audiences listening for well-crafted songs, skillful instrumentation, and gorgeous vocals.

The alchemy of their interlocked voices with the warm, spare loveliness of Dan's handmade guitar deliver the goods - that indescribable feeling that is part joy, part longing; a deliciously sweet ache haunting the darkest corridors of the heart.

Kristen continues to earn national recognition for her songwriting, most recently showcasing at SXSW on the USA Songwriting stage; winning Common Ground on the Hill's Acoustic Roots songwriting contest and on Hope Rises II, a tribute to excellence in social change songwriting curated by Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary.

Kristen was named, alongside Brandi Carlile and Dolly Parton, one of the Women Who Wrote Our 2020 Soundtrack by The Bluegrass Situation. She has won or been a finalist in national songwriting contests at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wildflower, Merlefest, and Kerrville Folk Festival.

Before becoming a full-time musician, Kristen served as vice president of Willamette University and speechwriter for two Oregon governors.

An accomplished singer-songwriter who toured nationally as a solo artist, Dan Wetzel is also a luthier who handcrafts musical instruments, including those used in performance, that look and sound beautiful.

His superb skills as a vocalist and on guitar, both flat-pick and finger style, give True North's songs their warm sound and driving groove.

For more than 20 years, Dan was CEO of Wetzel Homes, Inc., builders of gorgeous custom homes all over Oregon and beyond.

 

website:
https://www.truenorthband.com/

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:
Wednesday & Thursday, 3 pm – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday, 3 pm – 11 pm
Sunday, 3 pm - 10 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday
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. 

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