Friday, May 19, 2023

Western Edition

6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show

$10 advance, $10 at the doors

21 and over

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Western Edition

Western Edition

Western Edition is an original country western pop band based out of Portland, Oregon. It is comprised of seasoned veterans coming from such diverse backgrounds as surf, rockabilly, zydeco, punk, bluegrass and, of course, country and western. The band specializes in writing all its own material, which is based on the country western pop sounds of the 60s and 70s. You will hear the influences of the great artists of that era such as Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Roger Miller, Jimmy Webb, The Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson, and Patsy Cline, just to name a few. 

Western Edition features the vocal stylings of lead singer Heidi Hellbender with the harmonies of fiddle player Elyse Rosenberg, both formerly of the Can’t Hardly Playboys. The guitar work is provided by veteran steel guitar player Mitch Gilbert of Shorty and the Mustangs and the Texecutioners; while on lead guitar and baritone you will find Jon Wallace, formerly of the Volcanos and Tailfins. Wallace brings a Duane Eddy-like deep sound into the solo slots of Western Edition’s original material. The rhythm section is composed of Jason Ballard on guitar, also from the Texecutioners; LW Mcgrath on bass from Lisa and her Kin, and The New Iberians; and finally Fred Ingram on drums, known for his work with The Reverb Brothers, New Iberians, and many more. 

After decades of playing other peoples’ songs in “cover” bands, the members of Western Edition have dedicated themselves to creating their own original sound, based on the greats of the past but with the intention of keeping the classic sound of country and western pop alive in new original compositions. It’s clear they have succeeded in this task. So, if you like 60s and 70s country and western you really ought to give Western Edition a listen. Just close your eyes and you’ll be taken back to the golden years of country music… but it’s happening now!



About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this venue named for Al Winter, Portland's 1940's gambling overlord. Enjoy a craft libation in this intimate, speakeasy-style space where live music and comedy fill the air.

Wednesday & Thursday, 3-10pm
Friday & Saturday, 3pm-1am
Sunday, 3-10pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Happy Hour drinks served 11am-5pm
Happy Hour food served 2-5pm and 10pm-close

Late night happy hour on Friday & Saturday served 11pm-1am
(21 and over only after 5 pm)


Afternoon & Bar   Dinner   Late Night   Beverage   Sidewalk Cocktails

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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