Saturday, June 3, 2023

Always a Hoot

6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show

$5 advance, $5 at the door
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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Always a Hoot

Always a Hoot

Three decades in the making, Always A Hoot!, began as a friendship between two U of O students. In 1988, Eric Shirazi began a cross country trip to Eugene, where he met Rob Cork. The two musicians discovered their common love of harmony and appreciation of the Grateful Dead, bluegrass, and Americana. Years later, Eric, and Steve Dearborn, both members of another band, wanted to take their music in a different direction and decided to form a new group. Bringing Rob into the mix gave the trio an opportunity to create the bluegrass style harmonies and the improvisational jams that have been thrilling audiences since October, 2021. As they worked out their distinctive vocals and musical parts, the guys realized that there was a piece missing. In the fall of 2022, that missing piece was filled by percussionist, Bryan Finke, who shares the same musical interests.

While the band members have a deep appreciation for the Grateful Dead, and that music was the seed that has blossomed into this group of musicians, it would be a mistake to consider them a Grateful Dead cover band. With four strong singers, any song with the potential for harmonies has a chance of being added to their set list. From bouncy pop hits, country and blues classics, to 70s easy listening, the tunes are a delicious playlist on shuffle. You never know what you're going to get, but it's going to be tasty.

Always A Hoot! is Eric Shirazi, bass and vocals, Steve Dearborn, guitar, mandolin, mandola, harmonica, and vocals, Brian Finke, percussion, and vocals, Rob Cork, guitar, and vocals.



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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