Sunday, September 24, 2023

Chance Hayden's Desert Room All Stars

Sean Holmes

6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show

$10 advance, $15 at the doors
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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Chance Hayden's Desert Room All Stars

Chance Hayden's Desert Room All Stars

Guitarist, composer and producer Chance Hayden presents the Desert Room All Stars, a monthly series every Last Sunday at McMenamins, Al's Den evoking the venue's storied past in the 50s and 60s as the Desert Room. Formerly a high-class hang for Portland's underworld where anything desired was obtainable, burlesque and jazz were showcased nightly with a long-term house band led by New Orleans native saxophonist Charlie Gabriel who attracted notable guests such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Sammy Davis Jr.

In a similar format, Hayden leads a trio plus various guests performing two sets of mid-century jazz, blues and original works inspired by that period. Hayden's guitar stylings are rooted deeply at the intersection of these genres, yielding an "adventurous, no-holds-barred sensibility with both bluesy grit and modern-jazz finesse" (Jazz Society Of Oregon).

Though the building has undergone numerous changes through the years and be come more of a singer-songwriter hub under McMenamins ownership, vibes of the Desert Room era remain highly palpable and Hayden will reveal that Al's Den stands as one of one of the city's most iconic rooms for jazz.


Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes

Sean grew up in San Francisco and the Los Angeles area in a family of working musicians - Mom, Dad, Uncle, Grandfather, Cousins. Sean had some of his first recording sessions with his Mom at Hollywood Sound Studio in LA, AND at the Jackson′s home studio in Encino, CA. Sean arrived in Portland in the autumn of 1986 with a basketball scholarship at Concordia College. He soon traded in his hoop shoes for a choir robe, studied voice, and began working with local musicians.

Sean has an extensive list of credits and has performed with Janice Scroggins, Linda Hornbuckle, LaRhonda Steel, Portland Jazz Orchestra, David Byrne and The Oregon Symphony, Darrell Grant, Esperanza Spalding, Obo Addy, Brian Blade, Devin Phillips, Randy Porter, Mel Brown, Nancy King, Thara Memory, Tahira Memory, Louis Pain, Eddie Martinez, Liv Warfield, Shirley Nanette, Portland Soul All Stars, The Sean + Fred Show, 5 Guys Named Moe, Bobby Torres, Curtis Salgado, Jarrod Lawson, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, David Pack among many others.

Sean has appeared at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Rose Festival, The Bite, Waterfront Blues Festival. Sean has recorded with Curtis Salgado, Bobby Torres, Gino Vannelli, Randy Porter, and Patrick Lamb and Nu Shooz among others. Sean currently leads his own band and performs with The 4 Kings, The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, Christopher Woitach, Chance Hayden and others.



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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