Friday, April 5, 2024

True North

The Go Janes

6:30 pm doors, 7 pmshow

$10 in advance, $10 at the doors
Limited seating; advanced tickets do not guarantee seats. Standing room available.

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.



The Go Janes

The Go Janes

The Go Janes feature ukulele, guitar, and generous doses of delicious harmony vocals on songs from the long view of life.

We have decades of experience as creative artists, community organizers, educators and inquisitive consumers of life. Arni and Patrice are members of the satirical trio Uncle Bonsai; Kathleen Tracy is an accomplished solo artist and community chorus director. Patrice has produced the Wintergrass Festival almost from its inception. Arni and Patrice are also visual artists. and Arni and Kathleen are both sought after educators and coaches working with children, adults, and the differently-abled.

Our writing ranges from tender and sweet tributes to our shared humanity, to songs exploring how weird it is that magicians used to (pretend to) saw women in half for entertainment. From monkey-infested golf courses in India, and what that teaches us about how to greet life's challenges, to letting go of our independent children, and losing those we love in more lasting ways. Along the way we pay homage to our ancestors and to our own and each others' most idiosyncratic selves. And there are knife-throwers, and howling dogs, and how the pandemic made us fight with each other and ourselves.

We've performed at the Seattle Folklore Society, Dusty Strings (with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer), Traditions Cafe in Olympia, Black Dog Arts Cafe in Snoqualmie, Seattle Folklife Festival, the Moisture Festival, the Lavender Festival, Kenyon Hall, the Royal Room, Stage3 in Kingston (with True North), and many other venues.

In addition, we've painted over two hundred pounds of rocks in order to raise money for creative endeavors. This was particularly important during the pandemic, when so many concerts were canceled, or not available for booking to begin with. Plus, the best things in life are often the little things. (Even little heavy things.) After rocks, came GoFundMe, which led to the release of our first full-length recording. (Thank you GoFundMe donors!!)

We present well-crafted songs, instrumental interplay, good stories, good friends, humor - things made with our hands and minds, kindness and community. We believe that most people need to create in some form, and we love being a spark that ignites and encourages creativity in 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 pm – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday, 3 pm – 1 am
Sunday, 3 pm - 10 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Happy Hour drinks served 11 am – 5 pm
Happy Hour food served 2 – 5 pm and 10 pm – 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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