PJ Harvey: The Dark Evoker of the Beautiful written by Tara Nicole Golden

By Carmen Paradise | May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Written by Tara Nicole Golden, Photos by Kat Nyberg Sometimes it is best to walk into something without any expectations or even knowledge. That was how I approached this PJ Harvey show at The Crystal Ballroom. I had heard PJ’s music before, and appreciated it, but although I have seen her albums in stores for…

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Getting to know 1939 Ensemble

By Carmen Paradise | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

1939 Ensemble invited us into their North Portland practice space to talk about the formation of their band and how they developed their unique sound. We also got to capture them performing one of their new songs, “Hourglass,” before they hit the road to go on tour with Tortoise and RJD2, a tour that is…

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A chat and a song with John Craigie for Great Northwest Music Tour

By Carmen Paradise | March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

We had a chance to sit down with John Craigie in his home where he recorded his latest release, No Rain, No Rose. In this video, get an intimate glimpse inside John Craigie’s recording process, find out what to expect from his Great Northwest Music Tour and hear him play a song off of his…

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Bernadette Bascom

By History Department | January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Who is Bernadette Bascom? Students’ music teacher and vocal coach, gospel/R&B singer, Vegas stage performer, Emmy Award winner, pal to Stevie Wonder…. High among her many accomplishments is the Music Project at Secondary Academy for Success (SAS), an amazing program initially launched for musicians at what’s now McMenamins Anderson School. Bascom was recruited to lend…

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About the Draaiorgel het Blauw Frontje

By History Department | January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Just one of the fun aspects of gathering McMenamins history is when it comes from out of the blue. We recently received an email from a guest at the Kennedy School inquiring about our Draaiorgel het Blauw Frontje. (Great name for a beer, right?) Have a look… ***** My family and I visited the Kennedy…

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A Moment with Springsteen

By History Department | December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in October, fresh off his booksigning at Powell’s, Bruce Springsteen stopped by the Tavern & Pool for lunch with his buddy Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and other works. Sounds like the start of a Portlandia skit, but it actually happened. And one of our T&P regulars, Catherine Graham, was there not just…

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Talking with The Freaks!

By Mike Walker | October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Its quite safe to say that The Freak Mountain Ramblers are an institution in the McMenamins music community. Going into their 12th year as a Great Northwest Music tour regular, not once but twice per season, we wanted to chat with The Freak Mountain Ramblers about how this relationship came to be, and to rehash some great memories they’ve made with us over the years.

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Interview with Saint Motel in the Green Room, Crystal Ballroom May 28, 2016

By Mike Walker | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

McMenamins photographer Kat Nyberg had the opportunity to sit down with Saint Motel before their show at Crystal Ballroom on Saturday for a fun, spontaneous interview and photo shoot. Find out why the Crystal is one of their favorite venues, where babies come from, and other interesting topics. It was an amazing show for everyone, and the interview was a fun bit of spontaneity for both Kat and the band.

Thanks for a great night guys!

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Through June: Earn Join The Band loyalty points at Al’s Den and the Annex!

By Mike Walker | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Are you a member of the Crystal Ballroom’s “Join The Band” loyalty program? Now through the month of June we’re rewarding points for all food and beverage sales in Al’s Den and the Annex.

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Ural Thomas and The Pain kick off the 10th anniversary season of Great Northwest Music Tour

By Mike Walker | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ural Thomas and The Pain kick off the 10th anniversary season of Great Northwest Music Tour

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