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Saturday, November 2

Iron and Wine

Laura Mvula

#20 of the Crystal Ballroom's "100 Nights"

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

All ages welcome

*** SOLD OUT ***

Iron and Wine

*** SOLD OUT ***

“There's a graduate thesis waiting to happen in exploring the strangely beatific air that surrounds the music of Sam Beam's Iron & Wine.” — Los Angeles Times

Iron and Wine made its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost in the U.S. on April 16. Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim.

Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that "pop music hadn't seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens," while Pitchfork said it "more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s---Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.

Helping achieve Beam's vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost.  For the album's cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series "Private Lives" by noted photographer Barbara Crane

The first three Iron and Wine albums, released on Sub Pop, were The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002), Our Endless Numbered Days (2004), and The Shepherd's Dog (2007).

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Laura Mvula

There's something special about this young lady from Birmingham. Laura Mvula's debut single "She," produced by Steve Brown (Rumer) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele), appeared out of nowhere almost overnight to huge praise from the cream of UK music critics - a track so lyrically poetic that it took on a life of its own.

Described as "The Voice of 2013" by The Evening Standard, the classically trained, singer-songwriter's music fuses orchestral soul with velvety harmonies and emotional vocals giving nods to Nina Simone, George Gershwin and Björk amongst others. A graduate from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition, the 26-year-old is a unique collision of her Caribbean background and formal music training. Laura started writing songs on her laptop while working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school. Now, with some incredible live performances and a praised release under her belt, 2013 looks to be an incredible year for her.

Laura Mvula was nominated for the 2013 BRITs Critics' Choice Award and the coveted BBC Sound of 2013 short list, and she released her highly anticipated debut album, Sing To the Moon, in the US on Columbia Records on May 14.

"The songs [on Sing to the Moon] hail from some alternate pop universe: a realm of choirs and orchestras, of dense harmonies and of songs that unfurl their own forms rather than follow verse-chorus-verse formulas... She's a musical architect... Her lush backdrops flaunt instruments and singing, not electronics; they're unhurried and expansive, surrounding her voice with halos of vocal harmony or letting it float on its own." -The New York Times

"Quietly yet forcefully brilliant... Smart, sophisticated contemporary pop infused with a sense of bliss." -The Wall Street Journal

"With her enchanting, lushly arranged potion of neo-soul, orchestral pop and torchy jazz... most likely to keep you spellbound." -People

"There's a string-swept, horn-infused Technicolor brightness to her full-length debut, Sing to the Moon, that evokes visions of 75-year-old movie scores, and yet the album never feels as if it's trying to re-create anything... Mvula radiates the worldly confidence of a singer twice her age." -NPR

"A triumph of arrangement and melody... combine[s] earworm hooks with beautiful, uniquely shaped verses... Mvula's debut is filled with visceral and musical beauty."-Pitchfork

#20 of the Crystal Ballroom's "100 Nights"

Portland's Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola's Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.

Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang - a performance by the Decemberists' Colin Meloy on January 21 - the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal's amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.

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