Portland's historic Crystal Ballroom is pleased to host Dad Watson's Festival of Americana, a day-long event that honors the America promoted by old-timey connoisseur Dad Watson, the building's proprietor from 1928 to 1933. In an homage to Portland's ol'-timey history, the festival presents music, dance, style, local and handcrafted delights and of course the fine art of food and drink in a day-long multi-venue celebration. While the Crystal Ballroom is the big tent in this circus-like atmosphere, plenty of sideshows take place in brewery and lobby on second floor, Ringlers Pub, the sidewalk outside and even across the street in Al's Den. Keep an eye out for roving delights as well!
(Please see schedule below for specific schedule of events in each venue.)
Music will be front and center at DadFest, throughout the property throughtout the day, and anchored by Shook Twins and Pete Krebs & his Portland Playboys. Dancers can get in on the action with a hoedown, and there will be an old time music show for the kids. Meanwhile McMenamins historian Tim Hills will do a presentation featuring steel guitar player Ray Montee.
Beyond music, all the adornments befitting an old timey exhibition will also be on hand to set the mood, including a blacksmith, a straight-shave barbership, and a space where gents and ladies can play a relaxing game of corn hole.The kids can learn how to make toy harmonicas out of popsicle sticks!
On the food and beverage front, Crystal Hotel mixologist Adam Wurth has assembled some tasty drinks for adults and kids alike. And tastings of beer, wine, spirits, coffee and baked goods will keep the palate amused, and Americana-themed food and drinks will be found as well.
Dad Watson's Festival of Americana - schedule of events
Main Stage (Crystal Ballroom)
1 p.m. - McDougall - foot-stompin' Americana
2 p.m. - Ray Montee - steel guitar player & Tim Hills history presentation
3:30 p.m. - costume contest
4 p.m. - Rick Meyers' Old Time Music Show
5 p.m. - Family Hoedown
6 p.m. - Davy Jay Sparrow and his Western Songbirds - western swing, hillbilly jazz, and honky tonk
7 p.m. - Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys - hillbilly jazz and western swing
8:30 p.m. - Shook Twins - quirky folk
*Other activities in the ballroom
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - build yourself some toy harmonicas with Spielwerk Toys!
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - shop from vendors (including Crafty Underdog)!
1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - get yourself a straight razor shave from Rook's Barbershop!
1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - play yerself some cornhole!
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - fiddle-grams!
Brewery (second floor)
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Firkin & tasting
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Crystal Hotel & Ballroom History Tours depart from here
1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. OMSI etching workshop
Second floor lobby
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Tastings (Coffee, Baked Goods, Distillery, Winery) 2p-5p
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - balloon guy
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - facepainter
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - fiddle players
Brad Parsons & Friends 7pm-10pm Free!
Be sure to stop by and visit our friendly neighbors, who will also be open and ready for business!