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Sunday, August 18

"Dad Watson's Festival of Americana"

Shook Twins

Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Davy Jay Sparrow and his Western Songbirds

Family Hoedown

Rick Meyers’ Old Time Music Show

McDougall (foot stomping Americana)

Walking History Tours by Tim Hills

History presentation featuring steel player Ray Montee

Tastings of beer, wine, spirits, coffee and baked goods

Americana Themed Food available in the ballroom all day: Hand Pies, American Pie, World’s Fair Pizza Pie & Wild Boar Sausage! | Steamer Clams from 3pm to 6pm

Whistlin' Rufus (Ringlers Pub)

Steer Crazy (Ringlers Pub)

Brad Parsons & Friends in Al's Den

Crafty Underdog and other vendors

... plus roaming fiddle players, OMSI etching workshop, a blacksmith, a straight-shave barbershop, letterpress printing demos, toy harmonica workshop, face-painters, a balloon guy ... and corn hole!

… with refreshing turn-of-the-century drinks featuring McMenamins liquors, compiled and concocted by our mixologist Adam Wurth:

The Pegu Club, Old Fashioned, Queen’s Park Swizzle

… and “Shrub Sodas” for the kids!

All day (ticketed segment starts at 5 p.m. in Ballroom)

All ages welcome

Free until 5 p.m., Ballroom ticketed thereafter: $10 advance, $10 day of show

"Dad Watson's Festival of Americana"

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 

Lola's Room
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

Ringlers Pub
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - live music from Wayward Vessel and Whistlin' Rufus

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

Al's Den
Brad Parsons & Friends 7pm-10pm Free!

Our Neighbors

Be sure to stop by and visit our friendly neighbors, who will also be open and ready for business!

American Apparel
Indigo @ twelve|west
Bluestar Doughnuts

Shook Twins

"A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm." Mason Jennings

Identical twins Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo, percussion and beatboxing) and Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar and mandolin), are two thirds of the quirky folk trio, Shook Twins. Rounding out the trio, often referred to as the "third twin," is Kyle Volkman on bass. The Shook Twins intertwine gorgeous "twin" harmonies with an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Jeff Rosenberg of the Willamette Week says, "Their songs are witty and well-built, the performances poised, the production adventurous. Recently transplanted to Portland, Shook Twins are the most exciting local folk act I've heard in ages. Strike that word 'local' and the sentiment still stands."


Originally from Sandpoint Idaho, the twins have been making music together since childhood. Playful, warm and lighthearted, a Shook Twins show percolates with the twin's infectious radiant energy. Pristine vocals layered on top of traditional stringed folk instruments, create lovely aural imagery of two women with one sound.

But don't be fooled. The Shook Twins are not your average folk trio. They have a few tricks up their sleeves. Laurie may drop a beat-box in the middle of a song, while Katelyn plays the guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, and sings into a telephone and bocks like a chicken. Laurie plays wah-wah Banjo and loops various melodies and beats to make it sound like more than just two identical twin sisters. Meanwhile Kyle lays down the groove adding resonant bass lines to the mix. It's a refreshing romp filled with unexpected surprises.

This past year the Shook Twins have been touring behind their sophomore CD Window, released in April 2011, taking them throughout much of the Northwest. Along the way, The Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Laura Veirs, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Fruit Bats, Michelle Shocked, JJ Gray and MoFro, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The Head and The Heart and many more.

(band photo by Patrick Orton)


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Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

The word from the man himself:

"Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys" is the name of a quintet that I started in 2010 in order to play music inspired by great Hillbilly Jazz and Western Swing artists such as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Jimmy Rivers and Ernest Tubb and his Texas Troubadours. The band features David Langenes and Ian Miller on lead guitars, Rusty Blake on steel and 'King' Keith Brush on upright bass.

The music is a mix of stompin' jazz and swing, both instrumentals and vocal tunes, very uptempo and very hot. The three primary soloists, Ian, David and Rusty, remind me of acrobats or flying aces as they weave, spark and fly through the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Red Foley, Django Reinhard and the Delmore Brothers.

We work hard to maintain a timeless quality to the sound and feel of the band, and hope to do justice to the music and the musicians who've inspired and influenced us. The energy of the Playboys, mixed with the virtuosity of the soloists, makes for a great night out and we constantly find ourselves playing for swing dancers, fans of traditional music and the older generation who remembers this music first-hand.

The band released its debut CD, Early Sessions in Jan. 2012 on my new label Elko Records, which is available at all of our shows and online via GrindTone Records, Amazon and iTunes. Recorded in one evening 'live' at a friend's studio, it really captures the sound of the band at it's best. The future looks bright for the Playboys ... C'mon down and shake the shack with us!


History presentation featuring steel player Ray Montee

After 50+ years of playing, Ray became an overnight success among members of the Steel Guitar Community when excerpts of a historic taping of his appearance on the Heck Harper TV Show, on KGW-TV in 1964, were rebroadcast on YouTube in 2009. The songs, "Swingin' On The Steel", and "Little Rock Getaway" feature Ray playing his 1956 Bigsby Steel Guitar, a 4 neck instrument custom made for him by Paul A. Bigsby. He still owns this guitar.

As a youngster, Ray made weekly appearances on Radio Stations K.A.L.E. & K.P.O.J. in a youth talent show called the Journal Juniors. From about age 14 through his early 20's Ray was a member of Arkie & His Jolly Cowboys, the most popular country-dance band in the Northwest during late 1940-50's. They were the house band at the Division Street Corral, located at Southeast 171st and Division, in Portland. Arkie & His Jolly Cowboys were featured performers in the studios of KXL Radio and participated in a promotion for Fender Guitars. Ray also played with Tommy Kizziah's West Coast Ramblers at this same venue. They even made live radio broadcasts from the bandstand of the Division Street Corral.


Americana Themed Food available in the ballroom all day: Hand Pies, American Pie, World’s Fair Pizza Pie & Wild Boar Sausage! | Steamer Clams from 3pm to 6pm

Our talented team of McMenamins chefs have put together an era-inspired menu, available in the Crystal Ballroom during the event. Look for specials down in Ringlers Pub, too!

Hand Pies:
"The Devil's Fate" - Lamb, Yukon gold potatoes, peas, and sharp cheddar
"The American Pie" - Apple & Cheddar
"The World's Fair Pizza Pie" - Neapolitan

Wild Boar Sausage

Steamer Clams with Crystal Bakery bread (3 to 6 p.m. only)
The balcony overlooking Burnside St. will be bathed in steam as we cook up a truly delectable dish.

Whistlin' Rufus (Ringlers Pub)

The Whistlin' Rufus musicians bring a lot of experience to the stage and have roots in Classical, Irish, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll and Jazz music. When you stir it all together combining their exciting knack for arrangements, their three and four part vocal harmonies, original ballads and toe tapping fiddle tunes, well, you end up with Whistlin' Rufus. The band has been together since 2003, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.

Pat Connell- Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals -  Founding member of Whistlin'Rufus, Pat also acts as the booking agent, web-guru, equipment manager, and press agent for the band.  Pat has been performing in bluegrass and country rock bands for many years from Bend to Portland. Pat and Ritchie co-write much of the original compositions of Whistlin' Rufus.

Ritchie Wernick- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals - Founding member of Whistlin' Rufus, Ritchie is the tunesmith, arranger, producer and resident happy face in the group. Ritchie learned his craft in numerous coffee houses on the East coast.

Natasha O'Neal - Fiddle, Vocals -  Natasha hails from Wisconsin and her fiddle playing and high vocal harmonies are the highlight of a Whistlin' Rufus show. Nat stays fit by chasing around husband Seth and kids Finn and Eliza

Patrick Connell - Guitar, Vocals - Patrick joined Whistlin' Rufus last year after playing for several years with a Bluegrass band out of Ashland, "The Mighty Lonesomes". Patrick is the lead guitar player and his flat picking solo's are the centerpiece of the Whistlin' Rufus sound.

Zachary Banks  - Cello, Vocals - Zach is the newest member of Whistlin' Rufus and completes the band with his amazing cello and high lonesome harmonies. A classically trained musician, Zach brings composure, youth and great good looks to the band.

Billy Failing - Banjo, Vocals -  Billy is completing his senior year at the prestigious Berklee College of Music as one of a handful of students majoring in Banjo. At Berklee, Billy is exposed to the instructions of such banjo legends as Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka and Norm Pikelny. Whistlin' Rufus is thrilled to have Billy join us for many of our summer festival events.







Steer Crazy (Ringlers Pub)

Steer Crazy brings a fun mix of Western Swing music of the 30s and 40s, classic harmonies of the singing cowboys, and a few surprise hits of the more recent past. If you're not dancin', at least you're toe will be tappin'.

 Western Swing music originated in the late 1920s and attracted huge crowds to dance halls and clubs of the 1930s and 1940s. An outgrowth of the rise of Jazz, the music features a hot swing rhythm and added a "blues" element to traditional western music. The singing cowboy was popularized in movies of the 30s and 40s and made famous by groups like the Sons Of The Pioneers and Riders In The Sky. The music features tight vocal harmonies and poetic lyrics portraying the beauty of the American west.

With a core lineup of Tim Dawdy on Dobro and steel guitar, Glenn Dennison on mandolin, and Rick King on guitar, along with frequent special guests, the group features tight three part vocal harmonies along with tasteful instrumental breaks. Their show is sure to bring a smile and perhaps an occasional tear.

The group performs regularly around the Portland area including appearances at: River City Music Festival, Wintergrass, OBA Pickers Fest, Centrum Voiceworks in Port Townsend, Folklife Festival in Seattle, and The Western Music Association Annual Gathering.


Crafty Underdog and other vendors

Come out for a little local shopping, thanks to Portland's finest Artisans and Crafters!

The Crafty Underdog is the brainchild of artists Stacy Vickery and Kierstin Oliver. The two craft-minded entrepreneurs were struck by the lack of attention paid to Portland artists throughout the local media; hence they decided to create a venue to pay homage to local talent. In the spirit of community, small business and trade; The Crafty Underdog was born.

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The Crafty Underdog is on a mission to support, promote, and endorse the spirit of the Underdog. Portland's finest artists, bands, and filmmakers gather for a day to pay tribute to the Underdog. All are welcome!

Crafty Underdog appears every second Sunday at the historic Mission Theater as a free event paying tribute to the spirit of local art, craft and trade, with live music, 30+ local artists, and some crafty brews. 

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