In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment, this 1920s/30s style event features bands, dancers, vendors, cocktail specials and more, all harkening back to one of the richest eras in our history.
3 p.m. doors, 4 p.m. show
All ages welcome
$10 advance, $10 day of show
Inspirational Beets perform songs and singalongs that echoed through the streets and shadows of America in the 1920s and 30s, during one of the most pivotal moments in the nation's history: Prohibition and The Great Depression. Featuring a dapper lineup that includes washboard with auxiliary percussion, acoustic strings, and muted trumpet with group vocals, the band's music is an homage to sound pioneers the likes of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, and King Oliver. Cliff-notes: if Capone had an iPod.
Hailing from distant corners of America, Closely Watched Trains came together during one tasty jam session in Portland. With songs rooted in the elements of old-time folk music and driven by soulful harmonies, Closely Watched Trains dishes out rockin' Americana gospel-grass flavored with blues and just a hint of top-40 satire.
Alder Street has been destroying the dance floors of the Northwest for more than six years with their unique blend of honky-tonk, bluegrass, and Americana music. They have shared the stage with such bands as The Devil Makes Three, Baby Gramps, Hillstomp, and Fruition, and are looking forward to bringing their boot-stompin' sounds back to Portland.
Riots, lullabies, drunken rants, crow conversations, heartbeats and heartbreak.
With race car precision, Three For Silver speeds from style to style on instruments both traditional and homemade.
Is it old school swing with a raucous edge?
Is it carnival music played by a prog rock band?
And what exactly is a Washtubright Bass?
The Swingtown Vipers are a raucous swing/jazz quintet that features members of The Jenny Finn Orchestra, Down Home Music, Hot Club Time Machine and many other local swing/gypsy jazz groups. The band specializes in the swing viper tunes of the 20s-50s. Hot vocal swing with a gypsy jazz twist!
Formed in 2011 by Portland guitarist Jeffree White, Hot Club of Hawthorne is a collective of musicians who play gypsy jazz, latin, and old-time swing. Their high-energy sound is delivered through acoustic instruments with feelgood charm and an exotic flair.
The Rose City Banjoliers formed in 1972 and consisted primarily of plectrum banjos. An electric bass, bass fiddle, or tuba held the group together. The toe-tapping music, ranging from gay nineties to popular tunes, was fashioned after the plectrum "Peabody" style. Also featured were the Washboard Dears. This group of ladies played washboard and tambourine, and were a big hit wherever they performed.
A female dance troupe from Portland, Oregon specializing in authentic 1920s/30s Jazz dance.
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.