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Sunday, December 15

The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show

(Night 2 of the Dandy Warhols Holiday Double Header)

featuring The Dandy Warhols

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Modern Kin

with a special appearance by Bloco Alegria

and a 21 and over DJ after party with DJ Rescue and special guests

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

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

All ages welcome

$20 advance, $22 day of show

(Night 2 of the Dandy Warhols Holiday Double Header)

The Dandy Warhols host a two-day, two-venue, double-header holiday celebration, with an intimate and elegent dinner and performance with the band at the Mission Theater on Saturday, December 14 and a big holiday show at the Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, December 15.

At the Crystal Ballroom, as The Dandy Warhols prepare to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in conjunction with the Crystal Ballroom's centennial celebration, this year's holiday theme at the Crystal is - quite naturally - Birthdays! The band cordially invites all fans coming to the Crystal event to wear their own versions of birthday hats! Look for party games in the oddest of places, and there will be a photo booth set up for fans to commemorate the evening!

Please note: For all tickets to the Crystal Ballroom show there is an additional $1 charity fee for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation “Keeping Music Alive in our Schools.”

Turn either evening into an overnight experience by purchasing one of these Crystal Hotel packages:

Saturday night:
Includes dinner for two at the Mission and breakfast in Zeus the next morning
- Queens $305
- King Suites $365

Sunday night:
Includes two tickets to Crystal show and breakfast in Zeus the next morning
- Queens $125
- King Suites $195

Make your reservation online or by calling the hotel at (503) 972-2670.

featuring The Dandy Warhols

Often compared to the druggy psychedelic pop of the Velvet Underground, the Dandy Warhols do possess more than just a passing resemblance to Lou Reed and company at times, but elements of such modern rockers as Love and Rockets and Ride can be detected in their sound as well. Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994, the Dandy Warhols consist of members Courtney Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums), who signed on with the independent label Tim/Kerr shortly after their formation. In 1995 came the release of the quartet's debut release, Dandy's Rule OK?, and while other rock bands may be a bit hesitant to spell out their influences, the Dandy Warhols decided to openly advertise it, as the album contained such song titles as "Lou Weed" and "Ride."

Capitol Records signed the group the same year, but the Dandys' new label rejected a second album they submitted (claiming it didn't have any "hits"). Disappointed but undeterred, the group reunited once more with the producer of their debut album, Tony Lash, and came up with Dandy Warhols Come Down, issued in 1997. While the album didn't exactly establish the group as a household name, it did prove to be an underground fave (especially in Europe, where the group became the toast of the critics and enjoyed more substantial commercial success), while the single "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" received some attention, for which a promo video was filmed by renowned celebrity photographer David LaChapelle. At the height of the band's popularity, Hedford left the band to take up DJing in Portland, and Taylor's cousin Brent DeBoer stepped in to play drums. In 2000, the band issued its third full-length overall, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. "Bohemian Like You" was a hit at college radio. Two summers later, founding member Peter Holmstrom married his longtime girlfriend and took her maiden name of Loew. Taylor also got a name change when he opted to go by Courtney Taylor-Taylor after an interviewer misinterpreted the pronunciation.

Within months, Taylor-Taylor, Loew, McCabe, and DeBoer were back in the studio for a fourth album. Welcome to the Monkey House (2003), a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s book of short stories, featured collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, and Evan Dando. the Dandy Warhols were also personally asked by David Bowie to be the opening act for his fall 2003 A Reality tour. Though the band was relatively quiet during 2004, it remained prominent thanks to the fascinating documentary Dig!, which chronicled the love-hate relationship between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The group returned with new music in 2005, when Odditorium or Warlords of Mars arrived that fall. In 2008, the Dandy Warhols released their sixth album, ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols..., in both digital and physical formats on their own Beat the World label; the album also featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell. The Dandy's followed up with their ninth album, This Machine, in 2012.

(from All Music)





Unknown Mortal Orchestra

As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi). With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013.


Modern Kin

Modern Kin's sweeping 12 song debut begins with singer Drew Grow's ardent wail, and expands into heady and tilted harmonies that scrape around rowdy guitars. These are songs that push forward and take up space, that celebrate the primitive thrill of being loud when you are expected to be quiet. Spinal drums bend under the weight of probing riffs that snap back toward indelible, rousing melodies. At its core, however, this is a live band. And as most great live bands attempt, Modern Kin has successfully turned their recorded work into a mirror of the hot lights, quavering strings and communal experience. What emerges is an expansive album that deeply explores the instinctual, essential connection music can make between us.

The band formed in 2007, in a SE neighborhood of Portland, OR. They were called Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives then, a sort of imaginative and sensitive family. Propelled by leader Drew Grow's extraordinary songwriting, and armed with shared hopes of honoring a sustainable life dedicated to music, the four members worked tirelessly together to bring their vision to life. Their communal house served as a kind of DIY factory - a record label (Amigo/Amiga) was formed by drummer Jeremiah Hayden, songs were written, practiced and recorded, t-shirts screened, tours booked, all within their four walls. And they experienced some successes - their gritty, soulful, self-propelled album earned them national tours with Wild Flag, and The Head & The Heart.

In 2012, the band trimmed down to its three core members (Grow, Hayden, and bassist Kris Doty) entered the studio, and emerged with a new name, a recombined sense of purpose, and a record spun with the elbow grease and fervent drive that had first brought them together. Modern Kin's debut was also the debut of Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag) as a producer. Basic tracks were recorded in a blazing eight days at the now-defunct Hangar Studios in Sacramento, CA, with engineer Bryce Gonzales (Here We Go Magic, The Breeders, Devandra Banhart) before the band returned home to their refuge, their basement studio, to put the finishing touches on the songs. Two of the tracks, Abandon and Big Enough to Cook, were mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala) , while the remainder were mixed by K. Evan Hodge III and Drew Grow.

Bound by tenacity, friendship, and a compelling desire to make formidable music together, Modern Kin releases their self-titled debut album October 22, on Amigo/Amiga Recordings. Says Mark Baumgarten of the Seattle Weekly after Modern Kin's first show together, "their electrifying performance in that dark underground club before a handful of people convinced me that Drew Grow is in fact destined for great things."


with a special appearance by Bloco Alegria

Bloco Alegria is Portland's newest Rio style samba band. Playing the heart-pumping rhythms of Rio's carnaval parades is what gives this band its unique sound and vibrancy. Composed of people who love samba, Bloco Alegria celebrates the music, dance, and culture of Brasil.

Samba is the most popular dance from Rio de Janeiro. It has deep African ancestral roots with respect to the drums used, the rhythms, and the structure of the music itself. Many of the members of Bloco Alegria have studied and played samba in the US or have gone to Brazil to learn more. Several speak Portuguese.

The word "Alegria" means "Happiness" in Portuguese. The word "Bloco" refers to a "City Block". Historically, people in different neighborhoods of Rio would get together and play samba in the streets, drawing their neighbors out to celebrate. Different neighborhood blocks would form different samba groups with creative and fun names. As time passed, these groups became more formalized and well-known throughout the city and the word "Bloco" took on the meaning of "group" or "band". Currently in Rio, samba groups that play in the streets include groups like "Bloco Suvaco do Cristo", "Bloco Simpatia e Quase Amor", and larger more internationally known groups like "Monobloco".


#63 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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