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Saturday, December 21

"70s Night" featuring Hit Explosion

Ancient Heat

#69 of the Crystal Ballrooms "100 Nights"

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

21 and over

$20 advance, $22 day of show

"70s Night" featuring Hit Explosion

Voted "Best Live Performance Cover Band" by the Northwest Music Awards Association, Hit Explosion performs authentic 70's and 80's disco and dance hits combining exceptional musicianship with an electrifying presentation. The group sets itself apart by its diverse and talented lineup, allowing for impressive reproductions of the original 70's hits. Since its inception, the band gained sudden success and has remained at the zenith of the "disco explosion" craze, an ensemble possessing a rare and unique chemistry, with that "special something" igniting even the toughest crowds. From college to corporate, from kids to seniors, Hit Explosion is notorious for their ability to captivate & energize diverse audiences.

Some of their performances include: New Year's Eve at the Space Needle (for 25,000 people); New Years Eve (2006 & 2007) at EMP (3,000+ people) sold out in advance, the Bite of Portland (headliner); Bumbershoot; The Seattle Mariners "largest post game concert ever" (over 12,000); the Kingdome Implosion Party on Channel 13 (KCPQ); "News at Noon" live show on Channel 7 (KIRO); The Rosegarden (Portland's 21,000 seat venue), The Showbox; regular sell-outs at The Crystal Ballroom (Portland); Portland Rose Festival (w/TV); performances at actor Bruce Willis' club (The Mint) in Sun Valley; The Seattle Art Museum's Black & White Ball; The Bacon Bowl; the Gorge Games; Poncho, WAC Jubilee; Medina Days; Pronghorn Club (Bend, OR); Sun River Resort (OR), the Seahawks' Halftime & Players Parties; Pre-game/Halftime for the Seattle Sonics season opener & other games in Key Arena; The Bird's Nest Music Fest (w/ Glen Frey) at the PGA Phoenix Open (Phoenix, AZ); Seattle Summer Nights on the Pier (the only regional headlining act, selling out 4,000 tix); the YellowStone Club (Big Sky, MT) & private parties for many other film & sports celebrities.

Microsoft, Intel, Boeing, Nike, K & L Gates, Y.P.O., Y.E.O., Rolls Royce, Big Fish, KOMO TV, Yoshita, AT&T and hundreds more, are choosing Hit Explosion above all other bands for their employee corporate parties. Paul Allen, Bruce Willis, Jack Sikma, and other celebs (and CEO's) have been spotted on stage playing with the band. Bill Gates has even been spotted on stage with Hit Explosion at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Hit Explosion has played with other national acts including : Chaka Khan, Tower of Power, Kool & the Gang, KC & the Sunshine band.

In film, Hit Explosion vocalists' performed in the opening track, "On FireSuite" of Smoke Signals, the feature film that captured both the Audience Choice Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hit Explosion was voted "Best Live Performance Cover Band" by The Northwest Music Award Association and "Best Local Band" by The Eastside Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. Group members were seen in life size murals (along w/ other celebrities) appearing to wait in line on the walls of the Seattle Nordstroms downtown flagship store.

The Seattle Mariners have described Hit Explosion as "Seattle's favorite band."

Last Friday night after Hit Explosion's first set, a palpable cloud of steam rose off the body crush that packed not only the dance floor but every other nook and cranny of the brick-walled basement. They clearly love this music and their audience. - The Seattle Times

Website:
http://hitexplosion.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/HitExplosion/261356520546116

Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat is a large ensemble dance band, formed in 2010 by bassist and mastermind producer Brendan Grubb. The 10-piece powerhouse revels in an exhilarating mixture of west coast funk, disco, and R&B, merged with the infectious polyrhythms of African pop and a healthy dose of psychedelia. While Grubb will confess major affection for more mainstream disco divas, his orchestration in Ancient Heat is decidedly experimental and daring.

In the world of Ancient Heat, disco is not a genre but a force of nature. As their name suggests, the band seems to have tapped into a secret primordial well of funky sensualism, working their alchemic magic for the dancefloor and turning all that glitters into gold. In both their exuberant re-contextualization of classic works and their own inventive compositions, they convey an unpretentious style and a deep sincerity. This is a group with their feet on the ground, ditching the irony, egos, and iciness of more slick Italo disco.

Instead, they bring us a west coast approach, with an earthy harmony about them that recalls the deep awe of the forest more so than the glitz of the club. The group dresses in all white for their compelling live performances, leading the local press to label these magic-makers: "a cross between Abba and The Children of God." It's a spectacle of skilled musicianship and ecstatic theatrics that you'll need to see to believe....

Official Website:
http://ancientheatdisco.com

Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/ancientheat

#69 of the Crystal Ballrooms "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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http://www.mcmenamins.com/Crystal100Nights