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Friday, February 3

"Sabertooth Micro Fest"

* Day 1 *

featuring:

Thee Oh Sees

Moon Duo

Skull Diver

School of Rock pays tribute to Black Sabbath and The Jesus and Mary Chain in Lola's Room

Al's Den: Laura Palmer's Death Parade

Ringlers: After party DJ'd by The Black Lips

A musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom's psychedelic history

sponsored by Portland Mercury, XRAY.FM, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jackpot Records, and Voodoo Doughnuts

(Times to be announced)

All ages welcome (Al's Den is 21+)

$29.50 advance, $35 day of show (VIP and 2-day passes available)

Presented By: McMenamins, Portland Mercury and XRAY.FM present

"Sabertooth Micro Fest"

McMenamins, Portland Mercury and XRAY-FM proudly host the Third Annual Sabertooth psychedelicstonerrockmicrofest, a musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom's psychedelic history.

Visit the Sabertooth website for all info!

 

2 Day Passes and VIP tickets available!

Microfest website:
http://www.sabertoothpdx.com/

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, and guitarist John Dwyer's ever-evolving pop-folk psychedelic group. Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late '90s, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS (which is an acronym for Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound, or whatever Dwyer decided it was on any given day) initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio.

Website:
http://www.theeohsees.com/

Moon Duo

The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time they were privy to the act. Moon Duo‘s third full-length LP, Shadow of the Sun, was written entirely during one of these evolving phases -- a rare and uneasy rest period, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes. This offered Moon Duo a new space to reflect on all of these previous experiences and cradle them while cultivating the album in the unfamiliar environment of a new dwelling; a dark Portland basement. It was from this stir-crazy fire that Shadow of the Sun was forged.

Evolving the sound of their first two full-length records, Mazes (2011) and Circles (2012), Moon Duo -- Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada -- have developed their ideas with the help of their newly acquired steam engine, Canadian drummer John Jeffrey (present on the band‘s last release, Live in Ravenna). The unchartered rhythms and tones present on this record are reflective of Moon Duo's strive for equilibrium in this aforementioned new environment. You can hear it is the result of months of wrangling with a profound feeling of being unsettled - there are off-kilter dance rhythms, repetitive, grinding riffs, cosmic trucker boogies and even an ecstatically pretty moment. Mixing with Jonas Verwijnen in Berlin, allowed for a creative catharsis and dissolved the album's formal technique into a cool and paradoxically sane sound of confusion.

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/moonduoofficial

Website:
http://www.moonduo.org

School of Rock pays tribute to Black Sabbath and The Jesus and Mary Chain in Lola's Room

With more than a decade of successful experience teaching music, School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids from age 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds.

School of Rock offers summer, winter and spring break rock music boot camps, designed for musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, our comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment.

website:
http://www.schoolofrock.com/portland

A musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom's psychedelic history

The Saber-toothed Cat thrived from the Eocene Epoch to the Pleistocene Epoch (a 42 million year stretch), and it's our hope that our Sabertooth Festival, with its roots in Portland's own "psycheluvic epoch"* will survive as long.

While psychedelic music covers a range of styles and genres, it is inspired by psychedelic culture and the attempt to replicate the mind altering experiences that started in mid-'60s folk rock and blues. As such, Sabertooth celebrates the historical role the Crystal Ballroom played through previous half-century of psychedelic music.

In the late 1960s the Crystal Ballroom celebrated an era referred to as "18 months of Psychedelia," and hosted mind expanding artists of the day from Frank Zappa to the Grateful Dead.  While the modern Sabertooth Festival celebrates this history and shares the same common thread of experimentation and the ability to transport the listener to an altered reality, it is not a rehash of artists from a bygone era; the psychedelic music of the 21st century is in fact very different than what it was in the 1960s.

The Crystal's psychedelic cred includes notable nuggets from rock and roll history:

  • the famous Peace Rites event at the Crystal in the '60s, where Allen Ginsberg disputably first read 'Howl' (we celebrate his fellow beats in the Joe Cotter mural in the room itself).
  • the Dead recorded much of their exploratory Anthem of the Sun at the Crystal
  • the forefather of the distorted and processed guitar, Jimi Hendrix, played there as well

The Crystal has always been the nexus of this scene and McMenamins has continued to program and promote music of this nature since its opening.

Those looking at psychedelia's earliest roots will also see the Crystal playing a role. The first use of the word "psychedelic" in reference to music was in reference to our friends and extended family, the Holy Modal Rounders (members of whom will be performing at the Sabertooth event) of the East Village Freak Folk scene.  Other key players of this scene were John Fahey, who's last Portland show was with us at our St Johns Pub; Bert Jansch  (Pentangle) who we have hosted on two occasions in Lola's Room and the Rounders themselves who have performed multiple reunion concerts at the Crystal Ballroom.

In the late 70s the new psychedelic revival featuring bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, George Clinton and Fishbone... all acts who have played the Ballroom. And as time moved on, the early 90s brought a "neo-psychedelic " movement with the Elephant 6 collective, and the Crystal continues to host their music (Jeff Mangum, Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal - and supporting the Saturday night show The Minders). 

The 21st Century lineage continues with such bands as Tame Impala, Animal Collective and The War on Drugs, who in fact just performed at the Crystal and whose early member/collaborator Kurt Vile headlined the inagural event along with stoner rock doom metal pioneers Sleep in 2015.

 

Psychedelic music in its varying forms and styles is part of the lifeblood of the Crystal Ballroom:  we wouldn't be open today without it, and we have continued to program it. Sabertooth is a natural extension of this, a full blown celebration of the music where the Company and the Crystal , as our predecessors , eternally presses Furthur ...

*from the Oregonian, March 3, 1967

Wiki-delia:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_music

Interesting related Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Remember-the-Crystal-Ballroom-of-the-60s/1429127164040565