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Saturday, February 4

"Sabertooth Micro Fest"

* Day 2 *

featuring:

The Black Lips

Boogarins

Ezra Furman

Máscaras

Lola's Room: Urchin

Fire Nuns

Ringlers: Blasphemous Beer Tasting

DJ'd after party in Ringlers

Al's Den: Laura Palmer's Death Parade (7pm)

Al's Den: Sabertooth Comedy (10:30pm)

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/

The Black Lips

Atlanta's beloved sons the Black Lips(Jared,Ian,Cole, and Joe) entered last year through a screaming cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist. After a spring and summer of exciting audiences across the world, the Lips embarked on a month-long fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of Athens, GA - Inside/Out fame, who filmed the band playing for Egypt who had just overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai who finally get to see a band that isn't in the top 40. As Cody assembled his footage into the feature Kids Like You and Me, the band returned home from the New Year's maelstrom and began settling into album mode.

Recording for Underneath the Rainbow was split between New York with Thomas Brenneck, who was recommended by Arabia Mountain producer Mark Ronson, and Nashville with the the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who offered to help produce in a Mexico city hotel room just before dawn.

"It was one of those super-late-night/super-early-morning drunk-talk sort of situations, so we weren't sure if he meant it," explains Jared. "People do that all the time."

Early internet conjecture pegged Underneath the Rainbow's sound as a blend of southern rock with throwback C&W and blues, based on the lead single 'Boys in the Wood', which is a weird description for a record containing the first Black Lips' song with a prominent synth ("Funny"), and even less apt for an overall album that owes just as much to the kiwi pop of New Zealand's South Island and the Chicago South Side's Crucial Conflict as it does the standard American South. It never strays far from the traditional roots music that has always found a comfortable home with the Black Lips, but invites enough curiosity with its approach to attract even the most unlikely listener.

'Underneath the Rainbow' can only guarantee one thing; that the kids will be Smiling, Waiting for the Dandelion Dust to make things Funny at the Dorner Party while the Boys in the Wood Make You Mine as they Do the Vibrate. The morning will break and the passenger will say, "Drive-By, Buddy… I don't wanna go home. Damn these dog years…"

Website:
http://black-lips.com/

Ringlers: Blasphemous Beer Tasting

As a hat's off to the creative spirit at the core of psychedelic music, six McMenamins Brewers have created special beers inspired by (and some even in collaboration with) six of the bands performing at this year's Sabertooth. Swing by Ringlers Pub (located on the Crystal's main floor) during the Saturday event, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for a free tasting of these inspiration-based brews. Styles range from the traditional Lager to the adventuresome Vanilla Coffee Porter, and all six brewers will be on hand to share tastes of their wares and chat about all things beer, psychedelia and rock and roll.

Brewery...Band ... Beer...Style ...Beer Name
Crystal / Black Lips / Lager / Dogs Years Light Lager
Oak Hills / Skull Diver /  Pale w/Seeds of Paradise / Bad Star Pale
Hillsdale / Moon Duo / CDA / Moon Duo Mango CDA
John Barleycorns / The Oh Sees / India Pale Lager / Post Punk India Session Lager
West Linn / Boogarins / Vanilla Coffee Porter /  Café do Cerrado Porter
Highland / Màscaras / Vienna Style Session Ale / The Brown Wizard

 

 

Website:
http://www.sabertoothpdx.com/#!beer-fest/c20vz

Al's Den: Sabertooth Comedy (10:30pm)

Join us in Al's Den after the concert for some bonafide stoner friendly comedy with:

Katie Nguyen
Anthony Lopez
Phil Schallberger
Jason Traeger
hosted by Whitney Streed

 

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