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Sunday, January 28

Crystal Ballroom's Birthday Free-For-All

YOU WHO: Children's Rock Variety Show (2 p.m.)

'80s Video Dance Attack - featuring VJ Kittyrox (5 p.m.)

The Coastline (3 p.m. in Ringlers Pub)

The Old Yellers (4 p.m. in Al's Den)

Chris Couch from World's Finest (7 p.m. in Al's Den)

Special Crystal Birthday Beer

History presentation: A Look Back at Portland in the 1960s

Brewery tours, tastings of McMenamins ales, liquors, cocktails & wines, drink and food specials, NFL screenings, special birthday cake ... and much more!

1 p.m. doors

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


Crystal Ballroom's Birthday Free-For-All

Back by popular demand! Once again we fling open our doors and invite all comers to this no-cover all-ages birthday wing-ding. With the Crystal Hotel open, the fun covers two city blocks: Music in several rooms; comedy in Al's Den; property tours; kids fun; food and drink specials; tastings of our spirits, wine, cocktails and beer; and of course a special birthday brew, Johnny Flipflops Tropical Sour, will pour throughout the properties. 

Make it a long weekend and get yourself a room at the Crystal Hotel!

And heads up, you Passport holders: We'll be offering a stamp for the "Crystal Ballroom Birthday Discovery Tour."

The party starts in the afternoon and will parade long into the night…

In the Ballroom

2 p.m. doors (games and crafts in Ballroom as part of You Who)

3-6 p.m. You Who

6-8 p.m. 80's VDA all ages

Lola's Room

2-7 p.m. Passport redemption

2 p.m. “A Look Back at Portland in the 1960s”, a history presentation by Polina Olsen, followed by performances by Peter Langston (formerly of the Portland Zoo) and Fred Lackaff (a founding member of The Tweedy Brothers)


3 -6 p.m. The Coastline

Crystal Brewery

2- 5 p.m. Brewery tours and tastings

Al's Den  

4- 5:30 p.m. The Old Yellers

7 p.m. Chris Couch of World's Finest  


2-5 p.m. Wine Tasting

Crystal Mezzanine

2-5 p.m. Distillery and cocktail tasting


Johnny Flipflops Tropical Sour
This brew was made for those who wear flipflops in February. Our Tropical Sour features a tart bite, balanced by flavors of pineapple and mango.
Special Techniques: Kettle Soured
Special Ingredients: Yogurt
Fruit: Mango, Pineapple
Malts: Pilsen, Acidulated, Wheat
Hops: Chinook
OG: 1.054  TG: 1.010  ABV: 5.68  IBU: 9  SRM: 4

YOU WHO: Children's Rock Variety Show (2 p.m.)

featuring Ural Thomas & The Pain, Cat Hoch Band, iAmMoshow (The Cat Rapper), Ivy Ross Ricci and more!

Children's rock variety show is a half hour-ish of variety entertainment featuring DJs and interactive dance parties with giant barn owls, musical guests, stories, skits, sing a longs, cartoons, artists, puppets, parades and performers.

Their variety show features performances by YOU WHO's house band Sneakin' Out, The Cardboard Songsters, and surprise guests. Ballroom-wide fun includes a Bhangra dance party with DJ ANJALI, blanket forts, hair dos, art activities, a giant parachute and much more fun stuff!

YOU WHO is a benefit for MyMusicRx- the flagship program of Children's Cancer Association who believes that joy matters and music heals. MyMusicRx provides music medicine to seriously ill kids and teens at 19 pediatric hospitals across the nation including locally at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel

About MyMusicRx
The Children's Cancer Association (CCA) believes joy matters and music heals. Nearly two decades ago, we pioneered a one-of-a-kind pediatric "music medicine" program called MyMusicRx that lets kids choose the music experience that feels right to them. The in-hospital MyMusicRx program includes bedside sing-alongs led by trained music specialists, instrument lending from mobile music carts, tablet checkouts and live concerts from national recording artists. extends our bedside music experience online and invites kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses to feel the music and feel better, by exploring exclusive artists greetings, concerts, music lessons, digital instruments, and games anytime, anywhere. See MyMusicRx programs in action here or visit us at

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'80s Video Dance Attack - featuring VJ Kittyrox (5 p.m.)

Before it mutated into a weaponized haze of reality shows, MTV aired a novelty known as the music video. These bite-sized works of art, which married pop songs to striking imagery, revolutionized the entertainment industry and ushered in an era of music known as "new wave." For the task of curating and introducing these fresh sounds and flamboyant sights to audiences, MTV even created its own version of the disc jockey-the VJ.

Though MTV has sent its stable of video jockeys out to pasture, VJ Kittyrox carries the pastel, shoulder-padded torch of Adam Curry and Nina Blackwood as she masterminds the 80s Video Dance Attack. For the last eight years, this popular shindig has united generations of Portlandians with its five-hour feast of '80s-centric sensation.

Across 10-foot screens, VJ Kittyrox projects classic videos from artists such as Duran Duran and Michael Jackson as audiences of Breakfast Clubbers and Pretty in Pinkers perfect their cabbage patch, running man, and Pat Benatar shimmies. A bombastic, thumping sound system and a dazzling light show accentuate the time warp as audiences deck themselves in '80s garb and shake away memories of unsolved rubik's cubes.





The Coastline (3 p.m. in Ringlers Pub)

The Coastline is a Portland-based trio founded in 2014. The influence of a wide variety of genres has resulted in performances that range from lounge rock to synth-driven electro pop. After playing their first McMenamins show at Ringlers Pub in 2015, The Coastline have since performed at Hotel Oregon, Kennedy School, the Crystal Ballroom, The Winery at Edgefield and more. You may have even enjoyed a pint of The Coastline Fresh Hop IPA during a visit to the Ringlers Pub.



The Old Yellers (4 p.m. in Al's Den)

The Old Yellers began in early 2001 when founding members Michael Berly and Matty V Hartless came together with the goal to write great songs built around vocal harmonies and well crafted stories. The idea was to write songs with a message that could be felt and understood by nearly anyone. They were soon joined by friends Diego Joyeux and Tim Connell and this core group has been playing together in one form or another ever since.

In the years that followed, albums were made, tours were undertaken, fun was had and many great musicians would take their turn coming in and adding to the overall magic. It is difficult to label them any one thing, because at times they have seemed more Rock and Roll, or Alt-Country, or Americana, or Folk Rock, but there is and always has been, a consistency, a uniqueness, something special, that has woven itself throughout the path they have traveled. Whether you call them The Old Yellers or The Yellers, they are are at heart, an American band, writing and performing their own original music, that above all, strives to evolve the consciousness of the global community and generate a real revolution of spirit.

The Bands powerhouse core has been blessed to surround themselves with a cast of stellar musicians who have, for nearly 15 years, formed the family band that is The Old Yellers. The band defies the limits of categorization into a single genre and can take a crowd on a seamless journey from raucous country honky tonk, to tender heartfelt ballads, past a potential Irish jig and back to the cornerstone of rock and roll all in the span of just a few songs. Yeller music is an eclectic blend of rollicking good time songs that win crowds over again and again.



Chris Couch from World's Finest (7 p.m. in Al's Den)


It's been a wild and crazy ride for the fellas in World's Finest, since their modest beginning as an acoustic duo in Portland, OR living rooms in 2011. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings, reminiscent of such classic acts as NOFX and Operation Ivy. Never happy to settle, Chris, Dan, Sean, Evan, and Mike continue to push through boundaries and challenge themselves, while hoping to inspire their listeners to expect the most out of what a band in the modern age can be capable of conjuring up.

Five years, countless shows, and 4 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (Guitar/Vocals), Dan Hurley (Banjo/Vocals), Sean McLean (Sax/Guitar/Vocals), Evan Malfer (Bass), and Mike Apodaca (Drums). Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band's sound reflected their coast to coast musical influences.

The latest offering from World's Finest is a 6 song EP, entitled "We Got Ourselves a Game Here". Taking a new approach to their recording process, the band decided to record the album in front of a live audience at Hallowed Halls Studios in Portland. The result was nothing short of capturing lightning in a bottle. The quick paced track list of Ska-grass was wholly enhanced by their fans' infectious enthusiasm and energy.

World's Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks, What the Festival ?!, and Symbiosis, to name a few. Their unique style has allowed them to connect with fans from all different kinds of musical worlds. In addition, their chameleon-like approach to their live show has allowed them the honor to share the stage with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Motet, The Expendables, Rusted Root, The Skatalites, Fruition, and many others. 






Special Crystal Birthday Beer

Birthday Beer-  Johnny Flipflops Tropical Sour

This brew was made for those who wear flipflops in February. Our Tropical Sour features a tart bite, balanced by flavors of pineapple and mango.

Special Techniques: Kettle Soured
Special Ingredients:
Mango, Pineapple
Pilsen, Acidulated, Wheat
1.054  TG: 1.010  ABV: 5.68  IBU: 9  SRM: 4

Discovery Hunt and prize
Special birthday stamp


History presentation: A Look Back at Portland in the 1960s

Presented by Polina Olsen, followed by Musical Performances by Peter Langston and Fred Lackaff

In 1968, Newsweek reported an imminent threat of 20,000 hippies descending on Portland, Oregon. Although the numbers were exaggerated, Portland did boast a vibrant 1960s culture of disenchanted and disenfranchised individuals seeking social and political revolution. Barefoot and bellbottomed, they hung out in Portland's bohemian underground and devised a better world. What began in coffee shop conversations found its voice in the Willamette Bridge newspaper, KBOO radio station and the Portland State University student strike, resulting in social, artistic and political change in the Rose City. Come hear author Polina Olsen and musician Peter Langston bring back the era of the Caffe Espresso, the Psychedelic Supermarket and the concerts and communal soups of Lair Hill Park.

About the Speaker
Polina Olsen is the author of "Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the Counterculture," and several other books on local history. A former software engineer, she now spends her time freelance writing and teaching citizenship and ESOL classes.

About the Performers
Peter Langston joined the Portland Zoo while still a student at Reed College. He taught audio recording and computer science at The Evergreen State College and is on the staff of several music and dance camps.

Fred Lackaff grew up outside Vancouver, WA, and was a founding member of the popular 1960s band, The Tweedy Brothers.