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Sunday, January 27

Crystal Ballroom's 105th Birthday Free-For-All

Todd Clouser w/special guest

Video Dance Attack

Ukeladies

The Coastline

Mo Phillips

Distillery and cocktail tasting

Edgefield Wine Tasting

Passport redemption

History

1 p.m. doors

All ages welcome

Free

Crystal Ballroom's 105th Birthday Free-For-All

We will be flinging our doors open to this FREE all-ages birthday wing-ding. With the Crystal Hotel open, the birthday fun covers two city blocks: Music in four different rooms; music in Al's Den; kids fun; food and drink specials; tastings of our spirits, wine and beer; and of course a special birthday brew will pour throughout the properties. Make it a long weekend and get yourself a room at the Crystal Hotel! The party starts in the afternoon and will parade long into the evening.

Schedule: 

Brewery
Brewery Tours and tastings featuring our 105th birthday Beer • 2 - 5 pm 

Annex
Edgefield Wine Tasting • 2 - 5 pm

Crystal Mezzanine
Distillery and cocktail tasting • 2 - 5 pm 

Lola’s Room
Passport redemption • 2 - 7 pm 

Ballroom Music
Video Dance Attack (all ages) • 6 – 8 pm
Ukeladies • 4:30 - 6 pm
Mo Phillips • 3 - 4:30 pm
History • 2 - 3 pm 

Ringlers
The Coastline • 3 - 6 pm 

Al’s Den
Todd Clouser w/special guest • 7 - 10 pm 

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Todd Clouser w/special guest

 

Todd Clouser is a composing guitarist, songwriter and performer based out of Mexico City. Combining elements of rock, jazz blues, spoken word and improvised musics, Clouser has toured the world with his group A Love Electric, as a solo act and performed alongside luminaries from John Lurie to John Zorn, Flea, Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Keb Mo, and more, performing at rock, jazz and world music festivals across the globe.

Clouser's prolific output and genre-evading creativity had NPR call Todd "a fascinating musician ..... (he) doesn't belong to any scene and doesn't want to", Time Out NYC hailing his rock jazz trio A Love Electric as "illuminating", and Mexico City's La Jornada mentioning the group as "one of the most important acts of recent years". A native of Minneapolis, MN, Clouser grew up traveling the USA following his favorite artists and self publishing poetry and recordings before being signed to Ropeadope Records for his first "proper" release, entitled "A Love Electric". As time and tours passed, A Love Electric became a band, first an instrumental act joined by NYC downtown scene heroes Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, and Billy Martin, eventually settling as a trio that explores Clouser's songwriting while honoring the inquisition and fearlessness or jazz tradition, with Hernan Hecht on drums and Aaron Cruz on bass. The trio has gone on to release 6 records on labels in the US and Mexico while performing nearly 1,000 concerts in the span of 7 years.

While Clouser is perhaps most recognized in his Mexico City home as the leader of A Love Electric, he has also released the "psychedelic naked lunch" (Distorsioni Magazine - Italy) record "Butterfly Killer" with the group Magnet Animals (featuring Shanir Blumenkranz, Eyal Maoz, and Jorge Servin) on Rarenoise Records (London, UK). An experimental offering, CHANT found Todd collaborating with street singers, friends, and artists from Mexico City and Minneapolis, the live CHANT show turning into a freewheeling conduction experiment calling the audience to the stage. Clouser also writes songs for a duo project with Mexican singer Renee Mooi, the two performing at festivals and in clubs throughout latinAmerica. His solo song record entitled "Man With No Country" was produced by Anton Fier (Golden Palominos) and released on Billy Martin's Amulet records. A record of "music for unmade film" entitled "Cinema" was self released with pianist Alex Mercado in 2017.

Clouser's most recent release is "You The Brave : Live at Icehouse" in trio with John Medeski and JT Bates

Philanthropy and community outreach work have been an important of Clouser's work in Mexico and beyond. With the founding of his "Music Mission" initiative, Todd and patrons have donated thousands of dollars worth of instruments, education materials, workshops and basic needs support to communities in Nicaragua, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Durango, and more. Todd is also the founder of Ropeadope Sur, a record label based out of Mexico City with a focus on Mexican acts in search of increased projection of their music, the first act signed being Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, an acapella group singing slave-era songs on the ranches on northern Mexico.

 

 

 

Website:
http://www.toddclouser.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/toddclousermusic/

Video Dance Attack

Portland's longest running theme-night dance party is in Lola's Room every Friday! Dance to music videos projected onto multiple 10-foot video screens all night long, complete with a quality sound and light show. 

 

Round up your friends and check out our website below to see what theme we're featuring this Friday! Rotating themes include: 80s Night, 80s and Beyond, '70s VS '80s, '80s VS '00s, Madonna, Prince VS MJ, Hip Hop/Funk Night, New Wave and many more!

 

Website:
http://www.videodanceattack.com

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

Instagram:
http://www.Instagram.com/videodanceattack

Twitter:
http://www.Twitter.com/VDAPDX

The Coastline

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.

 

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheCoastlinemusic?fref=ts

Mo Phillips

"I'm diggin' the lo-fi movement goin' on in Kids' Music right now: Kimya Dawson's Alphabutt, String Bean Jones' Live from the Bathtub, Mr. David's Jump in the Jumpy House, and now Mo Phillips' Train Beard. Now, lo-fi doesn't mean low quality, as evidenced by the great material and performances on all the above CDs. It just means presenting songs from a different angle, thinking outside the musical box, so to speak. ... Great kids' debut from a unique talent."

- Warren Truitt, Kids Music That Rocks review of Mo Phillips' Train Beard

 "We've spent the last few years following Kindie musicians around the city. Our goal has been to find artists that our kids can cut a rug to, and that we like, too. One of our favorites is Mo Phillips. The kids love Mo because he's fun and makes them feel like dancing, catching air, and laughing all at once. His songs are original, not syrupy sweet, and he's usually good for a toe tapping rendition of a song from our youth."  - NW Kids Magazine

Beloved by families in Portland, Oregon, independent musician Mo Phillips is ready to burst onto the national scene with the April release of his third kids'/family CD, Monster Suit.

The uncomplicated charm of Monster Suit stems from its refreshing connection to what was happening in the late '50s, when rock 'n' roll was evolving from a cultural mix of country, folk, and African-American influence. With a style and delivery sometimes reminiscent of Woody and Arlo, Mo Phillips offers classic acoustic rock 'n' roll with a minimum of electric effects in a finely tuned but fiery blend of Americana, soul and blues.

Enhanced by contributions from a gaggle of gifted Portland musicians, Monster Suit's variety is beyond impressive. With music ranging from "Rollerskate Banana Peels" (a super jam of crazy energy) to "All Okay" (the album's "lullaby" ballad), each song has its own sound, beat, and artistic space that does not impinge on the other tracks. Monster Suit is exceptionally well balanced, the fidelity is first class, the players all have their acts together, the back-up singers are delightfully hip, and (the best part for many parents) the lyrics are never obscured by the energy of their setting.  Mo Phillips feels strongly about not dumbing down lyrics or melodies for kids, and he sings about topics whole families can appreciate.  On Monster Suit, these include being exactly who you want to be ("The Princess and The Cowboy"), a party gone awry ("The Worst Party Ever Thrown"), bad hair days ("Bed Head"), a surprising fact about ducks ("Ducks Don't Get Wet"), and more.

Says Mo, "Sanity can be hard to come by in the parental world, and I'm just trying to offer a small dose with my music. Monster Suit is my third album for families and the first done in a proper studio (and not in my basement)! This CD covers a lot of sonic ground and contrasting subject matter but still hangs together.  I wanted to create an album for parents to jam to with their kids."

Red Tricycle recognizes this: "Don't be ashamed if you find yourself humming Mo Phillips songs even after the kids are in bed. This Portland dad has kids and parents in mind when writing his songs. Fans of indie rock will like his quirky melodies and both generations can relate to topics like bad dreams and the joy of riding a bike."  

Mo continues, "My main influences include Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, although many of my compositional ideas stem from my undergraduate years studying with jazz wizard Dan Balmer at Lewis & Clark College. Part of the reason I write kids' music the way I do is because I'm tapping into whatever I was doing in my earlier life as a songwriter and performer for adults. I haven't really changed my melodic approach, just the lyrics.  One song on Monster Suit, "To The Zoo," is actually a re-working of one of my old band charts. All that I changed were the lyrics. Literally. Form, chords, melody, harmonies, all are exactly as they were done 10 years ago, just different words."  

An early childhood educator as well as a musician, Mo Phillips doesn't hesitate to credit his initial inspiration to the kids he's taught. He explains, "When I was teaching a class of three-year-olds in 2005, some of the curriculum ideas for what later became my "Rock 'N' Roll Kindy" program were born.  The kids had been doing a lot of role-play as musicians, so we made a project out of it.  They named their band Fire Guitars.  We wrote songs, recorded a CD, and put on a show for the parents.  By 2008 - after an expatriate experience soaking up the sounds of my wife's native Australia -- I was again teaching preschool in Portland. This was when I really began playing around with my own songs for kids.  One day, while sitting in the sandbox with some little friends, I wrote the song "Pizza In A Cup" after being offered the umpteenth cup of sand advertised as pizza.  All of a sudden these afternoon playground sessions started producing some serious songwriting opportunities. The influence of the kids and whatever games they were playing at the time had an undeniable effect on my lyrical content and song direction."

When not creating bands populated by young rockers in settings ranging from schools and libraries to community centers and children's museums, Mo performs - with insouciant wit and breezy style - interactive shows that respect the intelligence of young people.  As an artist affiliated with Young Audiences, Inc., he gives performances and residencies in schools throughout the greater Portland area.  Mo was recently selected to pilot a songwriting residency program for the Beaverton, Oregon school district.

Mo Phillips has released two previous kids'/family albums albums, Train Beard (2009), and Robot Rodeo (2010).  He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate, and sons, Henry and Owen.

Monster Suit will be available online at www.mophillips.com, cdbaby.com, and itunes.

MONSTER SUIT TRACK LIST:

Toes
The Worst Party Ever Thrown
The Princess and The Cowboy
Hot Lava
Droolin'Big Red Truck
Rollerskate Banana Peels
All Okay
Bed Head
To The Zoo
Ducks Don't Get Wet
Suction Cup
Twirlin'
Monster Suit

 

Website:
http://www.mophillips.com/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/MoPhillipsMusic