Win Tickets: Crystal Hotel Grand Opening Celebration @ Crystal Ballroom | Feat. M. Ward, Corin Tucker Band

Pipeline has a pair of tickets to see M. Ward with Corin Tucker Band on Tuesday, May 3. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Friday, April 29.

From our sponsors at Crystal Ballroom:
Crystal Hotel Grand Opening Celebration
w/ M. Ward and Corin Tucker Band
Tuesday, May 3
8 p.m. doors | 9 p.m. show
$25 | All Ages
Purchase Tickets from McMenamins

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside Street

Join us on Tuesday, May 3 to kick off three successive nights of fun, merriment, music and more to celebrate the official opening of our newest historic hotel, our first in downtown Portland! Tuesday night’s performance features M. Ward, with Corin Tucker Band, The Lord’s Own Choir, and other surprises. For a full schedule of events, visit McMenamins’ website.

The Crystal Hotelbuilding itself has had a long and incredible history since its construction in 1911. Throughout the past century, the site changed hands and names many times, offering a hotel, men’s bath house and night club, among other uses.

The historic hotel will offer 51 lodging rooms, which includes the option to buy tickets to that night’s performance at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom next door. The hotel will also house the Zeus Café, a Northwest café offering breakfast, lunch and dinner; Al’s Den, featuring nightly live music and artist residencies; a subterranean saltwater soaking pool and more.

Join us these three nights for a party unlike any other in the history of McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries!

About M. Ward:

On his seventh album, M. Ward cements his reputation as one of America’s most unique talents. Mention his name to any folk or guitar aficionado and you’ll be met with an avalanche of praise.Over the past few years, he has found an ever-increasing and dedicated audience; his last three albums – Transfiguration of Vincent, Transistor Radio and Post-War, all released on the Merge label – have struck a singular chord among music fans. His deft guitar picking, bar room piano, and voice like drizzled honey have also made him a huge favorite of music critics.

In 2008, M. Ward was part of the duo known as She & Him, a project he began with Zooey Deschanel and whose debut album, Volume One, has enjoyed international success. M. Ward is also renowned for his intricate production work, having helmed not only his own releases but also Jenny Lewis’ much-lauded Rabbit Fur Coat. He has collaborated with some of the world’s best musicians including Cat Power, Norah Jones, Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Neko Case.

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83 Responses to Win Tickets: Crystal Hotel Grand Opening Celebration @ Crystal Ballroom | Feat. M. Ward, Corin Tucker Band

  1. Matt April 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Why do I want to go? Should be a great show!

  2. michael israel April 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    sounds like an absolutely excellent way to spend the day!!

  3. Soco April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I would love to attend because it’s gonna be great music and I love McMenamins!!!

  4. Sloan April 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Yeah! Love M Ward and the idea of a new hotel on that block!

  5. Kysho April 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Because it is my birthday…and I would like to party there.

  6. John April 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    If the walls could talk… Would just like to immerse myself in the ambiance of this building’s history. Seething with hedonism…

  7. Kevin April 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I’ve loved what I’ve heard from M. Ward but haven’t had the time or money to see him yet. Also, I live just minutes away from the new hotel, and will done with the final exam of graduate school the day before. Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than getting tickets to see M. Ward just blocks from my place!

  8. Erin April 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I have been wanting to see M.Ward for years but have never been able to! I’m also a huge fan of Corin Tucker and have yet to see her new band live. Winning tickets would be pretty fantastic.

  9. Carl April 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    I have a true affection for the way the McMenamin brothers run their business. Working to save local history while remaking it into something that is functional in todays world. I would love to share in an opening of a classic building with some great musicians.

  10. Jon April 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    I love M. Ward and all he has been involved with, would love to attend this event.

  11. Leonard April 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I wanna go!

  12. Nick April 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I moved to Portland thinking I’d be able to see M. Ward playing small shows all around town. Obviously I would get to meet him and we’d have a few beers talking music. But I have not come across said shows, so this dream has been delayed. Hopefully going to this show would be the first step. It would be epic. Also, McMenamins is the cat’s pajamas.

  13. Jhane April 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I think going to an event like this will make a great story to tell my grandchildren someday.

  14. me April 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    um, I am pretty sure that rocking out hard (and privately) to sleater-kinney sustained my teenage soul while growing up in sleepy suburban western washington in the 1990s…

  15. Chava N Boyett April 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    M. Ward’s voice comes out of an old timey radio, all crackly and smooth and full of memories, haunted and wistful. His is the voice of the boy at the snowball dance who came over when i was the last girl standing against the wall, touched my wrist and guided me out to the waltz. He brings me back in time to a simpler, sweeter day when boys wore suspenders and the melody was all that mattered. He serenades this city and i choke back the tears.

  16. Kym April 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    I am just such a history junkie. Would love to see this space. Some really amazing musical accompaniment would be theicing on some delectable cake.

  17. Lori April 26, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    I have 2 friends who share a May 3rd birthday. Free tickets to this grand Grand Opening celebration would be grand indeed.

  18. Darcy B April 26, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I would love to go -I’m a huge I love M Ward!!!

  19. Rich Mc April 26, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Um, I have a Hammerhead tattoo on my back….’nuff said.

  20. armando April 26, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    i’ve always wanted to see m.ward live

  21. Emily April 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I love everything about this. I have been awaiting the opening of this venue and am so excited that the grand opening is here! I want to go to this show so badly! I love love love She & Him and am really hoping I will get a chance to check out M. Ward.

  22. Tara Tokura-Ellsworth April 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    I love Mcmenaminns! I would love to treat my boyfriend to a night out and celebrate passing his state exams! Send us a pait of tickets please, THANK YOU :D

  23. Lindsey April 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I would love to win tickets. I have watched the construction everyday for the last few years from my office window and would love to see it in person and hear some awesome music.

  24. Rachel N. April 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Let me tell you why I would be the most amazing choice. First, a lifelong goal of mine is to visit every McMenamins location, and I have done quite well, and appreciate how they restore historic sites and serve great beer out of them. Second, M. Ward is my all-time favorite musician. He encompasses everything I love about music… great vocals and sweet guitar playing. His style, rhythm, and soul always comforts me, and one of his covers was even my “First Dance” song at my wedding… This would absolutely be something I would cherish forever. Thanks for considering me!


  25. Eric April 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Im an investigator, and if I win it would give me the chance to clear up one last detail of “The Case of Missing Beer”
    Whether or not the M in M.Ward stands for Maternity. Hmmm…

  26. sean April 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I have yet to see M Ward and all my close friends say I need to check him out and I can’t think of a better venue for my first taste.

  27. Nicole April 28, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Sounds super. And I want to see if the McMenamins removed all the skanky.

  28. donivee April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I would love to see the new hotel, the rooms seem awesome. Good food, great beer, awesome music….pick me

  29. Colleen Erin Cole April 28, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    M. Ward and a grand opening of another fine McMenamin’s establishment are two exceptionally awesome reasons why I’d like to attend this celebration!! Sounds like it will be quite a fun event! :)

  30. John R April 28, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    M Ward and some Tomahawk! That would be fantastic!

  31. nicole April 28, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I love love love m.ward and the idea of seeing him in such an amazing venue tickles me pink! And seeing him for free will be over the moon awesome! Plus I can’t take the night off work and spend 50$ on a ticket but winning them is a whole different ball game! Pick me! Pick me!

  32. Nick April 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I would love to see the Hotel and see some great music while doing it!

  33. Brooke April 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I’d love to catch this show and see the new hotel… pick me, pick me! I’m a big M. Ward fan and have never gotten to see him live.

  34. SR April 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I love M. Ward and Corin Tucker plus I’ve always wanted to spend the night in a men’s bathhouse.

  35. Gabe Adams April 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Huge fan. And I promise i’d bring
    a lady who is also a big fan. I’d owe you forever,

  36. Amber Hyde April 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I am a huge fan of M. Ward and would love to see him while staying dry (the last time I saw him was in Bend standing outside in the pouring rain)! I would also love to see the new hotel and what they’ve done with the building.

  37. [email protected] April 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

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  38. Berenice April 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    M Ward is a huge improvement over glory holes. Or wait…is it? Gotta compare to find out, right? So help me out then!

  39. Kristen April 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    The hotel sounds really cool!

  40. Megan H. Carver April 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I’d LOVE to attend this!!! I <3 McCormicks like whoa.

  41. Matt April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I would like to cross this new pub off the list of McMenamins restaurants that I have been to!

  42. Lisa April 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I love the McMennamins other hotels (especially the St. Francis in Bend) and am curious to explore the new one!

  43. Jill April 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Ooooh. I would love to win this for my boyfriend. He loves M Ward, yet my meager student income (aka negative income) prevents me from going out and buying him some tickets.

  44. Kimberley April 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I would LOVE to go and take my friend who is a HUGE Corin Tucker fan!! Plus, I love McMenamins!!! :)

    Many thanks!

  45. Audrey Abbott April 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I saw M. Ward in Eugene last year and he is great! I love the McMenamins and the Ruby beer! :)

  46. Rich April 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I think this show would be a great place to gather some priceless quotes for

  47. Laura April 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Because I never got to see Corin Tucker in Sleater Kinney! I have to make up for lost opportunities – and I really like M.Ward

  48. Rebecca April 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    This event sounds awesome, I would love to go!

  49. Sarah LaRue April 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I have to move out from living with my best friend. It would be amazing to take her out for an amazing night on the town before I have to leave Portland!

  50. Dana April 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I think it would be wonderful if you gave me tickets because… …I’ve never been to the Crystal Ballroom
    …I’ve never have seen M. Ward, Corin Tucker Band OR The Lord’s Own Choir
    … I don’t have the money to buy tickets on my own
    … I LOVE fun + merriment + music. :)

  51. mark fields April 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I think Crystal Ballroom/ Hotel is the best venue for live music in the world! Being a huge fan, I’d love to help celebrate the grand opening of the hotel and enjoy all the Fantastic music and merriments!

  52. Mike April 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    The relationship with my girlfriend is tenuous,
    the Crystal is the venue for us

  53. angela April 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    ‘Cause I’m awesome?

  54. Jaime April 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE “She and Him” and also M.Ward’s solo stuff.

  55. Kimberly April 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    I discovered M. Ward just a few months ago and I love his music so much. I wanted to see one of his shows at the Crystal but couldn’t justify the cost right now. Please please please I would love to go!

  56. JamieLee April 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    choose us ;o)

  57. JamieLee April 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Finally!!! A place to rest my head after really groovin’ shows…no more priceline!!!! YAHOO!!!

  58. Hilary A April 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    and the word is Rubinator…served up cold and frothy at the Crystal. MMMMMM

  59. Trevor G April 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Date night!

  60. Shay April 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Please ask Thursday if I can go in Larry’s place. :) Man’o live, the Mc Bro’s have DONE IT AGAIN! Mr Port-A-Bear appears to have provided art for the history of the triangle bldg! :)

  61. Ian April 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I would love to go to the show and drink their IPA beer then spend a night in one of the brand new rooms!

  62. Carla Drain April 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I want to win these tickets because I just saw the pic of the soaking pool in the Crystal hotel & it would make it much easier to sneak in for a skinny dip :)

  63. Patricia Marienthal April 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    You can’t throw a rock in Portland without breaking a McMenamin’s window, and in their amazing establishments some of my best PDX memories have been made. I’d love to go and be a part of history.

  64. my birthday may 7 April 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Hello. It’s almost my birthday on may 7 and mothers day after that may 8 and I would REALLY ENJOY celebrating that early and the music is something I’d love something different and that’s what makes life interesting. I’m not overly rich. And so my best change in my daily work schedule would be knowing that this event would be remembered. I would like to take some photos to share with my friends and family if my fun night out.

  65. Hank April 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    mmmm. ward.

  66. Erin April 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Mmmmmyeah! For M. Ward. Musical genius.

  67. Ash April 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Love Love Love M. Ward and would love to see him live — never have. The closest thing is Austin City Limits…Never go out because I’m a sad old mom that stays home taking care of dinner, dishes, kids, vacuuming, etc…get it? Not that I don’t love being a mom…but I Need someone to catapult me out of my house! And, a ticket to get my hubby to come along would be great, we could use a date!
    He was a big fan of Sleater-Kinney, and we’d both love to see Corin’s new gig. And, by the way- I love surprises, and you’ve promised some with this event.

  68. Emma K. April 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    I wanna go! I’ve been trying to convince friends and family to come visit me and stay there…that would probably make more sense if I actually went to check it out. Plus M.Ward, yay!

  69. Helki K April 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    I want to go! We are on a VERY tight budget (like so many) and don’t get to go out too often and we L-O-V-E McMenamins! Also, my boyfriends birthday is coming up in a few weeks and it would make the perfect present for him! Hooray for PDX Pipeline :)

  70. tyler April 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I have a super stressful job interview that day and this would be a great way to unwind afterwards.

  71. amy April 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I’m a big fan of M. Ward, never had a chance to see him live. I’d love to go!

  72. blackdotbug April 29, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I love M. Ward! Put my name in the digital hat please. :)

  73. Troy April 29, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Because I saw it on bob loblaws law blog.

  74. Tracey April 29, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    It would be an incredible first time seeing M. Ward and what better place then a converted bathhouse! That corner of burnside lights up in an incredibly beautiful way at night!!

  75. Jennifer April 29, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I wanna go! I’m super-curious about this new McMenamin historic restoration and I wanna party too.

  76. Tricia Saunders April 29, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    WOW! What an opening this will be! I’m very excited about this and thrilled that this is coming to the neighborhood!! Winning a ticket to this event would be AWESOME!!!! =D

  77. Sarah April 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I want to see a converted Gay bathhouse + Gypsy event space turn into a legion McMenamins! Plus it’s my 6 month anniversary with my Sweet!

  78. Jeffe' April 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I don’t get out much. Did I say I don’t get out much? Not me, I don’t get out. What’s you’re name?

  79. Alex April 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    This event is like the sun opening its eyes for the first time. Need we say more?

  80. Holly April 30, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Great venue, excellent music and I never go out on a Tuesday night! Sounds fun!

  81. Dominic April 30, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    A long-time fan of the Chrystal Ballroom, this will be the best place for my out-of-town guests!

  82. Audrey May 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Is it too late?! I really really want to go! Huge fan of M Ward, and my birthday is coming up……pretty please?!

  83. donivee May 3, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    me me me

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