Win Tickets ($20): Crystal Ballroom Birthday w/ Hot Buttered Rum | All Ages, Acoustic String Band

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Hot Buttered Rum at the Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, January 27, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 25.

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From our sponsors at Crystal Ballroom:
Hot Buttered Rum @ Crystal BallroomHot Buttered Rum w/ Sassparilla, Ashleigh Flynn
Sunday, January 27, 2013
7 p.m. | $10 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047 | More Info:

Initially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.

Hot Buttered Rum’s story is one of evolution. The “high altitude bluegrass” era captured on their first studio album, In These Parts, found the band enjoying success at such diverse stages as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Along the way, the group shared the stage with some of today’s most accomplished artists, including Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile. In 2006, acoustic pioneer Mike Marshall produced Hot Buttered Rum’s second studio album, Well-Oiled Machine, and captured the sound of a hard-touring band charting its course along the highways and byways of American music.

About Crystal Ballroom Birthday:

Birthday Schedule of Events
Subject to change, with the addition of more happenings…

Crystal Hotel (21 & over only)
2 p.m. · Property tour with McMenamins Historian Tim Hills

Crystal Ballroom (all ages welcome)
7 p.m. ’til late · Hot Buttered Rum · Sassparilla · Ashleigh Flynn
$10 advance/at the door

Crystal Brewery (21 & over to taste)
4 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. · Tours and ale sampling

Ringlers Pub (All ages welcome)
3 p.m. ’til 6 p.m. · Blackberry Bushes

Al’s Den (21 & over)
3 p.m. · History tour ends; grab a drink at the bar while you wait for…
3:30 p.m. · “Showtime! At the Crystal” – Joe Kregal, a native Portlander, talks about the powerful, incendiary R&B performances (and great behind-scenes details) he witnessed at the Crystal in the early 1960s, by such legendary artists as James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Ike & Tina Turner.
5 p.m. · Performance by Portland’s finest (and funniest) drag star, Poison Waters
7 p.m. · Mimi Naja (of Fruition) with Brad Parsons

Lola’s Room (21 & over)
4 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. · McMenamins ales, wines and spirits tastings
4 p.m. ’til 6 p.m. · Floating Pointe
6 p.m. · Limited-Edition Beer Tasting
7 p.m. · Interview with the Tour Band
7:30 p.m. · Great NW Music Tour presents… Red Wanting Blue

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24 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): Crystal Ballroom Birthday w/ Hot Buttered Rum | All Ages, Acoustic String Band

  1. juniper January 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    yes please, i would like to win tickets.

  2. michael i January 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    let me win and i will release my girlfriend from the basement

  3. Don January 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Well I definitely would like to go this show and free tickets would be awesome!
    I could fabricate an incredible tale as to why you should give me tickets. For example I could say that I can’t afford the tickets because no one will hire someone that has had the lower half of their body eaten during a shark feeding frenzy. That wouldn’t really be a lie but it does imply that I am that person which I am not. So I won’t say that, instead you should just give me the tickets because like many people here I love kittens. Legit…

  4. Stephanie January 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I LOVE attending live music events at the Crystal! Hot Buttered Rum is my favorite flavor! ;)

  5. Albert January 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Saw these guys in vail.. Awesome

  6. Travis Sandoval January 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I’d like to win because after 19 straight days of hosting family/friends/strangers, the lady and I need a friggin musical break!

  7. Alison Warren January 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    First of all I love Hot Buttered Rum and have previously seen them at the Crystal Ballroom and would love to hear them play with the new sound system! I promise to dance!

  8. Liz January 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Why? Because it’s Hot Buttered Rum, and it’s been too long since I’ve been to the Crystal.

  9. Mandy January 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    oh man I LOVE bluegrass music! One of my favorite pasttimes is eating mexican, drinking pbr, and dancing to live bluegrass in my hometown of Columbia, SC. Help me make new bluegrass memories in Portland!!!

  10. Kali January 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Hot. Buttered. Rum. While I doubt hot buttered rums will be offered by the bars at the show, seeing the band would be a more than acceptable alternative.

  11. Matthew January 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Because I’ll be hollarin, yip yapping, yodelin up a lightnin storm to beat the band, gad nabbit from the SW hillside as I come, singing Oh the people would come from far away
    They’d dance all night till the break of day
    When the caller hollered “do-se-do”
    You knew Uncle Pen was ready to go

    Late in the evening about sundown
    High on the hill and above the town
    Uncle Pen played the fiddle lord how it would ring
    You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing

  12. Kim January 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    In my last year of grad school… thousands upon thousands of dollars in debt but will be doing what I love, and helping out the world at the same time :) A free show with amazing artists sure would be a cheap/easy/grand way to end the weekend. I’ll dance my socks off, promise!

  13. Lindsey January 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I love HBRSB and try to see them every time they come to town! Would love a chance to see them for free!

  14. Molly Myers January 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Happy Birthday Crystal Ballroom! McMenamins does an outstanding job with everything they do and I feel engulfed in pleasure whenever I’m in a McMenamins establishment. So much careful thought, art and creativity! Add Hot Buttered Rum and a birthday cake and you’ve got the best birthday party ever!

  15. Bianca January 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I’d like to attend because my boyfriend’s taste in music is pop, pop and more pop. With a side of System of A Down thrown in. We have never been to a show together! I always write nice, long responses and never get picked. Please let this time be different!

  16. Amy January 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Yes!! How fun would this be. I’ve never been to a show, and this would be a great first one to attend!

  17. Trina Lessor January 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    My mom & I are spending the night in Portland for her birthday Sunday night & she loves acoustic music, we would love to win these tickets!

  18. Cari January 25, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Would love to attend this because Sasparilla is on my “want to see list” and has been for a little while. And The Crystal Ballroom is one of my all time favorite venues. :)

  19. Robb W January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Go get the Butter!

  20. Jan January 25, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Always enjoy HBR! Have not seen the melodic Ashleigh Flynn in ages. Came across her first CD in my case recently. Loving it!

  21. Josh January 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I d love to see some bluegrass!! Too poor to buy tickets though

  22. Casey January 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    would love to see hot buttered rum and sass! Only heard great things, need to see for myself!

  23. Landon January 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I’ll celebrate this!!

  24. Isil Cebeli January 26, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Crystal Ballroom became a special place for me where I can go back to my teenage years, where I can dance fearlessly, where I feel one of those nights that I truly had fun.. I would love to celebrate Crystal Ballroom Birthday like one of my good friend..

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