Win Tickets ($118): Sabertooth Micro Fest @ Crystal Ballroom | Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo, The Black Lips & More! A Musical Celebration of the Crystal’s Psychedelic History

We are giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Sabertooth Micro Fest on February 3-4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 30.


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February 3-4, 2017
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

McMenamins, XRAY-FM and the Portland Mercury present the third annual Sabertooth MicroFest, a psychedelic and stoner music packed weekend, taking place Feb. 3 & 4, 2017 in downtown Portland. Drawing on the counterculture history of the Crystal Ballroom, Sabertooth celebrates the mind-altering experiences that started in mid-’60s folk, rock and blues. From the Peace Rites of Allen Ginsburg and historic performances by the Grateful Dead through the Flaming Lips Boom Box Experiment, the Crystal has always been the place to experience psychedelic music in all its forms.

The bands performing on the Crystal Ballroom stage this year, including Thee Oh Sees, The Black Lips, Moon Duo, Boogarins, Ezra Furman, Skull Diver, Mascaras, all represent a wide range of psychedelic music styles and interpretations of the art form.

Lola’s Room provides a second stage for the event, with Friday featuring School of Rock performing tunes by Black Sabbath and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Saturday featuring Fire Nuns and Urchin.

In addition to a full music line-up, MicroFest goers and craft brew aficionados can enjoy the Blasphemous Brew Tasting – a showcase of six wild and weird small batch beer styles custom made for the MicroFest by McMenamins breweries. Beers are available for tasting for ages 21 and over in Ringlers Pub (on the ground level of the Crystal Ballroom) on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for tasting.
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In the spirit of the event, Al’s Den (at Crystal Hotel) features its own psychedelic stylings both nights from 7-10 p.m. by Laura Palmer’s Death Parade.

After-hours action includes Sabertooth Comedy in Al’s Den and DJ’d music in Lola’s Room from The Black Lips (Friday) and DJ Dijon Mustard (Saturday).

VIP tickets include early entry and admission to the VIP viewing area near the stage.
$1 per ticket will be donated to MyMusicRx, whose free-of-charge programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids and teens across the country.

Sabertooth line-up at Crystal Ballroom

  • Laura Palmer’s Death Parade (Al’s Den)
  • School of Rock (Lola’s Room)
  • Skull Diver (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Moon Duo (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Thee Oh Sees (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Sabertooth Comedy (Al’s Den)
  • After-party w/ The Black Lips (Ringlers Pub)


  • Blasphemous Beer Fest (Ringlers Pub)
  • Laura Palmer’s Death Parade (Al’s Den)
  • Urchin (Lola’s Room)
  • Fire Nuns (Lola’s Room)
  • Máscaras (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Ezra Furman (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Boogarins (Crystal Ballroom)
  • The Black Lips (Crystal Ballroom)
  • Sabertooth Comedy (Al’s Den)
  • After-party w/ DJ Dijon Mustard (Ringlers Pub)

Blasphemous Brews at Sabertooth provided by these McMenamins Breweries:

  • Crystal Brewery
  • John Barleycorns
  • Hillsdale
  • West Linn
  • Oak Hills
  • Highland

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($118): Sabertooth Micro Fest @ Crystal Ballroom | Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo, The Black Lips & More! A Musical Celebration of the Crystal’s Psychedelic History

  1. AJ January 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Pick me because im the first and the best! Donald Trump’s can suck it!

  2. M January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Thee Oh Sees seem like a great live show

  3. Chris Webb January 24, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    Huge fan of Thee Oh Sees and would love to go!

  4. Chris January 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Thee Oh Sees is great

  5. Dave G. January 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    It will be the LARGEST crowd to ever attend Sabertooth, and I want in!

  6. Voytek January 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    It’d be a great way to explore unique parts and events of Portland!

  7. Brooks January 24, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    I never go to shows anymore because of a tight budget, and would love to see my old hometown heroes — The Black Lips.

  8. Katie January 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    I love all of these bands and I missed Thee Oh Sees when they were here in November b/c I was out of town!

  9. Chris January 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    TOSs is the boss! It’ll be an amazing night, and I’d really like to have your hospitality. Thank you so much!

  10. Bob Smith January 25, 2017 at 6:59 am #

    I am a trained medical professional and you will need my skills on site after the Black Lips burn the house down.

  11. Eliz January 25, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    Need to get out and dance my angst away in the new year

  12. Aaron January 25, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    I haven’t seen a proper show the entire time I’ve lived im this city!

  13. tim schroeder January 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    Wouldnt mind seeing Thee oh see’s missed them at Pickathon!!!

  14. sara morgan January 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

    I need to see a decent show

  15. poppy January 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Awesome Event!!!!!!

  16. Kimberly January 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Sounds like a fabulous psychedelic show to be followed by a mind altering fabulously psychedelic night and morning, would absolutely love to attend with my sweetheart!

  17. jessica l bowe January 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi! I’d love to win these tickets and take my closest friend to see the Black Lips for the first time. And I want the street cred of going to sabertooth! Thx pdx pipeline <3

  18. Daniel Sutherland January 28, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    Gimme gimme

  19. Linda Anthony January 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Oh yes!!! What a fun thing to take that next OK Cupid date to. It would be memorable!!

  20. Jess January 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    This girl would loooove to see the Black Lips! Never gotten the chance and always looking to see an awesome band live! Thx pdx pipeline!!

  21. TiffanyO January 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    MOON DUO!!!!

  22. Heather February 2, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    pick me! I would loveeeee to gooooo

  23. Keegan Bradford January 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    My wife and I just moved to Portland and we’re so happy to be in a music city for the first time. One of our favorite last memories of our old hometown was seeing Japanese Breakfast for the first time and being totally blown away. We would love to begin our time here as new Portland residents with these bands!

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