August 18: Dad Watson’s Festival of Americana @ Crystal Ballroom | Shook Twins, Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys, Sideshows

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Shook Twins @ Crystal BallroomDad Watson’s Festival of Americana
August 18, 2013
All Day | Free until 5 p.m. ; $10 after 5 p.m. All Ages

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

Portland’s historic Crystal Ballroom is pleased to host Dad Watson’s Festival of Americana, a day-long event that honors the America promoted by old-timey connoisseur Dad Watson, the building’s proprietor from 1928 to 1933.

In an homage to Portland’s ol’-timey history, the festival presents music, dance, style, local and handcrafted delights and of course the fine art of food and drink in a day-long multi-venue celebration. While the Crystal Ballroom is the big tent in this circus-like atmosphere, plenty of sideshows take place in brewery and lobby on second floor, Ringlers Pub, the sidewalk outside and even across the street in Al’s Den. Keep an eye out for roving delights as well!

Music will be front and center at DadFest, throughout the property throughout the day, and . Dancers can get in on the action with a hoedown, and there will be an old time music show for the kids. Meanwhile McMenamins historian Tim Hills will do a presentation featuring steel guitar player Ray Montee.

Beyond music, all the adornments befitting an old timey exhibition will also be on hand to set the mood, including a blacksmith, a straight-shave barbership, and a space where gents and ladies can play a relaxing game of corn hole.The kids can learn how to make toy harmonicas out of popsicle sticks!

On the food and beverage front, tastings of beer, wine, spirits, coffee and baked goods will keep the palate amused, and Americana-themed food and drinks will be found as well!

Schedule of Events

Main Stage (Crystal Ballroom)

  • 1 p.m. – McDougall – foot-stompin’ Americana
  • 2 p.m. – Ray Montee – steel guitar player & Tim Hills history presentation
  • 4 p.m. – Rick Meyers’ Old Time Music Show
  • 5 p.m. – Family Hoedown
  • 6 p.m. – Davy Jay Sparrow and his Western Songbirds – western swing, hillbilly jazz, and honky tonk
  • 7 p.m. – Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys – hillbilly jazz and western swing
  • 8:30 p.m. – Shook Twins – quirky folk

*Other activities in the ballroom

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – build yourself some toy harmonicas with Spielwerk Toys!
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – shop from vendors (including Crafty Underdog)!
  • 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. – get yourself a straight razor shave from Rook’s Barbershop!
  • 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. – play yerself some cornhole!

Brewery (second floor)
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Firkin & tasting

Second floor lobby
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Tastings (Coffee, Baked Goods, Distillery, Winery) 2p-5p

Ringlers Pub
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – live music to be announced

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – balloon guy
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – facepainter
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – fiddle players

Al’s Den
Brad Parsons & Friends 7pm-10pm Free!

Crystal Hotel & Ballroom History Tours
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – meet in Lola’s Room, second floor

In front of the Crystal Ballroom (street)

  • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. – cookin’ on the grill
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – blacksmith demo

Shook Twins

“A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm.” Mason Jennings
Identical twins Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo, percussion and beatboxing) and Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar and mandolin), are two thirds of the quirky folk trio, Shook Twins. Rounding out the trio, often referred to as the “third twin,” is Kyle Volkman on bass. The Shook Twins intertwine gorgeous “twin” harmonies with an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Jeff Rosenberg of the Willamette Week says, “Their songs are witty and well-built, the performances poised, the production adventurous. Recently transplanted to Portland, Shook Twins are the most exciting local folk act I’ve heard in ages. Strike that word ‘local’ and the sentiment still stands.”

Originally from Sandpoint Idaho, the twins have been making music together since childhood. Playful, warm and lighthearted, a Shook Twins show percolates with the twin’s infectious radiant energy. Pristine vocals layered on top of traditional stringed folk instruments, create lovely aural imagery of two women with one sound.

But don’t be fooled. The Shook Twins are not your average folk trio. They have a few tricks up their sleeves. Laurie may drop a beat-box in the middle of a song, while Katelyn plays the guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, and sings into a telephone and bocks like a chicken. Laurie plays wah-wah Banjo and loops various melodies and beats to make it sound like more than just two identical twin sisters. Meanwhile Kyle lays down the groove adding resonant bass lines to the mix. It’s a refreshing romp filled with unexpected surprises.

This past year the Shook Twins have been touring behind their sophomore CD Window, released in April 2011, taking them throughout much of the Northwest. Along the way, The Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Laura Veirs, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Fruit Bats, Michelle Shocked, JJ Gray and MoFro, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The Head and The Heart and many more.

Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

The word from the man himself:
“Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys” is the name of a quintet that I started in 2010 in order to play music inspired by great Hillbilly Jazz and Western Swing artists such as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Jimmy Rivers and Ernest Tubb and his Texas Troubadours. The band features David Langenes and Ian Miller on lead guitars, Rusty Blake on steel and ‘King’ Keith Brush on upright bass.

The music is a mix of stompin’ jazz and swing, both instrumentals and vocal tunes, very uptempo and very hot. The three primary soloists, Ian, David and Rusty, remind me of acrobats or flying aces as they weave, spark and fly through the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Red Foley, Django Reinhard and the Delmore Brothers.

We work hard to maintain a timeless quality to the sound and feel of the band, and hope to do justice to the music and the musicians who’ve inspired and influenced us. The energy of the Playboys, mixed with the virtuosity of the soloists, makes for a great night out and we constantly find ourselves playing for swing dancers, fans of traditional music and the older generation who remembers this music first-hand.

The band released its debut CD, Early Sessions in Jan. 2012 on my new label Elko Records, which is available at all of our shows and online via GrindTone Records, Amazon and iTunes. Recorded in one evening ‘live’ at a friend’s studio, it really captures the sound of the band at it’s best. The future looks bright for the Playboys … C’mon down and shake the shack with us!