Northwest Dance & Music Venues

Photo By and Courtesy of David Higginbotham
Crystal Ballroom
1342 West Burnside
Portland, Oregon

Some of the bands that performed at The Crystal Ballroom during those great years of NW music were:
The Amazing Charlatans
Big Brother & The Holding Co.
Blue Cheer
Bobby "Blue" Bland
James Brown
Alan Ginsburg
Buddy Guy
Buffalo Springfield
Country Joe
Eric Burdon
The Coasters
The Deacons
The Drifters
Electric Prunes
Family Tree
The Fish
The Fugs
Holy Modal Rounders 
Little Eva
Lowell Fulsom
Marvin Gaye
The Grateful DeadChris Hillman
John Lee HookerThe Impressions
Etta James
B.B. King
Le Sabres
Charles Llyod Quartet
Steve Miller Blues Band
Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters
Moby Grape
The Montells
The Moguls
Mr. Lucky and the Gamblers
Neighb'rhood Childr'n
Little Junior Parker
Wilson Pickett
Portland Zoo
Quicksilver Messenger Service
The Quints
The Redcoats
Jimmy Reed
Little Richard
Ronnie Spector and Ronnettes
Sopwith Camel
Sound Transfusion (Mar 67)
Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Temptations
Thundering Heard
Ike & Tina Turner
The Tweedy Brothers
The Untouchables
U.S. Cadenza
Laura and the Vipers
The Wailers
Jr. Walker and The All Stars
The Warlocks
The Weeds
Mary Wells
Jackie Wilson
The Youngbloods
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Others ?

McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom Website

The Crystal Ballroom was completely refurbished several years ago by the McMenamin Brothers. They restored to every single detail including the ball bearing floating dance floor, along with a lot of the band posters from the 60's. They have concerts throughout the year.  We provide a lot of their Backline Equipment...   Showcase Music

John Chassaing, The TIkis & The Fabulons, January 2006

I helped on a couple of the light shows with Gary Ewing at the Crystal in the 60s, and attended several other concerts there during that time.

Bob Zybach, November 2010

The Redcaots at the Crystal Ballroom - Abt '67 - '68 (Courtesy of Doug Morrison)

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Last Update:  7 February 2015
Credits: David Higginbotham, Paul Starkey, Brian Trainer, Jim Sola, John Chassaing, Dave Grunt, Carl Wilson, Steve Hanan, Pat Maloney,  Bob Zybach, Jack Ely, Bob Stoutenburg, Doug Morrison