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January 16, 2015


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    Crystal Ballroom

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    Crystal Ballroom Debuting Natalya

My exhilarating adventures had left me thirsty for more of Portland’s vibrant funkiness and a night of dancing was definitely at the top of my agenda. After three outfit changes, I expertly winged my eyeliner, applied my favorite boho natural lipstick and headed out to the Crystal Ballroom.

As I walked through the doors, the nostalgic aura of the place gave me goose bumps. With a 100-year history, there was a palpable energy that can’t be explained, but needs to be experienced.

Since 1914, the Crystal Ballroom has been a controversial 1920s jazz hall, popular Depression-era theater, 60s rock mecca and idolized beacon of counter-culture. Strolling through the hallway lined with posters signed by world-renowned actors, artists and musicians from decades past gave me a colorful glimpse into the collection of lurid memories and tales housed by these walls and beams. The Crystal’s past epitomizes epic coolness and the ballroom wears its history like a badge of honor.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, breathtaking chandeliers and eclectic art pieces all contribute to a unique bohemian glamour, but its floating dance floor really sets the Crystal Ballroom apart. As I twirled around to the music of a local band, I literally felt like I was dancing on air. Time slipped away and my heart and soul grew happier with every passing minute.

Ready to dance among the clouds and drink in the presence of cultural game changers? Head over to the Crystal Ballroom at 1332 W. Burnside. You can check out their lineup here,


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