Image: Kris Krug

Colin Meloy
Crystal Ballroom
Jan 21

For the final night of its fittingly 100-day-long centennial celebration, the Crystal Ballroom is bringing out a local favorite. While his familiar warble might be most recognizable from his work as frontman and primary songwriter for indie-rock storytellers the Decemberists, sixteen-minute revenge epics about sailors swallowed by whales are just the tip of the iceberg for the Portland-based singer and guitarist. He’s also released a live solo album (enigmatically entitled Colin Meloy Sings Live!), a series of cover EPs featuring songs by artists ranging from Sam Cooke to Morrissey, a novella about the Replacements’ celebrated 1984 album Let It Be, and two children’s fantasy novels set in a fictional wilderness inspired by Forest Park that are illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis (the third and for-now final installment comes out February 1).

John Roderick of the Long Winters opens.

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For more on the Crystal’s first 100 years, check out our timeline of iconic events in the Ballroom’s history and our slideshow of photos and posters from its past, from the Grateful Dead to Sleater Kinney.

 

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