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Jan 22, 1914: Montrose Ringler opens the Cotillion Ballroom. After multiple arrests for violating Portland’s dancing regulations, he gets run out of town in 1921.
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1920s: Lola Baldwin of the Portland Police’s Women’s Protective Division repeatedly raids the Cotillion for morally offensive jazz dancing. “A great majority of women and girls owe their downfall to the dance hall,” Baldwin declares.
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1960s: The ballroom finds new life as a rock hotbed, showcasing African American performers and counterculture bands.
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Feb 2–3, 1968: The Grateful Dead paint the ballroom with a psychedelic light show and use some of the recordings from the Portland appearance on their second album, Anthems of the Sun.
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Psychedelic folk band Kaleidoscope hangs out in the office of the Crystal before a set.
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Portland garage rockers the Weeds, including local legends Fred and Toody Cole, hang out on the Ballroom's fire escape in 1968.
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July 1968: Fueled by a Newsweek report about hordes of San Francisco hippies migrating to Portland, public outrage and a failed safety inspection force the venue to shutter.
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Feb 19, 1997: McMenamins reopens the storied building after three decades of dormancy...
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...restoring its original floating floor...
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...and adding McMenamins' trademark flourishes
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August 12, 2006: The seminal rock band Sleater-Kinney plays its final show as a band.
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After a finale with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on ukelele, the ladies take their final bow together.
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2008: The Black Keys record the 'Live at Crystal Ballroom' DVD.
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Sept 23, 2009: Modest Mouse plays four consecutive sold out shows. During the encore of the fourth, frontman Isaac Brock got a haircut on stage while singing.
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Jan 21, 2014: A solo show by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy closes out the first 100 years.
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