Crystal Ballroom

We really enjoy experiencing live music events as a family. Now that we live closer to a big city our chances at catching some great shows has increased. This past Sunday we had the pleasure of listening to some great live music at Portland’s historic Crystal Ballroom during their 104th Birthday Free-For-All.

The Crystal Ballroom opened in 1914 and has a long history of hosting dances and concerts in Portland (including Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Grateful Dead). It is now owned by McMenamins and features a brewery, hotel, and concert venue.

The time that we spent at the Crystal Ballroom was very enjoyable. We were able to see the amazing MarchFourth as well as Red Yarn, Moshow The Cat Rapper, and a very funny juggler. We were also able to break out our eighties dance moves at the ’80s Video Dance Attack. Incredibly there was no admission charge, so the entire afternoon and evening were free.

We all agreed that getting a preview of MarchFourth (we have tickets to their upcoming show) was amazing. However, the best part of the evening was dancing to 80’s music videos on the big screen. The wood floor at the Crystal Ballroom is bouncy making dancing even more fun. Finding venues where you can dance with your children is tricky, so having the opportunity to bust out some moves with the kids was amazing. We can’t wait to enjoy more great events at the Crystal Ballroom


Mixing It Up on the Road

by Five String

Music is an important part of the Fives household.  We spend much of our day listening to music, and you never know when a spontaneous dance party will break out on our makeshift dance floor (the living room).

Music is especially important for car trips. Songs from the Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Schoolhouse Rock are our soundtracks as we run errands in town or drive to the lake for a swim.  These trips also provide valuable lessons in sharing and negotiation. “No, High Five, we can’t listen to the Muppet Theme Song again. We’ve already heard it six times in a row!”  “Five Ball, we can listen to your Angry Song (“Highway Star”) after we finish “Three is a Magic Number” and “Four Legged Zoo.”  You get the idea.

We mark important events by creating a mix, and everyone contributes his or her favorite songs to the final CD.  Our holiday tradition includes creating a mix combining Christmas favorites and songs we’ve enjoyed throughout the year.  We then pull out all the stops for a Christmas Eve Dance Party (with an encore performance on New Year’s Eve).

As our upcoming trip down Route 1 is a pretty big deal for us, you can image we have been putting a lot of thought into creating the perfect mix.  We hope you enjoy each of our our favorite contributions to the mix.

High Five

Five Ball

Five of Hearts

Five Spice

Five String

What are your favorite songs for a road trip? Leave a comment to share your picks!