Portland >Sports & Recreation > Roseland Theater
8 NW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.523309 -122.676361
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Old Town - Chinatown
Great Show! Don't act like an idiot! – Just saw Blondie and the band was GREAT!
I've read many reviews of the Roseland, and a lot were negative so I was a little bit aprehensive. The staff seemed friendly enough to myself and my girlfriend, but we are not the kind of people to cause problems. Although I did get a stern warning to stop taking pictures on my cell phone, I was ok with that, got 4 crappy pictures that were not worth getting thrown out for...
Viewing some people act like jerks and seeing a quick response by the staff was cool with me. If you go to a show, why do you want to act like an idiot and do stupid stuff to get you thrown out of a place anyway? Enjoy the show, get your drink on, dance, scream, etc...
My girlfriend did see someone in the bathroom getting ready to do a I.V. slam-a-jam, kinda creepy! Maybe they could of fixed themselves up before they walked in? If that person would of got caught, and recieved a boot out the door, they probally would have been the one to write a crappy review once the came back from the i.v. fog.
Drinks are a little spendy, but that's what its like at every concert.
Deborah Harry sounded great, the band sounded great, and the opening act was some local gal that sounded good as well.
I will definataly plan to see more bands at the Roseland and paying for the upper deck as worth it as well, cause the bar was right behind me!
Treated Poorly By Staff – I won't attend a show at the Roseland again. I had a seat upstairts in the balcony with some friends and my spouse. I left my seat to use the restroom. When I tried to return to my seat I was told I could not go back upstairs. I explained I needed to get back to my group, but they didn't give a rip. I was very irritated!!! Are you serious? I stood by the stairs then not knowing how I was going to find my group when the show was over. After 15 minutes or so of me standing there they finally let me go upstairs? What the ??
In Case of Fire, Beware – so, I would hate to be in this joint if there was a fire... Exiting after the show was a b**ch.
but all in all it was a pretty good venue for the show. Flogging Molly played to the hilt and the closeness was very much like I remember good shows in the early to mid 90's at many other venues in town.
Never went to the bathroom or to get a drink (had a kid with me and it just wasn't prudent to leave him to go do either of those things) so I can't speak to those aspects...
But security was a breeze and I don't have any complaints about staff or other things.
avoid at all costs – The show was good, the band was amazing, however the people that ran the place were absolute jerks for no apparent reason. We called in regards as to when to show up for the show, the message that we got said that the doors open at 8, the bands start at 9. When we got there the band we bought tickets for were already playing, when we asked the ticket taker why the band was already playing she said the doors opened at seven, the bands started at eight. When I asked why the phone message said otherwise she said I had a shi**y attitude, I moved forward to see the band. My friend behind me moved forward to get her tickets as well, and the ticket taker said "Your friend has a shi**y attitude, she's a bi*ch." To which my friend said "that's your opinion" Then the employee rolled her eyes. All we did was ask what time the show was supposed to start, she had to put us down. We asked politely why there was a difference in time, we weren't rude, but we were immediately put down. We understand that the place was busy, but we didn't expect that kind of attitude. We didnt' let it ruin the show, Dragonforce was amazing, but I would not go to that venue again. I didn't pay thirty dollars to be called a bi*ch.
Great Venue for Shows....BUT – I think that this is a GREAT venue to watch shows, good acoustics, is relatively small (in a good way) provides a little more 'intimate' feel with the artists. It's cool that it's all ages but that they have 2 bars (upstairs and downstairs) BUT the BARTENDERS are the WORST!! Mainly, the ones downstairs, in the 1st floor bar. They look like washed up old groupies who never moved on and made anything of their lives and being a bartender in a concert venue is the highest of aspirations they ever reached. For some reason, which I still cannot understand, they powertrip from their position as bartenders (sad, i know). You would think that all those years wasted behind the bar would teach you how to make a decent long island, but i guess not. Also the fact that both bars are cash-only is definitely a con. So from now on when I go to the roseland, I pre-funk before and get there good n' ready so I dont have to deal with those losers. I suggest you do the same.
awesome people – "went to SNOOP the other night, and had a blast, even though snoop played for maybe 20 monutes at most-booooo--- but i found the security to be way cool. Guy by the stage once again, way awesome, helped me out more than once !
I had no troubles here like other reviewers did – We went to a B52s concert here, so perhaps the concert-goers for this show were exceptionally nice and polite. The staff barely looked into my bag, just asking if I had a camera. No one patted me down or checked my pockets. It did get hot, but not until about halfway through the show. Since we wanted to keep our place directly in front of the stage, we never left our spot to order a drink, although I was dying for one. I was nervous about taking my young daughter to this venue, but we had no troubles or issues. (Although many adults almost smushed her at the end of the show, trying to get a drumstick from the band.)
sucky venue, sucky bar and sketchy location – i have vowed never to attend another show at the roseland many times but since the crystal ballroom seems to book lame shows lately i am forced to go to the roseland that happens to be in one of the worst locations in town. crackheads and junkies are constantly harrasing you as you wait online to get in. first, you have to go through a metal detector and get shaken down as if you were in a max. security prison. second, the sound is horrible. i've never heard a good show there. third, if you want a drink, you have to go to the upstairs bar, through a narrow stairwell, which is always packed because the bar is sooo small. you are forced to squeeze through people who aren't considerate enough move an inch to let you get by so you can get close enough to order a drink. also the security is too uptight. the staff must be full of off duty cops and rent-a-cop wanna be's. there's gotta be a place where portlanders can see a good show. i like doug fir, fez, et al. what happened to Mt. Tabor theater? (not the punk rock version)they used to book good shows, then the ownership took a dive and i guess their booking agents did too. i hope someone can open a mid-sized venue that can book a nice mix of shows soon.
Terrible venue – I always tell myself that I will never go to the Roseland again but since the Crystal Ballroom, the only comparably sized venue, fails to book decent bands these days, I have to go to the Roseland.
First of all, If you are seeing anything but an acoustic show, the sound is awful. I've seen several hip hop shows and rock shows and the bass muddles any vocals. The vocals are always distorted. The roseland was built as a theatre, not a music venue. Hence, the awkward layout. If it's a packed house, it takes FOREVER to get a drink. You have to squeeze through a four foot stairwell to get to the bar. No thanks. I usually have to go all the way downstairs to grab a drink and miss part of the show.
And the location is atrocious. It's right in the heart of Old Town Portland on Burnside, which is the sketchiest area full of Caberets and vagrants. Not really fun to come out of the concert with creeps and nut jobs swarming around you.
It's really a shame that all these artists choose to go to the Roseland instead of the Crystal, Fez, or Wonder Ballroom.
I only go cause some great bands play there. But since most of my friends refuse to go, I usually end up going solo.
Excelent for live music – The Roseland Theater is an awesome place to go to get close to your idols. With general admission you can always be front row. Perfectly sized for the shows being put on and security is not only great it almost seems as if the long lines never stop moving. The grill is a great place for ice cream and some food. I havn't been able to experiance the bar yet but i've been told its a good one. Parking doesn't really matter, The Roseland theater is only 6 block off of the MAX line.
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