Alison Krauss and Union Station 06/29/11
Mcmenamins Historic Edgefield Manor – Troutdale, OR
Words/Photos by Phishbeard
Alison Krauss and Union Station blessed the Edgefield Motel in Troutdale, OR with their presence. The day started out with a nice overcast that tempted rain all day long, but fortunately it did not rain till the evening time. This weather made for a pleasant drive to the venue and the traffic on the I-5 was fairly decent for once. I met a friend of mine who is from WA at the hotel before the concert, with just enough time to have a couple glasses of wine before the show. The Edgefield Motel is owned by McMenamins and is a huge beautiful historic hotel that is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The buildings used to be a County Poor Farm back in the early 1900’s. The property is 74 acres of awesomeness – beauty all around inside and out. The hotel was kept old school and has many murals painted throughout the buildings. There is so much to do there that one day is not enough to get your fill of the Edgefield. From the wonderful gardens and vineyards to the bars, restaurants, spa, Movie Theater and salt pool, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. They even have a bar dedicated to Jerry Garcia that only plays dead music and I can’t forget to let you all know that there is a sweet Jerry statue as well to check out!
As for the show, by the time we got inside the huge line that was formed hours earlier before the show started had diminished and we walked right in. Unfortunately, we had to sit almost in the very back of the outdoor venue. To our benefit though, we sat under a tree and never got wet the whole show, even though it was a nice drizzle for most of the event. The temperature was perfect and had to be in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Being how this was my first time at the venue, I was pleasantly surprised by how great the sound was and how laid back security was too. Booze and food were also reasonably priced there as well, which is nice to see.
Alison Krauss looked stunning as always and sounded like an angel. The band overall sounded very tight and spot on. Jerry Douglas did what he does best… kicked butt at making his dobra sing. Some of the big hitters that the band played were Every Time You Say Goodbye, Baby Now That I Found You, Restless, Let Me Touch You For A While, Lay My Burden Down, and of course the O’Brother Where Art Thou hit, Man of Constant Sorrow. I would have to say the music was fabulous and the venue and hotel staff where great too. I was a tad emo from all the music, since I could relate to many of the songs currently in my life situation, but without the use of music, emotions would be a lot harder to share. I truly enjoyed the triple encore and it is very sad that so many people started leaving as early as 45 minutes before the show was finished. I understand that it was a weekday and that is probably a pain to leave the parking lot if you don’t stay the night at the hotel, but come on folks, the show ended by 9:30 pm and I find it rude to walk out in a middle of a performance. Other than those early bird exciters, the crowd was friendly and fun.
Alison is playing in Bend very soon, but I can’t catch her, because I will be working at the Oregon Country Fair. I can easily recommend the Edgefield to stay at any time, because the place is so bad ass and is reasonably priced. I also would like to say if Alison Krauss is in your area, you better get some tickets, because it will always be a worthwhile experience.