One of Portland’s premiere settings to experience live music and performances, Alberta Rose Theatre, has a November full of shows to keep you entertained. Here are just a few highlights.
Sunday, November 6 Portland’s tribute to the great Tom Waits, “Terrible Tales Told in Beautiful Melodies,” features an amazing lineup of instrumentalists and vocalists. Performers include Dan Gildea (guitars), Bre Gregg (vocals), Paul K. Ward (piano), James Latham (bass/vocals), Donna Jones (vocals), Shelly Rudolph (vocals), Jason Wells (trumpet), Madi DeSantis (drums), Jet Black Pearl (accordion/vocals) and more.
Kanekoa, Ukulele Jam Band from East Maui sails in on a wave of blissful sound Monday, November 7. Powered by electric ukuleles and exotic rhythms, these ukulele masters ride the wave of Hawaiian roots with jam band energy, creating a sound they call Hawaiian jam-rock. For the last 25 years, audiences have swooned over their soulful originals and crafty covers interpreted with pure originality. The Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann goes so far as to call them, “the Hawaiian Grateful Dead.”
Coming to the stage Saturday, November 19 is Carsie Blanton, delivering every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief. She writes anthems for a world worth saving and brings her audiences together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana.
Thanksgiving weekend offers an annual tradition, The Next Waltz, which always sells out in advance. A stellar lineup of Portland all stars sing and play the music from Canadian-American rock group The Band’s final concert 46 years ago. It was also made into the best ever rock and roll concert film and classic album, “The Last Waltz.” A portion of the proceeds benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation for musicians’ health care and patrons are encouraged to bring two non-perishable food items for the Oregon Food Bank.
Minors are allowed when accompanied by a parent or guardian for the above shows. Visit albertarosetheatre.com for show times, prices, tickets and a full listing of events.