After over 20 years of being closed to the public, the Alberta Rose Theater in the Alberta District of Portland has re-emerged as Portland's premier setting to hear acoustic music, art house films and live performances.
Opened in 1927 as a motion picture house, it showed movies until 1978 then closed. In 2010, Joe Cawley turned the 1920's movie house into a unique and intimate concert venue. The theater has 300 fixed seats, a mid-sized listening room where every seat feels close to the stage and the artists performing.
Last Wednesday, Chick and I saw Paula Fuga and Makana perform at the Alberta Rose and it was an amazing evening!
Praised for her spellbinding vocals and ability to stir the deepest emotions with her soulful melodies, Paula has established herself as one of Hawaii's most sough after live performers. Her music featured soul and jazz-infused lyrics, and seamlessly mixed English and Hawaiian languages, supported by the traditional Hawaiian instrument, Ukulele.
After Paula performed an hour set, we were treated the the talents of Makana, an internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, composer and activist. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the U.S. by Guitar Player Magazine and was honored by his peers in Hawaii with the Ki Ho'alu Foundation (Slack Key) Legacy Award. His songs ranged from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical.
Before the show we had cocktails and appetizers at the Whiskey Branch Bar located next door to the theater.