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Alialujah Choir / Wild Ones
February 12, 2015
Doors: 7 pm / Show: 8 pm | $15 | Minors OK w/ Guardian
1300 SE Stark Street #110, Portland, Oregon 97214
A sleeping giant is about to awaken in the heart of Southeast Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. George Washington High School, the sprawling brick structure at the intersection of Stark and SE 14th (closed to students since 1981) has been completely rebuilt and repurposed. At the heart of its redevelopment is REVOLUTION HALL, a brand new state-of-the-art events room housed in the building’s auditorium, opening in February 2015.
Alialujah Choir came about when three well-known members of Portland, Oregon’s notable music scene took time away from the comforts and constraints of their primary bands (Weinland, Norfolk & Western, M.Ward) to focus on the natural beauty they found when singing songs from their more personal artistic quivers.
The songs immerse the singers as their voices entwine with one another and then expand. Sacred narrative melodies, once held close, open wide when shared harmoniously. Sparse arrangements create an open bed for two, three, and four part vocal harmony, while instrumentation that ranges from a guitar to an upright piano to a Theremin and a marching drum, allow Alialujah Choir to sing their stories in ethereal allure.
Paradoxically, this story then began where most stories would end – in a cemetery. It was a benefit album for the preservation of Portland’s oldest burial ground, The Lone Fir Cemetery. The vibrant and heartfelt song, “A House, A Home” (a historical fiction piece about the hidden and forbidden relationship of two mental patients) reached the ears of a local filmmaker, who became haunted with its suggestions of an underground love story. In stunning fashion, he put the song’s ghosts on screen. Collaborating with the band to visualize the tale, “A House, A Home” evolved into a multi-award winning short film.
Soon, a full-length album emerged. What began as friends around a piano gradually became the sprawling canvas for an ongoing collective art project. Various member projects include a book of short stories with musical scores, the release of a graphic novel, a grant funded dance project with a live score, and a stop motion film about a love between two nautical lemurs (subsequent soundtrack to be scored by Alialujah Choir). On the road a trail of video captures unique incidents, like a spontaneous performance in an abandoned blueberry stand (see the band’s YouTube channel), while a shared love of photography often catches the band’s most creative moments, forever trapping them in amber.
Danielle Sullivan and Thomas Himes formed Wild Ones in the fall of 2009. The Portland based synth-pop duo started with a handful of bedroom recordings but quickly evolved to include multi-instrumentalist Clayton Knapp, drummer Andy Parker, and bassist Nick Vicario. Knapp simultaneously functions as the band’s recording engineer and helped produce their debut EP “You’re a Winner”. The five piece is currently working on a full length record which is due in early 2012.
More about Revolution Hall
Two full service bars will live within Revolution Hall – Martha’s (upstairs) and Great Meadows (named after the site of Washington’s historic military surrender), with additional satellite bars within the venue. Great Meadows will offer a full-service bar, café, market and outdoor patio that sits adjacent to the school’s former soccer field, which will remain in place as a green area and dog park. Great Meadows will be open to the public during morning and daytime hours.
Atop Revolution Hall is a roof deck with sweeping views, available for events and other uses.
Rebuilt from the ground up, but retaining all of the historic charm of the original 1922 theater, as well as many touches from its most recent high school iteration (including some lockers and chalk boards in artist areas) REVOLUTION HALL will feature the following:
- A full, wraparound balcony
- 850 plus seats with open space in front and in the wings for dancing
- Class A, powerful and clear sound system & acoustical treatment
- World Class lighting array and control system
- Two full-service bars (Martha’s and Great Meadows)
- Outdoor patio & 200-capacity ROOF DECK w/elevator access & 360 degree views.
- Parking, tour bus parking
- Reserved Seating
- New infrastructure: new HVAC, 24 bathrooms (no lines!), new electrical
- Coffee / Sandwich shop and market