Win Tickets ($30): Alialujah Choir @ Revolution Hall | w/ Wild Ones, Former High School Transformed Into State of the Art Concert Venue

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Alialujah Choir  / Wild Ones @ Revolution Hall on February 12. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 6.

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Alialujah ChoirAlialujah Choir / Wild Ones
February 12, 2015
Doors: 7 pm / Show: 8 pm | $15 | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Revolution Hall
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
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.

Wild Ones
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

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56 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Alialujah Choir @ Revolution Hall | w/ Wild Ones, Former High School Transformed Into State of the Art Concert Venue

  1. Roger December 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Been hearing a lot about this new/old venue and this sounds like a great event to check out what they have done with the old place. The performers are very intriguing. Thank you for the chance at free tickets!

  2. Linh December 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Can’t wait to see my first show at the new Revolution Hall, be it Alialujah with Wild Ones or the new season of Live Wire!

  3. Z December 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I live a block away from there and I’d sure like to see a show there before I can no longer afford the rent.

  4. Daniel December 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    We’ve been wanting to see Alialujah Choir for 2 years, and the interior of the old Washington High School since the 90s. What a treat to be able to experience both on the same night!

  5. Lee December 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    Very excited to check out this new venue!

  6. Yume December 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m really excited about the potential of this new venue, and Wild Ones is always delightful, so count me in!

  7. Linda December 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Would love to check out the new venue and hear this concert there!

  8. Amy December 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m so excited to check out this venue plus these bands are great! I’m a portland native and could use a reminder there’s some good coming out of all this change and development.

  9. Ron T December 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    I could be dumbfounded. Appreciating their style and magnetism, I’ve never heard of
    Alialujah Choir. Please pick me, as, I need to be enlightened.
    Playing 4 brass instruments, until the 8th grade, I could no more tell you how, but, I still
    love the music. Appreciation is just a word, satisfaction, is everything. I want to hear.

  10. Peter A. Slansky January 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Loved all the members of this band, since the days of Weinland (and being the Uncle to Eric, the band’s biggest Norwegian fan) to Norfolk and Western’s show years ago at the Aladdin where Barrels on Fire, almost lit up the place!

  11. Matt E January 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d love to see a show in this new venue.

  12. Megan January 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I have seen the ethereal video and now I hope to see the band in an impressive new venue.

  13. Larisa January 4, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    New venue excitement!

  14. david January 8, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    For the love of amazing music and beautiful venues in this town, this fortunate collision of both makes me heart pound!

  15. Amanda January 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Yes please

  16. Zoe January 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    I absolutely love getting to hear live choir music – so powerful! I’d love to attend this event :)

  17. alessandra January 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    Because this sounds amazing and I’d love to take my amazing friend to this.

  18. Leonard January 8, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    went to HS here

  19. Cory Xander January 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Psyched for an alternative to the muddy sound of the Crystal, and never was a fan of the cavity search to get into Roseland. Winning free tix would be hotter than a Saran Wrap bodysuit at Steam Portland.

  20. Jamie January 10, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    So many reasons I want to go to this! Ive heard about the renovation of the school and have been dying to see it. I am a fan of M. Ward and Weinland, and would love to experience their collaboration. On top of that, I’d love to see Wild Ones!

  21. Colin January 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    We are actually huge fans of Alialujah. House a home is haunting, to say the least. One of the most stirring songs we’ve ever heard. And, ironically, we may have never of heard of them had our daughter’s best friend in high school not been the star of the music video. I love living in Portland because the music here is so personal that way.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets to what sounds like an awesome new venue that knows it’s musicians.

  22. Kris January 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    The old WaMo transformed from a place of higher ed to a much needed venue — revolutionary!

  23. Cheyenne January 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    I live one block away from this new venue. A great addition to the neighborhood.

    Also, this will make my otherwise sucky Valentine’s Day rock. Literally.

  24. TiffanyO January 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    What a great lineup for a first experience with this new venue! Can’t wait.

  25. Kimi January 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I’m so excited to see this new venue!

  26. Valerie January 15, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    My Mom Elaine and her brother Sam played in the band in the mid 1950’s at Washington High School. What a riot to take them back in time.
    Can’t afford tickets at this time.

    • Adrianna January 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

      This unique venue sounds awesome, I can’t wait to check It out! Thanks for the chance to win to a great concert!

  27. panda January 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    who doesn’t want to go back to high school, literally

  28. Steven Youkey January 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

    I’ve never been to Revolution Hall! :(

  29. Tim January 16, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    By co-worker was showing us this group on youtube and they sound great. I would also like to check out the brand new venue.
    Tickets Please!

  30. Jenny January 16, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    I just had a baby and I haven’t been out in months. I NEED to get out!!!!!!

  31. Jeremiah January 16, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    I would love to win some tickets for the Alialujah Choir to surprise my newly christened fiancee with. We met each other in Concert Choir in high school, so we would have so many great memories in the renovated venue!

  32. Laura January 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    I love the wild ones!

  33. Larissa Nez January 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Been hearing a lot about this venue and would love to take advantage of it.

  34. John January 20, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    want to try something new

  35. Tim January 22, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    This sounds like a good time, would love to go.

  36. Kimi January 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    I’m so excited about this new venue!

  37. Kristy Alberty January 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are ecstatic that this venue will be saved and used into an artistic space! Part of the Time-based art festival for us was seeing installations at this former school, and we miss that very much.

    Also, as a volunteer for the Lone Fir Cemetery, I know how popular the album recorded to benefit the cemetery was! But unfortunately, it is out of print, and according to the Friends of the Lone Fir Cemetery leadership, it is highly unlikely to be produced again for the masses.

    PLEASE pick us for this great night of entertainment and Portland history!

  38. Zoe January 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Any chance to see live music is always great!

  39. Dave G. January 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Big fan of M. Ward…I’d love to check this out and see the new venue!

  40. Angie Kopshy January 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    This is going to be an amazing show!! I’d love to go!

  41. Sian January 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Love to go to this new venue and see the Alialujah Choir performing. With the acoustics their harmonies will be spell-bounding I’m sure. Also, it will be fun to go to school!

  42. Jennifer January 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the new venue

  43. Jacey January 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m so excited for this venue to open! It would be great to check out a show there as I’ve wanted to go into that closed down school building for years!

  44. Kevin January 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    Would love the opportunity to see some local music and this cool new venue. Please pick me

  45. Paul horton January 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    I haven’t been there since high school

  46. Vince January 29, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    i would love to see these bands at this new venue. Seems like a great show.

  47. Lea Anna January 29, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    If love to check out this new venue and the show!

  48. Kimi January 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m so excited to see this new venue!

  49. LindaS January 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I would like to see the new venue

  50. Frank Byers January 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I want to check this place out.

  51. Wendy January 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    I think this is an amazing combination and I would love to be a part of it.

  52. Margaret H February 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Would love to check out the bands and the venue!

  53. Charles J February 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    I was just a Yamhill County country boy, living away from home in 1963 to attend Jesuit High School. I had no social life. Indeed, what was a social life? Terrified, I signed up to go to a CYO dance in Portland at a parish. I remember staring at this lovely girl from across the room. She was from Washington High School. As a music lover and living room musician, might I go there — and she will be there perhaps?

  54. Jolene Williams February 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Danielle Sullivan, the lead singer of the Wild Ones was in my afterschool program and I just saw that The Wild Ones will be head lining for the opening of this new venue. It would be great to see her all grown up and see this fabulous new venue so near my house. The Hallelujah Choir would just add to the evening.Fun fun.

  55. Jolene Williams February 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Danielle Sullivan, the lead singer of the Wild Ones was in my afterschool program when she was little and I just saw that The Wild Ones will be head lining for the opening of this new venue. It would be great to see her all grown up and see this fabulous new venue so near my house. The Hallelujah Choir would just add to the evening.Fun fun.

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