Tribute to Tom Waits: A Swing-Time Vaudeville Variety ShowAlberta Rose Theatre, at the corner of NE Alberta and NE 30th Ave. (3000 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211)
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The last date listed for Tribute to Tom Waits was Thursday July 26, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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Two of Portland's wildest orchestras team up for an intriguing evening of music. The Wanderlust Circus Orchestra is the house band for the city's bohemian brigade, the Wanderlust Circus, and the group's music features tap-dancing sax king Shoehorn alongside saucy songbird Anna Leander, burning through standards and original compositions while acrobats and vaudeville performers provide an exciting accompaniment. Joining Wanderlust during this show is the Underscore Orkestra, which combines Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz and swing for an intoxicating sonic blend. Come out and watch these two musical collectives turn the notion of a traditional orchestra on its ear. Learn More
Goldstar Member Tips
If it's Last Thursday, ride your bike. Don't even get in the car.
Parking is crowded because of Alberta Street Last thursday event. so get there early.
No need to dress up. Casual dressing is fine.
2 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Jun 30 2012
An amateurish cabaret show with tidbits of real talent. The "adult show" was unimaginative, poorly choreographed, unerotic "strip tease". I would say the show was just ok. We left 1/2 hour early.
Written on Jun 29 2012
Seemed somewhat unrehearsed, disorganized. Not in a good way. I've seen the talented performers previously—with one or two exceptions—and it appeared that they were simply re-performing their acts to Tom Waits music with little actual variation or meaning. The "Professor" was an exception—with one banjo, this guy really turned the show around for a while—and the "cat puppet" thing was cool, but most of it was performed in pitch blackness and was invisible to the audience until the puppeteer begged for a spotlight. Stage production was poor, and the every-intermission-pleas-for-more-money became tiresome rapidly. Familiar dances, familiar jugglers and an irritating "Lithuanian Cowboy" act that seemed to be beyond the control of fellow performers or producers that resulted in too little funny or entertainment to validate the generated awkwardness—these all added up to a very disappointing set of acts. To be fair, we did not stay for the third act, the burlesque, so perhaps that made the hit-and-miss journey of the first two acts worthwhile—there are certainly extremely talented performers that would have only been featured in that portion of the show who could've pulled viewers from the general numbness between interesting moments, and rallied the audience back to life and engagement. But, as a "tribute" to Tom Waits, the show seemed little better than a student-run production in a 7th grader's backyard designed to entertain each other more than an actual audience. Finally,I would like to suggest to Russell that there can certainly be more to his "hosting persona" than waggling his eyebrows and moustache at every opportunity—which is at best a comedic accent, but certainly not a punchline—and that time exercising those facial tics would be better spent on better writing and control over his colleagues. Would I try again? Yes. I know, right? After all this? But, the fact is that everyone in that show has a lot of heart—and it shows—I remain hopeful that they will be able to harness their enthusiasm, focus their intent and deliver a show to an audience who is not made up solely of their friends and 'insiders' that showcases them as the outstanding talents they are, behaving professionally and in concert.
More Information About Tribute to Tom Waits
The 6:00pm shows will include variety acts and musical covers by:
Accordionist Eric Stern
Puppeteer Adam Goldthwaite
Juggler Charlie Brown
Pianist John Bennett
Juggler Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein
Stilter Ari Lynn
Song & Dance Man Russell Bruner
Shows after 8:00pm will include burlesque and cabaret acts by:
Edie En Garde
Zora Von Pavonine
Miss Alex Kennedy
About the Ticket Supplier: Alberta Rose Theatre
After over 20 years of being closed to the public, the Alberta Rose Theatre has reemerged as Portland's premier setting to experience acoustic music and live performances.