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Alberta Rose Theatre
at the corner of NE Alberta and NE 30th Ave. 3000 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211
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Visit Darryl Purpose’s website.


When Darryl Purpose was 16 years old, his mother put a book called Beat the Dealer in his Christmas stocking. He went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as professional card player – Purpose still calls this the ‘only real job I’ve ever had’.

Years later Purpose took time off to walk across the country for peace, and fell in with a bad crowd – musicians & peaceniks. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, Purpose began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter.

Eight years, six CDs and 1000+ shows later, Purpose was headlining venues like the Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, McCabes, The Bluebird Cafe, The Kennedy Center, and the Kerrville Folk Festival MainStage.

In 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar for a seven-year sabbatical in the Rocky Mountains. During this time Purpose shepherded the release of Singer-Songwriter Heaven, the Songs of Kevin Faherty and continued to captain the Second Strings Project, which is responsible for delivering more than 20,000 sets of guitar strings to those who need them all around the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of 17 members, including Ed Thorp, the man who wrote that book that his mother put in his Christmas stocking at 16. He says that he also “got healthy, in multiple ways.”

After seven years away from the singer- songwriter scene, Purpose is back to making music, with a new energy and confidence. 2012 saw Purpose record his first CD of original material in 10 years – Next Time Around, produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label.

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