Past Meetup

White Album Christmas - a holiday circus spectacular

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I have hosted this event for the past three years and it has gotten better every year - so, here we go again.

Tickets: $25.00 in Advance, $30 at the door - Please get your tickets well ahead of time, since chances are good that it will sell out again. Doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 9:00pm; all ages: minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have never seen a performance of the Wanderlust circus you owe it to yourself to check them out, especially when paired with part of the March Fourth Marching Band and other well known local musicians.

The weather outside is frightful! Come inside the Alberta Rose Theatre and warm yourself at the circus fire. The noble Bohemian clans of Wanderlust Circus and The Nowhere Band join forces once again for that most beloved of Portland traditions - THE WHITE ALBUM CHRISTMAS!

In loving tribute to the Fab Four, the entirety of their self-titled album "The Beatles"; known as "The White Album" for its distinctive monochrome cover; is played by a live all-star band. Fifteen or more musicians are required to replicate their multi-instrumental studio mastery - a small horn section, a string quartet, a legion of vocalists, a fully-loaded keyboard, and a proud array of guitarists and drummers have meticulously studied the original recordings to reproduce their every note as faithfully as possible. Members of March Fourth, Vagabond Opera, Solovox, Trashcan Joe, The Stolen Sweets, The Saloon Ensemble, Stereovision, and all your favorite local ensembles come together only once a year to make this possible. It's a Bohemian Family Reunion, and you're invited!

Imagine the visual whimsy of a Bohemian circus — complete with acrobats, vaude-villains and lasso-twirling cowboys — set to a rocking version of the Beatles White Album — all four sides, played start to finish. It may not bring up images of Bing Crosby or Sugar Plum Fairies, but the homegrown experiment known as "White Album Christmas" has become a Portland holiday tradition.

The Nowhere Band is NOT a "Beatles tribute act" where each person takes on the roles of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Instead, The Nowhere band takes an ensemble approach to accurately replicate the material it performs, which focuses on the 1967-1969 Beatles catalogue. At it's largest it becomes a 14-17 piece Beatles "mini-rock-orchestra" of sorts (featuring multiple singers, guitars, horns, and sometimes strings). Because the Beatles themselves never performed their classic post-1966 albums live (such as Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road, & the White Album), the world will never know what these songs sounded like other than the recorded studio masterpieces. The Nowhere band strives to create the feeling of what it must have been like to experience these songs in a concert setting.

For a teaser of what to expect, check out this video clip:

OPB has recently published an article about this show as well. You can read all about it here:

To purchase tickets you will need to go to the Alberta Rose theater website -