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Kai Silvana
· April 29, 2017
Love this place! Friendly people, great art, music and the owner is awesome!
AL Cody
· July 16, 2015
A great venue for local arts. A fantastic performance space with an innovative artistic savvy business woman at the helm. :-)
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Bluesman Lloyd Jones

At KALA March 23

KALA Performance Stage welcomes Oregon venerable bluesman Lloyd Jones to the stage, in a solo show, on Friday, March 23, $15. Advance Tickets at Tickets go on sale March 16.

Portland, Oregon roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues (back before the R&B tag was somehow appropriated for other musical purposes, apparently when we weren’t looking). Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene. Jones is a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove.

From his roots in muddy Oregon soil, he’s forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward.

What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. “I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way,” says Jones.

Consider this: Robert Cray sings his praises the way Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang gospel. Delbert McClinton won’t cruise the high seas without him. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Louis Walker and Coco Montoya saw fit to record his songs (and some of those songs have turned up as soundbed music on national TV shows). He counts McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall and other luminaries among his friends and musical cohorts, and can tell you stories that’ll curl your toes about touring with the likes of Earl King, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Clay, Etta James and scores of others.

He’s shared stages and spotlights with Albert Collins, Cray, Raitt, McClinton, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, and a hundred more. For years he’s been living, learning and interpreting in his own way this music for which he has so much respect. He’s recorded award-winning albums for Blind Pig, AudioQuest, Burnside Records and Criminal Records that gained him international acclaim. He’s earned every fan he has the hard way — by laying it down stinkier than year-old cheese every night on every stage and in every recording session.

Friday, March 23 at KALA, 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878. $15. In advance at 16+ please. Cocktails. KALA is an intimate venue with limited seating. Call for availability day of show.

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The Barra Brown Trio

Folk Jazz

Friday, March 16 at KALA

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The Barra Brown Trio

Folk Jazz

Friday, March 16 at KALA


KALA presents Portland-based artist Barra Brown and The Barra Brown Trio, Friday March 16, at 8pm, performing Brown’s Folk Jazz compositions. Tickets are available in advance at Shows and Events. Tickets are $13.00. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Billed as Folk Jazz —drummer, composer and flutist­—one could say Barra Brown, is fluent in numerous musical languages. He has two releases as a composer and leader with the Barra Brown Quintet (BBQ) on Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Records (PJCE). In December 2014 he released an EP with his project The Wishermen, a collective of young jazz heavyweights dedicated to exploring genre boundaries and creating a new amalgam of many styles and influences, on Cavity Search Records (Elliott Smith, Wayne Horvitz). He is currently writing, recording, and performing with his new project Korgy & Bass, a live sampled based hip-hop duo with two EPs out on Cavity Search Records (2016 & 2017).

In addition, as a drummer, Brown has toured the continental United States and Alaska with indie-folk group Alameda, Ages and Ages, Shook Twins, and Morning Ritual. Brown has shared the stage with Robert Glasper, Kneebody, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lake Street Dive, and Ani DiFranco.

Billed as Folk Jazz, Brown’s trio is a paired down version of his quintet material, featuring Brown on drums, Mike Gamble on guitar, and Alex Meltzer on stand-up bass. Recently the Seattle Weekly said, “To say that the Barra Brown Quintet simply plays Jazz music would be an immense understatement. Each composition moves effortlessly with taste and talent coalescing into compositions that travel beyond genre. Energetically bouncing between pop, R&B and even old world folk, each song presents a different narrative to appreciate.” And likewise the Willamette Week states, “Like those other Portland-bred jazzers Blue Cranes and Esperanza Spalding, Brown stands a real chance of breaking out of the jazz bubble and reaching much broader audiences.”

A truly eclectic musician, Barra Brown studied classical flute performance at Lewis & Clark College where he graduated with honors while studying drums on the side through the prestigious Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM). In fall of 2017, the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble commissioned Barra to write a piece for their twelve-person large ensemble. "Down at Buckskin Lake" was premiered at the PJCE Ten Year Anniversary Celebration.

In Spring of 2017, Brown released his collaborative album Poem Project on Cavity Search Records. Poem Project captures the beauty of interpretation through the unique story each musician is moved to tell when interpreting the same song. After writing the song "Poem" (derived from Claude Debussy’s "Girl with the Flaxen Hair") Brown asked eight different musicians from around the country to write lyrics to and arrange their own version of the song Poem. Brown’s collaborative project spanned several years between Winter 2014 and Spring 2017 and includes members from Radiation City and The Shins (Patti King), Ages and Ages (Colin Jenkins), The Westerlies (Zubin Hensler), and musicians from L.A, New York City, Austin, and Brown’s hometown of Portland, OR.

KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. Ages 16+ welcome. Full Bar. 503.338.4878.

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PROJECT Hand Up! Benefit Night at KALA

Join us this Sunday, March 11, 5-8pmish, in support of homeless advocacy program Filling Empty Bellies. Get to know the g...ood folks working to help people in our community get back on their feet. Bucket Raffle Galore, Catered Hors d'oeuvres, Art Sale and Live Music, and No Host Bar. What’s not to like?

The $10 admission fee includes eats and 1 Raffle ticket. You’ll want to bring some bucks because the raffle prizes generously donated could win you some goodies; overnight packages, spa packages, a Tattoo Package, concert tickets, in-the-garden package and more. And you do not have to be present to win! Eats at 5pm, Live Music on the stage from 6 – 8pm, plus words from Filling Empty Bellies! Entertaining the crowds will be, Joey Alturda, Dinah Urell, The Street Beats and Adams and Costello. Check out Street Art and art donated by local artists for sale.

By understanding people’s needs we can all help to create better lives for everyone!!!!!!

Its going to be a whole hellava lot of fun. See you at KALA this coming Sunday!

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The Actors Process

An evening of exploration and performance

AT KALA • Feb 16-17


KALA presents The Actors Process, and Evening of Exploration and Performance.

In this unique performance presentation veteran North Coast theatre director Karen Bain brings actors to the stage to share a peek into the acting process. In a performance workshop setting, selected local actors worked under Bain, the objective to expand the actor’s creativity in making choices while inhabiting a character.

“Often, my objective is to help actors find truth in the moment. This workshop process is about taking the next step, exploring and expanding the myriad choices available while in that creative state,” says Bain.

Bain furthers, “Acting is a marriage between truth and technique. Truth consists of being honestly in the moment - not memorizing how to say something. I talk a lot about being in the moment. As an acting teacher, I believe we should start with finding the truth of the scene, then work out into technique – physicality, voice, dialect, and gesture.”

In this presentation, Bain will talk about the complex process of acting and demonstrate some of the tools used to foster good performance, in an interactive exchange with actors on stage. Following, the actors will perform three scenes and 7 monologs they have been developing in the workshop studio by playwrights David Mamet, Tennessee Williams, John Patrick Shanley, and Arthur Miller. Actors include: Deac Guidi, Daric Moore, William Ham, Stephen Wood, Stacey Brown, Gigi Chadwick and Susi Brown perform.

Karen Bain holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from U Of O. She’s directed over 40 plays and acted in 30 including Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Kate in All My Sons, Virginia Woolf in Vita And Virginia, Frankie in Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune, Mama in Night Mother, Kate in Dancing At Lughnasa, Lenny in Crimes Of The Heart. She’s taught at UO, OSU and CCC, privately, and through local theaters.

February 16-17, at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door $10, doors open at 7pm.

KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 16+ welcome. Cocktails available. 503.338.4878.

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Spencer and Rains

Old Time Music

February 12 at KALA


KALA welcomes lauded old time music duo Spencer and Rains in concert on Monday, February 12, 7:30pm. $10 @ the door, doors open at 7pm. The duo from Kansas, currently on tour, has been featured in Mother Jones, The NY Times, No Depression, Fretboard Journal as well as other publications, covering the duo’s unique preservation and creative reinvention of early fiddle music.

Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old time music from her Grandparents. At an early age, she was perched up on some stage tapping her foot to the beat of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars. While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contests throughout the Midwest where she learned from the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is a multi-instrumentalist who has studied with some of the great masters and is highly sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor.

Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and a fourth generation fiddler (or “VY-lin,” as his grandfather would say) from a musical and artistic family whose two obsessions are painting and playing the archaic style of fiddling of his home state. Howard plays rare, old tunes learned from friends, family, mentors, and old recordings. As much known for his painting as his fiddling, Howard has painted many of the great old time musicians, both living and gone.

Together, Spencer & Rains have performed and taught nationally and internationally, preserving and building upon the traditions of their region. The husband and wife duo are known for their twin fiddle harmony, which is a product of the influence of midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child. At the same time, Howard’s distinct repertoire reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. That same sense of harmony is in their vocals, as well, which they pull from all manner of American folk music. Both multi-instrumentalists are steeped in tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of old time music. For more info go to

KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. Beer, wine and cocktails available. Ages 16+ Welcome.

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The Nine Hundred Moon Journey

Poetry Book Launch Feb 2


Mary Lou McAuley of Astoria will launch her second book of poetry, The Nine Hundred Moon Journey, at KALA on February 02 at 7:30pm. The reading is followed by a complimentary dessert social and book signing. Cover is $8. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Dr. in Astoria.

In reference to the title of her new release she says, “That’s how many moons I’ve been alive.” She explains that measuring time in lunar cycles feels like a softer way to refer to age, and it also includes that sense of distance.

McAuley describes her poetry as a narration of what she sees. “Very often it’s about an encounter or something I see in the street. I’m more of a watcher and a terrible eavesdropper,” she says. “But for one or two of them I woke up with the opening line.” Her voice is joyful when she talks about following where those single lines want to take her, and the epigram for the first part of the book, from Irish Poet Michael Longley, echoes this sense of wonder: “If I knew where poems came from, I’d go there.”

McAuley was born in Chehalis, grew in up in Goldendale, and went to college in Seattle, and she was the first owner of what is now Jupiter’s Rare & Used Books in Cannon Beach. She met her husband, painter Robert Paulmenn, in Colorado before moving back to Oregon. They have resided in Astoria for six years. In that time , McAuley released her first book of poetry, The Other Door. She’s also a supporter of the multiplicity of voices in Astoria and MCs Ric’s Poetry Mic at WineKraft on the first Tuesday of every month.

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Thur Jan 25/Fri Jan 26

Actors Daric Moore, Toni Ihander and Rhonda Alderman dynamically perform a staged reading of the award-winning FROZEN, by B...ritish playwright Bryony Lavory, directed by Susi Brown @ 7:30pm. Doors open 7pm. $15. Full Bar. Adults only show, (teens okay). TALKBACK is Thursday, Jan 25. Join actors in a post show Q&A. KALA, 1017 Marine Dr. in Astoria.

Bryony Lavery's FROZEN is a dramatic piece of curious ideas and repugnant actions.. This playwright has created art from the most horrendous of crimes ---- the abuse and killing of children. Her poetic treatment of her characters' weaknesses and strengths is a timeless challenge for actors and directors. This provocative and fascinating piece explores countless ideas, among them unthinkable desire, abject fear, unbearable loss, desperate revenge, overpowering grief, and indiscernible mercy.

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Jan 19-20, 25-26

KALA 7:30pm


KALA and the former Pier Pressure Productions present a staged reading of Bryony Lavery's 1998 Barclays Award for Best New Play winner, FROZEN. In this ADULTS ONLY production, Susi Brown directs three veteran Astoria actors, Daric Moore, Toni Ihander, and Rhonda Alderman in Lavery's courageous and poetic telling of a murderer, his victim's mother, and his psychologist in play of revenge, grief, and mercy. The production is further enhanced by the sound design of Bill Ham, actor, comedian, and KMUN producer.

This thought-provoking piece is being developed with the encouragement and support of Dinah Urell, Hipfish creator and editor and KALA proprietor. The performance for ADULTS ONLY, FROZEN will be presented on Friday and Saturday, January 19 and 20, and Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26, 7:30pm. Talkback Thursday, is January 25, a Q&A with actors following the show.KALA, 1017 Marine Drive, Astoria. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:00.

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The Later Show

Art + Vintage Vinyl DJ Dance

Jan 13


The sound of vintage vinyl on the turntable, in a sweet acoustic space, is amazingly fresh. You can hear and feel the nuance in the grooves! KALA welcomes back veteran L.A. musician, producer and DJ Joey Altruda for another swinging night of dance. The vibe is comfortable, and the feet are well-loved by the old fir floor, providing the perfect ambiance for Funk, Soul, 60’s Go-Go and tropical groove–adjust your heartbeat and let the music take you.

Altruda has been going strong for the past four decades in esoteric genres as diverse as Rockabilly/Americana, Jazz/Swing, Afro-Cuban, Jamaican Ska/Reggae, Brazilian, Funk, Soul, and music for films. His lifelong record collecting is a direct reflection of his musical capabilities as a performer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist.

View art at KALA, doors open at 7pm. Artists Featured: new collaborative collage by Joi Smith and Sid Deluca, as they share their provocative, intricate and, sometimes, irreverent views of society, culture and social mores. Also, Paul Soriano, Rene Rowe, Pooka Rice, Anne Eskelin, Bill Atwood, and new co-collage by Joi Smith and Sid Deluca. The Later Show kicks in at 8pm. Full Bar. 21+ please. $8 cover.

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Friday, Jan 12, KALA


KALA welcomes pianist/composer Chris Parker, Friday, Jan 12. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets are $16. Tickets in advance are suggested. Tickets at & Tickets.

Originally from Portland, Or, Parker is Professor of Music and head of the jazz studies at SUNY Orange Collage in New York. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he made the Upper Left Edge of Oregon his home, where he taught music at Clatsop Community College, as well as providing live jazz to the region.

The January date at KALA includes, Tim Willcox-saxophone, Damien Erskine-bass, and Jason Palmer-drums, all Northwest premiere jazz artists.

Parker has two CD’s out on the OA2 label. “Late in Lisbon” and the latest release, “Full Circle” which features the unusual frontline of saxophone and violin. The albums are an exciting mix of Parker’s original jazz compositions ranging in style from burning Latin and straight ahead, to funky tunes and laid back ballads.

Parker fronts his own group on the east coast, Contemporary jazz icons Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala and Lyn Seaton have all performed with Parker’s band.

Cocktails are available before and during the show. 21+ please. KALA provides cabaret seating style and excellence in acoustics and sound for an intimate, up close and dynamic music experience. Open seating. 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878.

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Annual QCenter Holiday Social

Saturday Dec 16 • 7pm

At KALA 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, the Q Center continues an annual tradition in the Lower Columbia-Pacific r...egion: the Q Center Holiday Social. The event is for people 16 and older.

The LGBTQ community first began its annual Holiday/Secret Santa party at Café Uniontown almost two decades ago. In recent years, the Q Center has held the party at KALA in Astoria. 1017 MARINE DRIVE.

An invite goes out to the queer community, friends and allies. Bring a Secret Santa Gift (wrapped) and let the games begin! Many people use their imagination and creativity. It’s always a holiday hoot!

There will be light appetizers and a no-host bar. Bring a food treat if you like! The Q Choir lends its vocals, plus guests, general good spirits, gratitude and dignity!

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