Back to full calendar Event Info Event CalendarAboutMenus & SpecialsOn TapHistoryPrivate Events Friday, March 3, 2017 Haley Johnsen Mbrascatu Sarah Wild Curated by: J-Fell Presents Buy Tickets 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show$15 advance, $15 day of showMinor with parent or guardian Add to Calendar Haley Johnsen The daughter of a professional drummer, 26 year-old Haley Johnsen grew up in the rain-soaked atmosphere of the Northwest surrounded by musicians in the industry, but managed to keep her own love of music and perfect pitch a secret. Shy and fearful about her ability to sing when a child, Johnsen kept her obsession with finding the perfect harmonies to herself; she would only sing hidden in her closet or when she knew she was home alone. "I couldn't handle attention...I never knew what to do with it," she remembers, " I was so self-conscious for so much of my life, even raising my hand in class left my heart pounding. Being the center of attention was my worst nightmare and my greatest dream at the same time." It would be a dedication to gymnastics that would take this shy girl who preferred to blend in with the background and turn her into a daredevil, dancer, and performer. "This sort of athletic expression didn't feel as nerve wracking to me. I could be silent and allow my physical my strength and flexibility to do the talking. As strange as it sounds, hurling my body around rather than my voice just felt safer." Whether she knew it or not at the time, Johnsen was building not just physical strength, but discipline and self-confidence that that would ultimately challenge her to put herself out in front of a million people to face her biggest fear - singing. It was a last minute decision to join the thousands of people in line that February afternoon in Portland, Oregon in 2011 when American Idol auditions rolled into town, and she knew what a long shot it was. Still, she could afford to roll the dice; she was on the cusp of finishing her degree at Oregon State University where she had spent four years slowly cultivating a discipline for singing and performance through classical vocal training and performance as a hobby alongside her studies and really had no plans post graduation. Johnsen would be cast into the national spotlight when she captivated American Idol Season 11 viewers making it all the way through to the Top 24 semifinals before conceding. For artists that come through the Idol machine, the experience can be either a make it or break it one. What it did for Johnsen was confirm that she could - and should - pursue a professional music career based on the response judges and audiences had to her performances. "Idol was the stepping-stone that persuaded me to believe in myself as an artist and performer, and it confirmed that I had the talent to make music my ultimate focus," Johnsen reflects. "Being surrounded by so many other gifted and passionate musicians ignited a fire in me to carry out my dream as a singer/songwriter that I hadn't thought I was capable of before." Over the course of the last three years, Johnsen has written and recorded over 100 songs. With the help of Portland-based producer, Rob Daiker (Katy Perry, The Fame Riot, Christian Burghardt), the two began a collaborative process of selecting the ones that would best represent Johnsen's range and songwriting abilities. "The songs are mostly about the extremes in life that I was faced with - sort of like a scrapbook of what I was going through: leaving Hollywood to come back home to Oregon; figuring out what I wanted my life to look like; and finding my own authenticity as a songwriter. My best songs are the blatantly honest ones. Sometimes my lyrics are things that I wanted to say to someone, but couldn't find the words in the moment. Later those words show up perfectly as the chorus to a song. Other times, I was just trying to work out a problem or express to myself a sense of acceptance of whatever I was going through. They are cathartic that way," Johnsen revealed. Johnsen's influences range from the eccentricities of bands like Radiohead and Pink Floyd; to classic, folk and indie-rock vocalists such as of Eva Cassidy, Nicole Atkins, Florence Welch and Brandi Carlile - all artists with a flair for the dramatic in their delivery. "From a melodic standpoint, I have a hard time writing songs that don't build to an epic moment. As a naturally a loud singer, it is really fun for me to play with intricate melodies that reach a point where I can just belt it out with a big lunged chorus, taking the song in a direction the listener wouldn't expect it to go. I visualize my songs in a linear way when I write them, but imagine the places where the song needs to rest, climb, and then soar - sort of like a journey to a destination." The final result of Johnsen and Daiker's collaboration is a seven song EP Through the Blue written by Johnsen, arranged and produced by Daiker and recorded with guest instrumentalists including drummer Joe Mengis (Priory, Climber, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats). It serves as a personal reflection upon this season in Johnsen's life - the transitions she faced, the relationships that were impacted, and the lessons that came from her experiences. "What I have discovered in writing these songs is that there is peace in struggle. As I grow, I am learning to accept the ambiguity of life."Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/haley-johnsen/sets/through-the-blue/s-7lFRFFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/HJohnsenAI11/info Mbrascatu Mbrascatu is a fusion of the cobbled streets and cafés of the Old World and the creative melting pot of Portland. Pronounced mm-brah-ska-too, the name is actually the nickname of Andrea Algieri's grandfather, the man who gave him his first guitar. Altough spending the most part of his life in Italy between his hometown Luzzi (Calabria) and Florence, Algieri currently makes his home in Portland, Oregon. His winding journey to the states gave Andrea the opportunity to travel and perform his music though Europe and Latin America. The band, is a group of talented musicians that draw from very different musical backgrounds to create a unique sound encompassing European and American roots. Although the name Mbrascatu is relatively new, the band itself has been gradually forming since the summer of 2010. Andrea began collaborating with Portland drummer Mathieu Lewis-Rolland. The band took on a fuller sound with the addition of Bassist Mike Doherty. Dylan Dean (violin) met Mbrascatu months later. Johnny Sabestinas (ukulele, electric guitar, and lap steel) was the final addition. The bass player Dan Sullivan joined the band in 2012. 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We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand. Food and Drinks at the Mission We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy. Theater pricing and policies • All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise. • Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise. • Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise. • Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events. Accommodations Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices. Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible. Menus Menu Dietary Restrictions Catering We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps). On Tap All Ales Wine Cider Guest Taps Chardonnay Edgefield Apple Cider Hammerhead McMenamins Irish Stout Pinot Gris Pomegranate Cider Red Hopped and Rollin' IRA Ruby Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown • Monday Growler Special • Terminator Stout White Rabbit Win The Day IPA Coors Light Pabst Blue Ribbon History The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here.... From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info! Hold your Private Event at the Mission Theater Weddings Meetings Social Events The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. 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