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Spooky, scary Speakeasy

In true Prohibition-era style, the event is kept secret from the public. Only those with tickets are able to enter the event, and when they do, they find themselves immersed in a room full of music, burlesque and more.

This is the Speakeasy Events Saturday Night Spookeasy.

The event’s main purpose is to bring the community together, event curator Pace Rubadeau said.

“We have all these impromptu collaborations, people who have never met before or are going to be playing together for the first time. There’s something for everyone.”

Event curator Pace Rubadeau

“That’s the driving force behind all these events,” Rubadeau said. “Just to celebrate the theme that we have here in the Pacific Northwest, and give people a place where they can be accepted and welcomed.”

Speakeasy Events is hosting a Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 // Photo courtesy of Pace Rubadeau
Speakeasy Events is hosting a Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 // Photo courtesy of Pace Rubadeau

Performances at the Saturday Night Spookeasy include Portland Rhythm Shakers, members from Portland swing band Well Swung, a burlesque routine, a shadow puppet show and musical acts from Bellingham, Seattle and Portland.

“We have all these impromptu collaborations, people who have never met before or are going to be playing together for the first time,” Rubadeau said. “There’s something for everyone.”

While the event is not catered to dancers, they would appreciate the dance floor, Rubadeau said.

Attendees can expect the night to have a feel resembling the 1920s.

“[It’s] kind of a trip back in time,” Rubadeau said. “It’s all themed after one of the most important eras in our history, with a lot of change physically, geographically and socially with Prohibition and the Great Depression.”

Tickets to the event are being sold at $22 a piece. All of the money earned goes directly to the musicians. In the past, these events have generally not generated much profit, Rubadeau said.

“They’ve all barely broken even,” Rubadeau said. “The goal is not a fiscal one, it’s an emotional one.”

What will make the event successful is people embracing the theme of the event, which is community, Rubadeau said.

“If people come, have a great time, remember it and want to come to the next one,” Rubadeau said.

What: Saturday Night Spookeasy

Where: Must buy ticket for info

When: Saturday, Oct. 29

Time: 7 p.m. – midnight

Cost: $22 per person

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