Happy Hour with Peter Albert
Wednesday - December, 26 @ 5:00pm
Peter Albert, is lifelong resident of Maine, he is an accomplished musician with 30+ years experience as a solo guitarist. Starting in the 60's playing covers by the Beatles, Stones, Byrds, and Dylan gradually finding his way to the blues. Peter put together his first blues band in 1969 called Homemade Blues. "There was a lot of spontaneity in that band, every night was a jam, we were the only band around at the time that just went up on stage and let the music take over." It was in the early seventies when Peter heard a friend play classical guitar "I was completely in awe, having been totally ear taught, seeing this structured, disciplined way made me realize how limited my knowledge was."
For the next 10 years Peter tuned out practically everything else and focused on the classical guitar. "I still took gigs with bands here and there but my heart was in the classical style".
Peter studied classical guitar with John McLaren and the late Walter Spaulding (University of Maine,) also participated in a master class given by Cuban virtuouso guitarist Rey de la Torre.
Eventually, Peter expanded the classical technique he had learned to the steel string acoustic giving him a method of staying creative by writing his own instrumental compositions. "I had heard the British band Pentangle as a teenager and the two guitarists, Bert Jansch & John Renbourn amazed me away with their fusion of medieval/renaissance and blues/jazz/ and traditional folk music". Other important influences include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Adrian Legg, Michael Hedges, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Julian Bream, Ravi Shankar. He performs live throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and has opened many shows for national acts.
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.