Portland based record label, DRD Records launches new live music and arts venue with restaurant, full bar, café, and little night music theater.
The Analog Cafe and Little Theater owned and operated by DRD Records is co-founded by Smoochknob front man, and drummer Donnie Rife.
“Our passion is music, and we love Portland, and its awesome music scene. Our label is excited to be here, and to invest in local talent and we believe Hawthorne is the perfect part of town to be in,” says Rife who heads up A&R and is also the general manager for the label.
The café opened with the release of DRD Records recording artist Smoochknob’s new album, Drive By High Five, in March 2013 allowing the group to break in the top-of-the-line sound system at Analog.
“My personal goal has been to make a special venue that artists are going to love to play. And we have done that, thanks to so much help from so many great people,” says Rife of the opening of the company’s new restaurant and theater.
The restaurant and bar open at 3 p.m. seven days a week, and have a full seasonal dinner menu, plus a happy hour menu, and full bar with a which is a well-equipped 260 capacity music theater, a 240 capacity restaurant for a total of a 500 capacity club at 720 S.E. Hawthorne.
“Our motto at the Analog is ‘rock stars, and rock star chefs,” adds Rife.
“Music and food are my two passions,” explains Executive Chef Javier Canteras, who creates the menu for the Analog.
Wearing many hats, Canteras is also lead guitarist for Smoochknob and VP of Production for DRD Records.
Originally from Bilbao, Spain, Canteras has spent eleven years cooking in Portland after training in classical French cuisine. He has studied in the Mediterranean as well as under top Northwest chefs.
Canteras describes his style as “Western Mediterranean inflected with the local, seasonal flavors of the Pacific Northwest.”
The DRD Records Little Theater is ramping up to have live music or entertainment seven nights a week, including national and local musical acts, comedy, performance art, and other entertainment events.
The Analog’s liquor license permits the venue to host all-ages events with a bar in the second floor theater.
DRD Records President, David Griggs, a Portland-based lawyer (Dolan Griggs LLP) with a passion for music says “Our goal is to celebrate music, especially the music that is created here in Portland.
We are investing in bands here, making beautiful audio and video recordings, and bringing them to the world. The Analog is where we are doing that live.”
Starting in May, every Monday is Gothique night that celebrate goth, industrial, EBM and fashion.
Every Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is an all-ages showcase and 9 p.m. to close is Music Industry Night for networking, and discounts for music industry people.
Click here for more about The Analog Café and Little Theater.