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Celebrating Oregon's music stars is always a gala evening, at the Aladdin Theater in Brooklyn

DAVID F. ASHTON - Starting off the concert portion of this years Oregon Music Hall of Fame concert in the Brooklyn neighborhood was a tribute to Jimmy Boyer, featuring the Freak Mountain Ramblers. The Aladdin Theater in the Brooklyn neighborhood was packed with celebrants, at the 11th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction and Concert.

One of the standout musical performances was a tribute to Jimmy Boyer, featuring the Freak Mountain Ramblers – with Fernando, Bingo Richey, Turtle VanDemarr, and Pete Krebs sitting in. Another featured set was the "Louis Pain All-Star Band", with Andy Stokes, Peter Dammann, Dan Balmer and the smooth-but-powerful blues voice of LaRhonda Steele.

Closing the show was the band Floater, known for their progressive concept albums, stylized storytelling, intense live performances, and devoted fan base.

"OMHOF has dual missions," explained the organization's Education Chair Janeen Rundle, at the show. "In addition to honoring our musical legacies, the other part is promoting student and youth musical education.

"We awarded five music scholarships this year; one of the recipients went to Harvard, the other one went to Yale – beautiful, isn't it?" Rundle exclaimed.

In addition to providing scholarships, she observed that OMHOF also brings music assemblies to schools all over the state – especially valuable for schools lacking in music education. These assemblies feature noted Oregon rock violinist Aaron Meyer.

During the Hall of Fame show in Brooklyn, Rundle held up a giant check, illustrating that OMHOF has raised a cumulative total of $203,000 for music education to date – and told the audience, "By buying tickets to the show this evening, buying raffle tickets, and participating in the guitar auction, you are helping support this program – and we certainly couldn't do it without you!"

This year's Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees were:

· ARTISTS: Floater, Jimmy Boyer, King Black Acid, Mickey Newbury, Quasi and Sean Croghan

· SIDE PLAYERS: Louis Pain, Peter Boe, and Richard Cousins

· INDUSTRY: Chris Monlux, Lisa Lepine, and Tres Shannon

The music artistry awards include:

· ARTIST OF THE YEAR  case/lang/veirs

· ALBUM OF THE YEAR  Lisa Mann: Hard Times, Bad Decisions

Learn more about OMHOF by going online: www.omhof.org

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