'Oregon Music Hall of Fame' induction ceremony rocks Brooklyn
Southeast Portland was again the location of the Oregon celebration of its music icons last month. The marquee of Brooklyn's Aladdin Theater, on Milwaukie Avenue half a block south of Powell Boulevard, was lit up on Saturday night, October 12 – announcing the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) 2019 Hall of Fame Awards and Concert inside.
"Can you believe we're now in our 13th year!" exclaimed OMHOF co-founder Janeen Rundle. She is also the organization's current Director of College Scholarships, and Music Education Programs in Schools.
"That's quite an achievement, considering that OMHOF is a nonprofit organization with all-volunteer Board Members," Rundle reflected in the theater's lobby, as a "Who's Who" of Oregon music swirled around her.
"All the effort that so many people put into this is because we want to maintain Oregon's musical legacy – and, at the same time, to give kids the opportunity to learn music and play it," Rundle explained.
Specifically, the organization has presented music education programs in Oregon public schools that don't have music programs, thereby reaching more than 5,000 students – and annually it grants four $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who are going on to music education at a higher level.
Through ticket sales, the auctioning of a star-signed guitar (and an accordion), and grants, they expected to raise about $20,000 that evening. As a giant check held aloft on the stage by Ms. Rundle attested, the total raised over the years for its school programs is well over ten times that.
The award show was again hosted by local celebrity Tony Starlight, who began by introducing OMHOF Board Member, and the president of the Music Millennium store on Burnside Street, Terry Currier.
"By being in the Aladdin Theater tonight you're supporting music education in the State of Oregon," Currier told the audience. "There actually is a physical location for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame: It's located in West Linn; and there's a kiosk with photos and information on all the inductees from the past in the 'Community Music Project' building."
To qualify for the ballot at theses annual awards, a musician, act, or industry candidate must either be from Oregon and a music professional for 20 years – or, must have moved to Oregon and then been a music professional here for at least 20 years from that point on, Currier explained.
Among the induction concert performers, the audience was entertained by the music of Little Sue and her band, Michael Hurley and Friends, and the bands Sequel, and Pond.
The 2019 "Artist of the Year" was Ural Thomas & the Pain; the "Album of the Year" was The Decemberists' "I'll Be Your Girl". And the artists inducted were 3 Leg Torso, Dick Berk, Little Sue, Mark Lindsay, Michael Allen Harrison, Michael Hurley, and Pond. "Side players" Joanna Bole and John Mazzocco were also inducted.
To the surprise of some, during the live auction, an accordion signed and donated by "Weird Al" Yankovic received the highest bid of any item offered.
After nationally-famous singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, the evening ended with Lindsay and a "super group" of musicians – including guitarist Steve West, also of Paul Revere and the Raiders – jamming on "Louie, Louie", a song recorded and released by the Raiders prior to the Kingsmen's better-known version. The Kingsmen were previously inducted.
Learn more about the musicians and music industry folks honored this year by visiting Hall of Fame's website – www.omhof.org
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