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Again taking place at Brooklyn's Aladdin Theater this year, it was the Oregon Music Hall of Fame ceremonies and concert

DAVID F. ASHTON - Presenting the big check - signifying the money that the Oregon Music Hall of Fame has raised for music education and scholarships in Oregon - were Board Member and Abby Kahl, and Education Chair Janeen Rundle. The Aladdin Theater in the Brooklyn neighborhood lit up once again on Saturday evening, October 9, for the 14th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, with social distancing protocols in place.

"Actually, it was 2020 that was supposed to be our 14th annual event, but due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHoF) didn't have any activities, including our main fundraising event on October," said the organization's Education Chair Janeen Rundle.

"What our organization did do last year was go ahead and award the OMHoF college scholarship winners – we gave away eight of those in the past two years," she said. "Putting together this event in the age of COVID-19 is challenging, because of all the unknowns. For example, many of the musical artists we contacted were still too shy to come out where there would be a lot of people; and some of our awardees accepted their awards via video.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Before the program began, attendee Tania Medlin received an Oregon Music Hall of Fame branded facemask from its President, Terry Currier, who is also the owner of Music Millennium. "What's amazing to me is that, for some of our musical artists, performing here this evening will be the first time they've been before the public in a live concert since the beginning of the pandemic!

Rundle went on, "We've got some guitars for auctioning tonight, signed by Chicago, Psychedelic Furs, Hot Tuna, and others – and we also have a handful of guitar collectors that are in our audience tonight, so that should help fund our nonprofit organization."

After a welcome by the Hall of Fame's President, Terry Currier, comic crooner Tony Starlight as the Master of Ceremonies kept the program moving along smoothly.

DAVID F. ASHTON - In a concert section of the evening of presentations, Hall of Fame inductee Renato Caranto played with the Louis Pain Trio. In addition to the musicians being inducted Oregon's Music Hall of Fame, there were three concert segments by inductees – tenor saxophonist Renato Caranto (with the Louis Pain Trio); hip-hop artist Lifesavas, and, songwriter-singer Todd Snider (folk, rock, blues, alt country).

The "Album of the Year" was "New American Blues" by Koonce Ross Fraser, produced by Sellwood's Marv Ross, who is nationally known as part of Seafood Mama, Quarterflash, and the Trail Band. The "Artist of the Year" nod went to the Dandy Warhols.

Other notable inductees included blues chanteuse LaRhonda Steele; Tommy Thayer, a local musician who went on to become the lead guitarist of internationally-known hard-rock band KISS; and, The Decemberists, a nationally famous indie rock band from Portland.

In all, Rundle said, the presentation and concert grossed about $30,000 – funds that will go to continue supporting music education in Oregon.

To learn more about Oregon Music Hall of Fame and their awards, and to support music education in Oregon, go online – www.omhof.org


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