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Do you want to donate to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit?  If so, you can do so here:

Not only does the Oregon Music Hall of Fame preserve the legacy of Oregon music and it’s rich history, but it is a non-profit that takes an active part in promoting musical education in Oregon schools. We will offer scholarship money to selected Oregon high school seniors who are continuing their musical studies in college. We will also do our part to raise money in order to help Oregon grade and middle schools continue their music programs which are, sadly, being slowly discontinued due to budget cuts. All of these important goals will be funded by OMHOF dues, fundraisers, grants, donations, our Emerging Artist Showcases, and various OMHOF promoted concerts.

Fly Me To The Moon: Live Music for Seniors

Fly Me to the Moon Benefit Concert

May 19 @ 6:30 pm $25 – $35

Duffy Bishop, Aaron Meyer, Julie Amici, 3 Leg Torso

Doors @ 5:30   Show  @ 6:30

Oregon Music Hall of Fame is proud to announce a partnership with an exciting new concert series for seniors: Fly Me To The Moon. This series brings music of all genres into assisted living, retirement communities, and memory care facilities with healing sounds and a bit of nostalgia to those who cannot get out as much as they did in years gone by. Created by musician/promoter Dean Mueller the series begins this summer and kicks off with a fundraiser at the Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta st in Portland. The show will be on Sunday My 19th at 6:30 pm with a stellar line up: Duffy Bishop (https://www.duffybishop.com/), Julie Amici(http://julieamici.com/), Concert Rock violinist Aaron Meyer  (https://www.aaronmeyer.com/) and world music band 3 Leg Torso (https://www.3legtorso.com/).

Tickets are available at flymetothemoonmusic.org .

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is a new, nonprofit organization created to help preserve Oregon’s unique, music heritage. The focus of OMHOF is to recognize and promote the legacy of exceptional musicians, while helping to preserve and enrich musical education programs in Oregon.

For More Information: http://www.omhof.org/flymetothemoon

The Decemberists Set Benefit for Burgled Studio

Thieves stole $70,000 of gear from producer/engineer Tucker Martine; now friends are stepping in to help with a benefit show in June.

Producer/engineer Tucker Martine was in the process of building the latest incarnation of his long-running Flora Recording Studio when the facility was hit by burglars last month. The thieves took an estimated $70,000 worth of prized microphones, guitars and amplifiers. A mainstay of the Northwest recording scene for decades, Martine has worked with numerous top acts, and now one of them, The Decemberists, is returning the favor with a benefit show scheduled for June 3 at Portland’s Crystal Palace.

The band’s Colin Meloy announced the benefit in a Facebook post, recounting the group’s long-standing relationship with Martine: “As you likely know, The Decemberists’ relationship with Tucker and Flora goes way back; he co-produced The Crane Wife with Chris Walla in 2006. We went on to make three more records with Tucker, using whichever iteration of Flora was assembled at the time: Flora was Tucker’s home basement; it was a barn in Happy Valley, OR, where he’d moved most of his outboard gear for one recording session; it was, later, a well-appointed studio in North Portland. We did one-off recordings, demos, and EPs at Flora with Tucker. I recorded two audiobooks, the second and third Wildwood books, at Flora. Most of my vocal takes that are currently out there in the world on songs and records were recorded on the microphones that were stolen from Flora a month ago.”

Meloy also notes in the post that the studio—the fifth location for Flora over the years—was still being built-out when it was hit by thieves in March. “You can imagine what kind of hit that would be, both financially and emotionally,” he writes. “Tucker and his family are heartbroken, trying to move on and finish the studio, all the while dealing with an insurance company that has been difficult in the aftermath of the robbery.”

All proceeds from the show will go to Flora; also on the bill are Blind Pilot and “more as-yet unannounced guests.” Those who would like to contribute to Martine and Flora in a different way can use a GoFundMe page that’s been set up for them.

Local musician brings music education to students

Mid Valley and Parkdale elementary school students got a taste of both traditional acoustic and modern electric violin at all-school assemblies at both sites on April 2.

Local musician Aaron Meyer brings the 40-50 minute assemblies that focus on music, history and science to various sites as part of his nonprofit music education program, “Aaron Meyer Music in the Schools,” in conjunction with Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Meyer and Oregon Music Hall of Fame “both want more music in Oregon schools, and we try to visit schools that don’t have music or the students come from lower-income families that might not get opportunities like this outside of school,” Meyer said in an email last week.

This April, he’ll visit every Hood River County School District site minus the high school — he’s still working on setting that one up. He’ll be at Hood River Middle School and Wy’east Middle School on April 17, and will finish up April 19 at Cascade Locks, May Street and Westside elementary schools. Parkdale and Mid Valley were the first of the district schools to host the assemblies.

“I fundraise on my own, with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, who is my fiscal sponsor,” he said. “We have a mission of giving 20-25 of these assemblies to schools all throughout Oregon.”

At his assemblies, he demonstrates the similarities and differences between classical and rock music, and integrates musical history and the properties of physical science that produce the sounds.

Kim Yasui, Mid Valley Elementary principle, said Meyer left her students eager to learn more.

“He shared the many ways a violin, using different techniques, could be used to produce a multitude of musical styles,” she said. “This was not a stuffy violin concert! He treated the students to rock, classic, blues and jazz songs that greatly expanded their ideas about how to make music from one little instrument.”

Yasui said Meyer also talked to the students about the importance of practicing and being willing to make mistakes.

“The opportunity to hear and see a musician with such skill and connection with students left many of our students wanting to learn more,” she added.

“I try to sneak in some of the classroom content without the kids really knowing that it’s in there,” Meyer says on www.aaronmeyer.com, where he has a short video explaining the music assemblies and the concepts he covers.

And while he does connect the dots between music, science and history, the point of the assemblies is to have fun while doing so. He began his program in 1998 and has consistently presented since then.

His upbringing may point to his interest in teaching. Meyer is the son of a well-known violin teacher from Philadelphia. His father, Julian Meyer, “was a very active private violin instructor for young people, who taught seven days a week for 40 years. He taught thousands of young people, starting many of them from scratch,” he said.

Meyer also has an annual benefit concert for the United Way each December. This year’s concert, already planned for Dec. 15, will be his 10th.

“Over 400 people attend every year,” Meyer said. “… I bring my 12-person band with horns and the fabulous gospel group, The Brown Sisters.”

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NEW YORK, NY (November 20, 2018)– Multiplatinum-certified Portland, OR rapper Aminé shares the remix for his latest single“Blackjack” featuring YBN Cordae. The song is available on all digital retailers now viaRepublic Records.

Get it HERE.

Aminé is currently on the European leg of his soldout headlining tour–TourPointFive  in support of his EpLpMixtape Album entitled, ONEPOINTFIVE. See the remaining tour dates below.

Every once in a while, an artist comes along and rewrites the entire rule book for a genre. That’s exactly what Aminé did with“Caroline” in 2016. Taking rap to a new frontier, it earned an RIAA 4X Platinum plaque as he delivered a kinetic performance of the anthem onThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon between constant touring.“REDMERCEDES” and its high-profile official remix with Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey saw him lap the competition yet again as his full-length debut Good For You went gold and set the stage for even bigger things to come!

TourPointFive European Tour Dates:
02/08                    Frankfurt, Germany                     Zoom Frankfurt
02/10                    Amsterdam, Netherlands            Melkweg Max
02/12                    Cologne, Germany                      Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
02/13                    Brussels, Belgium                        Brussels
02/14                    Paris, France                               Le Trabendo
02/15                    London, UK                                  O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
02/17                    Birmingham, UK                           The Mill, Digbeth
02/19                    Manchester, UK                            Manchester Academy 2
02/20                    Manchester. UK                            Manchester Academy 2
02/21                    Glasgow, UK                                 Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox
02/22                    Dublin, Ireland                               The Academy, Middle Abbey Street
02/24                    London, UK                                    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

2019 Scholarships

Download the application for scholarships for high school seniors graduating in Spring 2019 with hopes to major or minor in music at the university/college level. Check out the 2018 scholarship recipients!

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Welcome Lex Browning to POCO

Lex Browning was born and raised Maysville, Ky, a small town on the Ohio River where the Browning family has lived since 1820.  As a child he fell in love with the local bluegrass and country music being performed and at age 7 successfully begged enough to get a guitar for his birthday. He and his brother Christopher were performing on local radio stations by the time Lex was 9. By age 11 he had wheedled a banjo out of his grandmother and soon incorporated that into the family band.  The family sang at home and at church and grade school and after hearing Bob Dylan and the Beatles Lex was writing his own songs.
He attended Reed college in Oregon where he was far more interested in playing music than studying so he picked up mandolin and fiddle.  A year off spent performing in Gatlinburg Tennessee convinced him to become a professional musician. Gigs with many local bands soon followed as did a stint as fiddle player for Queen Ida the zydeco accordionist for whom he wrote the song “C’est Moi (which has been featured in the Scottish independent film, “Road to Lafayette); then came the move to Nashville where he was member of the band Great Plains, a staff songwriter, session musician and fiddle player for Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, and Trace Adkins.  He has also worked with  Kenny Rogers, the Nelson twins, Quarterflash, and many other musicians of note.

Returning to Portland, Lex quickly resumed work with his old friends from the Holy Modal Rounders (featured In the film Easy Rider)and continues working today with the Freak Mt Ramblers, Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Troy Stewart of the Decemberists and as a solo singer/songwriter. He was a founding member of the Trail Band and has appeared on countless albums as well as his own solo venture “Good Rain”.  A new project is in the works.

Lex and his family have moved to Tucson where he performs with Winfield Flatpicking champion Peter McLaughlin, The Tusconics, the Sonoran Dogs, Greg Morton and his own solo show every Friday night at La Cocina.

Update: Lex is honored and excited to join Poco with the great Rusty Young, Jack Sundrud and Rick Lonow





October 15, 2018. Portland, Oregon– Grammy award winning rockers Portugal. The Man, who recently won awards for both Album of the Year & Artist of the Year at the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, have released the new music video for their latest single, “Tidal Wave,” from their Gold certified eighth studio album, WOODSTOCK. The video is an impressive claymation sensation created in collaboration with creative agency Wieden+Kennedy.

The use of claymation counteracts the upbeat tempo of the song, making it possible for the band members to become gradually more and more distorted as the song progresses. The work of renowned British animator Lee Hardcastle and his “claymation that’s not for children,” lends a distinctly dark, but humorous vibe to the video.

“Being advertising creatives who sit in dark offices all day, we tend to be pretty jealous of good looking, talented rock stars who tour the world to adoring fans,” explains Wieden+Kennedy Art Director Helen Rhodes. “So when we were asked to create the music video for Portugal. The Man’s ‘Tidal Wave’ track we thought, let’s make them into hideous mutant creations of their former selves. Unsurprisingly, they weren’t up for months of painful reconstructive surgery, so we did it in claymation instead. [Copywriter] Nick Morrissey and I had the loose structure for the video, but the fucked up factor was really turned up to 11 when we got the warped mind of animator Lee Hardcastle on board. He’s a one man claymation band of delightful craziness and we couldn’t be prouder of the music video baby he has birthed unto the world.”

This is W+K’s sixth music video for Portugal. The Man, who earlier this year help launch the band’s eighth full-length studio album, WOODSTOCK, and created the videos for hit singles like Rich FriendsLive In The Moment and their multi-platinum, Grammy-winning single Feel It Still. Beyond videos, the collaboration has also included everything from designing shirts for their late-night appearances; to custom strains of marijuana designed to be smoked while listening to the album; and projected graphics for concerts and festivals.

Band member Zach Carothers had this to say about the latest collaboration, “We’ve been working with Wieden on music videos, custom pot strains, stage graphics, cartoon bunghole reunions and all sorts of funny, creative shit for the last two years. Every time they come at us with something it blows us away.”

Seconds front man John Gourley, “W+K always makes weird shit for us, but this one borders on unacceptable. I don’t dance with my butt out like that. That’s messed up.”

Catch Portugal. The Man, who on tour in Anchorage, Alaska on October 26 & 27.

For additional news and information, please visit PORTUGALTHEMAN.COM and ATLANTICRECORDS.COM.


The 12th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction & Concert will be held THIS Saturday, October 13th at 7pm at the Aladdin Theater

The 12th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction & concert will be held this Saturday, October 13th at Aladdin Theater.

Performances by The Kingsmen, Ural Thomas & the Pain and Monti Amundson. This Years Inductees include Monti Amundson, Dan Eccles, Freak Mountain Ramblers, The Rats, Andy Stokes, Ural Thomas, Dover Weinberg, Dennis Carter, Ed Doughterty, KISN Good Guys and Michael & Peter Mott. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm?. Aaron Meyer and 3 of his students, will also be performing.

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