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 (, Julie Amici(, Concert Rock violinist Aaron Meyer  ( and world music band 3 Leg Torso (

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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.

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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, 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.

A big THANK you to our sponsors!

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

The 12th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction & Concert will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm at the Aladdin Theater. The concert will feature performances by The Kingsmen, Monti Amundson Trio and Ural Thomas and the Pain. Tony Starlight will MC the event which will feature a live auction of autographed guitars including: Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Adam Ant, Sheryl Crow, Steve Miller, George Thorogood, and Robert Plant. Proceeds from this event help support our music education, scholarship programs, and inductions.

Come celebrate the inductions of:

ARTISTS: Andy Stokes, Freak Mountain Ramblers, Monti Amundson, The Rats, and Ural Thomas.

SIDE PLAYERS: Dan Eccles, Dover Weinberg

INDUSTRY: Dennis Carter (Falcon Studios), Peter& Michael Mott (The Last Hurrah)

The music artistry awards include:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Portugal.The Man

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Portugal.The Man – Woodstock

Tickets are on sale at and the Aladdin Theater box office. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. VIP tickets, which include prime seating, collectable laminated pass, a Gary Houston limited edition hand pulled signed and numbered poster plus entrance to the catered after-induction party with the inductees, musicians and other VIPs, are $100 in advance or $110 at the door.

This years presenting sponsor is Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker Insurance. Additional sponsors: Southeast Portland Rotary, Columbia Bank, KISN-FM, Hotel Modera, Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, Classic Pianos, KGON, Five Star Guitars, Portland Music and Youth Music Project.

What is the Oregon Music Hall of Fame?

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is a non-profit organization (501 c3) whose main purpose is to promote and preserve the musical arts of the state of Oregon. The Oregon Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to the development, revitalization, invention and expansion of music education in Oregon’s public and private educational institutions. So far this year we have produced music education programs in Oregon public schools without music programs that have served over 5000 students. We also gave away four $2500 scholarships to high school seniors that were going on to further their music education at a higher level.


Andy Stokes — R&B/Soul Vocalist — Inducted 2018

Inductee to the CBA Hall Of Fame and a multiple regional music award winner, Andy Stokes has been sharing his soulful voice and musical mastery with the Northwest music culture for more than three decades. As the lead vocalist with the legendary funk band Cool’R, worldwide tours, featured artist with The Stylistics, Michael Bolton, the Temptations and in 1986 sang and voiced parts on Will Vinton’s California Raisins Claymation video and ad campaign. Andy has earned the title “The Northwest’s King of Soul Music”. His debut album, Full Circle, received worldwide recognition as a brilliantly crafted soulful journey. His current CD, Now, was released in April of 2018, including the hit single ‘Best Day Ever.’   (

 Freak Mountain Ramblers – Country Rock Band – Inducted 2018

With its roots in Country, Folk and Americana, the Freak Mountain Ramblers grew from the rhythm section of the Holy Modal Rounders, who landed in Portland in the 1970s on a national tour with a broken down band bus. After the demise of the Rounders, Drummer Roger North, who opened Woodstock with his band Quill, and bass man Dave Reisch found a home at the Laurelthirst Tavern in 1997–playing every Sunday night for nearly 20 years. The original members were Jim Boyer, Bingo Richey, Paul Bassett, North and Reisch. Over the years other members joined and moved on: Turtle Van Demarr, Lex Browning, Dan Schauffler, and Forrest Bloodgood. The band continued to play those Sundays (“Church” to the fans) and began a long relationship with the McMenamins circuit, including the Great Northwest Music Tour. They have released 4 CDs.  (

Monti Amundson – Blues/Rock Guitarist/Vocalist – Inducted 2018

Monti Amundson broke out of Eugene in the 1980s as a guitar slinger and leader of various bar bands: Generic Rock Band, Boys Club and, most notably, the Blubinos with bassist Debbie Smith and drummer Cory Burden. The group became a major draw in Portland before disbanding in1992. The group released 7 CD’s, while Amundson, known as ‘Big Monti,’ toured Europe, settling in Amsterdam for a bit and recording for the Dutch label, Tramp Records. For the better part of three decades, he has split his time equally between living in Portland and Amsterdam, until the fall of 2016, when Big Monti moved to Nashville. He has released 15 CD’s and is often heard in the Northwest with the Sultans of Slide.  (

 The Rats – Punk Rock Band – Inducted 2018

The Rats formed in 1980 and featured guitarist Fred Cole and his wife Toody Cole on bass, for a combination that fueled their later projects: Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows. For 4 years, with drummers Rod Hibbert, Sam Henry and Louis Samora, they carved out a Ramones-inspired blueprint, affecting Portland’s punk music boom. The Rats are important for a number of reasons: Fred and Toody ran two enigmatic music equipment stores (Captain Whizeagle’s and Tombstone Music), added a studio and a record label and released vinyl for over 30 different artists, while the Rats performed a West Coast circuit. Pearl Jam performs Cole’s song “It’s OK,” Cat Power has covered “Johnny’s Got a Gun,” and Black Lips do a version of “You Must Be a Witch.” But it all began in Portland with The Rats. The band released vinyl LPs and EPs through the decade including: The Rats, Desperate Red, Intermittent Signals, 3, Nightline and Range Rats and Portland’s Mississippi Records reissued a compilation in 2014  (

Ural Thomas – R&B Vocalist/Songwriter – Inducted 2018

Ural Thomas was born in Louisiana in 1939, moving to Oregon a few years later, when his family settled in the Mississippi district. In his teens Ural was performing with a doo-wop group, the Monterays, and in 1964 recorded his songs “Deep Within My Heart” and “Push ‘em Up” for the regional Sure Star label. By 1966, he signed with LA producer/writer Jerry Goldstein on the UNI label, recording “Can You Dig It?” with Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway and Mary Wilson backing him up. He established himself nationally, appearing at the famed Apollo club in Harlem and opening for Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones. But the label folded and Thomas moved back to Portland hosting jam sessions with younger friends who formed groups like The Gangsters and Pleasure. In 2010 he was coaxed back on stage for the first time in 40 years. His current band, Ural Thomas and The Pain, spent the next few years forging their sound and recording their first album. By 2014 they were named by Willamette Week ‘s Best New Band. At age 79 now, Ural and the band has signed to Tender Loving Empire  (

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