$1,000 Cash Reward for OMHOF Stolen Guitars

$1,000 Cash Reward for OMHOF Stolen Guitars

As you may have read, 72 autographed guitars were stolen from the storage unit of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in Portland. Recent reports of recovered guitars in the Portland area note that those recoveries do not include any of the OMHOF guitars. These guitars were autographed for auction to raise money for music education and scholarship programs. They include guitars signed by The MonkeesGeorge ClintonLucinda WilliamsArlo Guthrie and Portugal. The Man; as well as guitars signed by each OMHOF annual group of inductees. We are now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of these instruments. We need help from all of you to recover and restore these precious instruments like the handcrafted “State of Oregon” guitar shown below. They may currently be for sale online or through a variety of outlets like music stores and pawn shops.

If you have any information on this burglary please notify scholarship director Janeen Rundle (info@omhof.org), the Portland police (503.823.3333) or (crimetips@portlandoregon.gov) or Crime Stoppers (http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com).

Your attention will be much appreciated.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame has 70 guitars swiped from NE Portland storage unit

Oregon Music Hall of Fame has 70 guitars swiped from NE Portland storage unit

By Drew Marine

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Terry Currier wears many hats. He’s the owner of Music Millennium and the president of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Since they started inducting musicians and industry professionals in the late 2000s, he’s been collecting signed guitars.

“At that time, we were auctioning off about 15 guitars per year,” Currier said. “I needed to get at least 15 guitars, but I always wanted to have a reserve. Those guitars I would go get signed by artists when they came through town.”

Each year they auction off these guitars to give four college-bound students a scholarship for music education and bring music to schools that don’t offer those programs.

Their biggest fundraiser is their induction ceremony, which is slated for Oct. 8 at the Aladdin Theater.

“The scholarship program has probably been our most rewarding program,” Currier said. “Being a board member (and) going through the applications each year.”

But over a week ago, all 70 guitars he had collected were taken from their storage unit in northeast Portland. Those missing range from Fender Stratocasters and Fender Squiers to Gibsons. They had signatures including from The Monkees, Lucinda Williams, Dave Mason and actor Tim Robbins.

“I had a gut ache,” he said. “It’ll probably cost $30,000-$40,000 to replace those guitars.”

The loss is more than just the dollar amount.

“Those are irreplaceable,” Currier said. “I can get another ‘Portugal. The Man’ guitar. I can get other artists to sign guitars, but a lot of the inductees are no longer with us anymore so there’s no way to retrieve those signatures.”

If you know where these guitars are, or if you spot any, Currier said you’re in for a hefty reward.

“We’re going to give somebody one of the guitars we retrieve,” he said. “And we’ll give them tickets to our induction ceremony in October.”

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OMHOF’s new Women in Music Graduate School Scholarship

Women in Music Graduate School Scholarship: In Memory of Gloria Johnson by Bill Johnson


-Must have received Bachelor’s degree from an Oregon College or University in Spring 2022 and be accepted to a Master’s Program in Fall of 2022 in the USA

-Area of Study: Broadcasting (Radio/Web), Music Performance, Music Therapy, Music Technology, Music Education, Music Business, Music Theory, Music Composition, Music Production

DEADLINE: May 25, 2022 for the Gloria Johnson Graduate Scholarship (college scholarship deadline is still March 15, 2022)

OMHOF 2022 scholarship available now. Application deadline March 15, 2022

The 2022 OMHOF scholarship application is available now at https://www.omhof.org/music-education-scholarships/

Application deadline is March 15, 2022.

OMHOF 2021 Induction Ceremony October 9th at Aladdin Theater

Oregon Music Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Ceremony

Aladdin Theater

October 9, 2021 7:00 PM +Google+iCal
Doors Open: 6:00 PM


*Proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test required for entry. FREE onsite testing available – Details here*

OREGON MUSIC HALL OF FAME2021 INDUCTION CEREMONYFeaturing Live Performances byTodd SniderLifesavasRenato Caranto with Louis Pain Trio

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is proud to announce our 2021 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 9th at the Aladdin Theater.

 This year’s diverse list of inductees include:

Tommy Thayer, LaRhonda Steele, Todd Snider, Renato Caranto, Lifesavas and The Decemberists. The Dandy Warhols have been voted Artist of the Year and the Koonce-Ross-Fraser album, New American Blues will be honored as Album of the Year.  Gloria Johnson (KGON) and Steve Pringle (KINK) will receive awards in the music industry category. Heritage awards will go to big band leader, Carl Smith and Blues vocalist “Sweet Baby” James Benton.  Portland supper club owner and entertainer, Tony Starlight will host the show.

Title Sponsor for this event will be Elliott Powell Baden & Baker, presenting sponsor for the 14th year.

OMHOF was formed in 2003 to both promote and preserve the musical arts in the state of Oregon.  OMHOF began the statewide scholarship program in 2007 and is active in raising funds and implementing music education in schools that do not have music programs. Over 5000 kids per year are reached in K-8 schools throughout the state with the Music In The Schools Program with Aaron Meyer. OMHOF also has a statewide scholarship program in place since 2007. 

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.


2021 OMHOF College Scholarship Recipients

2021 OMHOF College Scholarship Recipients:

Kathleen Taylor:  Voice (Classical & Opera)
Century High School-Hillsboro, OR
College Major:  Vocal Performance

Ashley Yoon:  Violin
Lakeridge High School-Lake Oswego, OR
College Major:  Violin Performance

Grace Stearns: Oboe & Voice-Soprano 
St. Helens High School- St. Helens, OR
College Major:  Music Education

Thomas Green:  Double Bass
South Medford High School-Medford, OR
College Major:  Double Bass Performance

Oregon Music Hall Of Fame College Scholarships Applications

Applications are being accepted for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship Program.  Four graduating music students will win $2500 to attend college in Fall 2021.
 Last year’s winners include: Taylor Youn, Cello from Lakeridge HS in Lake Oswego; Nicholas Weathers, Clarinet from McNary HS in Keizer, Avery Hsieh, Violin from Corvallis HS in Corvallis,)and Isabella Morill, Piano/French Horn/Composition from Warrenton HS in Warrenton.   The deadline to apply is May 15th.   Applications can be found here.   

2021 scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2021

The 2021 scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2021!  Go to https://www.omhof.org/music-education-scholarships/ to download the application!

2020 OMHOF College Scholarship Deadline: May 22, 2020 (or as soon as you can)!

The 2020 OMHOF college scholarship deadline is May 22, 2020 (or as soon as you can).  Get the scholarship application at: https://www.omhof.org/music-education-scholarships/

Oregon Music Hall of Fame: 13th Annual Induction Ceremony

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

The concert will feature Pond. This band formed as a rock trio in 1991 in Portland and their performances at the 1992 New Music Seminar got ecstatic reviews in the British press. Guitarist Charlie Campbell, drummer Dave Triebwasser and bass man Chris Brady released their debut single, “Young Splendor/Tree” on Portland’s Tim Kerr Records gained wide recognition, including ‘Single Of The Week’ in London’s Melody Maker magazine. Pond released three albums on Sub Pop and one single for Sony’s Work label before disbanding in 1998. Pond was one of the few bands to come out of the Northwest back in the 90’s that were able to rise above the “Grunge” trend.

Sequel was one of the most popular bands in the state of Oregon in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They combined power pop with hard rock along with great vocal harmonies and songwriting. Their 1982 debut album received a ton of airplay on Portland and led to the band being signed by Elektra Records. Sometime in the long process of Elektra making decisions on when the album would be released, the band ended up breaking up. Since then, 3 of the original members Greg Georgeson (guitar, vocals), Dave Wall (guitar, vocals) and Grant Roholt (drums) have made occasional reunion appearance and will do so for the 13th Annual OMHOF Induction.

Susannah Weaver, or Little Sue, as she has been affectionately known since college, grew up in West Virginia and moved to Portland in 1992. She has been a fixture in the local folk and alt-country scene in Portland for over 25 years and a big part of the Laurelthirst scene. Her quirky lyrical style, solid guitar playing, and bee-stung voice have won over music lovers of every age and stripe. Sue has released 7 CDs including this year’s 20th anniversary re-release of her 1999 album Crow, and her new CD titled Gold. Sue also has sung harmony on over 50 local releases, including Jerry Joseph, The Minus 5, Fernando, Casey Neill, Lynn Conover, and kindie artist Mo Phillips. She has opened with her own music for Roger McGuinn, Loudon Wainwright III, and most memorably for folk hero Bob Dylan. Sue was also invited to play the opening ceremonies of The Oregon State Senate in 2012.

Michael Hurley, who released his first album on the Folkways label in 1964, will perform a couple of songs with Little Sue’s band. Since then he has released 32 albums on a variety of labels: Raccoon/Warner, Rounder, Portland’s Mississippi Records and his own Bellemeade Phonics. Michael is one of the last survivors of the Greenwich Village folk scene. He is credited with coining the term ‘lo-fi’ to describe under produced recordings. An accomplished artist, Hurley has created covers for most of his own albums and a cartoon series called “Boone & Jocko.”

There will be a grand finale with Pond leading the iconic song “Louie, Louie” with a host of guests including inductee Mark Lindsay and guitarist Steve West, who both played on Paul Revere & the Raiders original version recorded in 1963, the same week as the Kingsmen’s recording.

The event will feature a live auction including autographed guitars from the National, Chicago, John Prine, The B-52’s and the Indigo Girls. Proceeds from this event help support our music in the schools program as well as our scholarship programs. This year’s master of ceremonies will be the ever-colorful Tony Starlight.

Come celebrate the inductions of:

ARTISTS – 3 Leg Torso – Dick Berk – Little Sue – Mark Lindsay – Michael Allen Harrison – Michael Hurley – Pond

SIDE PLAYERS – Joanna Bolme – John Mazzocco

INDUSTRY – Larry Crane – Gary Houston – Paul Knauls – Don MacLeod

The music artistry awards include:

Artist of the Year – Ural Thomas & the Pain

Album of the Year – The Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl”

Tickets will be on sale at Ticketfly.com and the Aladdin Theater box office July 10th. 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.

The presenting sponsor for this event is Elliott, Baden, Baker & Powell, long-time supporters of OMHOF.

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.

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame recognizes and promotes the legacy of exceptional Oregon musicians and will celebrate Oregon’s unique musical history by inducting musicians and other music heritage contributors into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. This year we will open a small museum that will highlight all the Inductees of OMHOF.

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame also promotes the music from current musicians of the state both on a local level as well as a national and international level.