Nuggets Night VI: December 15th

For five years now, Slabtown has hosted a tribute night to the classic 1972 Elektra Records compilation album Nuggets, which collected some of the best garage and proto-punk from American bands in the ’60s. Every year, the organizers are donating the proceeds to a worthy charity. This year they’re raising money for Oregon Music Hall of Fame.


The 6th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction Ceremony and Concert will be held at the Aladdin Theater on Saturday, October 6th at 7pm. The event is a benefit for music education in the state of Oregon, one of the primary efforts of OMHOF. The event will also honor 10 individuals from the state of Oregon that have had a major impact on music. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an artist or individual must have been born in Oregon and working in music professionally for 20 years or moved to Oregon and worked in music for 20 years.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will once again be the amazing and colorful Tony Starlight. There will be musical performances by Everclear, one of the most successful bands from Oregon, as well as a reunion of U-Krew, a Portland hip-hop group whose career started in the mid-’80s with their album hitting the Billboard Top 200 in 1990. There will be a guitar auction with 100% of the proceeds going directly to music education in Oregon Schools. There will be 15 autographed guitars including The B-52’s, Jimmy Cliff, K.D. Lang and John Fogerty. The event’s sponsors are Berkeley North Pacific, Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker and Joe Kassab Jewelers. Additional sponsors include KINK-FM, KGON-FM, Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, KZME-FM, Portland Music Co., The Benson Hotel, Five Star Guitars, The Portland Observer and The Skanner.


McMenamins Bagdad Theater Presents:
Oregon’s Country Music Heritage: A Night of Rollicking History & Performance

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
7pm (doors at 6pm)
FREE/Minors with Parent

McMenamins Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland

Co-sponsored by Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage Center

Country Music in Oregon has a long, deep, fascinating history, much of which has remained in the shadows. On what is the 70th anniversary of the first sojourn to Portland by the King of Country, Hank Williams, McMenamins, Oregon Historical Society and the Holy Names Heritage Center present historical presentations and musical performances celebrating the likes of Heck Harper, Ripcord Records, the Division Street Corral, Susan Raye & Buck Owens and Tiny Dumont’s place.

The evening kicks off with a presentation by Peter Blecha, one of the Northwest’s best-known and most revered music historians and longtime curator of Seattle’s music museum, Experience Music Project. Peter will discuss Oregon’s country music heritage from the early 1900s to today’s alt-Country scene, highlighting notable characters, venues and events along the way, and featuring rare, vintage images and footage from his own vast collection of local C&W memorabilia.

Next will be a panel discussion moderated by Beth Harrington, a Vancouver filmmaker, who has produced several “Oregon Experience” programs for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and currently is completing a documentary film about the Carter-Cash family. Our esteemed panel comprises Northwest country music legends Bobby Gibson and Ray Montee; as well as Arty Lange, local country music devotee and songwriter, and Peter Blecha.

Following the history presentations will be a performance of historical proportions, featuring Bobby Gibson on guitar, Ray Montee on steel guitar, Gordy Michael on keyboards, Carol Gibson on bass, and Dan Primmer on drums, all of whom played at various times in the great Heck Harper bands over the decades.

Peter Blecha’s bio:
Peter Blecha is a Pacific Northwest-based journalist and garage-rock drummer who lives for music. A Staff Historian & Contributing Editor with Washington State’s online encyclopedia,; he is also the award-winning author of six books; the man behind the popular “Northwest Music Archives” blog [], the former long-time Senior Curator at Seattle’s music museum, the Experience Music Project (EMP), and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in “The Seattle Times,” “Seattle Metropolitan,” “Seattle Weekly,” “Sound,” “Vintage Guitar,” “The Rocket,” “DISCoveries,” “The Bluesletter,” & “Life” magazine. In addition, his liner-note essays have graced many rock ‘n’ roll LPs & CDs. Contact Pete at:

Beth Harrington’s bio:
Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture.

Harrington’s independent production Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination and has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. This and other work reflect a long-standing love of music. In a previous lifetime, she was a rock & roll singer, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers on the Warner Brothers Sire Records label

She is currently in post-production on The Winding Stream – The Carters, The Cashes and The Course of Country Music, a music history and performance film. The film features members of the Carter and Cash families and includes an interview with the legendary Johnny Cash.

Bobby Gibson’s bio

Bobby Gibson has played music since his childhood. There were several musicians in the family, on both sides. His mother and father both played the guitar, so there was a guitar around since day one. His uncle George on his mother’s side played the banjo and mandolin. His uncles on his father’s side played guitar; and Grandpa Gibson played the banjo. So music was inevitable in Bobby’s life.??He played his first job for money at the age of 11, for three dollars, that old barn is standing to this day. Bobby played in many local bands in the area around Portland, Oregon, he also performed on TV shows such as the Heck Harper Show, and played casual gigs with Willie Nelson while he was a KVAN disc jockey KVAN radio in Vancouver, Washington.??In the late 50’s Bobby moved on to the Los Angeles area for about a year, living with Fabor Robison, founder of the Abbott record label, and also Fabor records. During the Los Angeles stay, he appeared on shows including Town Hall Party and the Cousin Herb Henson show in Bakersfield. At that time, Merle Haggard was playing at the Blackboard, a famous Bakersfield night club. It was then that he ran into a life long hero, Roy Nichols. Bobby and Roy use to trade licks, as most guitar players will do when they have idle time.??From California, Bobby moved on to Springfield, Missouri, spending about a year playing on KWTO radio with Slim Wilson and the gang on the morning radio show, selling Martha White Flour and giving the price of farm goods. While there, Bobby appeared on the “Ozark Jubilee Starring Red Foley”, along with many of the up-and-coming artists of the time such as Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Leroy VanDyke, Jim Reeves, and many others.??It was at that time he played guitar for Bobby Lord, opening for Johnny Cash. Jim Reeves had asked Bobby to move to Nashville to work in his band, but Bobby turned him down over fifty dollars a week. So, instead of moving to Nashville he eventually moved back to Vancouver Washington and built Ripcord Recording Studios. Ripcord became one of the Premier studios in the area, and it still operates today under a different name.??Bobby is still active today, performing and demonstrating guitars. He recently released his new CDs, ‘NOW APPEARING’, and ‘CHRISTMAS GUITAR’. Both are available at BobbyGibson.Com or CD Baby. In 2008 Bobby joined Fred Gretsch and Joe Carducci on a nationwide tour, which Bobby considers one of the highlights of his musical career.??Bobby appears each July in Nashville, at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society and the NAMM show, and at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California in January. Bobby is available for shows, guitar clubs etc.

Ray Montee’s bio
As a youngster, Ray made weekly appearances on Radio Stations K.A.L.E. & K.P.O.J. in a youth talent show called the Journal Juniors. From about age 14 through his early 20’s Ray was a member of Arkie & His Jolly Cowboys, the most popular country-dance band in the Northwest during late 1940-50’s. They were the house band at the Division Street Corral, located at Southeast 171st and Division, in Portland, Oregon. Ray also played with Tommy Kizziah’s West Coast Ramblers at this same venue. Arkie & His Jolly Cowboys were featured performers in the studios of KXL Radio and participated in a promotion for Fender Guitars. They even made live radio broadcasts from the bandstand of the Division Street Corral.
In the early 1960s, Ray Montee played his Bigsby quad steel guitar on the “Circle 8 Hoedown” television program behind a front man named Heck Harper. Harper was the local “star”.

In 1963 Harper’s band, including Ray backed the first half of one of the largest Opry package shows ever to hit Portland.
Carl Smith, George Jones, Carl Butler, Webb Pierce were just a few of the artist on the show that played for over 15,000 fans.



The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) will hold a Press Conference on Monday, July 16th at 6pm at Tony Starlight’s to announce the 2012 inductees into OMHOF. This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 6th at the Aladdin Theater.

There will be a performance by Lake Jiroudek, a guitarist and recipient of one of the 4 scholarships given out by OMHOF this year. Bassist Kate Davis, a 2009 recipient of an OMHOF scholarship, will accompany him. Kate has been attending school in NYC as well as performing at clubs and festivals around the country.


$4000 Awarded to College Scholarship Recipients from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame
Performance Celebration 5-7pm on Wed., May 16, 2012 @ Jimmy Mak’s

Candlelight/M3 Productions LLC Tee Shirt Fundraiser for OMHOF

The Candlelight has been around since the early 1970’s as a restaurant and bar. Mr. Joe Shore purchased the bar in 1984, left on vacation and upon his return discovered the bar manager hired a few blues bands that were very popular at the time. For the past 28 years, seven nights a week, theCandlelight featured the best Northwest blues, soul, and R&B groups. It was the oldest blues venue in the Pacific Northwest and never had a cover charge.

Mr. Richard Donin of M3 Productions LLC approached Joe with an idea to sell “Wrecking Ball” tee shirts as a fundraiser for the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame [OMHOF] scholarship program. In his trademark warm and casual style, Joe agreed to make the tee shirts available for sale at the Candlelight during the final two weeks. On Saturday, March 31st, the Candlelight closed its nearly three decade run with an all-star blues show featuring Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester to an overflowing crowd of well wishers, followers, and fans. Many of the great Northwest blues players sat in for the final jam.

During the final show, club aficionados snapped up all the tee shirts raising $1,000.00 for OMHOF’s student music scholarship fund. Joe and Richard were very happy that their effort will help a talented student continue their music education in the college of their choice.

The Candlelight and M3 Productions LLC want to thank Bob Ancheta and Inessa of KINK radio, Jane Manning of KMHD radio, Tom D’Antoni of Oregon Music News, Jolie Aune of KPTV/Fox News, and KOIN.

Buko Magazine Video Cover Featuring OMHOF Fourth Annual Induction Ceremony.

Interviews: Typod
Cameras: Stacy Brockett & Jim Thompson
Post Production: Stacy Brockett

This is your backstage pass to the the 2011 ceremony!
Exclusive Interviews and one-time-only performances with Johnny and the Distractions, Crazy 8s, Dharma Bums, Norman Sylvester, Sequel, Obo Addy and many more. Each year OMHOF awards distinctive musicians and music industry people from Oregon who have made history and indelible mark upon music- both in the region, and the world, while helping keep dwindling music education programs alive in public schools.


The Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s 5th annual Concert and Induction ceremony fundraiser, sponsored by the Ringside Fish House, was a huge success! We thank you for your support and look forward to helping Oregon’s youth take a step forward with the help you provided.

Johnny & The Distractions perform at the
2011 OMHOF Induction Ceremony and Concert
photo by Brent Angelo

Highlight: John Smith of Nu Shooz jams with the Crazy 8s at the event!