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 https://ticketf.ly/2MH7uEx 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.
OMHOF ARTIST AWARDS:
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.’ (https://www.andystokesmusic.com/)
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. (http://www.freakmountain.com/)
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. (http://bigmonti.com/)
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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Cole_(musician))
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 (https://www.uralthomasandthepain.com/home/)
For more information about Oregon Music Hall of Fame: https://www.omhof.org/2022