Oregon Music Hall of Fame Awards $5000 to College Scholarship Winners

OMHOF Awards $5000 to College Scholarship Winners 3:30 pm on Friday, June 10, 2011 @ Rose Festival Main Stage

Oregon Music Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Alex McDougall, Emily Potter, Emma Davis, Jean Choi, and Jasmine Terry-Shindelman are the recipients of the annual OMHOF College Scholarships.  The Scholarships, which cover a portion of college tuition costs, will be formally presented to each after their individual performances on the main stage of the Rose Festival, Friday, June 10 from 3:30-4:30pm.  The OMHOF college scholarship program began in 2004 and to date; OMHOF has awarded over $20,000 in college scholarships to college bound students continuing their pursuit of a musical education.  “We are so pleased to announce our 5 talented and highly motivated scholarship recipients,” Terry Currier and Janeen Rundle, OMHOF Board Directors, relayed, “They all have such promising futures and are great representatives for their schools, OMHOF and their communities.”

Meet the Musically Motivated Students

Jasmine Terry-Shindelman
Ashland High School
Ashland, OR
“I have always loved the violin and started playing when I was seven years old. I have had the opportunity to study music with two amazing teachers here in Ashland, Faina Podolnaya, and Cynthia Hutton, both of whom I would like to thank for their support and inspiration. I am going to be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, next year, and I know that the OMHOF scholarship will be a huge help to me and my family in paying for tuition. Thank you!”

 

Alex McDougall
Central Catholic HS
Milwaukie, OR
Alex will be attending the University of North Texas as a jazz studies major this coming fall.  “I am both excited and grateful for the OMHOF scholarship as it will be used to purchase professional level percussion equipment needed for college, and pay for my first year practice room rental and music departmental fees.  Already a piano student for 7 years, I chose percussion in the 6th grade out of extreme curiosity and now enjoy the many textural layers of rhythm and tone percussion instruments can produce.”

 

Emily Potter
Homeschooled
Jefferson, OR

“Eight years ago, I began to play the flute, having chosen the instrument after hearing the instrument played in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Since then, I have competed in and won several competitions, including the Del Milne Memorial Competition and the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as been principal of the Salem Youth Symphony and Jefferson High School Concert Band. I am extremely excited that the OMHOF College Scholarship will aid in furthering my music career in flute performance at Boston University.”

 

Jean Choi
Westview HS
Portland, OR

“I first fell in love with the cello when I heard its dark, resonant sound.  The OMHOF college scholarship will help me pay for my college tuition at Amherst and for the transportation of my cello while flying back and forth from college to home, here in Portland.”

 

 

Emma Davis
West Linn HS
West Linn, OR

“After spending years studying the flute, I decided to start classical voice lessons in eight grade because I had always had a passion for singing. Singing has given me many wonderful opportunities, and this past year, it brought me all the way to the Grammy Awards where I performed with Esperanza Spalding. I am thrilled and honored to be an OMHOF college scholarship recipient and am looking forward to using that scholarship at Emerson College in Boston this fall.”

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is a nonprofit organization created in 2004 to help preserve Oregon’s unique musical heritage by recognizing the legacy of exceptional Oregon musicians while helping to preserve and enrich musical education programs in Oregon.    www.omhof.org

Seattle’s Campfire OK comes to Portland.

You can see them play in Portland on Sunday, June 12th at Doug Fir.

The group formed when Mychal enlisted the help of friends to help him finish an album he was recording and producing in his studio. At the time, Mychal was playing in a two-piece (drum and piano) band, and wanted to bring additional instruments into the live setting. The additional musicians help translate the dense recorded effort into an exciting live show that at times features a small women’s choir and additional percussion. Campfire OK is actively working on new arrangements and original material.

Campfire OK might be classified as indie-rock, Americana, or folk due to their use of brass, piano, banjo, and acoustic guitar.The resulting arrangement is an elegant blend of piano-and-drum syncopation, rich melodic lines, and dynamic multiple-vocal stylings.

Strange Like We Are – Available NOW on iTunesAmazonCD Baby and Sonic Boom Records in Seattle.

You can hear their music and watch their videos at http://campfireok.com/

SOME RECENT PRESS:

NPR: Song of The Day – “Campfire OK’s “Strange Like We Are” grows as it goes, with handclaps and
three-part harmonies culminating in powerful choruses.” http://www.npr.org/2011/02/11/133682917/campfire-ok-a-song-for-the-strange&sc=nl&cc=sod-20110211

Seattle’s City Arts lists CAMPFIRE OK as #2 Best New Band http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/issues/seattle/2011/03/poll

SEATTLE WEEKLY – “Local collective Campfire OK is one of those beautiful, restless entities that don’t stay in one place for too long but still manage to write concise, focused songs. Strongly rooted in the raw acoustic roots of the Smithsonian Folkways Anthology series, the band pushes the boundaries of the revival band stigma, incorporating subtle modern elements (synth swells and delay pedals) effortlessly atop the weathered antique frames of their songs”

SEATTLE P.I. – “They are exquisite crafters of moments, able to take a heavily syncopated bridge into an a capella denoument without losing each other or the audience. They exuded confident fun, and the crowd loved them for it. They’re making their way down to SXSW next month and I’ll be very surprised if they don’t make some large waves while they’re there.”

THE STRANGER – “While they’re every bit as organic as nature-loving artists like Fleet Foxes or even the Moondoggies, Campfire OK are also a bit more complex, involving many orchestral characteristics-sweeping, dramatic piano and perfectly placed blasts of horns.”

 

CANDLEBOX JULY 7, ROSELAND THEATER

CANDLEBOX JULY 7, 2011 ROSELAND THEATER 8:00pm; All Ages

Tickets on sale NOW! Tickets available through all TicketsWest Locations-Safeway- Music Millennium
To charge by phone please call 503.224.8499 or order online at www.ticketswest.com

Candlebox rode the grunge bandwagon to multi-platinum success in the early ’90s, despite howls of protest from the Seattle faithful who considered their music a watered-down version of the genuine article. To be sure, Candlebox’s take on grunge diluted the punk and indie elements inherent in its original form; instead, they were rooted in the bluesy, classic-style hard rock that grunge had ostensibly replaced. Their resulting commercial appeal made them highly suspect in the minds of authenticity-obsessed scenesters, and it didn’t help matters that the band hadn’t formed until well after the Seattle hype machine had begun. Nonetheless, Candlebox unwittingly helped Usher in the post-grunge era; along with Bush, they showed how the more challenging aspects of grunge could be ironed out and polished into a sound that mainstream rock radio could embrace without reservation.

Candlebox were formed in Seattle in December 1991 by singer/guitarist Kevin Martin, a native of Elgin, IL, who’d grown up partly in San Antonio, and drummer Scott Mercado. Initially calling the band Uncle Duke, they added lead guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin (no relation to Kevin) and changed the group’s name to Candlebox, after a line in a Midnight Oil song. Their demo tape found its way to Madonna’s Maverick label, which quickly resulted in a record deal in 1992. Candlebox’s self-titled debut was released in 1993, and while the first single, “Change,” began to build them a following, it wasn’t until 1994, when the follow-up, “You,” appeared, that Candlebox really started to take off. “You” gave them a breakthrough hit on mainstream rock radio, which set the stage for the success of “Far Behind,” essentially a power ballad for the grunge era. “Far Behind” was a major hit on both mainstream and alternative radio, and also made the pop Top 20; its exposure helped Candlebox climb into the Top Ten on the LP chart and eventually sell over three million copies.

By the time Candlebox returned with their second album, 1995’s Lucy, the backlash was already in full swing. Partly because of the group’s previous momentum, the lead single, “Simple Lessons,” earned some rock radio airplay, and the album itself went gold and barely missed the Top Ten. However, it was largely ignored or dismissed by much of the mainstream media, and was ultimately hurt by a relative lack of memorable songs. In 1997, founding member Mercado left the band and was replaced by original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. Candlebox’s third album, Happy Pills, appeared in 1998 and marked a return to the more basic sound of their debut. “It’s Alright,” “10,000 Horses,” and the title cut all landed some airplay, but the album sold poorly; by this time, countless bands were working in a similar style, and the band’s early momentum had long since dissipated. Krusen departed in 1999, as did Bardi Martin; they were replaced by Shannon Larkin (ex-Ugly Kid Joe) and Rob Redick, respectively, but the group disbanded the following year. The original lineup of Martin, Klett, and Mercado re-formed for a handful of shows in 2006 to support the release of Rhino’s Best of Candlebox compilation. The overall positive reunion stirred rumors of a new studio album, culminating in 2008’s Into the Sun.

INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND (I.N.C.)’s ‘Heaven Sent… Hellbound’

‘Heaven Sent… Hellbound’ Hits Stores on New Release Date, August 9th, 2011 – To Be Distributed Through Candlelight Records

Internationally established thrash metal band INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND and Candlelight Records have teamed up to distribute the band’s upcoming full-length release,Heaven Sent…Hellbound, on it’s new release date, August 9th, 2011.  The album is being released on Rising Records, and is the band’s first full-length offering in over 20 years.

INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND just wrapped up on shooting two new music videos for the singles ‘Fist of Fascista’ and ‘Swallowed’ a few weeks ago in Brooklyn, NY.  A new “behind-the-scenes” video is now available for viewing at MetalInjection.net.  In the video below you can see the guys discussing the shoot and taking part in general tomfoolery on the rooftops of Williamsburg.  The video was shot by director Russell Hasenauer, and the “behind-the-scenes” footage was edited by Kevin Juliff.

 

Through humble beginnings in Connecticut, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND exceeded their own expectations and the expectations of others with two successful full-length Giant Records releases, Razorback (1987) and The Visitor (1988). Giant Records signed I.N.C. after witnessing the band’s crushing live performances with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond; all of which taking place only six months after they had graduated high school.  In 1988 with The Visitor, the band hit #1 on the CMJ Metal charts and stole the U.K. #2 Import slot out from underneath Aerosmith. Now based in New York City, the band is back with their Bleed the Line EP and Heaven Sent… Hellbound. I.N.C. is an original pioneer of the thrash metal scene, resurrected in order to take back a genre recently flooded with neo-thrash carbon copies.  Revived and back with a vengeance, I.N.C. is ready to prove ownership of the scene in 2011.

INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND is:

  • Erik Barath – Guitar
  • Tony Fabrizi – Guitar
  • Dennis Gergely – Vocals
  • Dennis Leeflang – Drums
  • Samuel J. Roon – Bass

For more information on INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND, please visit these sites:

http://incband.com/
http://www.myspace.com/incmetal
http://www.risingrecords.org/
www.facebook.com/pages/INC/142889889065513

I AM ABOMINATION to Release New Digital EP, ‘Passion Of The Heist’.

Taylor, MI’s I AM ABOMINATION is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their brand new digital EP, Passion Of The Heist, on July 19th, 2011. The digital EP is being released by GOOD FIGHT MUSIC, the same label that released I AM ABOMINATION’s first critically acclaimed full-length album, To Our Forefathers. A new single from the digital EP will be released via the band’s official Facebook page on June 8th. Stay tuned for further announcements about this debut.

Passion Of The Heist is described by the band as a concept album, and was produced, written, engineered, mixed and mastered by guitarist Nick Sampson. The EP was also recorded at Nick Sampson’s studio in New Boston, MI. All lyrics on Passion Of The Heist were written by Brandon Good. The band plans on releasing new information about the concept of the EP with the release of the new single. Passion Of The Heist includes guest appearances, including an appearance by ATTACK ATTACK’s Caleb Shomo on the track ‘Ascension’.

“We’ve had such an amazing time putting hard work into this album, and we can’t wait for people to hear it,” states vocalist Phil Druyor. Guitarist Nick Sampson adds, “This is the first time we’ve ever sat down to write an album with no outside opinion, and it turned out awesome.”

TRACKLISTING:

  • 1   Vivification
  • 2   Abduction
  • 3   Examination
  • 4   Transformation
  • 5   Ascension (ft.Caleb Shomo of ATTACK ATTACK)
  • 6   Invasion

I AM ABOMINATION’s first full length album, To Our Forefathers, can be purchased on iTunes here.

For more information on I AM ABOMINATION, please visit these sites:

http://www.facebook.com/iamabominationmusic

http://twitter.com/iamabomination

http://www.myspace.com/iamabomination

http://www.goodfightmusic.com

 

Redwood Son’s double CD, “The Lion’s Inside”

PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED ALT. COUNTRY/AMERICANA ACT, REDWOOD SON TO RELEASE DEBUT, DOUBLE CD, “THE LION’S INSIDE,” JUNE 11TH AT ALADDIN THEATER

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On June 11th at Aladdin Theater, Portland, Oregon’s alt. country/Americana act Redwood Son, the brainchild of front man/songwriter Josh Malm, will release their debut CD, “The Lion’s Inside,” June 11th at Aladdin Theater.

Also on the bill are Sarah Billings, Brad Mackeson, and Jordan Harris.  Tickets are $13.00 in advance.

Redwood Son’s twenty-song double-disc debut, “The Lion’s Inside,” boasts a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden roots-rock and alt. country.

The band’s core sound and early rawness is nostalgically captured on disc one, entitled “Summer of ’77,” produced with a warm analog approach by trusty local engineer Rob Stroup at his 8 Ball Studios.

Then there is disc two, “New Beautiful Day,” was produced simultaneously by Dean Kattari to beckon the band’s mainstream viability, building upon their core with an ease-on-the-ears and communal expansiveness that features plentiful guests including Gretchen Mitchell and Ray Frazier.

Led by singer-songwriter Josh Malm, Redwood Son’s long-awaited release of “The Lion’s Inside” signifies a culmination of Malm’s tireless persistence as a performer and live music presenter throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2005.

Though making an initial mark under his previous moniker, J*Malem, he birthed the concept of Redwood Son in 2009, searching for an honest sound representative of his childhood in the California Redwoods.

The first incarnation of the band was making way towards this very album while establishing a local presence when an unexpected catastrophe struck. On Novemeber 4th, 2009 Redwood Son’s original drummer and Malm’s long-time friend Kipp Crawford was killed in a tragic event that remains partly unsolved.

Though Redwood Son experienced a state of dismantle with uncertain destiny, Malm did not lose sight of their shared vision alongside the standing support of the group’s original guitarist Chance Hayden. The project was resurrected in the spring of 2010 to nobly move forward, recording their much anticipated debut in Crawford’s honor.

On June, 11th 2011 celebrate the release of “The Lion’s Inside” by Redwood Son, as the band headlines an exciting local bill at The Aladdin Theater. One can most certainly expect a powerful performance with soul stirring recollection of their trials and tribulations while they look ahead to a New Beautiful Day.

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE to Open for Sick Puppies on Sunday, May 29th at House of Blues in Orlando, FL

Tampa, FL natives NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE are pleased to announce that they will be performing with SICK PUPPIES on Sunday, May 29th at House of Blues in Orlando, FL. Doors open at 6pm and the band is scheduled to perform at 7:20pm. For more details on the show, please visit this link.

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE recently released their new album, All On The Horizon, on April 26thAll On The Horizon is produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Dark New Day, Framing Hanley), and is the band’s follow up to their 2009 EP, This Orphan Heart. The album art is illustrated by Evan Leake at Pale Bird Design Studio. Leake is known for his artwork for bands such as Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is, Sky Eats Airplane, TRAPT, and more. Fans can purchase the album now at Amazon and iTunes, as well as many other online carriers now!

The band is currently touring in support of their new album on their ‘All On The Horizon Tour’! See below for all current tour dates, and stay alert for more dates coming soon!

 

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE ALL ON THE HORIZON TOUR’ DATES:

  • 5/18 Dardanelle, AR @ Front Street
  • 5/19 Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz
  • 5/20 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
  • 5/21 Pascagoula, MS @ The Celtic
  • 5/26 Gainesville, FL @ Backstage
  • 5/27 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
  • 5/29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues w/ Sick Puppies

The band recently released their first single, ‘All That She Wants’, on iTunes. The track has seen amazing reception from fans, especially on YouTube where the track has seen a combined 60,000+ hits from multiple posted videos since January 29th, 2011. Make sure to head to this link to download the track today!

Since the release of their debut, This Orphan Heart EP and being named “Tampa, FL’s Most Buzz-worthy Rock Band” by Creative Loafing in Fall 2009, NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE have quickly been raising their status in rock’s up-and-coming scene. 2010 saw the band selected for a main stage performance at the Florida Music Festival in April, shooting a series of webisodes for Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream festival in September, and nailing down a much-coveted slot on WSUN 97X’s annual Next Big Thing concert in Tampa, FL in December. The band has also performed at the November 2009 Ford 300 NASCAR Championship Race, the Miami Music Festival, the Driven Music Conference, XFC 9, MudFest, WSUN 97x’s BackYard BBQ, and WJRR Native Noise at House of Blues Orlando, FL. NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE has performed with acts such as Anberlin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and more.

For more information on NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE, please visit these sites:

 


PRIORY – Portland based electronic/rock, folk quartet releases first CD.

PORTLAND-BASED INDIE-ROCK/ELECTRONIC-FOLK QUARTET, PRIORY CELEBRATES RELEASE OF SELF-TITLED, DEBUT FULL-LENGTH AT MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS WITH A CD RELEASE SHOW ON JUNE 17TH

PrioryPortland, Oregon-based indie-pop/electronic-folk outfit Priory, comprised of Brandon Johnson (vocals, bass), Kyle Dieker (acoustic guitar, keys, bells, falsetto), Rich Preinesberger (drums), and Greg Harpel (lead guitar, bells, keys), will celebrate the release of their debut, self-titled full-length on June 17th at Mississippi Studios.

Also on the bill are Mackintosh Braun and Lost Lander (featuring Matt Sheehy from Ramona Falls).  Doors are at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm.  Tickets are $8.00 advance and $10.00 day of show.

“Priory” is the band’s debut full-length and the follow up to 2010’s “Cold Hands” EP.  The album will be released to retail on June 21, 2011 via Portland’s Expunged Records (home of Blind Pilot).

Instantly infectious, yet not a sugar-pop album that will be easily discarded, Priory walks a tightrope between immediately catchy, instantly warming songs, and subdued, complex layers that take multiple listens to start to unravel and understand the true depth of their work.

“It’s finding that balance between the standard acoustic instruments and partnering them with huge electronic bass and keyboard licks,” says the band’s Kyle Dieker when asked to describe their sound. “Priory is all about tones and where those sounds sit in a song.  Blending folk melodies with pop sensibility, Priory takes from a collection of sounds and brings them together into something that is familiar yet innovative.”

Besides layers of instrumentation that help develop the complexity of the songs, contrasting with the ease of the melodies and hooky-ness of their songwriting, Priory also puts a lot of time into their lyrics.  Developing stories that also take the listener more than a few listens to start to completely digest the power of the music.

From comparing a drug addition to a bad relationship (“Devil vs. Heater”), how our perception of family and the importance of it changes as we age (“Searching”), and self-assessment in dying moments (“Coal Mine”).  To songs about fighting for what you believe in (“Worthy Dreams”), being in a relationship with someone who is always being pursued by others (“Kings of Troy”), and realizing life is short (“Cold Hands”), the latter of which is about a couple dying together in a car crash.  Priory doesn’t shy away from tackling some of life’s scariest questions or the thoughts that we all think, but oft-try to suppress.

They come out swinging; creating music that could simply be described as “beautiful,” reeling you in, but offering up much more for those that take the journey and visit it over and over again.

“I want people that hear our album to feel something,” admits Johnson.  “Some of our subject matter is not all that light and fluffy, not unlike life, but I believe there is always a positive side. There is a glass half full, if we choose to perceive it that way.  And, a little nursery rhyme melody can often add a sense of whimsy to a dark subject matter.”

It is that contradiction that builds up and develops throughout the album, with the band toying with the playfulness of it all, while taking everything very seriously.

“Every song on the album means something to us. We did not want there to be any filler,” Johnson adds.

With the record complete, and a band itching to play live, the group plans to hit the road throughout spring, summer, and fall and tour relentlessly. In their new, revamped bus, putting on an amazing live show and converting people the old-fashioned way: one fan at a time, one club at a time, one city at a time.  And, for Priory, that just feels right.  As organic and natural as their songwriting process comes an organically grown fan base.

THE QUICKY & EASY BOYS HIT THE ROAD

In Support of Second Full-Length CD, “Red Light Rabbit”

They are  a Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Garage-Soul Outfit.
See them in Portland.

TOUR DATES:

  • 4/29/11 – Tom Grainey’s – Boise, ID
  • 4/30/11 – Tom Grainey’s – Boise, ID
  • 5/07/11 – Sasquatch Brewfest – Eugene, OR
  • 5/13/11 – Blue Moon Tavern – Seattle, WA
  • 5/14/11 – Double Mountain Brewery – Portland, OR
  • 5/19/11 – Century Center Ballroom w/ Empty Space Orchestra – Bend, OR
  • 5/21/11 – Luckey’s – Eugene, OR
  • 5/26/11 – Kennedy School – Portland, OR
  • 5/27/11 – Wild Buffalo (w/ Yogoman Burning Band) – Bellingham, WA

 

    Portland, Oregon-based, The Quick & Easy Boys are touring in support of their sophomore full-length, “Red Light Rabbit,” available now on Nashville, TN-based PerCapita Records. Comprised of Jimmy Russell on guitar, Sean Badders on bass, and Michael Goetz on drums, the trio’s sound has evolved on “Red Light Rabbit” from a good-time, energetic funk punk band to an amalgamation of funk, psychedelic rock, and garage-soul with a slight pinch of honky-tonk.

    Watch the video for “Take Your Medicine,” the first single off of “Red Light Rabbit”

    Formed in 2005, The Quick & Easy Boys quickly made a name for themselves in Eugene, Oregon before heading north and building a Portland, Oregon fanbase. Their shows are an interactive party with electrifying stage antics and profound musical moments as the trio pours out every ounce of their energy, leaving nothing behind. The band has gained the reputation for moving a crowd all-night long whether it be a big festival or a tiny watering hole.

    In 2008, they released their debut, “Bad Decisions With Good People,” which left people raving about their unique and vibrant sound, and in September of 2009, they sojourned out on their first United States tour. Two national tours are now planned for 2010 in support of their new release, “Red Light Rabbit.”