The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) has just announced the inductees for 2011. These inductees will be honored at the 5th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, to be held Saturday, October 8th at 7pm at the Newmark Theater.

This year’s inductees are:


DHARMA BUMS: Jeremy Wilson (vocals, guitar), Eric Lovre (guitar, vocals), John Moen (drums, vocals) and Jimmy Talstra (bass) formed the Dharma Bums in their hometown of Silverton in 1986. They soon made their base in Portland and went on to release 3 albums and play over 200 dates a year during their 6 year run in the US and Europe. The band helped lead the way for the alternative rock explosion in Portland in the ‘90s. All 4 have continued playing music and in 2010 they did a reunion show to a full house at the Crystal Ballroom and released an album of unreleased material.

JEFFREY FREDERICK AND THE CLAMTONES: Jeffrey Frederick started the Clamtones in the late ‘60s in Vermont but soon morphed the band into Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys. In 1975, at the urging of Robin Remaily of the Holy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey moved to Portland and started a new version of the Clamtones. The Clamtones included Dave Reisch (vocals, bass), Robin Remaily (guitar and mandolin, Teddy Deane (horns & woodwinds), Richard Tyler (piano) and Roger North (drums). The band morphed into Les Clams and later included Turtle Vandermarr, Kevin “Bingo” Richey, Lex Browning and Jim Boyer. The band developed a reputation for being “one of the best bar bands in the country”. In 1997, Jeffrey passed on but left a legacy of music that is still being released.

SEQUEL: Sequel was one of the most popular bands in Oregon in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  Sequel’s harder rock sound combined with great vocal harmony and songwriting led them to become one of the top-drawing bands in the state, playing back-to-back clubs every week. The band consisted of Greg Georgeson (guitar, vocals), Todd Jenson (bass, vocals), Dave Wall (guitar, vocals) and Grant Roholt (drums). Their 1982 debut album was a staple on KGON. In 1983 they recorded the follow-up. Elektra Records asked them to shelve the album, as they were interested in signing the band and releasing it. While waiting for all the Elektra decision makers to give the green light, the band ended up breaking up. In the last decade the band has reunited to do a few shows, including a packed house at the Roseland and opening for Loverboy.

NORMAN SYLVESTER: Norman Sylvester has been has been playing the blues a long time. His band has been together since 1985, delivering good-time original blues music around the NW at both clubs and festivals. Norman, known also as the Boogie Cat, has been featured on over a dozen records, including on his own Boogie Cat Productions label and the Rose City Blues Festival album. Norman has also been a great supporter of community projects and events, where he and his band help spread goodwill through their music. He’s also a winner of several Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, including the Back What You Believe In award.

WHEATFIELD: Wheatfield began as a folk-duo in 1971 with Pete Wolfe and Will Hobbs. Within the year they added a bass player, lead guitarist and drummer and went on to be one of the most popular bands in the state, as well as playing the entire NW and British Columbia. Their style branched out to include influences of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, rock and even jazz. In 1980 they released their first full-length album, produced by longtime Steve Miller harmonica player Norton Buffalo. That year KOIN TV ran a prime time TV special on the band that was shown all over the state. In 1982, the band broke up, although they still kept doing occasional reunions. They are now back as an active band and released a new album in 2010.


PHIL BAKER: Phil Baker has played with some of the best.  He toured with Diana Ross for 9 years. He has played with Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Diane Schuur, Les McCann, Tom Scott, and Ernie Watts among others. He even took the stage with Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Linda Ronstadt years ago during the prestigious “Motown 25” special. For the last 6 years, he has been the bass player for Pink Martini. Over the years, Phil has taught hundreds of students and put on dozens of clinics. He also writes a monthly column for Bass Musician magazine.

SAM HENRY: Sam Henry has been drumming in bands in Portland for 4 decades. He has played in The Wipers, The Rats, Napalm Beach, Poison Idea, Snow Bud & The Flower People and Morgan Grace, among others. His bands were a staple at Portland’s legendary Satyricon. Though some may think of Sam as Portland’s quintessential punk drummer, he has also played funk with Shock, 1930s swing jazz with the Stolen Sweets and even country roots music with Michael Dean Damron, as well as most every other genre of music. Sam is also a music instructor giving drum lessons to many up-and-coming musicians.


BOB ANCHETA: After building his own radio station as a teen in the attic of his parents’ house, while still a senior in high school, Bob began his real radio career in 1970 on Portland’s legendary underground music station KVAN-AM. This was followed by a stint at KQIV-FM, Portland’s only ever quadraphonic radio station. In 1977 Bob joined KGON-FM, spending 18 years on air at his powerhouse station. One of his great attributes was knowledge of the music and artists he played. His on air talking was as exciting as the music he turned people on to. He went on to Earth 105. Today you still hear Bob every Sunday with his Blues show on KINK-FM. You may also hear his voice work on many stations from his company Internet Jock. Bob was also the stage manager for the Paramount Theater in the ‘70s and manager of the band Sequel.

GEORGE TOUHOULIOTIS: To quote George Touhouliotis, “I had an interest in the culture of music. Not the music, per se, but what the bands represented. That was the beauty of the punks: they were real.” George gave Portland a club called Satyricon. George opened up Satyricon to bands that, in many cases, could not get gigs in the other rooms in town because they were playing music out on the fringe. George and the Satyricon became the second home for both the musicians who played there as well as the fans. Portland bands like the Wipers, Dead Moon, The Dharma Bums, The Crazy 8s, The Jackals, Napalm Beach and Poison Idea played there. National acts like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Flaming Lips also played gigs there.


ESPERANZA SPALDING: Esperanza Spalding taught herself violin and within a year was good enough to earn a spot in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. At age 15, she became concertmaster. After switching to bass and attending Darrell Grant’s music program at Portland State, she enrolled at Berklee College of Music. In 2005, at age 20, she became the youngest instructor in the school’s history. She has released 3 albums, with her second release, “Esperanza”, being on the jazz charts for 70 weeks. Her 2010 release, “Chamber Music Society” became a hit with both fans and critics and landed her an appearance on the Grammy Awards as well as a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.


The 5th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction & Concert will be held on Saturday October 8th at 7pm at the Newmark Theater. This year’s master of ceremonies will be the ever-colorful Tony Starlight. The sponsors include Berkley North Pacific, Elliott Powell, Baden & Baker Insurance, KINK-FM and Portland Music Co.
There will be 3 musical performances by former OMHOF inductees, all favorites of the ‘80s.

Johnny & the Distractions – Johnny & the Distractions tore up the NW clubs in the early ‘80s. Their debut album was a favorite on KGON, and A&M Records soon signed the band. They toured across the country with bands such as Tom Petty, Asia and the J. Geils Band. This will be a rare reunion for the band.

The Crazy 8s formed while the members attended college at Oregon State in the ‘80s. They quickly became one of the most popular bands in the NW and began touring all around the country. The 8s released 5 albums in the ‘80s as well as an album in the ‘90s. After doing a sold out reunion show, the band has been seen doing occasional shows again.

Nu Shooz – One of the most successful bands to ever come out of Oregon, Nu Shooz released a 7” single of “I Can’t Wait” in 1985. The song was played heavily at Portland Radio and an album was released. A remix version of the song became a hit in the Netherlands and led to a contract with Atlantic Records. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Charts, #2 on the R&B charts and #1 on the dance charts, and the album “Poolside” was certified Platinum. The follow-up single went to #28 on the charts. The band was nominated for a Grammy for best new artist. Their second Atlantic album also yielded 2 successful Billboard charting singles. This will be the first-ever reunion of the band, which ended 20 years ago.

Tickets will be on sale at all Ticket Master outlets and the PCPA box office July 22nd. There is a special pre-sale on July 20th and 21st. A special password will be available Monday July 18th at omhof.org. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. VIP tickets, which include prime seating, after-induction party and poster, are $90 in advance.



The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) will hold a Press Conference on Monday July 11th at 5pm at Tony Starlight’s to announce the 2011 Inductees into OMHOF. This year’s inductees will be inducted on Saturday October 8th at the Newmark Theater.

OMHOF was formed in 2003 to both promote and preserve the musical arts in the state of Oregon. Since then they have been successful in putting musical programs on in many elementary schools and raised money for college scholarships, besides recognizing the great talent from our state.

Previous Inductees include Black ‘n’ Blue, Robert Cray, The Crazy 8s, Dead Moon, Johnny & the Distractions, Doc Severinsen, Nu Shooz, Quarterflash, Jim Pepper, Mel Brown, Billy Rancher, Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Kingsmen. For a complete list go to omhof.org

OMHOF will also announce the talent to play the 5th Annual Induction Ceremony as well as this year’s host. At the press conference, there will also be a performance by one of this year’s inductees.

‘Passion Of The Heist’, One of Guitar World Magazine’s Top 50 Studio Albums

I AM ABOMINATION’s ‘Passion Of The Heist’ Named as One of Guitar World Magazine’s Top 50 Studio Albums of the First Half of 2011

To Release New Digital EP, ‘Passion Of The Heist’, on July 19th, 2011 with Good Fight Music

I AM ABOMINATION’s upcoming EP, Passion Of The Heist, was just named one of Guitar World Magazine’s top 50 studio albums of the first half of 2011! This amazing accomplishment slates the band next to some of today’s top-charting groups like Foo FightersCage The Elephant, and The Strokes, and some of metal’s top-notched bands such as Protest The Hero, Asking Alexandria, and Periphery. Head to this link to check out I AM ABOMINATION’s EP amongst other great albums from 2011.

Ultimate-Guitar.com recently unveiled a brand new track cut from the band’s upcoming digital EP, Passion Of The Heist, entitled ‘Transformation’. Head to this link to listen to the new track, and make sure to pre-order Passion Of The Heist now at this linkPassion Of The Heist releases on July 19th, 2011 with GOOD FIGHT MUSIC.

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. Passion Of The Heistincludes guest appearances, including an appearance by ATTACK ATTACK’s Caleb Shomo on the track ‘Ascension’.


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

I AM ABOMINATION is not stranger to positive vibes towards their sound and originality. “Michigan has given us a few memorable things such as Ford cars, Eminem and Domino’s Pizza… Now the Mighty Mitten State has graced our ears with the likes of I AM ABOMINATION—a post-hardcore/progressive rock outfit that boasts a vast, enthralling sound and forward-thinking mindset,” stated TheNewReview.net in 2010.

In reference to their 2010 release, To Our Forefathers, DecoyMusic.com stated, “I AM ABOMINATION has crafted an absurdly pleasing album. From the appealing voice of lead singer Phil Druyor, the swift riffs of guitarists Shawn Reed and Zach Felps, to the floating, airy beauty of the synthesizers that surround I AM ABOMINATION’s music, To Our Forefathers is the audio equivalent of a massive heap of cotton candy.”

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

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