Oregon Music Hall of Fame interviews

Its time again to recognize the very best musicians who have made history and helped shape our incredible music scene!

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies come every year sometime in October. The performances and artist speeches are exclusive, one-of-a-kind and get better and better each year. Many times the performances and appearances are one-time-only, as many of the artists live in different parts of the world or do not perform as they were all those years ago. But because of the magnitude of the circumstances, as well as the OMHOF mission of helping to fund music education programs for needy children, is often reason enough to reconsider practicing those old songs, try on that old stage suit or drop old grudges to reform with original line-ups. And they travel from near and far to rise to the occasion…thankfully for us!

Any music fan, especially Portland music fans owe it to themselves to never miss the opportunity to get the chance at hearing and seeing and experiencing history being made…up close and personal. You can’t see this ANYWHERE else!

We here at BUKO TV feel very fortunate to be able to sit down and talk to them all personally so we can bring some of the great things they have to say right to you! Here is your backstage pass for exclusive interview cuts of some of last years Inductees!

KGON’s Iris Harrison. Mark Hudson, EVERCLEAR, DK Stewart, Calvin Walker and the unforgettable U-Krew! You’ll see rising music star and OMHOF sponsor Geoff Metts showcase his custom made OMHOF guitar and talks about its inception. World famous Mark Hudson talks about what its like writing songs with Ringo Starr…and singing into the same microphone next to Steven Tyler‘s child-bearing lips! DK Stewart talks songwriting and, just exactly how one does that. How does he do it anyway?

Art Alexakis talks about moving to Portland and getting close that “Father Of Mine”. U-Krew talk their mutinous beginnings helping to originate early rap & hip-hop days, and Iris Harrison makes an exclusive announcement in this segment…for the 1st time to the public…

Only here on BUKO TV! This year’s Induction Ceremony is Saturday, Oct. 5th at the Aladdin Theater. Go to OMHOF.org, the Aladdin or Music Millennium!

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame honors Oregonians who have made outstanding contributions to, or significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of the music industry. These contributions can be on a national, regional, or local level. Nominees must have been born in Oregon, or have lived or operated in Oregon sometime during their lifetime. Join us!

Official trailer for
Waterfront Blues Festival Documentary

Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the official trailer for Buko TV produced Portland Waterfront Blues Festival full-feature film! All proceeds are to benefit the Oregon Food Bank and their wonderful efforts to feed hungry people and families in Oregon.

We started four years ago filming answers from the many walks of life and prototypes who make up the pulse of this seminal event. Adults, children, volunteers, music industry insiders, Security and stage peeps, Food Bank Representatives and even Peter Dammann!

It was also Peter who makes his premiere acting debut which will be seen in the movie’s intro!

Each category of people are asked a specific set of questions, with room for improvisational dialogue. Some of it was absolutely hilarious, heart warming, and sometimes tearjerking.

The film will show interviews with the Portland Statue guy who gives some great silent answers, Peter’s hilarious story about Solomon Burke and his 8 dozen roses. Jim Miller’s interview in front of the Honey Buckets under the bridge, and the subsequent crowd who gathered around him as he takes control of the mic and preaches so loudly about how awesome it all is!

The very private and very exclusive extended interview with Walter Trout at the “Motel 6″(thanx again, Jim Miller!) which was insightful, hilarious and heart wrenching. Very cool banter and comical interplay with the likes of Franco Palletta, Linda and Mark Hornbuckle, the balloon guy and the Portland Spirit ship Captain just to name a very few!

Robben Ford talks guitar style and influencing. Watch Bobby Rush talk blues history then accuse me of not listening to the music, but to just “Watch those asses shakin”’!” Taj Mahal talks about his early days, Rolling Stones, Jesse Ed Davis and Mount Gay Rum!

Elvin Bishop gushes about fishing and the great outdoors, Booker T explaining the ‘Dollar on the piano’ story. Ivan Neville talks about just about everything he knows about, and what its like to stay up all night with Keith Richards! Chris Thomas King, Lucky Peterson, Maceo Parker and many many more.

We interviewed just about everybody we could think of. Ones we all know and love along with people we don’t all know is what makes this kind of film a beautiful thing to behold. We are so excited and can’t wait till its done so everyone can see themselves!

There are over 5 hours of pure interview footage to choose from, which will juxtaposition with actual concert footage that David Jester and his crew have amassed over so many years.

We want to thank EVERYONE who have been helping and assisting us, especially the ones who put up with my constant whining and shirt pulling(you know who you are) to get us the access we needed.

Nothing is done without a wonderful crew.

Filming has been accomplished with a few people the first couple years. Cary Ray, Eric Stewart and Julie Garland. Stacy Brockett has done the last 2 years and is my right hand. Her insight, filming and editing skills are the heartbeat of BukoTV.

Joanie Hunt, Andrea Stellar and Brent Angelo have eyes like binoculars and microscopes…

Let the editing begin!


An Evening With Lloyd Jones Buko TV Segment

Join Typod for an exclusive Lloyd Jones interview and sold out show footage at Jimmy Mack’s…just in time for the BF 25th Anniversary…right here, right now! The only performer who has appeared at every Waterfront Blues Festival. This year you can catch Lloyd in 3 different performances at this years Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

Lloyd is one of the most interesting subjects I’ve ever interviewed. His euphonious angling and regard summing up to the muse is endless. Absolutely NO yawn factor in his extended answers because he just reels you in by driving historic musical imagery into your brain.  You willingly to go anywhere he turns. Every time I looked to ask one of the many questions written down, he’d answered them all in tandem from the very first. This was an extraordinary interview with one of the greatest blues icons anywhere.  

Western Aerial

I’m Painting a Picture of a Western Aerial:
Summer’s Here Kick Ass Rock’n’Roll Extravaganza

I wouldn’t advocate sex, drugs, rock &roll, alcohol or lewd and vain behavior to anyone. So my medical advice  is to see Western Aerial anytime you can and you’ll get all the above….in one dose. Its much more fun, easier on the pocketbook and there’s absolutely no cut.
No argument here that there are dozens of top notch bands hailing from PDX. Equally inarguable, is that  Western Aerial is the defining and unparalleled factor for hard-rock in the region. Not an offhanded muttering or breathless whisper has been confirmed to the contrary thus far. This can only mean their super show this Saturday will be packed with music fiends from far and wide.

While the execs upstairs have been listening for the next Justin Beiber, snorting tic tacs and losing at Nintendo, Geoff Metts has been writing hit songs. And somehow, thru the familiarity of the riffage and percussion, this band attains something very unique among a plethora of saturated bands who flash in and out of the scene. Charisma, talent and pure desire to succeed.
Sometimes I wonder if the distraction of one-hit-wonders keeps our collective ears off the ball. This power trio’s been batting record home runs since the first day they arrived.

I distinctly remember the first WA show I attended. Earlier that night I pulled up their website. I had to loosen my collar listening to tracks like “Fifteen”, “Wait” and “Hot as Hell“.  My usually cool and dark basement office began to glow, engulfed by a sweltering heat. A ravenous magnetism summoned an intense desire to bolt up, play air guitar, slam a beer and jump up and down wildly.
The music pounded, adrenaline surged. And somewhere between my sweaty thrashing and sheer decibel levels, heat-seeking fruit flies were suddenly everywhere, hovering and batting wildly above the speakers. The little fiends stuck to the walls and wallowed in my cup of crude liquor like pigs in a vat. I flapped my arms wildly, threw on my coat  and left for the show or I’d surely be consumed like a rotten banana.

Finally down at the club, rejoicing at my narrow escape, all seemed normal until Geoff struck the first chord- turning a December night in a cavernous room into a tepid and swampous boiler room of sweat infused delerium.
And suddenly, there they were…again!  It was hard to see in the darkness of the room, except for the flashes of stage lights and clicking cameras. This time they seemed to have grown much, much bigger. They screamed and yelled, donning leather jackets, tattoos and assorted jewelry. They were swilling beer again and hovering around the speakers. For a brief moment I thought the little bastards had followed me down. Then the thick swarm roared when Geoff said, “How many of you people want to rock and fucking roll?” A grand relief came over me that I was among my own kind.

That’s when I realized that no one can quite touch what they do. To see Western Aerial is  like dipping a greedy middle finger for a taste of all the things we shouldn’t have, except you don’t feel guilty about it the next day.

Expect to be impressed from this ‘pull-all-stops-at-all-costs’ band . Pretty sure they will kick out the right songs from their substantial catalogue while pulling beastly gems from their upcoming release.

To top the epiphanic experience, highly rated Stripperland contenders, the Dragonflies and American Bastard will stomp this show down through the cement, echo throughout the Shanghai Tunnels and shoo the ghosts back into the Willamette.
Meanwhile, you’ll be safe and (very) warm above, batting wildly in the air… with the fruitflies.

Saturday, 9pm at Dante’s- 1 SW 3rd ave PDX

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Garden of Eden Bass Player, Mark Van Der Werff Memorial

Marko passed away last night fittingly on Memorial Day. The Garden of Eden bass player was stricken ill w/ several major health problems a few months ago and had decided to take control and spend his last few days at home where he was most comfortable.

Garden of Eden is one of Portland’s most embraced metal bands. Headed by leader singer/ guitarist Dan Crenshaw, they’ve been on the scene at least since 1985, playing w/ the likes of Metallica, Ratt, Great White, B.O.C., Pat Travers and many, many more.
Marko brought a fit and style to this band that is simply described as…one-of-a-kind.

Surmounting medical bills w/ no viable insurance is a common place issue of our age, setting the scene for many years of political divide to come. The battle for  universal coverage where everyone pays something to share the load has been forever contrasted against the private sector, where everyman is for himself. While hard lines are being drawn and bitter arguments ensue, good people like Marko everywhere are caught in the trap.

several months in a hospital can generate astronomical costs.
It matters not whether a patient lives or dies, as the bills are generated regardless.

Please help show your love and support with many in the music community this Saturday in celebrating the life and music of one of PDX’ best and most dedicated players.

There will be no shortage of great music . 6 top notch metal bands will be there to help rock Marko to the heavens.

God speed Marko!

Exclusive Buko TV video interview w/ Black “N Blue backstage!

Typod’s exclusive interview with ALL 5 members of the original line-up, filmed just before going on stage to accept their award for outstanding achievement by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and play a riveting set of stone-cold hits, obscure sleepers and newly penned rocker’s, from their May 13th scheduled release titled, “Hell Yeah!”

Admissions of torrid sex parties, legendary bar-room tabs or fist-fights with Axl Rose? Garden-row sized rails behind the amps? Not a chance.
However.. backstage in a secret room, the band intimately tells us about the importance of music education, their influences, touring details and how they all still get along at nearly 30 years…a rare beast in this industry. Perez Hilton’s got nothing on us, baby.

A Portland creation, Black “N Blue was formed 1981 by Cleveland, Lake Oswego and Sunset High School students, developing themselves into one of the forefront hair/metal bands of the period- and making an indelible mark & influence upon the genre.
They eventually attracted the attention of Gene Simmons, who subsequently Produced their next couple albums, helping to blow album sales in excess of a million units.
Jaime St. James later went on to join immensely popular and successful band Warrant, while Tommy Thayer kept in contact w/ Gene, eventually being invited to join Kiss in 2002- assuming “Spaceman”, Ace Frehley’s lead guitar position.

Buko was there from the very beginning with Two Louies Magazine, covering and shooting the band in virtually every show at the time. The entire Buko crew had an immensely great time hanging with these guys, and it was especially great for me to interview them.

Pssst! If you weren’t in attendance at the 2010 OMHOF Award Ceremony, you missed an all-star jam with the Kingsmen and Black “N Blue, along with various other legendary musician’s and Inductees. If you weren’t there, suffice it to say, you shoulda been!

The great part is, that now you can see a bit of what you may have missed, and meet these guys through Buko TV. Enjoy.


Western Aerial; Geoff Metts, Kevin Rankin,

Western Aerial is L to R; Jimmy RichardsGeoff MettsKevin Rankin, before the show.

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OK. Since there were probably a total of 2 people in the city who weren’t in attendance…these shots are for you. For everyone else, the Saturday night’s show is forever burned in your collective minds as some of the best rocking by one of the most original bands PDX has to offer.

This was a spectacular event for the band’s premier with drummer, Kevin Rankin. Youdathunk him was their’s from the beginning, except for powerhouse exiting kick-drum-stretcher, Anthony Tripp was on hand to wish him well. Anthony’s presence kept it firm in mind who laid the bottom ground all these years- Six years and four albums worth of mind-blowing power that NO ONE will forget.
This is the kind of friendship and comradore these cats are made of, They always make everyone in attendance feel welcome as if we all too are members of the band!

As usual, onstage they pulled out all the stops, but this night was just a tad different… as it really belonged to Kevin. He was an absolute beast as he pounded his way through a mighty chunk of the band’s catalogue, showing he is more than ready to fill the shoes as the skin-man in this unique trio called Western Aerial.
The band was ever-so tight, the audience was Pabst fueled, sweat infused and dance-crazed, while gorgeous tattooed women swirled on the cat-walks above.
Geoff and Jimmy seemed at times amazed at the responsive brew of people.

Among the raised hands and fists, whiskey glasses and rapturous movement, left no doubts that the audience agreed!

© 2011 Buko Magazine


Joe Satriani
More photos from the show

Satch is always an exhilarating pleasure to watch and listen to, and you can count on his performance to be the very best. He has unique ability of playing past monster classics in just a way that satisfies the ‘play it the way I know it’ in all his fans, yet instinctively needles a new twist to them each time. Hearing the new compositions inspire both young and old to keep on following one of the greatest virtuosos of our age. He is the model of his category, and a living time-capsule of genre-bending styles; be it shred, melodic, straight ahead rock & roll or classic anthemic compositions, Joe can play as fast as the speed of sound, yet understands the spaces between notes. Sometimes its what you don’t play that counts.

Joe Satriani is once again, the man who defines what ‘continual birthing’ means for guitar players. Each time he unleashes new material, he at once tops himself from what he’s done previous, while instantly hooking you onto whatever he’s got up his sleeve next. He’s continually establishing new exciting sounds and unheard cries from his signature Ibanez.

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There’s a sort of Zen vs. Zorathustra quality about his approach to playing live. His movements and riffing are seemingly formal and calculating, except for what comes out of it is like an escalation to an exploding comet.

While he re-instates the utter importance of his catalogue, he is still forging the definition of what is to come for the future of his culture. We thirst for more.

After seeing him 5 times, this show was even more amazing than the last. He took us from clusters of new stuff, timeless classics, to little covered ‘b-sides’ and unreleased comps he wanted to throw out to us.
The crowd was mesmerized and gladly followed him into his foray of cosmic surf, along with the Alien, Flesh Giants and to greet the Wormhole Wizard himself.

© 2011 Buko Magazine

Winos Do Not March

Philly Phunkestra’s
Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
Philly Phunkestra Big Band plays “Overnight Sensation”.

Philly Phunkestra’s Halloween 2010, The Whiskey

What better way to trick or treat than at Portland’s premier super-nod to Frank Zappa’s famous Halloween shows in N.Y. Circa mid-70’s. This night looked much like it too, especially when compared to his 1977 film, ‘Baby Snakes’, which was projected in Gigantia on the back wall for effect for any there who wondered just what’s the deal we’re dealing’ in. Cheapness was abound in all its glory, avant-garde disregard and misbehavior was the tone set for everyone- and all lived up to the stinky standard. Oh, what class to snod a boogered finger at the status quo.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) Yoko Mammy (Aniana Hough) “Painted Up Her Face”, and Frank Zappa appeared to be pleased.

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Philly’s Phunkestra made it all happen perfectly with their own twist on FZ’s landmark album, “Overnight Sensation“, played in its entirety. A big Band ala funk display of early Mothers’ antics; they at once galvanized each decade of Frank’s monster catalog with a stunning disarray, liberally mixing over the top costumes, fuzzed out lead guitar, claymation figures in various porncarmelizations. 10 band players staggered against each other so tightly they were switching costumes w/ each blessed note and crescendo . The brass section VERY reminiscent of Frank’s final line-up in ’88…even a bit of the old Bongo Fury, complete w/ an Ike Willis look-a-like dressed as a voodoo Doctor from the “You Are What You Is” video.

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) “Zomby Woof’s”. Justin Partney, Kyle Smith, and Kyle kicking out some
“Dirty Love”.

“Merrceedeees Bieeennnzzz!”

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
Angel Martin and a “Frog With Dirty Little Lips”.

The crowd belched a mind-blowing array of stars; Beeker and Kermit the Frog, Capt. AmericaDinah Mo-Hum(w/ her snatchy sister), Angel Martin(Rockford Files), many wonderful winos…even Poncho, the acid gobbling dental floss merchant. A tiny pony was rumored to roam about the room. It was halloween, so WTF, many things were appearing after Poncho began his slow decline as he began peaking on something-just look at the photos and watch him melt to the point he couldn’t even appear in the costume contest, swaying, slobbering and staring at them like that blown Hell’s Angel from theAltamont concert. His huge mustache slowly disappeared until all one could see was a couple synthetic hairs trailing out the corner of his well-bitten lip…Brotha ‘Jones Crusher‘!

Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey Philly Phunkestra's Halloween Zappa Show at the Whiskey
(L to R) Dinah Mo and Humm ready to soak some corks, and Capt. America: “The minds that won’t be reached.”

Yoko Mammy sang most of the tunes on her crutches and had no problem kicking all the Dancin’ Fools Tryin’ to Grow a Chin out there w/ her scuffed up cast. The crowd Stuck Together until Ms. Pinky showed up and Tweazedthe bass player…using her Friendly Little Finger. Cynthia Plaster Castershowed up and talked to an awful lot of guys in attendance. At least some things never change.
I’m starting to sound like Paul Stanley…but he was there!

Philly’s Phunkestra is the real deal and should be seen AND heard…Buko.netwill return and brag more!

Or better yet: Find them right on FB and friend them.

Aaron Summerfield selling Burnt Weeny Sandwiches Absolutely Free Punky's Whips: You ain't the devil!
(L to R) Aaron Summerfield selling Burnt Weeny Sandwiches Absolutely Free,
and Punky’s Whips: You ain’t the devil!
Cynthia Plaster Caster, Amnesia Vivace and Uncle Remus Ceremonial Master Chris Phillips: The Duke Of Prunes
(L to R) Cynthia Plaster Caster, Amnesia Vivace and Uncle Remus, and Ceremonial Master Chris Phillips: The Duke Of Prunes
Bwanna Dic Sears Poncho: "I'm Stealing the Towels!"
(L to Right) Bwanna Dic, and Sears Poncho: “I’m Stealing the Towels!”

© 2011 Buko Magazine