Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory Grammy Winners!

Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding has secured two coveted prizes at the 55th Annual Grammy Award ceremonies—one of which she shares with longtime local musical treasure, Thara Memory. Spalding’s fourth studio album, Radio Music Society was selected as “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Sunday night in Los Angeles. In addition a track from that album, “City of Roses,” a composition she produced with Memory, won a Grammy accolade for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist.” Memory was also in attendance at the ceremony.


Esperanza Spalding first came to light as a teenager in a November 2001 Two Louies review by SP Clarke, wherein he praised her first band, Noise For Pretend, and made prominent note of her auspicious talent. Again in June of 2002 SP predicted that she would one day “accrue widespread recognition,” which eleven years hence seems prophetic to say the least.


These are Spalding’s second and third Grammy victories. In 2011 she won the award for “Best New Artist,” defeating Justin Bieber, among several other very noteworthy candidates. She is the only jazz artist ever to win the honor. All of this for a brilliant young woman still only twenty-eight years old, with a portentous future ahead of her! The best is yet to come for Esperanza Spalding. We are fortunate to be able to claim her as one of our own.


Video— “City of Roses” 



Pete Krebs needs our help. with update from Birdie.

Pete still needs our help so here is a link to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation Pete Krebs Grant Fund.
 A fixture in the Portland music scene for the past twenty years, singer/guitarist Pete Krebs has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, desmoplastic melanoma. It is known to appear in the head and neck regions of individuals with sun-damaged skin. Pete’s doctors have determined the extent of his illness to be at Stage II, which means that (for now) the cancer appears to be localized. Because this form of cancer does not respond to chemo or radiation therapies, surgery is the only alternative. In an effort to quell the advance and to ascertain the extent of the disease, tissue in his neck is to be removed and a biopsy is due to be performed.
Pete Krebs first appeared on the local radar screen in 1992 with Hazel—one of Portland’s most influential alternative bands. Since Hazel’s disbanding in 1997, Pete has explored a variety of musical styles with bands such as Golden Delicious, Gossamer Wings, Kung Pao Chickens, Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys.
For the past several years, Pete has been working full time as a musician, while his wife Rebecca attends grad school. Together they were buying a house, which they are now forced to sell in order to contend with the mounting medical bills. The family is already experiencing severe financial strain and they haven’t even received a diagnosis for Pete’s illness yet.
It is in times such as these when all of us within the local community need to pull together to help a fellow musician in dire straits. Anyone who remembers the plight of Billy Rancher can certainly sympathize with the position that Pete Krebs and his family are in.
Those interested in contributing to Pete Krebs’ cause, should click here:
All of us wish Pete a rapid and complete recovery.

Music Millennium, Help Is On the Way!

As always, there are a million reasons to shop at Music Millennium. Now there’s one more, and it may be the most important reason of all. The details are not mine to tell, but confirmed word is out that MM got pinched for a substantial amount of money- apparently enough to nearly close the store…

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Jennifer Batten’s guitar stolen, Please Help!!!

Saturday Night December 29th some asswipe smashed out the window of Jennifer’s car and stole her main guitar of the past 15 years. the car was in the parking lot of the Casa Del Matador restaurant 2424 E Burnside. If you happen to see this guitar please contact Jennifer or so we can get it back to her. If you happen to see it in a pawn shop please let the owners know its stolen and who it belongs to.

batten guitar

 here is another shot.

Jennifer Batten

The Star Spangled Banner

to celebrate a great day for America.

November 6, 2012 President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as President of the United States of America. I believe this is a good thing for our entertainment industry.


The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) has just announced the inductees for 2012. These inductees will be honored at the 6th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, to be held Saturday, October 6th at 7pm at the Aladdin Theater.

This year’s inductees are:


EVERCLEAR: Art Alexakis moved to Portland and started Everclear in 1992. With their first album “World of Noise” being released on Tim Kerr Records creating a buzz, the band signed to Capitol Records. The band released 5 albums on Capitol Records including 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum. They had numerous hit singles including the now classic “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You a New House.” The band was nominated for a Grammy and was named Billboard Magazine’s Modern Rock Band of the Year. The classic line-up of Art with Craig Montoya (bass) and Greg Eklund (drums) parted company in 2003, but Everclear continues to release albums and is currently on the Summerland Tour with Lit, Marcy Playground and Sugar Ray.

THE HUDSON BROTHERS: Brett, Bill and Mark Hudson started playing together in 1965. In 1967 they won a battle of the bands contest and were signed to a record label, calling themselves the New Yorkers. In 1970, they changed their name to Hudson and continued releasing music for various labels, including Playboy Records and Decca. In 1973 they changed their name to the Hudson Brothers after signing to Elton John’s Rocket Records. In 1974 they had their own TV variety show, The Hudson Brothers Show, followed the next year by the Hudson Brothers’ Razzle Dazzle Hour. They released albums on Arista, Casablanca and Elektra up to 1981 when they disbanded. Mark has continued in music producing and writing for Ringo Starr and Aerosmith, among others. Brett has continued in music as well as working in TV production. Bill also continues to work in music.

PATRICK LAMB: Patrick Lamb studied early with OMHOF inductee Thara Memory and won Best Soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz competition. Since then he has played with numerous musicians as a much in-demand sax player in all fields of music. He has won 3 Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association and was awarded the Independent Spirit Award from the City of Portland. He has released multiple albums on his own, with his most recent receiving a Grammy Nomination. He plays with Grammy winner Diane Schuur as well with legendary artists Gino Vanelli and Bobby Caldwell. His project “A NW Tribute to Ray Charles” got great reviews and was featured with the Oregon Symphony.

CHRIS MILLER:  Guitarist Chris Miller played in one of Portland’s most popular bands in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, The Rockin’ Razorbacks. The Razorbacks’ fan base grew and the band played regularly all over the NW.  He then played in a blues band called the Terraplanes before moving to Texas. Playing with artists such as Junior Brown and Marcia Ball (which included a performance at the White House), Chris became popular with both fans and other musicians. The legendary Dave Alvin asked Chris to join his band and Chris became Dave’s right hand man, playing both steel and electric guitar.

CALVIN WALKER:  Calvin Walker was more than a drummer and the leader of the Calvin Walker Band. Calvin was a pivotal player in the Portland Music scene from the late ‘70s as a producer, manager and promoter. He has produced music for many local artists including Michael Allen Harrison, Five Fingers of Funk and Sheila Wilcoxson, as well as many others. He was also an active member of the Portland Music Association and was always finding ways to help the local music community. In 2003 he became the Development Director of KMHD Radio, a position he held until OPB purchased the station. Calvin also owns Nacawana Projects Productions, a company that produces music recording and video.

U-KREW:  In 1984 a group emerged on the scene in Portland called the Untouchable Krew: Kevin Morse, Larry Bell, Lavell Alexander, J.Mack and Hakim. Their mixture of hip-hop and R&B built up a strong local following. They soon shortened their name to U-Krew. In 1989 they were signed to Enigma Records and released their self-titled album, “The U-Krew,” which hit #93 on the Billboard Top 200. There were two singles released as well; “If You Were Mine” reached #21 and “Let Me Be Your Lover” reached #68. U-Krew is credited with being the pioneers of the hip-hop scene in the state of Oregon.


DANNY SCHAUFFLER:  Danny Schauffler has been one of the busiest sax players in Oregon. Over the years he has played or recorded with Felicidades, Sky River, Paul Delay, Quarterflash, The Rockin’ Razorbacks, Dan Reed Network, Johnny Limbo, Tom Grant, The California Raisins and others. He was a member of Oregon Music Hall of Fame bands Nu Shooz and the Crazy 8’s. It was with the Crazy 8s that Danny became known not only for his playing but also his energetic stage presence. He is a high school music teacher and also books the music at the Lake Oswego Arts Fair.

D.K. STEWART: D.K. is a go-to guy in the community when a keyboard player is needed. D.K. Stewart has been performing in Oregon since the 1970s when he was in the Nighthawks in Eugene. He’s had the opportunity to perform with some of the legends of the blues such Big Walter Horton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Joe Louis Walker, Roomful of Blues, Albert Collins and others. He played in NW bands led by Lloyd Jones, Robert Cray, Jim Mesi and Paul Delay before starting his own band in the mid ‘80s. He has won multiple Cascade Blues Association awards and is a member of the Muddy Hall of Fame.


TOM ROBINSON AND MARK STEN OF CONCERT SOUND: The Portland punk movement of the late ‘70s could not have existed without the presence of Tom Robinson & Mark Sten and their company, Concert Sound. Concert Sound was there doing sound for the Rats (Fred & Toody Cole), The Neo Boys, Poison Idea, The Wipers and many others. They did sound for Oregon Music Hall of Fame Bands like the Crazy 8’s and the Dan Reed Network. They cared about artists that played in this town and the music they loved, as well as caring about the sound the artist got. They also did sound for many nationally and internationally known artists who played in Portland.

IRIS HARRISON: Iris Harrison started doing radio at KVAN-AM, a progressive rock station in the ‘70s, before moving onto KGON-FM. To many, Iris is KGON and she has entertained radio listeners and turned them on to both new and classic rock for over 35 years. Iris has been a great champion of Oregon-based artists, including being the first in the country to play Johnny & The Distractions. You will see her at tons of live music shows, from legends like Tom Petty and Roger Waters to local favorites like the Crazy 8’s. Not surprisingly, you will also find her talking to her listeners at these events. She is genuinely a music fan and great supporter of causes in the community, from musician benefits to health issues.


THE DECEMBERISTS: In January 2011, The Decemberists released possibly their best album to date, and one of the most critically acclaimed albums in the world: “The King Is Dead”. They also released a limited edition CD, “Live At Bull Moose”, for Record Store Day in April and another live release in November, titled “Long Live The King”. They appeared on both Late Night With David Letterman and The Jay Leno Show during the last year.


THE DECEMBERISTS: 2011 was a great year for releases by Oregon artists but the Decemberists’ “The King Is Dead” took this year’s honors. The album found the band taking a somewhat different approach to their music, with an amazing collection of well-crafted songs.


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.

Tickets are $25 in advance. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include prime seating, a special signed and numbered hand pulled poster by artist Gary Houston and entrance to the VIP party with all the inductees after the show. Tickets are available at and at the Aladdin Theater box office. Doors will open at 6PM and the event will begin at 7PM. For up to date information, check out