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 www.ticketmaster.com 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 www.omhof.org.

Wilkinson Blades CD release show for “4:00 AM” June 9th at Secret Society Ballroom

Portland, Oregon-based rock outfit, Wilkinson Blades will celebrate the release of their debut, 4:00 AM, June 9th at Secret Society Ballroom.  Centered around songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Steve Wilkinson, the band is rounded out by Johnny Huck on bass, Jon Beyers on drums, Grant Cumpston on guitar and backing vocals, and Rich Lander on keyboards, mandolin, and backing vocals.

Editor’s Note; SP Clarke’s review of 4:00AM

Also on the bill are Eskimo and McDougall.  Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.  Cover is $10.00 at the door or $15.00 with a CD.

4:00 AM, which will be released nationally on indie label Shiftone Records (an Austin, TX-based label), is an eleven track collection of rootsy-pop, Stones-y rock, sunshine pop, and rainy-night melodies.  Recorded by Wilkinson and friends at various studios, the making of the album was unlike any of Wilkinson’s other projects (including Gravelpit and Mission 5). There were no expectations, no pressures, and certainly no constraints put on the music. The only goal was to make a record Wilkinson would be proud of, could play for his friends, and not have to compromise with members in a band setting.

“I was busy with Mission 5 at the time, making records, writing, and playing lots of live shows,” comments Wilkinson, discussing why his debut solo record took longer than any of his previous records to make.  “All of the bands I have ever played with had a sense of urgency as far as schedules go and getting records out on time and on a tiny budget.  I wanted this record to be done on my time, without rushing and without worrying about deadlines.  Needless to say that with a five-year project I more than accomplished my goal by about four years.”

Playing the majority of the instruments himself, Wilkinson wasn’t without his friends on this record, including them as much as he could, assembling a band without the confines of a band.

“I really wanted this to be a huge group project without the idea of a ‘band’ being behind it.  From writing, to arranging, to all of the instruments, backup vocals, production and engineering, this was exactly what I set out to do when I decided to make this record,” Wilkinson proudly proclaims.

Guests include Wilkinson’s former Mission 5 band mate, and favorite guitarist, Grant Cumpston, drummer Rob Stroup, journeyman and multi-instrumental Rich Lander, Professor Gall’s Drew Norman, and Sean Flora.  The album also features co-writes by Rob Barteletti, Nick Peets, and Anthony Lambright.

“All of these people made a huge difference in how the record sounds.  I am really proud of the fact that I could pull together some of my favorite musicians in Portland and mash it together in an album that sounds like me, while at the same time showcases their contributions to the record.” He pauses, then continues.  “It sounds like me but even better, even though most of them weren’t in the studio at the same time.  We made it sound cohesive, and I’m very proud of that.” Although it was never planned, the band has currently started playing out live and gaining a loyal following – an unlikely twist to the original scope of the recording project.

Leading off with “No Exit,” a song Wilkinson wrote while on the road with Gravelpit during a Rocky Mountain region tour, Wilkinson’s distinct gravel and smoke rock pipes let you know this record is going to be a musical journey. Few artists can pull off a strong rock song like “No Exit” and later in an album write a country number, without having it sound out of place or forced.  However, Wilkinson pulls it off with the banjo number “Someday,” a song he beams about when discussing. “The song is about acknowledging my own double standards and owning up to stuff rather than blaming it on someone else.  Since this is somewhat of a new outlook, I decided to do it in a new style.”

And then there is the buoyant, summertime pop of “Sunshine Now,” written in Portland, at night, during rainy and dark weather, offering up a glimpse of warmth and clarity while the sky showered the city with sheets of rain.
A highlight for Wilkinson is the Lee Hazelwood cover, “Some Velvet Morning,” a subdued, yet inviting blurry-eyed number that pays tribute to Hazelwood while allowing Wilkinson room to commandeer it as his own.  Same goes for “Crippled Mind,” a song penned by legendary Northwest songwriter Chris Newman for his post-Napalm Beach outfit Snow Bud and the Flower People.

The end result: Wilkinson accomplished what he wanted.  He made a record that truly sounds like him, that he is unabashedly proud of, and the culmination of his musical past and history.
Visit Wilkinson Blades online at:Reverb Nation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/wilkinsonblades

Ultimate DANKO JONES DVD Collection to be Released in US July 3, 2012

The Ultimate DANKO JONES DVD Collection
to be Released in the United States on July 3, 2012

Double Disc DVD includes Short Film
featuring ELIJAH WOOD, SELMA BLAIR, LEMMY (Motörhead) and More! 

New Documentary: Bring On The Mountain WORLD PREMIERE at NXNE 2012 on June 12, 2012

NEW ALBUM Coming Fall 2012!

Canadian rock phenomenon DANKO JONES is gearing up to release the first ever official DANKO JONES DVD, entitled Bring On The Mountain on July 3, 2012 in the United States. The two-disc DVD features a comprehensive 90 minute documentary spanning the band’s incredible career, including a slew of exclusive live clips from some of their most memorable performances from around the world. In order to give their fans the best viewing experience possible, the band has blended the greatest clips and moments captured on video throughout their career—forming the outstanding DVD that rabid DANKO JONES fans have been clamoring for. Shot by the Diamond Bros., the documentary offers a unique insight into the ups and downs of one of the hardest working bands around today.

An extra special treat for fans comes in the format of a short film titled The Ballad of Danko Jones. Based on Danko Jones’ most recent video trilogy, the film features actors Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, musicians Lemmy (Motorhead), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and many other familiar faces. All 19 music videos the band has ever made, including videos that have not been available in over 10 years, are also included.

The world premiere of Bring On The Mountain will take place at the National Film Board during the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto, ON on June 12, 2012 (encore performance on June 15), followed by The Ballad of Danko Jones on June 13. Although DANKO JONES will be busy touring in Europe, directors Josh and Jason Diamond will be on hand for the premiere.

DANKO JONES recently wrapped up recording a new album at Noble Street Studios in their hometown of Toronto, ON with producer Matt DeMatteo, and is currently in Vancouver working on the final mixes with engineer Mike Fraser. The currently untitled album is expected to be released early fall 2012.

DANKO JONES’ most recent full-length release, Below the Belt, is the band’s most successful album in many years and includes their biggest commercial radio single to date, entitled ‘Full of Regret’. The single was one of the most played rock songs on Canadian radio in 2010 and charted within the Top 30 on the US Active Rock charts. The album also charted in seven European countries + Canada, including a top 10 position in Sweden. The band’s music has been featured on television on HBO’s True Blood and CSI: NY, on video games like Need for Speed Nitro and NHL 2011, and on the Saw VI and VII soundtracks—just to name a few. DANKO JONES has performed with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, and more and have sold-out numerous headline tours of Europe and Canada.

DANKO JONES will be taking part in a special European festival run kicking off on June 7, 2012 in Sweden at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg. Fall dates in both the U.S. and Canada will be announced shortly along with more European dates. See below for all currently confirmed international tour dates.


  • 06.07 – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
  • 06.09 – Millencolin 20 year festival, Örebro, Sweden
  • 06.15 – Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
  • 06.28 – Open Air St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
  • 07.13 – Optimus Live, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 07.19 – Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj, Hungary
  • 07.20 – Devilside, Oberhausen, Germany
  • 08.01 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
  • 08.02 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
  • 08.17 – Rockstad, Falun, Sweden
  • 10.16 – Circus, Helsinki, Finland
  • 10.21 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
  • 10.24 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10.25 – AB, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10.26 – Le Trabendo, Paris, France
  • 10.29 – Arena, Wien, Austria
  • 10.30 – Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 10.31 – Theater Fabrik, Münich, Germany
  • 11.01 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  • 11.02 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
  • 11.03 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany


  • Danko Jones (vocals/guitar)
  • John ‘JC’ Calabrese (bass guitar)
  • Atom Willard (drums)

Metalocalypse’s DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD Announce North American Tour

Special Guest GOJIRA Joins for 34-Show North American Tour Beginning August 1

This summer, two of the biggest names in metal, LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK, will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1 in Seattle, Wash. The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated band from Richmond, VA and the world’s most brutal animated death band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse animated series will shred their way through cities throughout in the U.S. and Canada ending September 15 in San Francisco, CA.

The upcoming DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA summer tour marks the return of LAMB OF GOD to North American stages where they will support their latest albumResolution, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released earlier this year. As in tours past, Brendon Small, the co-creator and composer behindDETHKLOK, will bring the animated band to life on stage each night alongside an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. Building on the success of Dethklok: The Dethalbum and Dethklok: The Dethalbum II from Williams Street Records, Small is currently in the studio working on the band’s third album release scheduled for later this year. Additionally, new episodes from the fourth season of Metalocalypse currently air on Adult Swim Sundays at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT).

Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA, the French metal band that will perform songs from its upcoming album release, L’Enfant Sauvage, which will be released in the U.S. on June 26 with Roadrunner Records. Pitchfork describes the new album as “breathless and awesome.”

Tickets to the DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA tour will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18 and will include the following stops:

Date Venue City/State
8/1/12 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
8/2/12 Queen Elizabeth Theater Vancouver, BC
8/4/12 Big 4 Calgary, AB
8/5/12 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, AB
8/7/12 Convention Centre Winnipeg, MB
8/9/12 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
8/10/12 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
8/11/12 Heavy TO Toronto, ON
8/12/12 Heavy MTL Montreal, QC
8/14/12 Delta Plex Grand Rapids, MI
8/15/12 Family Arena St. Louis, MO
8/19/12 Midland Theater Kansas City, MO
8/21/12 Congress Ballroom Chicago, IL
8/22/12 Compuware Arena Detroit, MI
8/23/12 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
8/24/12 Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater Charlotte, NC
8/25/12 Constant Convocation Center Norfolk, VA
8/26/12 Pier 6 Pavilion Baltimore, MD
8/29/12 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
8/30/12 Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
8/31/12 Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater Wallingford, CT
9/1/12 Outside at the Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
9/2/12 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ
9/4/12 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
9/5/12 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
9/7/12 Bayou Music Center Houston, TX
9/8/12 Sunken Garden San Antonio, TX
9/9/12 Verizon Wireless Theater Dallas, TX
9/11/12 The Fillmore Denver, CO
9/13/12 Comerica Theater Phoenix, AZ
9/14/12 Gibson Amphitheater Los Angeles, CA
9/15/12 Bill Graham Civic San Francisco, CA

*Schedule is subject to change.

For more information about the tour including ticket info and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com or www.lamb-of-god.com.

WEST OF HELL Releases New Music Video Trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’

New Music Video Trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’ with GuitarWorld.com Today — New Album ‘Spiral Empire’ Out Now!

On Tour in Canada Now!

Vancouver, BC natives WEST OF HELL and GuitarWorld.com are teaming up to unveil the brand newmusic video trailer for the band’s track, ‘Water of Sorcery’, cut from their new album, Spiral Empire.

Spiral Empire was released on May 8, 2012 and is available for purchase now at iTunesAmazon, and other digital retailers, or with a free digital download if purchased at www.reversedrecords.com/estore.html. Head over to GuitarWorld.com to check out the trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’ now and get a visual taste of the new album!

 Spiral Empire was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver and is produced by Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young LadGWARZimmers HoleFear Factory).

WEST OF HELL is currently on the road in Canada! See below for all currently confirmed dates.


  • 5/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
  • 5/18 – Edmonton, AB @ New City (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/24 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/25 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nite Club (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/26 –Victoria, BC@ Church of 13 Flames Privet Bash (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)


  • Vocals – Chris “The Heathen” Valagao
  • Bass – Jordan Kemp
  • Guitars – Sean Parkinson & Jordan Knute
  • Drums – Andrew Hulme

For more information about WEST OF HELL, please visit these websites:

BANDHAPPY Announces the Official “BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent” at the 2012 VANS WARPED TOUR!

BANDHAPPY, the first LIVE online and in-person music education service, is pleased to announce their sponsorship with the Vans Warped Tour this summer! As a sponsor, BANDHAPPYis very proud to offer a unique service for fans and bands alike on each date of this tour. BANDHAPPY is providing an official “BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent” where fans/attendees will be able to take lessons from their favorite bands/musicians on the Vans Warped Tour! Since launch, BANDHAPPY has serviced thousands of students in over 100 countries learning daily on the site by either live video chat or in-person while artists are on tour.

At the Vans Warped Tour, BANDHAPPY lessons can include anything from instrument and vocal lessons, to lessons about songwriting, marketing, image, management, gear walk-throughs, or anything else relating to the music industry. Take a trip over to www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour and check out all of the new details, as well as to vote for which artists YOU would like lessons from (and on what instrument) in each city!

All BANDHAPPY lessons will take place in the official BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent and can be pre-purchased at the link above, or via cash or credit card on day-of-show. Initially,BANDHAPPY will be offering pre-sale lessons for fans via www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour from members of BaysideBorn of OsirisThe Streetlight ManifestoAfter the Burial,VannaiwrestledabearonceImpending DoomChelsea Grin, and many more!

BANDHAPPY representatives will be on-site outside the festival speaking with fans waiting in line and taking orders for lessons. During lessons, students will be provided with practice instruments by SJC Drums, Ernie Ball, Orange Amps, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, Pro-Mark Drum sticks, Mapex hardware and pedals. Also taking place in the BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent will be master class meet and greets, contests, recording of lesson footage, and more! Additionally, official Vans Warped Tour ‘Pit Reporter’ Amy Willard will be taking weekly lessons at the tent and will issue updates.


Not only a great tool for fans attending the festival, this is a great opportunity for bands to become teachers on the tour as well. Lessons can be taught in a band’s down time every day, and while this is definitely a way for them to make additional money, it’s so much more than that! Both BANDHAPPY and Vans Warped Tour will be heavily promoting BANDHAPPY and its teachers.  There will be a vast amount of articles, interviews, blogs, posts, etc. about this service, and the bands who take part in it.  You’re already getting your name out there from being on the Vans Warped Tour, why not MAXIMIZE that?

Bands can use BANDHAPPY to book and provide online lessons to their students with our built in video chat setup, or book private, in person lessons at home or on tour!  BANDHAPPYmakes this effortless and it takes the hassle out of lessons. Bands can set their own rates and schedules with the assistance of BANDHAPPY, and everything is self-contained including scheduling, payment, etc., so your info stays private and your schedule stays organized. It has never been easier to establish a dedicated network of students worldwide.

For more information on BANDHAPPY’s involvement with the Vans Warped Tour, please visit these websites:




BANDHAPPY – a new music marketplace for a new music world. BANDHAPPY connects teachers and students in a one-of-a-kind music community, offering both in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via our custom-built, in-house video chat system. For all things BANDHAPPY please visit www.bandhappy.comwww.facebook.com/bandhappy andhttp://youtu.be/XE7-AUbpEik.

New Musician Arrives in Portland

Brianne and Jared Mees, empress and emperor of the Tender Loving Empire, welcomed baby July Simone Mees into the realm on March 21st, 2012 at 6:22PM. With a fighting weight of 8 pounds 9 ounces, little July is expected to release her first album sometime in 2013 on the Tender Loving Empire label. Proud mother is recuperating. Proud father is bouncing off the walls. Let’s all wish them well.

Brianne and Jared Mees with baby July

My Life with Ronnie Montrose

by Brent Angelo

I woke up early and my wife was on the computer. As I was getting the coffee going my wife was like “Oh my God, Ronnie Montrose passed away yesterday.” My heart just sank. This was no ordinary musician to me and to have him gone seemed like a bad dream. I just couldn’t believe it and still don’t.

When I was growing up, my parents were very influential on me especially with music. They took me to a lot of concerts when I was growing up and in our house there was a lot of (now) classic rock for one. My music appreciation was growing from what I had been listening to at home and I started to find likes of my own.

One band that hit me hard was Montrose. I loved Sammy especially with Van Halen, but Montrose a rock legend. My interests in instruments started about this time so Montrose became in a way like a guitar music teacher to me. I am no expert, mainly a hobby player, but what a feeling cranking an amp and playing along to that first Montrose cd. I would sit there and really listen to those songs, hearing every single note, heard some things I never noticed before and then I would try to figure them out.Then when I became old enough to hit the bars/clubs to see him play in person, that really gave me an even bigger appreciation for the man.

When I grew up in Sacramento, I would see him all the time. Ronnie was a San Francisco Bay Area guy so that played in my favor. I would see all over the area when he played…Sacramento, Tahoe, and I even went to a NAMM show and saw him play there. After the Montrose “band” period, he went on to a solo instrumental career so I saw and heard a lot of that music especially. There was this one magical night at a club called Big Shots in Roseville California that he was doing some solo work when a local musician, who I was unfamiliar with got Ronnie in the jamming mood. He offered his rock vocals and they started blasting through the “classic” Montrose tunes. It was amazing and the people went nuts. You can tell Ronnie was having a blast with a grin from ear to ear. It has to be hard for an artist when they create something massive in scale where so many people love it and are so dedicated to it.

Ronnie was an artist and not some greatest hits kind of guy. He challenged himself as an artist even writing music for video games. He had his solo work, acoustic work, other band projects, but his fans missed “Montrose”. He listened to his audience and began to play those beloved songs again. It was around the same time, Sammy Hagar and Van Halen had gone their separate ways. Sammy had begun writing for his solo album, Marching to Mars and in the process got all the original members back together for the song Leaving the Warmth of the Womb. It was like time stood still….that huge sound was BACK. The reunion of the band gave for speculation of a possible full scale reunion, but that never happened. Montrose did do some shows with Sammy on his solo tour making for some amazing encores.

Soon after Ronnie’s health sidelined him from music and he stepped out of the spotlight.He began to battle Prostate Cancer. He was missed in the rock world and then out of the blue, he was back. Ronnie seemed healthy, happy and ready to retake his rock throne. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is now my rock ‘n’ roll home. When I saw Ronnie was to play Portland’s Aladdin Theater, I “jumped on it” getting tickets as soon as they went on sale. As a local music photographer and new to Buko.net, I thought I would try some new ground on this show too. I got a photo pass, and was also offered a chance to interview him as well. What do you ask your guitar hero?

I did my best as it was my first time, but what an experience. He and his awesome wife/manager were so good to me. These people are the real deal kind of folks. They were not the usual “music business” types. As a long time fan, I just really wanted to show my thanks somehow. I knew he had health issues and I was glad to have him back. In my own way, I wanted to help get the info out to help sell this show out. I personally wanted Ronnie to walk out on that stage to a full house of fans and know he had been really, truly missed. When he came to that show, he got just that and for the fans, they got Ronnie at his best. He was simply ON FIRE. He sounded better than ever. His playing was strong and the band as a whole put on an amazing show showcasing the great songs from his career in music. It was truly a special night of music and it was so good seeing my guitar hero play live again.

As part of the performance, he had set up a program to donate a guitar at each show that would benefit a local charity. With my help, I hooked him up with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, who I thought would be perfect for his guitar donation. When he heard about the music education program they were involved in, he told them the guitar was theirs. He was a giving type and cared about the people around him. He was not a musician to run into the bus after the show and made time for each and every fan, who wanted to see him. He had no ego, only heart. I never thought the Aladdin show would be my last show of his, but what a memorable night it was.

Ronnie Montrose had a long, amazing, storied career in music. He has played with so many people during that time. In his days with Edgar Winter for one, he helped create classics like Frankenstein and Free Ride. It was his own band Montrose with Sammy Hagar that really made him a rock legend in his own. The sound he and the band captured on that first record defined guitar and show what it was capable of. Songs like Rock Candy sounded huge – massive drums and sonic guitar riffs. So many musicians were inspired by Montrose’s work and still credit him. Some musicians that I have gotten to know over the years credit him for a lot of things they now know about the music business. He was a great musician, but also a smart businessman too. He took care of the people around him and treated his fans with respect. I am sad to see him gone and that he lost his battle with cancer. Ronnie did not leave this world on a low note, but a high one. His last tour was a celebration of an amazing musician and a great songwriting legacy. I am thankful of the times I had with him and will miss him greatly. You rocked my world my friend….you may be gone, but the music will live forever.

Ronnie Montrose fan (and friend)

Brent Angelo

More info on his career

For my Buko.net interview

Brent Angelo Photography gallery from the Aladdin

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