The 7th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame concert is officially in the record books. This year’s concert proved to be one of the best to date. This year’s inductees included
Kelly Joe Phelps
Mayor Bud Clark
2012 Album of the Year – Curtis Salgado “Soul Shot”
2012 Artist of the Year – Esperanza Spalding
Musical performances included Portland’s own The Kingsmen, who this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of their worldwide hit, “Louie Louie,” one of the most recorded songs in music history, Quarterflash played with band mate and inductee Gregg Williams and Richmond Fontaine, another one of this year’s inductees also played. The show was hosted by Tony Starlight. This is a really special show to attend. Not only are talented people celebrated for their storied careers, but the proceeds go to support music education programs ran by the Hall of Fame. This is a great organization of people and I am glad to be a part of it. There were guitars auctioned off, awards given and there was some smoking live music. Richmond Fontaine were cool, Quarterflash amazed and the Kingsmen rocked especially on the closer and jam of Louie Louie. With working at Buko.net, I was lucky to be a part of Buko TV, which chronicled interviews from many of the performers and inductees. It is so fun to hear these people tell their stories, joke and even jam on the set’s classic piano. Keep an eye for the videos. Overall, this year seemed to show the Hall of Fame gets better and better with each passing year. I thank all the people at the Hall of Fame, my friends at Buko, the crew, the staff at Classic Pianos and most important the artists for making this a special night of music fun. Bring on 2014.