Monthly Archives: January 2012

Portland Music Awards 2012

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Plans shifted and a last minute invite to The Portland Music Awards (PMA) on Sunday night swooped in to occupy my night. I met a friend downstairs at Ringers for a drink before heading up to the award show.  He pointed me to the empty seat at their booth and when the introductions were made I found myself sitting next to Rob Wynia from Floater! I never realize Portland had this Grammy style awards show, nor did I ever think I would be going to it and yet here I was having a drink, sitting in a booth next to Rob. Not bad for last minute plans on a rainy Sunday night.

The PMA was hosted at the Crystal Ballroom and it had all the hallmarks of a typical award show. A MC, local celebrity Hosts, comedians,agents and artists mingling making introductions and new connections, a “winners” interview and photo area with glarring bright lights, and a stage that showcased a revolving mix of talented local artists -plus a few non-local but well known blasts from the past.

The Line Up included:

Roger Fisher ( founder member of Heart) with Dennis Mitchell (The Kingsmen)

Tommy Tutone (867-5309)

Kandles At Nine (w/Deen Costronovo from Journey, Craig Montoya from Everclear)

Rob Wynia ( Floater)

Issa

Reva DeVito

HEMA

Crown Point

The Mermaid Problem

Delaney & Paris

Brad Parsons

The Portland Gay Men’s Choir

Here are a few clips of the local talent that took the stage at the PMA Sunday night.

Rob Wynia performing Frozen Ground, a song from his solo album, Iron By Water. My personal favorite performance of the night. 

http://www.myspace.com/robwynia 

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Miz Kitty’s Parlour

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Miz Kitty’s Parlour is a Vaudville Revusical and Novelty Show and has been a Portland event for the past decade. This January was my very first “parlour act” and I loved it! Lisa Marsicek IS Miss Kitty. Her saucy and sexy charm wins everyone over, wearing a corset, red and black stripped stockings with sequined  boy shorts that peek out from under her feathery clad derriere, she instantly puts a smile on your face. Continue reading

The Pearl’s Oldest Print Shop

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The Pearl’s Oldest Print Shop is exactly what I saw printed on the window when I happened to look up. I was walking down 14th Ave, just past Johnson, and I looked up. I read the sign, I walked 5 more steps and I stopped. I was looking for a printer. Could I just walk in off the street into this extremely old building and apparently extremely old print shop and say “Hi, I need some letterhead printed. Can you help make it happen? Oh and can you make it look like this business card I already have, but have no computer file for it’s likeness?” The notion seemed unlikely but I was in a rather optimistic mood that day and so I went in. Continue reading

BBQ At It’s Best

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Smokehouse 21

If you’re not headed to Smokehouse 21 already – you will be once you catch a whiff of the savory smells that begin to permeate the air as you walk down 21st right around Flanders and well past Glisan. The restaurant takes over the small space that was once Tanuki on 21st. The intimate space seats 22 and is painted a mossy green. The decor can be classified as: tasteful BBQ. A mounted Boar’s head adds character to the walls, an ironing board serves as a wait station, the warm wood tables and chairs make the dining room feel comfortable and exactly the type of space where you can get your fingers sticky with sweet tasty BBQ sauce.The voices of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and the likes, add to the authentic vibe you feel when you take two steps down into this new cozy and comforting dining destination.  Continue reading