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 

Crown Point was fun to listen to and watch, they reminded me of the energy Neon Trees puts out in their live shows.  Crown Point has a show Feb. 3rd at The Someday Lounge.

http://www.myspace.com/crownpointmusic

 Delaney & Paris are a comedy duo that sing, with a brazen coyness, the lyrics to their orginal and all sexually explicit songs. Just when you think – no they did not? – well yes, yes they did just put that nasty dirty thought into a melody that is now stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

http://www.myspace.com/parisanddelaney

The Mermaid Problem this video reallly doesn’t do them justice. They have a wonderful sound, lyrics that can be haunting, insighful and edgy. 

http://www.myspace.com/themermaidproblem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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