Portland Music Awards 2012


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)


Reva DeVito


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. 


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.


 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.


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










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