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)
The Mermaid Problem
Delaney & Paris
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.