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Music awards line up big acts

Storm Large, Blind Pilot face in running for top local honors
by: COURTESY OF OWEN CAREY, Storm Large (above) will compete with Loch Lomond, the Ben Darwish Trio, the Decemberists and Weinland for the hotly contested Album of the Year award at the Portland Music Awards on Jan. 28. Get your vote in by Dec. 28.

Singer-songwriter Meredith Brooks will be one of the top acts for the third annual Portland Music Awards Jan. 28 at the Crystal Ballroom.

Voting for the awards goes through Dec. 31. Anybody can vote, just go to www.portlandmusicawards.com. Tickets for the event are $25 and available at the Crystal Ballroom box office, 1332 W. Burnside St., or Ticketmaster outlets.

About 200 people attended the first awards show at the Roseland Theater, and 400 attended last year at the Crystal Ballroom.

Along with Brooks, performers are Becca, Andy Armer, Boy Eats Drum Machine, The Kingsmen, Nancy King, 3 Leg Torso, Wanderlust Circus, Joe Powers and Third Angle New Music Ensemble.

Awards will be given in 21 categories. Three hotly contested categories:

Legends Award - Crazy 8's, Paul deLay, Mel Brown, Quarterflash and Bobby Torres; the past two winners were The Kingsmen and Elliot Smith.

Band of the Year - Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Decemberists, Floater and Modest Mouse.

Album of the Year - Storm Large's 'Crazy Enough,' Loch Lomond's 'Blue Lead Fences' and 'Night Bats,' Ben Darwish Trio's 'Ode to Consumerism,' Decemberists' 'Hazard of Love' and Weinland's 'Breaks In The Sun.'

- Jason Vondersmith