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Sleater-Kinney, Fernando, Duffy Bishop join storied list of inductees


COURTESY: OMHOF - It's the Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony from 2015.It’s time to fete the greats in Oregon music, past and present.

The 10th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.

Tickets are $25 or $100 VIP in advance, $30 or $110 day of show.

The event will honor nine Oregonians who “significantly influenced the world of music from here in Oregon.” Awards will also be presented for Album of the Year, shared by 3 Leg Torso’s “And To All A Good Night” as well as “No Cities to Love” by Sleater-Kinney. The latter group has also been named Artist of the Year.

The ceremony includes performance by inductees, and auction proceeds benefit music education. For more information, visit www.omhof.org or www.aladdin-theater.com.

COURTESY: BRIGITTE SIRE - Sleater-KinneySleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney guitarist-vocalist Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker moved to Portland from Olympia, Wash., in the mid-1990s, and they met drummer Janet Weiss.

“We’re super excited,” Tucker says of the induction. “Just having that kind of recognition and respect is a really nice thing to have as a musician.”

She credits Portland for inspiring the all-female trio, with two guitarists and no bass, to take chances.

“Portland was really supportive of us and definitely took us seriously as a band,” she says.

On that note, Tucker says she still loves the Rose City.

“As a musician getting to travel all over the world ... there’s definitely other scenes that I admire and I want to play there,” she says. “But I don’t want to live anywhere else.”

COURTESY: OMHOF - FernandoFernando

Argentinian born Fernando Viciconte moved here from L.A. in 1994 and eventually released “Season In Hell,” a country-flavored rock record that, coupled with his live shows, earned him a reputation as a solid musician. Since then he’s released a number of records that have given him an honored place in Americana.

“It was the musical community here in Portland specifically that helped me get back on my feet after years of battling a serious drug dependency, so more than influencing my music, the Northwest music scene literally saved my life,” he says. “Also, the audiences here have been supporting me for 20-plus years and, regardless of what direction I take musically, they have my back.”

COURTESY: OMHOF - Duffy BishopDuffy Bishop

Singer Duffy Bishop calls St. Augustine, Fla., her home now, and has been performing professionally since the early 1970s. Along the way, she played Janis Joplin in a Seattle production and ended up touring with Joplin’s former band, Big Brother & the Holding Company. She also released albums with the Rhythm Dogs and the Duffy Bishop Band. She belongs to both the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society halls of fame, and received both organizations’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The CBA actually renamed its Female Vocalist Award the Duffy Bishop Award due to her winning the award so many times.

“Both Seattle and Portland embraced me and embraced our band,” she says, noting she’s played with guitarist Chris Carlson since 1983 and married him in 1994.

“Where would I be if I didn’t have (Carlson) and a good band to play with and people who like watching it?” she says. “It’s really not about me. I’ve always relied on great musicians to make my music come to life, and I got one of the best.”

More inductees

In addition to the aforementioned artists, the Hall of Fame will induct the following:

Brian Berg — The singer-songwriter-guitarist was a beloved mentor to many area musicians, including the Dharma Bums. In the mid-1990s, Berg fronted his band 44 Long, which released “Collect Them All” in 1997 and “Inside The Horse’s Head” to critical acclaim, including press in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. After the band dissolved, Berg continued writing songs and playing solo. He died in the fall of 2015.

Pete Krebs — The guitarist-vocalist has played with HairBedPeace, Grind and Thrillhammer, as well as post-punk outfit Hazel, which released albums on Sub Pop and Caroline records labels. Since Hazel’s demise in 1997, Krebs has played with the bluegrass-based Golden Delicious, the folk band Gossamer Wings, the Django Reinhardt-inspired Kung Pao Chickens, The Stolen Sweets, the Earnest Lovers and The Portland Playboys.

Paul Brainard — A steel guitar player, Brainard also plays guitar, dobro and trumpet and is known for his arranging and production skills. His credits include work with such artists as The Decemberists, Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper and Richmond Fontaine, as well as The Sadies and Kenny Rogers.

Tim Ellis — Ellis worked for 20 years as a teacher at the Portland Adventist Academy with both guitar and production classes, and eventually started the recording studio Kung Fu Bakery. Artists such as The Decemberists, Pink Martini, the Shins, Wayne Newton and Steve Martin have recorded there. Ellis died in March.

Dave Cutter — Cutter’s Sundown Sound installed sound systems in many Oregon venues and operated sound for most of the major promoters over the years.

Bart Day — An entertainment lawyer, Day has worked with hundreds of artists and has served as a board member for Painted Sky, a nonprofit organization founded to provide music, dance training and performance opportunities for Native American youths.