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'Bandslide' to bring together musicians for Oregon City landslide disaster relief

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Musicians and the community have banded together to help former residents of two apartment complexes in Oregon City that were deemed uninhabitable due to landslides, leaving dozens of families to have to find and fund new housing situations.

FILE PHOTO - Rae Gordon, an award-winning vocalist, is bringing together musicians to benefit landslide victims in her hometown of Oregon City.Red Cross shelters became their homes for Christmas morning, but that temporary shelter closed on Jan. 3, and some of the displaced families took up residence at the Rivershore Hotel in Oregon City.

“There has been a great response to help these displaced families from Red Cross, the City of Oregon City, Clackamas County and the special fund set up by the Rotary at the local Oregon City Lewis & Clark Bank to help with relocation costs, but more can still be done,” said Event Coordinator Rae Gordon, an award-winning vocalist from Oregon City.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, Gordon will be among the musical acts donating time and talent to the “Bandslide” benefit from 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Trails End Saloon, 1320 Main St., Oregon City. A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door and people are encouraged to bid on silent auction items.

Acts will include multi-Grammy-nominated Ellen Whyte, who had years ago lived in one of the affected apartment complexes, joined by guitarist and fellow songwriter Garry Meziere.

“The Men in Blues is full of the best of the best blues brothers from the northwest including Michael Quinby,” Gordon said of the next act. “Their ensemble shows are always sellouts.”

Gordon, 2015 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist, will then sing with some musicians from the 1st Sunday Gospel Show.

“Multi-award-winning Lloyd Jones, plays from the heart and is a Northwest favorite known all over the world,” “ Gordon said of the next act.

The night will finish with Gold Dust, the Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, a band who in 1975 had a hit with “Landslide.”

Any individuals or families affected by the landslide who have not yet gotten assistance can contact Clackamas County Social Services at 503-650-5737. For applications from Oregon City, go to orcity.org/community/forest-edge-evacuations.

Donate directly to the Oregon City Landslide Relief Fund at Lewis & Clark Bank, 1900 McLoughlin Blvd. #67, Oregon City OR 97045.