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Sellwood's Quarterflash, and the Kingsmen, rock the Aladdin

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - With Sellwoods Marv Ross and Rindy Ross singing, Quarterflash rocks the 2013 Oregon Music Hall of Fame awards concert.On the same day that Eastmoreland resident and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales declared October 5th to be “Louie Louie Day” – in recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Kingsmen’s rendition of the notorious song that became Portland’s anthem – the Seventh Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert took place at Brooklyn’s Aladdin Theater.

The event honored nine Oregonians who have significantly influenced the world of music. The awards are also a benefit for school music programs.

“Our organization supports music education, and bringing about Oregon-based artist awareness both locally and globally,” said Oregon Music Hall of Fame President Terry Currier as he opened the show. “This past year, we did school assemblies, presenting music education to more than 8,000 students.”

Interspersed among the inductions was an auction of signed musical instruments – including an accordion signed by pop satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic – and three musical performances, the first by Portland-based Richmond Fontaine.

But, energy really picked up in the concert hall when Sellwood’s Marv and Rindy Ross took the stage with their band Quarterflash, whose song “Harden my Heart” earned a Gold Record in 1982.

Quarterflash performed several songs from their newly-released album, “Love Is a Road” which were warmly received. At the end of their set, Rindy told the audience that their last song “has been very, very good to us” – and launched into a studio-quality rendition of “Harden my Heart” complete with her trademark saxophone riffs.

People danced in front of the stage, and by the time the last notes sounded, the audience was on their feet, giving Quarterflash a standing ovation.

Wisely the show producers scheduled an intermission after the set.

“This is been really fun!” Rindy told THE BEE after packing away her sax. “There’s some amazing musical talent in Oregon.”

When asked to perform at the show, she said the band eagerly agreed. “Marv and I are such big supporters of music education. It was an honor to play for this group.”

Although they haven’t been on the charts lately, they’ve never stopped making music, she said. “We’ve been playing together the whole time, but we’ve had various other projects, including The Trail Band that we do every year. And, I do hope people will check out our new Quarterflash release.”

They’re happy to remain “locals” Rindy remarked. “We love living in Sellwood, because you can walk to almost everything. We really love the parks. And I’ve enjoyed watching how Westmoreland Park is changing. It’s all fun; it’s all great!”

On stage, Marv Ross was still packing gear when he noticed THE BEE was reporting the story. “I just finished reading the latest issue of THE BEE,” he said. “It’s a great newspaper.” We appreciated the compliment.

About the show, Marv said, “It’s been a lot of fun playing for this group here tonight.”

After the auction, The Kingsmen took the stage. During the first song, as many as could squeeze in down in front of the stage danced and sang along, as the band played hit songs with talent and verve.

Before the last song of their set, other musicians at the concert drifted onstage with their instruments, plugged in amplifiers, and joined The Kingsmen – all joining in playing an extended version of the group’s 1963 smash hit, “Louie Louie”. It was a great performance.

Everyone in the house leapt to their feet – from those old enough to remember hearing the song played on Portland radio when it was new, to those young enough to be their grandchildren.

Janeen Rundle, the nonprofit organization’s Director of Music Education Programs, reported that this Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction and concert raised $33,644 for music education and college scholarships.

To learn more about this annual show, and the organization, visit their website: www.omhof.org/