PostHeaderIcon "From Oregon With Love"...and Rainbows


Thomas Lauderdale, Saori Yuki, emcees Steve Dunn and Kendall Clawson, China Forbes and Israel Nebeker

RAINBOW CONNECTION: Over the weekend I saw more rainbows than I've ever seen in my entire life. I could blame the endless cycle of rainy weather that has hung over our region for the last several months.

Or I could look it as a sign. A wonderfully schmaltzy yet inspirational sign.

You see, this weekend was also the time of "From Oregon With Love."

On Sunday this benefit concert for Mercy Corps Japan Relief Efforts in response to the incredible unfolding earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan sold out two shows at the Aladdin Theater, plus there was a wonderful after-party at Thomas Lauderdale and Philip Iosca's loft in downtown Portland that kicked off near midnight and went to the wee hours of the morning.

Portland's marquee musicians who performed their magic at both the 2pm and 7pm shows included Pink Martini; Storm Large; Blind Pilot's Israel Nebeker; singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller; Fear No Music; members of Oregon Ballet Theatre, with many additional performers and special guests including Saori Yuki (aka "the Barbra Streisand of Japan") who brought the packed crowd to tears. Another touching moment was when Storm and event organizer, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, soothed the crowd with a mash-up of "Happy Days are Here Again" and "Get Happy" made famous by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. Play best games site.

According to published reports the benefit will raise close to $250,000.

I was fortunate enough to hang out backstage between the shows where the love from our state to Japan was overflowing. And yes, I even saw a rainbow.

Last Updated (Sunday, 15 January 2017 06:30)

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