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Terry Currier Day proclaimed in Portland

Saturday, August 12 will be formally announced on July 4 at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has issued a Proclamation designating August 12, 2017, as “Terry Currier Day” throughout the City. Official announcement of the Proclamation will be made on July 4th at the Waterfront Blues Festival, prior to a set of music by Duffy Bishop.

As the Proclamation notes: “Terry Currier, owner of Portland, Oregon’s long-serving, independent and iconic Music Millennium record store for over thirty years has provided tireless, unrivaled support and assistance to all facets of the renowned and well-established Portland music community, including musicians, venues and events…. Ted Wheeler proclaims August 12th to Terry Currier Day in Portland and encourages all residents to observe this day.”

Currier’s list of accomplishments is a long one. He began his career in 1972 as a clerk then buyer then district manager for DJ’s Sound City in the Northwest and Hawaii. He joined the Music Millennium staff in 1984 as a manager and bought the business in 1996. As the store flourished and rode the waves of format changes and economic upheaval, Currier ran Burnside Records and co-founded Burnside Distribution, a company that has helped thousands of musicians nationwide to reach a broader public. Away from the store, he has served on the boards of Cascade Blues Association, Portland Jazz Festival, and the Grammy’s Pacific Northwest Chapter of NARAS, Coalition of Independent Music Stores and co-founded the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2003. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

Terry Currier has supported all genres of music or 40 years and even brought the phrase “Keep Portland Weird” to Oregon. Last month the national Music Business Association presented its prestigious Independent Spirit Award to longtime member Terry Currier in Nashville, and now, on August 12th the City of Portland will honor him as well.

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Jan Mancuso

Hooray! Terry is a gem, not only for Portland and Oregon but for music and music makers worldwide. Great to see him honored!

Doug stanley

I'm very pleased to know Terry. His tireless devotion to music in this city is indeed a bright light. Congratulations my friend.

Forrest Faubion

Great to see this recognition. Portland's unique culture would not be what it is without Terry's incredible contribution! Time to erect the statue too.

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