Mayor Ted Wheeler has proclaimed August 12 as Terry Currier Day in the city. Official announcement of the proclamation will be made July 4 at the Waterfront Blues Festival, before a performance by Duffy Bishop.
“Terry Currier, owner of Portland’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,” said Wheeler in the proclamation. “I encourage all residents to observe Terry Currier Day on August 12.”
Currier’s list of accomplishments is long. He began his career in 1972 as a clerk, then buyer, then district manager for DJ’s Sound City. He joined Music Millennium in 1984 as a manager and bought the business in 1996. Currier also launched Burnside Records and co-founded Burnside Distribution. He has served on the boards of the Cascade Blues Association, the Portland Jazz Festival, the Grammy’s Pacific Northwest Chapter and the Coalition of Independent Music Stores. In 2003, he co-founded the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and he was inducted into that hall in 2008. Currier has supported local music for more than 40 years and is said to have coined the popular phrase “Keep Portland weird.” Last month in Nashville, the national Music Business Association presented Currier with its Independent Spirit Award.
Coincidentally, August 12 will also be this year’s date for Music Millennium’s annual customer appreciation barbecue, which will be held outside the shop at 3158 E. Burnside in the Kerns neighborhood. So Currier will celebrate his day with friends and customers at the shop.
The Cadillac Cafe in Irvington, where Currier is a regular, is planning a Terry Currier Special for the day and Crema Bakery and Cafe in Buckman may offer a discount on Currier’s usual order of a zucchini muffin.
“It’s kind of a surreal experience,” said Currier. “It’s totally been made possible by the amazing music community in Portland who have given me the opportunity to do the things I love. For anything music-related, it’s always been easy for me to raise my hand and say ‘Count me in’ because I believe so strongly in supporting that community”
For more information, visit www.musicmillennium.com.