PDX Teen Idols wind up their tour in SE Portland

Ending where they started, see where performers on the PDX Teen Idol tour closed out the season – and what’s next for this competition …

Portland’s 2007 Teen Idol, Jordan Thompson, takes the stage one last time at Oaks Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It seemed fitting that the PDX Teen Idol Tour came to an end in the area of Portland that hosted the semi-finals and final competition – Southeast Portland.

After being narrowed to a field of ten singers, Jordan Thompson was named PDX Teen Idol this spring at Reed College. But that event didn’t mark the last performances of this talented group of young musicians.

“PDX Teen Idol finalists have been on tour this summer,” explains Portland Parks & Recreation SE Zone Manager Jeff Milkes. “They’ve done 15 shows at venues including ‘Movies in the Park’ and the Oregon State Fair.”

Jordan Thompson, with competition organizers Tami Milkes, son Maleia, and Jeff Milkes – and finalists Meagan Hope, Samantha Hooper, Calli-rae Erz, and Asha Bernard – plan their last show together.

At the conclusion of their summer concert tour, at Oaks Park, Milkes tells us that the tour gives the participants the opportunity to further hone their singing and performing skills. “They’ll become the ambassadors for next year’s competition.”

Auditions for 2008 PDX Teen Idol will begin at various locations all over the greater Portland area, beginning the first of February, Milkes adds – with the finals being scheduled for next May.

For more information, see www.myspace.com/pdxteenidol.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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