Quarterflash duo at Arts Center

Photo Keith Buckley Marv and Rindy Ross, formerly of Quarterflash, will perform Tuesday at Pendleton Center for the Arts.

Marv and Rindy Ross of the hit band Quarterflash will perform live in Pendleton. The couple began their music career in the late 1970s as the Portland band Seafood Mama and began performing as Quarterflash in 1980. Their self-titled debut album, “Quarterflash,” went platinum in 1982 and contained the single “Harden My Heart,” their biggest selling single.

The duo will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 541-278-9201 or stopping by the Arts Center.

The band traveled the globe in the ‘80s, opening concert tours for headline performers like Elton John. They were a mainstay of popular music in the 1980’s and their songs remain in strong rotation on the radio today.

 In 1991, the Rosses founded The Trail Band, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Oregon Trail. They didn’t anticipate the large following that the group would attract, and The Trail Band has continued to perform concerts 20 years after the event.

In addition to her strong vocals, Rindy Ross is an accomplished musician on the saxophone, flute and other instruments. Marv performs on guitar, composes their music and most recently wrote, “The Ghosts of Celilo,” a Broadway-styled musical featuring American Indian music and culture.

 The Arts Center concert will feature many of the old Quarterflash standards, including “Find Another Fool” and “Don’t Be Lonely,” as well as debuting new work that hasn’t been performed in Pendleton before.

 “We love to come out to Pendleton,” said Marv Ross. “We’ve had a great relationship with the Arts Center and really enjoy performing to support their cause.”

 Proceeds from the evening will support free art classes for youth, teens and adults that are offered each week. Additional support is provided by Zimmerman & Co., Connie and Dan Marier and the Pendleton Red Lion.

 For more information about Marv and Rindy Ross, go to www.quarterflash.net. The Arts Center’s website is www.pendletonarts.org.

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