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Vortex 2016

It’s time to have a safe flashback! Head on out to Milo McIver State Park with friends and family Aug 13 to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Vortex 1.

With Portland rock artist Jon Koonce and blues headliner Lloyd Jones, Vortex 2016 promises great music that harkens back to the original 1970 concert, but with way more clothing. This year’s celebration is family friendly, with activities such as face painting, giant bubble making, and hula hooping. Listen (or join) a “Best of Vortex” story contest.  Special commemoration of Dr. Cameron Bangs, doctor-in-chief at the original festival.

The original 1970 rock concert is the stuff of legend. Tens of thousands of people descended on the park for a week-long, nearly impromptu music festival. Loosely organized, and undertaken with the tacit approval of then-Governor Tom McCall, Vortex 1 was created to divert protestors from an American Legion Convention in Portland.

So, grab a tie-dyed tee, dig out those cutoffs, and jump into your VW bus, even if it’s really a minivan. It’s August 13, 1970 again.

The deets:

Who:  For everyone! Family friendly activities.

When:  August 13, 2016. Music starts around 3 p.m.

Where:  Milo McIver State Park near Estacada

Why:  Because rock and roll never dies

How Much: Free, with a $5 day-use parking permit.

Getting Around:  Park in the Riverbend Day-use Area. Hop on the shuttle to Vortex Meadow. Shuttle starts 2:30 p.m.

What Else: Joe Daddy’s BBQ for the hungry! Or, bring your own food and drink, and yes, alcohol is OK that day.


Posted on August 3, 2016, in state parks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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