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Lloyd Jones to play at free festival commemorating Milo McIver State Park's original Vortex concert

July 27, 2016 Updated

Estacada, OR -- Milo McIver State Park will host Vortex 2016 on Aug. 13 to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the original Vortex rock concert held at the park in August 1970. The free festival will be from 3-8:30 p.m. in the Vortex Meadow.

Portland rock artist Jon Koonce will play from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by headliner blues and roots artist Lloyd Jones, also of Portland, from 5-8 p.m. The celebration will include family friendly activities such as face painting, giant bubbles, and hula hooping.  This year will have a special commemoration of Dr. Cameron Bangs, lead doctor to participants at the original festival. Attendees can bring their own food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages.

Vortex I was the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history and was a novel concept in 1970, when both Woodstock and the Kent State shootings were forefront in Americans' minds. Governor Tom McCall made history by partnering with antiwar demonstrators to organize a concert at Milo McIver in an attempt to avoid conflict in downtown Portland during a scheduled visit of President Nixon.

In celebration of Vortex history, visitors can share their experiences by bringing any photos of the 1970 event; they will be scanned and returned on the spot and added to the Vortex archive.

This free event is open to the public. Attendees will park in the Riverbend Day-use Area and take a shuttle to Vortex Meadow. Shuttle service begins at 2:30 p.m. A $5 parking permit is required for each vehicle, which can be purchased on-site. Alternately, attendees may display an annual permit, available at major park offices and online at store.oregonstateparks.org.

For more details and a schedule of events, click on "Things to Do" at oregonstateparks.org or call event coordinator Deb Hill at 503-636-9886, ext. 225.