Oregon is the only state that has ever paid for and sponsored a rock festival. In August 1970, the American Legion held its conference in Portland and invited Richard Nixon to be its keynote speaker. In May of that year, 31 activists were hospitalized after protests took place in the Park Blocks near Portland State University. These protests were not only a reaction to the … [Read more...] about State Sponsored Rock n Roll!
Bill has been having a wonderful time rehearsing with singers for our upcoming presentation. … [Read more...] about Let the singers sing!
https://youtu.be/sNRZkfPb16g Our musical project "Vortex 1" is based on this historical event. We tell the story from the perspectives of the activist/protesters and Governor Tom McCall's office. In 1970, Vietnam War protests were erupting into violent skirmishes with deadly results. Governor McCall's primary goal was to avoid violence. The protesters wanted to make their … [Read more...] about OPB Vortex Documentary
https://tinyurl.com/y75s3v6h The link to tickets for this - ONE NIGHT ONLY - live presentation of the musical with a 5 piece band and 10 singer/actors at the Mission Theater in NW Portland on January 28th. In conjunction with the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. PAY WHAT YOU WILL - $5 - $20. … [Read more...] about Tickets for the live performance here.
Book/Lyrics: Sue MachComposer: Bill WadhamsArranger: Reece MarshburnDirector: Allen Nause Featuring:Leif Norby Malia TippetsNathan DuncanDanielle WeathersCharles GrantRandi DouglasEric VialeOlivia StoneDuncan CassPaul HarestadBrian Myers Band:Bill Wadhams - GuitarTom Grant - PianoMartin Zarzar - PercussionPaul Trubachick - BassCharles Pike - Drums … [Read more...] about Vortex 1 Team