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Subject: Re: Remembering Vortex 1 Estacada Ore. 1970

Janene (Good memories)
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Date Posted: 16:14:49 11/03/09 Tue
In reply to: Janene 's message, "Re: Remembering Vortex 1 Estacada Ore. 1970" on 18:04:07 07/28/09 Tue

>Hi Greg
>I've been talking with Tom and John and actually have
>some photos I think you'd like.....just let me know!
>>>Looking for anyone that was at the 1970 rock fest. in
>>>Estacada Oregon, McIver Park, Vortex 1. Just want ot
>>>know what you remember and looking for pictures
>>Yes, I was at Vortex 1 and I will never forget it.
>>I arrived at the fest with my band called "Wings of
>>I played lead guitar and had graduated from high
>>school in 1969 from South Eugene High. I later moved
>>to Brownsville, Oregon where I saw a bunch of guys
>>jamming in front of a supermarket one day. I had never
>>played with a real band before and had a great time
>>improvising and it fit pretty good. Later we all
>>formed a band and we were managed by a guy named Jack
>>Richardson who lived in Brownsville and had tons of
>>Vox Superbeatle amps and a PA system and a Gibson SG
>>guitar for me to use. He had earlier managed a band
>>calle "The Barber Green". I remember he had a big
>>truck that looked like an armoured truck, to haul
>>everything in. I remember he had aircraft landing
>>lights in the front and if anyone ever shined there
>>bright lights on us at night would quickly dim them
>>when we hit them with those beams!
>>We called ourselves "The Wings of Freedom" and we
>>practiced nearly every day. I moved in with some girls
>>in Corvalis and the drummer (Tom Ashmore), would pick
>>me up in his dads Mercedes with the bass player (John
>>Mayhan) and we would drive to Brownsville to practice
>>in an old movie theater that was in the small town. We
>>practice a lot and the singer Janene Wallace had a
>>fantastic voice. We did all original songs. Our
>>keyboard player was named Steve and always drove
>>around in his van with his girl friend.
>>I remember we always played at the Pioneer Picknick
>>and it was a huge party and a great time.
>>Our manager heard about the Vortex 1 Festival and told
>>us to pack up the truck and head up to the state park
>>where the festival was held. We drove the truck and
>>parked it near the stage and waited for our chance to
>>play. I listened to the other bands and they sounded
>>really good. There was a band called the Portland Zoo
>>and they were awesome. The music I remember was mostly
>>Jaz and Blues and I was not sure how our hard edged
>>rock music was going to go over. Our manager told them
>>we would not play on the first day and then he refused
>>to let us play on the second day too. So I just walked
>>around the fest looking at all the beautiful nude
>>ladies walking around and I even saw a couple in a
>>sleeping bag getting it on right in front of everyone.
>>I remember there was a vat of electric cool aid near
>>the stage and lots of card tables set up where they
>>sold weed. I ran into my best friend Krink, who had
>>moved to Portland and played guitar and had taught me
>>everything I knew. We jammed for a while. Before I
>>arrived at the Fest I had seen him on TV blowing
>>bubbles when the film crew first arrived at the fest.
>>There were sky jumpers and one of them caught on fire
>>from a flare he had strapped to his leg and he died
>>before he could reach the ground.
>>There was a real sense of brother hood and strangers
>>would hand you there bottle of wine or hand you a
>>joint to toke on.
>>Finally our manager said to set up were going to play
>>our set now. I was so nervous I could not stop talking
>>with my bandmates. I remember trying to convince them
>>(and myself) that they would like us because we had
>>the only chick singer.
>>I shook my bass players hand and told him "Good Luck"
>>just as we went out on stage. The stage was huge.
>>There were huge amps set up that we had to use and I
>>was not sure how to get my sound with them. There was
>>a sea of people and the mixing board was run by the
>>sound guy, far out in the center of the mass of people
>>waiting to hear us.
>>We started playing and even though no one had heard of
>>any of our songs, they really cheered and threw joints
>>on the stage. I was so nervouse I could not stop
>>stomping my feet when we played. I mean my feet were
>>over a foot high off the ground and I kept playing
>>like that.
>>The crowd and the energy was unlike anything I had
>>ever experienced before. Our last song was our theme
>>song called "The Brownsville Boogie" Later I heard ZZ
>>Top doing a song called La Grange that sure sounded
>>like it but we were the first. The crowd went nuts.
>>Just before we played it our organ players Hammond B-3
>>stopped working. I was really scared because he played
>>the bass part on this song with the organ while our
>>bass player played rythem guitar. I was amazed when
>>Steve grabbed the bass and started to use it instead.
>>I did not know he could even play any stringed
>>instrument. It sounded fantastic. The crowd went cazy
>>and we had so much fun I still feel it today.
>>When we left the stage the crowd kept screaming for
>>more but our manager wanted the crowd to want more of
>>our band but would not allow us to play any more.
>>I later got drafted, joined the Air Force, retired
>>from the Air Force and now live in Guam and work for
>>the National Weather Service and still play with one
>>other guy in some of the clubs here. We call ourselves
>>the Beach Geezers www.beachgeezers.veryweird.com.
>>If anyone has pictures from the fest please share
>>Or if you were a band member please contact me.
>>Greg Lonien

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