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Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears to benefit the Mother & Child Education Center

The Aspen Meadow Band will present its annual Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Aspen Meadow Amphitheater, 24232 S. Upper Highland Road, Colton.

COURTESY PHOTO - Aspen Meadow Band's Tom Hamilton plays the harmonica as Scott Bickford plays guitar during a recent concert.The theme is country music and the concert is free; all donations will support the Mother & Child Education Center.

Other events at the concert include a raffle for a weekend stay at a house in Sunriver, free line dancing lessons and a free barbecue at intermission.

The actual Optimus Prime truck from "Transformers 4" will be on site from 1-3 p.m.

Desirae Aamodt, who does PR for the Aspen Meadow Band, shared her reasons for being passionate about the band, its music and its mission. Below are excerpts from that conversation.

Q: What is the history of the Aspen Meadow Band?

A: Aspen Meadow Band formed in 2005. Over the years, Aspen Meadow Band has been blessed with numerous musicians and lead vocalists, all who have given a passion for different types of music. We are a benefit band and look for organizations we believe in and want to help with the good they are doing.

Q: What kinds of music does the band play?

A: We are able to share the incredible feelings across an array of genres and artists, with members who have opened for Keith Urban and the Charlie Daniels Band, and who have shared the stage with members of John Denver's band.

Q: Who is in the band now?

A: Joe Senn, Anna Senn, Jake Love, Marcie Gaynor, Sue Norman, Jon Humphrey and Katie Lou Ellen share the vocals; Matt Senn and Broc Norman are on guitar; Derek Boone is on drums; Scott Bickford on bass; Tom Hamilton on flute; and Robbie Woods on piano and vocals.

Q: What are some of the songs the band will play on June 15?

A: "Right on the Money," "My Maria," "Chattahoochee," "Fishin' in the Dark," and "Margaritaville."

Q: What is the Mother & Child Education Center?

A: They work to create a community of competent and confident parents who nurture their children through the offering of no-cost services, connection, education and support during pregnancy and early infancy. Visit momchildpdx.org for more information.

Q: What's coming up next for the band?

A: Our next event is the Oregon City Police Department National Night Out at 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 at 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. Following that is our annual Summer Finally Got Here concert and car show on Aug. 18; the car show starts at 10 a.m. and the concert is at noon. The address is 24232 S. Upper Highland Road, Colton.

Q: Why do you like the band so much?

A: My favorite thing about Aspen Meadow is how they truly want to give the gift of music. The whole heart behind it is to give people two hours to not worry about a thing. To dream as big as they can; feel anything is possible. For our guests to walk away feeling inspired to do good, to feel better about themselves, to walk away with hope.

Boot-scootin' bash

What: Aspen Meadow Band presents Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears, an annual free concert to benefit the Mother & Child Education Center

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Where: Aspen Meadow Amphitheater, 24232 S. Upper Highland Road, Colton

More: Visit aspenmeadowband.com


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