Bound for LOchella
More than 20 bands and musicians from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools will take the stage in Foothills Park on Sunday for the annual "LOchella" music festival.
The free event, which is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. on May 20, will also feature food and beverages for sale, and local vendors will offer everything from hand-woven bracelets to cards, hats and souvenir stickers.
Nancy Grace Bignell, a senior at Lakeridge, has been acting as the event coordinator for LOchella. "It's been so fun working with the whole LOchella team," she says. "It's been great getting to know so many new people at both schools."
Bignell also worked on the team that created LOchella last year and says she loves getting to be involved with the music festival.
"I'm not musically talented, so it's been really fun getting to work with all the musicians as well," she says. "We held video auditions, and it was really easy to put together the lineup because everyone is so talented."
Among the musicians scheduled to perform: Nick Levee and Max Krueger; Ethen Wilde; Just Friends; Carly Wood and Adam Kindorf; Zeing Naboulsi; Audrey Creevy; Fiona More; Caitie Smith; ATMG; The O'Brien Band; Yelena; Ben Vessely; Lauren Joyce; Bangers and Mash; The Peachmen; Ava Eucker, Kendall Ensing and Carly Wood; Phorklift; Sound Pharmacy; and Cajun Spice Extended.
Barbara Roehm, a Lakeridge sophomore on the LOchella team, says she is proud of the event that the group has put together.
"I really enjoy working with the team, and I think it's going to be a very professional-seeming event," Roehm says. "When people think high schoolers, they might not want to come, but it really is quite family-friendly."
Stuart Allen, a Lakeridge junior, will be playing guitar at LOchella with the band Bangers and Mash.
"I love playing music, and I'm looking forward to playing guitar and performing in front of people," Allen says. "Our music isn't necessarily a specific genre. It's just feel-good music that I think everyone can enjoy."
Allen attended LOchella last year and says the festival inspired him to apply to perform this year.
"It was so fun, it just had this great summer vibe," he says.
"The event really is a blast," Roehm agrees. "It's a great way to kick off the summer."
Bignell says LOchella actually had to be postponed last year because of rain, which led to some confusion over when the event was scheduled. "I'm hoping it's a lot bigger this year," she says. "I've been checking the weather obsessively, and I think we're going to be OK."
In addition to the music, LOchella will feature food for sale from Koi Fusion and Creperie Les Bon Temp. There will also be woven bracelets, necklaces and keychains for sale from Threads of Hope, a nonprofit organization that sells items hand-woven by and benefitting vulnerable people in the Philippines.
By purchasing one of these items, "You provide dignified work for families so they can stick together, avoid exploitation, and pursue education to set a new trajectory for their lives," Threads of Hope says.
There will also be greeting cards for sale created by Bignell's company, Nancy Grace's Cards, and Lakeridge student Lucas Ahrend will be selling vintage clothes.
Bignell has also created three different LOchella stickers that will be available for a suggested donation of $2, and LOchella hats will be on sale for $10. She says proceeds from the hat and sticker sales will allow students to stage the music festival again next year.
IF YOU GO
What: LOchella music festival
When: Sunday, May 20
Hours: 2-7 p.m.
Where: Foothills Park (199 Foothills Road, Lake Oswego)
Note: Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. There will be food for sale from Koi Fushion and Creperie Les Bon Temp.