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Annual student-run LOchella music festival kicks off summer in Lake Oswego

PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Lakeridge student band The Roos perform at Saturdays LOchella festival.Students and community members gathered at Foothills Park Saturday, June 1 for some sunshine and sweet sounds. The annual LOchella music festival is a student-organized event showcasing student musicians and artists from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools.

LOchella was started in 2015 by members of the Associated Student Body at both high schools, and had about ten performers. This year's festival featured about 20 performers in a variety of musical styles, from classic standards to original songs.

Reese Ericson, an incoming sophomore at Lakeridge, said that after having to reschedule the festival due to rain, she was happy to see the sun shining on Saturday. "It's the perfect day for it," she said. PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Lakeridge students Reese Ericson (left) and Kelin Humbert pour kombucha for festival-goers.

Ericson watched the performers from a booth where she volunteered to pour kombucha for festival-goers. The kombucha was donated by Derek Abbott, a math teacher and Lakeridge and Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor. He and his wife own Roots Public House, a nonprofit tap house in Lake Oswego that donates profits to local charities.

LOchella also featured vendors such as Koi Fusion and Yep's Donuts.

In addition to student music, there was student art on display and for sale.

"This year we decided to grow it more to involve more of the arts," said incoming Lakeridge senior Barbara Roehm. "We reached out to the 2-D AP art students and the AP ceramics students to either display or sell their work at the festival."PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Students and community members enjoying the music at Foothills Park.

Lindsey McDowell, a graduating senior at Lakeridge, said LOchella was a huge success. "It's been going really well," she said Saturday. "I really like watching the bands. The ones that have gone on so far have brought really big energy."PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Lakeridge student Jenna Denton singing at LOchella.

Ericson said she enjoyed seeing her peers onstage — far from the school classrooms and hallways. "It's been so fun to see my peers in a whole different way, performing for their friends and showing their musical talents," she said. "All of the performances have been great."

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