'Pop-up New Year's Eve concert' at Oaks Park
It was a welcome surprise – when the duo who put on the well-received "Cinnamon Bear" musical show for families, at historic Oaks Amusement Park throughout December, decided to return for a New Year's Eve show for grownups.
Due to the spur-of-the-moment nature of the concert, Justin Sheehy and Warren Dexter of "WebracaDabra Productions" said the musicians who'd participated back in December were "otherwise engaged" for the evening, and that they'd just be presenting the two-hour musical show themselves.
"We thought we'd do this because COVID-19 coronavirus rules, here in Multnomah County, are keeping venues closed – but there's still a need for live entertainment," Justin Sheehy told THE BEE as they were tuning up for their unscheduled show.
"We're here this evening to provide a safe in-your-car experience, where people can sit and listen to the live music through their vehicle's stereo radios, while they watch the fun onstage," explained Sheehy.
About the show, he commented, "Warren and I perform all kinds of music – from Cat Stevens to Frank Sinatra – plus a lot of 1980s and 90s rock music as well."
During the concert, Sheehy and Dexter's professionally-presented show also included cheerful banter. Their live sound system was excellent, and the music sounded great over the radio in our car.
Because December's "Cinnamon Bear" musical was so well received, Sheehy said they were already exploring the idea of creating an all-new musical show – this one featuring the Oaks Amusement Park mascot, Chipper – for future weekend early-afternoons. "And, we'd also like to do evening music shows, much like the concert we're giving tonight, with top Portland area musicians sitting in, joining us."
Keep an eye on the official Oaks Amusement Park website – www.oakspark.com – where any upcoming shows will be posted, along with ticket information.
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