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With a setup that allows people to hear the audio of outdoor concerts on car radios, Oaks Park moves forward

DAVID F. ASHTON - Doing a sound check, for the first Mix-tape Revival Friday evening concert for the series outdoor music shows held at Oaks Amusement Park, were members of that weeks band, The Hair Jordans. The evenings of March 12 and March 13 saw the kick-off of two brand-new, but short, live music concert series being held this spring at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood. These will run only through mid-April.

"We had so much fun creating the drive-in 'Cinnamon Bear Show' during the Holidays, and playing our 'Drive-in New Year's Eve Concert' that we've created a series of drive-in concerts for Friday and Saturday evenings here at historic Oaks Amusement Park," explained the concert series' producer, Warren Dexter of "Webracadabra Events".

They haven't moved the stage they used for the Holiday performances – it's still right in front of the new and colorfully-illuminated "Adrenaline Peak" roller coaster – but they did raise the surface of the stage considerably, to provide better sight-lines from anywhere in the "audience" area, in which concert-goers park their vehicles to enjoy the show.

"On consecutive Friday nights, we're presenting bands who play the best music of the 1980s and 1990s – concerts we're calling the 'Mix-tape Revival' – presented by some of the best retro-rock musicians in the area," Dexter told THE BEE.

The opening concert for the "Mix-tape Revival" series, on Friday evening, March 12, came off without a hitch. The audience showed their enjoyment of that night's band, "The Hair Jordans", and their comedic banter and spot-on musicianship, by flashing their vehicles' headlights and honking horns between songs – a pandemic-friendly but somewhat unnerving form of applause!

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the first of the Saturday night concerts, Gabby Holt demonstrated why shes considered one of Portlands top rock musician/songwriters. Then, on Saturday evenings, in the other series of concerts, they're bringing in other music acts of the Pacific Northwest to perform with their bands in shows they're calling the "Oaks Park Live! Concert Series".

On March 13, the this series featured Gabby Holt, a well-known Portland rocker who's performed with Gabby Holt & The Hedges, as well as Hivemind, and is featured artist with King Black Acid. Her opening act, "Van Lavish", got the audience going with their energetic music.

Then, electricity filled the air as Gabby Holt and band took the stage and played their original songs. Gabby's performance was dazzling, with iridescent vocals – sometime hard, sometime lilting; and vibrant guitar virtuosity. Here's just a small taste of Gabby Holt and her band, live, one of many talents performing in Oaks Park's drive-in concerts now through mid-April. This was recorded at Oaks Amusement Park on March 13 – youtu.be/cy2OFmmCbww

What you need to know:

· Concert goers must purchase their tickets in advance online  because theres no ticket office at the gate. Youll show your receipt at the gate to be admitted.

· Mix-tape Revival tickets are $49 per vehicle.

· Oaks Park Live! Concert Series" tickets are $59 per vehicle.

· Ushers guide drivers to the parking areas.

· Guests may sit outside near their vehicle if they wish  provided they socially-distance from others.

· There is an outdoor sound system at these shows, but the crystal-clear live music is piped in to the attendees vehicles via FM radio.

· You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages; but there will be a concession stand open with hot food during the concerts – featuring delicious, inexpensive snacks for purchase.

· Gates open at 6 p.m.; the shows are from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Access the park from Oaks Park Way, north off the foot of S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood at the railroad tracks.

· Concerts are currently scheduled through April 17 and 18; but weve learned that those final two dates, featuring The Garcia Birthday Band, have already sold out! Other dates are still open for ticket purchase, however. Act fast if you want to go.

To buy a tickets securely online – as well as to read important information about the concerts, go to – www.oakspark.com/concerts


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