The popular band plays Cook Park on Wednesday as part of the Concert in the Park series, which is in its second year.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Popular local band Hit Machine shows up for Concert in the Park on Wednesday.For the second year in a row, the City of Tigard will host its free Concert in the Park series, set for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Cook Park.

This year's event, set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., features the popular local group Hit Machine.

The five-piece band plays dance music from a variety of eras, covering everyone from Bruno Mars to AC/DC.

"They're one of the region's most popular and followed bands," said Becky Stroebel-Johnson, who booked this year's concert as well as last year's, which featured the band, Radical Revolution.

"That was the first one and it was very successful," said Stroebel-Johnson. "We had about 1,500 people show up"

She said that many residents raved about how nice it was to have a community-based concert of their own.

(Stroebel-Johnson has been booking concerts since she began her Tigard-based company, Sterling Talent Inc., in 1982.)

Still, she said she's worried about whether the concert series will continue next year because of the recent failure of a Tigard local option that will mean city budget cuts next year.

Mayor John Cook said the fate of the concert series will be determined by next year's Tigard Budget Committee. However, a two-year budget plan submitted to this year's committee had listed all recreation aspects of the budget to end June 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, while residents are welcome to bring picnic lunches, Stroebel-Johnson said there will also be food for sale including Don Flores Mexican Cuisine as well as Kona Ice, two Tigard-based food carts.

The event will be held on Soccer Fields 1,2 and 3, which is that big open green space that's off to the right when you enter Cook Park.


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