CELEBRATING THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY of VORTEX 1!
In 1970, Governor
Tom McCall was presented with a problem: thousands of protesters were
planning to picket President Richard Nixon’s visit to Portland at an
American Legion conference. At the same time, a group of students was
looking to hold a Woodstock-style event in order to avoid another bloody
clash with police. From this turmoil, the first state-sponsored rock
festival, Vortex I, was born.
Held near Estacada, the
music/alternative lifestyle festival drew over 100,000 attendees and
generated a fascinating chapter in Oregon’s colorful history. Full of
interviews and great archival footage, this must-see locally-made
documentary is an entertaining and educational window into a risky
political move that paid off and helped keep the peace in Oregon.