Mixtape Monday: Corbett Fun Fest

Vortex Music Magazine

Head a little east on the Fourth of July for more than a little family fun and an impeccably curated lineup of all-local music at Corbett's 44th annual Independence Day festival. Plus, catch the only fireworks show in east county—all for only $10!

Under the stewardship of tireless organizer and booker Matt Leamy, the Corbett Fun Fest has so much Fourth of July action awaiting you! While it's no secret that Vortex is all about the music, this year's CFF packs so many activities into a single day that your head'll spin.

Starting with a parade, the afternoon and evening offers a full lineup of music, field games, elephant ears, the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, inflatables for kids of all ages, a water slide, a mechanical bull, vendor booths, a generational queens court, contests, a military tribute, raffles, auctions, a rock wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, mini golf, archery, water tag, and more—all capped off by the only fireworks show in east county. Whew!

And the price of admission for all of this? Just $10. Seriously.

Liz Vice last Fourth of July weekend at the Watefront Blues Festival—click to see a whole gallery of photos by John AlcalaLiz Vice last Fourth of July weekend at the Watefront Blues Festival—click to see a whole gallery of photos by John Alcala

So while Leamy was plenty busy organizing all of the above, he also found time to pack his stage with a stellar lineup of local acts and put together an exclusive playlist for your listening pleasure—listen below! Here's what he has to say about the all-local bill he booked:

Water Tower: “Whatever genre these guys are playing at a particular moment in their set—whether punk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, folk or country—it is guaranteed that the crowd is having a great time."

Orquestra Pacifico Tropical: “OPT’s Latin beats are infectious. They seem to have so much fun on stage that you just can’t help but join in.”

Samsel: “I love Samsel’s blend of musical genres. Their balance of country, pop and rock is so catchy.”

Brownish Black: “Brownish Black is another band that gets the crowd moving. I love their balance of R&B, garage rock and Detroit soul.”

The Strange Tones: “Their brand of blues, rockabilly and surf rock is highly entertaining. Using that as a solid foundation, they add in some stage effects and The Volcano Vixens go-go dancers to take their live show over the top.”

Liz Vice: “I love the soul in Liz’s voice and the sounds in her songs. The organs, the guitar tones, the rhythms all come together to make a wonderful collection of songs.”

School of Rock Portland: “These are some of the most talented kids in town and they are always great to work with. This is the next generation of Portland’s music scene. Their talent must be seen to be believed.”

Watch a video below of SoR student Michael Hermes shredding at age 13 and then head east on the Fourth of July for Corbett's 44th annual Independence Day festival.

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