The origins of this magazine were seeded by Portland’s rich musical history. From the ’70s, we get our name. Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life was the only state-sponsored rock fest in American history. With the Vietnam War raging across the sea and President Richard Nixon scheduled to appear in town, Vortex I was a clever tactic implemented by then Governor Tom McCall and some hippies to keep the peace. It sought to avoid violent clashes between right-wingers and anti-war protestors, channeling that energy into a positive, creative place. Fifty years after those 100,000 hippies descended upon Estacada’s Milo McIver State Park, a group of influential organizers are set to stage Vortex2020 in August on the very same grounds as the original festival—but with a fresh statement of our community’s values: unity, kindness, historic awareness and stewardship of our precious public lands. Featuring performances from Pink Martini, Blind Pilot, Storm Large, The Dandy Warhols, Edna Vazquez, Ural Thomas & the Pain, Fountaine, Bocha, Donte Thomas, MarchFourth, Hunter Noack, Gus Van Sant and many more to be announced, the only way to attend this fest is to volunteer in your community! That’s right, volunteerism is your ticket to the two-day event—find opportunities using the Get Tickets link below.