Patrick Lamb and Hit Factory
Simply one of the Northwests most widely known and acclaimed artists. Patrick's last three singles recently made top 5 nationally on the Billboard Charts on his independent label, and Patrick has been inducted as one of the youngest members into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Recently given the Independent Spirit Award by the City of Portland Patrick regularly tours the the world or shares the stage as the 'saxophonist to the stars' with with Grammy winners and luminaries like Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper, Jack Black, Robby Krieger and Smokey Robinson, showing that Patrick is comfortable where ever music may take him. Listen to his new saxophone oriented release here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-ties/1422513657 which just hit the top of the list on Spotify with his song “Tailgate” Although known for his skills on the saxophone, Patrick brings the party like no other for events like this with his diversely talented party band “Hit Factory”, which has recently headlined for the Olympics, NIke North America, BMW China, Providence, and so many others. Get ready to party!
Voted “Best Live Performance Cover Band” by the Northwest Music Awards Association, Hit Explosion performs authentic, classic 70’s and 80’s dance hits as well as hits from today, combining exceptional musicianship with an electrifying presentation. The group sets itself apart by its diverse and talented lineup, allowing for impressive reproductions of the original hits from the 70s, 80s and beyond. Since its inception, the band gained sudden success and has remained at the zenith of the “disco explosion” craze, an ensemble possessing a rare and unique chemistry, with that “special something” igniting even the toughest crowds. From college to corporate, from kids to seniors, Hit Explosion is notorious for their ability to captivate & energize diverse audiences.
Christopher brown quartet
Christopher Brown, born March 22nd, 1977 in Portland, OR, was formally introduced to music at age five with piano lessons. By age eleven, he not only added both the saxophone and drums to his musical pallet, but also came to the conclusion that music was how he had planned to make a living in the future. Therefore, armed with a new focus, his hard work resulted in him having garnered numerous local, state, regional, and national awards before graduating from high school. In fact, the first of his three most noteworthy accomplishments during this period began with the recruitment of a bassist and a saxophonist one fall afternoon for the purposes of creating a quick recording to submit to Down Beat Magazine. The recording was later mentioned in Down Beat the following spring as being the top high school small group for 1995. The second accomplishment came when he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Wynton Marsalis at the Alladin Theater in Portland, Oregon. And lastly, he was cast as an extra in the 1993 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” starring Richard Dreyfuss.
KURT VAN METER
Kurt Van Meter is one of the fastest growing names in the country music world. Having shared the stage with Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry and Justin Moore, just to name a few, Kurt's brand of high energy country music is assured to bring you to your feet and make you dance. Kurt has had multiple original songs played over 4,000,000 times in 96 countries. Aarun Carter, who is a National Champion fiddle player, brings her world class talent to the stage and will amaze you with her energy and expertise. Garth Brooks recently told Kurt, "You are obviously doing something right, keep doing what you're doing". The Kurt Van Meter Band makes the crowd the show by doing songs they know you will love. Get your tickets now to see one of the next major stars in country music!
Las Vegas, NV native CJ Mickens attended Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. It was there he discovered his true passion for creating good music. Growing up in a family grounded in the church, he began to sing and perform on a weekly basis. At an early age he's had the opportunities to sing in various parts of the country and overseas. His solo pursuit began at age 15 after moving to the Pacific Northwest. He then got involved with the NAACP ACTSO Music Program winning Gold Medal 3 years in a row advancing to New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans. During his senior year of HS he had an opportunity to work with a Christian record label which eventually moved him to Nashville, Tenn. After recording demos, record label bankruptcy and pitching to multiple managers his opportunities began to fade, moving him back home to the Pacific Northwest. In 2002, CJ Mickens had the opportunity to appear on Season 2 of American Idol, followed by 'Showtime at the Apollo' in 2004. Since then CJ Mickens has taken the opportunity of redirecting his gift in singing to reaching out and inspiring others. His main goal is to show the love that god has given him whether Gay/Straight/or Bi God doesn’t make mistakes. In 2012 he was announced the winner of Portland Idol, starred in his own show Sunday Night Soul and won a national award with his acappella group Rezonate at the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes.
Alexis Mather 2016 MS Oregon
The 21-year-old beauty, a junior at PSU, is majoring in psychology and also plans to practice as a therapist, eventually. She has also taken up music as a minor subject.
Alexis secured the first position for herself after a stunning bravura performance of “Nessun Dorma”, an aria from Puccini's “Turandot”. She also tackled the question addressed to her about moderating a debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton very well, and said she would ask Trump about his intentions for American people and Hilary about transparency of her actions.
At the same event, Audri Rousseau was titled fourth runner-up; Rachel Warren, was third runner-up; Veronica Norris was second runner-up, and Jennifer Albertson was first runner-up.
The victory at the Miss Oregon 2016 earned Alexis Mather not only a $10,000 scholarship, but also a chance to represent Oregon at Miss America 2017 pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 11’ 2016.
Our generous Title Sponsor Pacific Automation brings their band to have a party with us!
Dave's Killer Bread is a business success story, expanding from a small family bakery in Milwaukie to the best selling organic bread in the country.. Dave Dahl from Dave’s Killer Bread has formed a band, the Killer Granddaddies, made up of fellow reformed knuckleheads. They play blues rock covers and originals, playing parties, festivals and causes they support.