Drive in Concert featuring CJ Mickens and Hit Machine
Saturday, August 21
Join the City for an epic evening under the stars with a Drive-In Concert at Luscher Farm. The event includes an opening performance from CJ Mickens followed by headliner, Hit Machine. Event will follow Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 guidance.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 3 at 9am for residents and 1pm for all others. $40 per parking space for residents; $49 for non-residents. Maximum six people per car at this time per OHA guidance. Staggered load-in begins at 5:15pm and is assigned based on vehicle size. To register, visit www.loparks.org and search "Drive-in Concert".
About the Performers:
CJ Mickens: Las Vegas, Nevada native CJ Mickens attended Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. Growing up in a family grounded in the church, he began to sing and perform on a weekly basis. His solo pursuit began at age 15 after moving to the Pacific Northwest. He then got involved with the NAACP ACTSO Music Program, winning the Gold Medal three years in a row and advancing to New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans. Family ties brought him back to the Pacific Northwest and the great live music scene in Portland, Oregon. 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 with the goal of showing love to all--whether Gay/Straight/or Bi. In 2012, he was announced the winner of Portland Idol and won a national award with his A Cappella group, Rezonate, at the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes. He currently performs with his own band as well as a popular featured vocalist with top groups in the Northwest, such as Patrick Lamb and the Hit Factory and Blue Wave.
Hit Machine is a band you will never forget. Created by Bart Hafeman, the energy projected from this 7-piece band is highly contagious. The band plays hits from all eras, and it’s not uncommon to hear Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees), Kiss (Prince), Dynamite (Taio Cruz) and You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC) all in the same set! The band has synchronized dance moves and ways to involve the crowd in the performance to make it an unforgettable show. Hit Machine has been a guest of many prominent events surrounding the Portland Metro area, including headlining Hood to Coast 2010-2015 in Seaside, headlining the Fort Vancouver Fireworks 2010-2014, playing many Blazer Playoff games down at the Rose Garden and top notch corporate clients such as Nike, Intel, Sony, HP, Windermere and Comcast.