For anyone looking for a special outing for dad on Father’s Day, consider attending the monthly Cherie’s Blues Highway event at The Lehrer as she presents an afternoon of good old fashioned traditional blues with Michael Osborn & The Drivers.
Michael Osborn spent thirteen years as the bandleader and guitarist for John Lee Hooker as well as working with the Charles Ford Band and Sista Monica before relocating to Portland. He has released a handful of recordings, including his latest Driven By A Sound with his band The Drivers. Robben Ford described Osborn as “one of the most authentic blues guitarists around today. His style goes straight to the heart of the blues . . ..”
The Drivers is made up with a trio of exceptional musicians who have each made their mark in the West Coast blues scene. Drummer John Moore has worked with such greats as William Clarke, Albert Collins, Bill Rhoades and George Harrison. Bassist and vocalist K.G. Jackson is a Muddy Award winning band leader in his own right and has been nominated as best vocalist in the awards, too. Dave Mathis has been a mainstay on the Portland blues scene for more than thirty years, working with people such as Sheila Wilcoxson, Kelly Joe Phelps and Steve Cameron. Also a Muddy Award winner and a Hall of Fame member, he is an adept vocalist and much sought after harmonica player, and if this was not a strong enough band to celebrate Father’s Day, throw in special guests Bill Rhoades and Peter Dammann.
Bill Rhoades is affectionately named the “Godfather of Oregon Blues,” and for good reason. He has been at the forefront of the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest for more than four decades providing the region with the best of traditional blues harmonica, while also helping form both the defunct Oregon Blues Society and the Cascade Blues Association and helming his own radio shows for a number of years. Rhoades is true blues historian who has performed with many of the greatest blues musicians of all time.
Peter Dammann may be best known as the talented man behind the Waterfront Blues Festival, but he is also one of the premier guitar players in the Northwest. Raised in Chicago, he was influenced by the very best blues musicians and after relocating to Portland was the driving force on guitar behind the Paul deLay Band for more than twenty years and can be found playing with a number of various outfits today.
Cherie’s Blues Highway’s Father’s Day show with Michael Osborn & The drivers starts at 3:00 pm on June 21 and is an all ages event. Admission is $10.00. The Lehrer is located at 8775 SW Canyon Lane.