The third edition of Cherie’s Blues Highway Series returns to The Lehrer on Sunday, April 12 with a special showcase featuring Ladies of the Blues of the NW. Producer Cherie Robbins continues to combine the talents of Oregon and Washington performers who often do not have the opportunity to share the stage with one another. For the April show, Cherie has brought together a trio of some of the most powerful female blues artists and vocalists found in the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle’s hardest working soul and blues diva Lady A will be one of the featured artists for this show. Fresh from competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis with the Randy Oxford Band and headlining a short tour with Mississippi’s Dexter Allen earlier this month, Lady A is a commanding performer. With roots in both Louisiana and Seattle, she has been thrilling audiences in the NW for more than 20 years.
Portland’s Lisa Mann is on a fast-moving roll at this moment, following on the heels of her highly praised release Move On, she has received Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, received the coveted Sean Costello Rising Star Award from Blues Blast Magazine and has been nominated for a Blues Music Award. One of the region’s most beloved artists, Lisa Mann is a remarkable vocalist and tremendous bassist.
Holding everything together for this show will be Eugene’s Joanne Broh Band. Joanne herself is a powerful dynamo who can easily slide between musical stylings such as blues, funk, jazz and soul. A winner of the Rainy Day Blues Society’s Best Female Vocalist Award, she has found herself opening shows for the likes of Karen Lovely, Lionel Young, Ty Curtis, Leon Russell, and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. Joanne’s band is also made up of some of Eugene’s most talented musicians: guitarist Jerry Zybach, bassist Jim Badalich, and drummer Danny Miller. This outfit will definitely hold down the house behind the trio of vocalist on hand.
The Lehrer is located at 8775 SW Canyon Lane in Beaverton. This is an all ages event and takes place from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Admission is $10.00. Come on out and witness three of the most talented blues ladies in the Northwest for what is certain to be an afternoon not to be missed.