Cherie Robbins, a BB Award winning producer from the Washington Blues Society, recently made the move from Tacoma to Portland and wants to combine the best of both Oregon and Washington’s blues communities in an exciting monthly event. Each month she will present a pairing of great Northwest artists from both states for the Sunday Gospel, Grooves & Blues showcase at The Lehrer, 8775 SW Canyon Lane. The first event took place on February 15 and featured Seattle’s premier vocalist Jada Amy along with Portland’s Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond, recent finalists at the International Blues Challenge. Cherie is sure to match that superb line-up each and every month with the wealth of talent to select from within the region, so keep your eyes on upcoming issues of the BluesNotes, Cherie’s Blues Highway Facebook page, and the Cascade Blues Association’s website and Facebook page to find out who will be performing at future shows.
The next two Sunday Gospel, Grooves & Blues will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on March 15 and 2:00 – 5:00 om on April 12. For March, Cherie has combined two of the best harmonica players in the region as she pairs Seattle’s Alfie Harpo with Portland’s own Franco Paletta along with The Stingers. Then in April, it will be a Northwest Ladies Extravaganza as Lisa Mann and Lady A will be backed by Joanne Broh and her band. Now, that is two exciting shows guaranteed to make your heart rate quicken.
Admission is only $5.00 for the March 15 date, which will also be a celebration of Cascade Blues Association President Greg Johnson’s birthday. April admissiomn is $10.00 for the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Lehrer is family friendly and has a great menu selection, so bring the whole family and enjoy a day filled with uplifting music and fun.