Not long after relocating from Washington to the Portland area, Cherie Robbins kicked off her monthly concert series Cherie’s Blues Highway last February at The Lehrer Pub & Eatery. She scheduled performers who may not perform regularly together and placed them into a family friendly, all ages atmosphere, and each month, the audiences grew larger and more enthusiastic.
If you missed the series, here are the performers whom she brought to the shows: February: Jada Amy with Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond; March: Franco Paletta & The Stingers with Alfie Harpo; April: The Joanne Broh Band with Lisa Mann & Ben Rice; May: The Highway Poets with Kivett Bednar; June: Michael Osborn & The Drivers with Peter Dammann & Bill Rhoades; July: United By Music with Bobby Rush, MizzLowe, Dave Fleschner & Alan Hager; August: Sister Mercy with Rich Layton; and September: Mitch Kashmar, Terry Robb & Ed Pierce.
Unfortunately, with the closing of The Lehrer, Cherie’s Blues Highway lost its current home and the shows featuring Norman Sylvester, Karen Lovely, Steve Kerin, and Andy Stokes all had to be cancelled. But Cherie’s Blues Highway will not be away for long as she is currently seeking a new venue to continue her monthly series. And watch for her in November as she helps bring the Ken DeRouchie Band Food Drive Kick-Off Concert to the Trails End Saloon on Sunday, November 15. Cherie wants to thank Brad Lehrer in believing in her series and offering it a home and looks forward to seeing all of you at her upcoming shows in the future. Thank you.