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Patsy Cline Tribute debut at Lake Theater & Cafe

Featuring Julie Amici, Leslie Beia, Jennifer Smieja and Anna Hoone


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A new Patsy Cline Tribute show will debut Nov. 16 at Lake Theater & Cafe, 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego. The show features Portland area singers Julie Amici, Leslie Beia, Anna Hoone and Jennifer Smieja, who have emerged as the latest rising stars in jazz/blues, country, folk and Americana, respectively. These immensely soulful singers, powerful in their individual styles, are backed by an all-star lineup including Dean Mueller on bass, Mark Shark on guitar, Ian Miller on pedal steel and Carlton Jackson on drums. The combination of these lovely voices and seasoned musicians make for an inspired performance sure to bring back warm memories of classic tunes made popular by Patsy Cline.

Amici, who calls Lake Oswego home, has recently been nominated “Best New Act” by the Cascade Blues Association. She performs with Dean Mueller regularly at the Theater with the Julie Amici Band. Amici brings an intimate and alluring sweet voice that melds jazz, blues and country.

Smieja, who recently released the well-received extended play “To Measure the Sky” is a singer/songwriter with Midwest roots, who has a compelling voice and ability to beautifully deliver songs covering a wide range of styles and genres.

Beia has been a fixture in Portland’s underground country scene since 2011. Fronting her own honky-tonk band Leslie Lou and the Lowburners, the classic and critically acclaimed country band Copper & Coal, she has since teamed up with one of Portland’s most integral and established musicians, Pete Krebs. Their project, The Earnest Lovers, is rooted in the sounds of vintage country and they are currently busy touring regionally, playing regular gigs in Portland, and writing their first full-length album.

Hoone, a Southern Oregon native, is a singer songwriter rooted in old-time gospel, country and folk traditions. Her classic Americana songwriting and precise delivery shoots like an arrow straight to the heart. Hoone’s voice is soft and lilting, with an edge that comes from having lived the words she sings.

In addition to the talented vocalists, the band is made up of a cadre of award-winning musicians, including Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Carlton Jackson; a national Blue Music Award nominee Dean Mueller; Mark Shark, who has appeared on 32 different recordings, including those by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne; and Ian Miller, one of the most active and versatile musicians in the Portland country music scene.

The Music Monday series features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lakeside Theater and Café is a state-of-the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant. Showtime for the Nov. 16 performance is 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating and can be purchased online at laketheatercafe.com/#music-mondays.