Mike LaRue, a very well-known blues and jazz drummer here in the Northwest, will present his CD release party May 20, 1-5 p.m., at Cascade Bar & Grill, 15000 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash.
LaRue has played in area bands for 37 years, involved with many of Clark County's best professional musicians. He started out playing drums in the mid-1970s with guitarist Denny Hogan. Other artists he has played with include Byron Searls, Dave Zarzana, Ron Barnes, Jim Solberg, Jerry Hatcher, Dan Twain and many other great musicians.
The new CD that will be sold at the release party is titled Lisse, which is also the name of his production company. It includes songs such as Inner City Blues by Marvin Gaye and Right on Through the Darkness by Curtis Mayfield and several original pieces.
LaRue put together a nine-piece band which includes horns, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, LaRue on drums and back up vocals. It’s sure to be a great show, so join in celebrating LaRue’s hard work. And to think he has put this together while fighting cancer and going through chemo! Keep in mind that the Lisse Band is open for engagements this summer.