Musician strives to engage Estacada audiences
Bret Lucich has played everywhere from Canada to Brazil, and he'll soon stop by Estacada.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28, Lucich will perform at The Cazadero, 352 S.W. Highway 224.
Lucich, who grew up playing music in his parent's restaurant, specializes in rock, country, blues and jazz. His original songs include "Cinderella Sings the Blues," "One Hero at a Time," and "Spirit of 45." Artists he covers include Elton John, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, ZZ Top, John Legend and Ed Sheeran.
"There are so many different artists I love (to cover)," he said. "(I like) stuff that gets people moving."
Along with music, Lucich's shows also include impressions of artists like Willie Nelson, Elvis and Johnny Cash.
"I'm not only a musician.
I'm also an entertainer," he said.
Lucich strives to include audience members in his shows. "The audience becomes the band. I get them to be part of my show," he said. "I'll stop in the middle of a song and have them sing along. When I can, I'll give them props and sometimes get them on stage. I turn my one man show into a six piece band."
Lucich hopes to spread happiness through music. "(Audience members) can forget about what their daily routine is. They could be having a bad day, and a memory could come up (from a song)," he said.
He appreciates connecting with a variety of people at his shows. "(The most rewarding part is) meeting great people from around the world and making their day better," he said. "With the passion I have, I know I'm fulfilling my purpose. I'm grateful to have been able to play music for so many years."
Lucich's performances have garnered high praise from audience members.
"His good humor injected, personalized and localized tag lines in his songs brought laughs and warm feelings," Mike Hope, founding front office staff member of the Portland Trailblazers and a charter member of the Grammy Museum, wrote in a letter of recommendation.
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