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Singers to perform one night only at Lakewood Center. Get tickets now for the Oct. 23 performance

COURTESY PHOTOS - Jan Koenig

Lisa Knox

For The Review, Tidings

Jan Koenig and Lisa Knox will present an evening of song in "Here We Go Again!" a one-night-only production taking place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. It has been four years since their last standing room only show at Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage.

"Here We Go Again!" will feature songs that reflect the season plus familiar goodies you can sing along to, backed by a trio of stellar musicians. Audiences should be ready for a variety of music, stories and laughs provided by these longtime friends.

After "dabbling" in theater, Lisa Knox went on to have a career in the music business as a professional singer.

Singing everything from Top 40 hits, rock, disco, jazz standards, swing, Big Band and country, she was able to make a living at music and raise three daughters along the way.

Knox now is enjoying working in the theater once again and just finished a six-week run of "The Rocky Horror Show" at Lakewood Theatre. She is one of the vocalists for PIN and the HORN — a band that features a horn section, classic blues, funk and R&B.

She will be singing with the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus for her 11th year in the Gospel Christmas concert at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Jan Koenig had the travel bug and spent time in Europe, eventually ending up in southern California for a number of years. She too "dabbled" in theater while living in Eugene and singing wherever she landed.

It wasn't until coming back to Oregon that she started her own journey in the music scene, with much encouragement from Ron Steen. She now sings at many Portland jazz venues and draws a well deserved crowd every time.

The band includes pianist Vince Frates, bassist Dennis Caiazza and drummer Ron Steen.

Frates is an Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist who has established a diverse career in television and film music, along with being a locally in demand performer.

Caiazza brings an East Coast style and sense of humor to the bandstand.

He did extensive graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music and has performed with his own band, Swing Factory, in the Southeastern U.S., as well as recording and playing with jazz greats Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Marian McPartland, Dave Frishberg and Don Rickles.

Veteran drummer, bandleader and Mel Brown protégée Steen is one of the Northwest's top rhythm keepers and a leader of the Portland jazz scene.

Steen has performed with a host of jazz artists such as Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Charles Lloyd.

He is considered the Godfather of Jazz Jams in Portland, having hosted ongoing jam sessions since 1980.

Tickets to "Here We Go Again" are $25 each and can be purchased online at lakewood-center.org or by calling the box office at 503-635-3901.

Lakewood Center for the Arts is located at 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.


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