Meet The Cheeseburgers!

The Cheeseburgers are named for the iconic Jimmy Buffett tune Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Their songs tell stories of boats, bars, beaches, babes and bad behavior. With six vocalists, keyboard, guitar, groovin' bass and a driving beat, you'll be up and dancing and singing along.

John Powell, lead vocals, keyboards, guitar

Kurleen Nowickas, vocals 

 

 

Amanda La Mar, vocals

Clark Lynch, drums, vocals

Don Ross, lead guitar, vocals

Arne Olsen, bass guitar, vocals

John Powell has been playing keyboards and guitar at Eugene's best parties for three decades. He played with Wheatfield in the '70s, the Ron Lloyd band in the '80s, and is currently leader of the Valley Boys. He has been a Buffett fan for years, and in a lucid moment, placed a newspaper ad that beget The Cheeseburgers. John owns 57 Hawaiian shirts even though some of them don't fit. John was inducted, as a member of the band Wheatfield, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Arne Olsen is a life-long Eugene area resident. He grew up playing piano, viola and trombone. During his college years at the UO, he started to play the bass in bands with his friends. He has played with countless Eugene-area groups, including Zydeblue, The Zydeco-dependents, ToneDawg, and The Revelators. He has even performed on stage with the likes of James Cotton and Neville Brothers drummer, Willie Green. When he's not pumping out fat bass lines for The Cheeseburgers, Arne puts in a 40 hour work-week at the The Duck Store Processing Center, plays soccer and works on his house. He also loves to sit in on a friendly game of poker.

Clark Lynch grew up in Springfield, Oregon, spent his youth touring with The Jerry Hill Show from Vegas to Alabama and Billings to Texas, appearing with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson,  and others.  He returned to Oregon in 72 to play with The Uptown Rythum Band and other groups until hanging it up to learn a trade in 75.  He had a rekindling of his musical desire when The Cheeseburgers needed a drummer.  He quickly regained his skills to create that "down island" rhythm.  Clark is proud to be a founding member of The Cheeseburgers for 14 years and enjoys his roll as a singing drummer. 

Kurleen Nowickas is a versatile singer. This native of the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia, West Indies, began her music career after high school as the lead vocalist in a hotel/club band. She sang Caribbean music, jazz, pop music and had the privilege to perform at a party for pop idols, Rihanna and Ray J, to celebrate their albums going platinum. After moving to the USA in 2006, she has performed with: legendary singer/songwriter, Allen Toussaint, Brazilian singer/guitarist, Eduardo Mendoça, American Metrapol Orchesta and Festival Choral Oregon (soloist). Kurleen received her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University. She is a private voice instructor in Salem and McMinnville.

Amanda La Mar is a multi-talented musician. She learned to play the trombone and sing as a child growing up in the Salem, Oregon area. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University, and is in the process of completling a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education, from Oregon State University. She has performed with notable musicians such as Martha Reeves, Dave Frishberg, Nancy King, Lynn Anderson, Lizz Wright, Mel Brown, and many others with the Western Hemisphere Orchestra and American Metripole Orchestra. Her musical interests span a wide variety of genres such as Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical , Romantic, Brazilian and others. She plays Trombone, Euphonium, Trumpet, Guitar, Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, and sings. Amanda currently plays with The Salem Concert Band, Salem Philharmonia Orchestra and The Salem Big Band.

Don Ross was born in San Francisco, raised in Sacramento and moved to Eugene to attend the UO. As a teenager, Don fortunately lost a coin toss and had to play guitar instead of banjo in a folk duo. Since then he has played lead guitar and sang in a number of bands including Wheatfield, Arroyo, and Gloria Gold and Showdown, appearing with acts as diverse as Hank Williams Jr. to Bonnie Raitt. He then started Don Ross Productions, a prominent recording studio collecting a Gold Record, Grammy nominations and recording countless albums for other artists. Don was inducted, as a member of the band Wheatfield, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

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