Coleen and Co unveils its new lineup along with its new name, Coleen and Co. Review, on Sunday at Oran Mor Artisan Meadery in Roseburg. Members of the group are: Top row from left, Bruce Gordon, Jimmy Stanton, Michael Mendenhall; and bottom row, Lysie Geffen, Kay Anderson, Coleen Roberts and Frank Wambolt.

The sounds of Motown, rock and blues will fill Oran Mor Artisan Meadery this Sunday when Coleen and Co. Review take the stage at 3 p.m.

The band originally formed in 2013 under the name “Coleen and Co.” Last year, the group evolved by adding two female vocalists, expanding the members to seven and returning with a new name.

“We wanted to add extra harmonies thereby increasing our dynamics,” said Coleen Roberts, an original band member and the groups namesake.

Roberts recently retired from her corporate pilots position with Roseburg Forest Products. Her expanded free time will allow the band more time to perform.

Coleen and Co. Review is under the direction of keyboardist Michael Mendenhall. Remaining members include Kay Anderson, a popular local singer often recognized from her national anthem performances; Lysie Geffen, known for her bluesy vocals; Frank Wambolt, who toured as a professional musician for many years, on bass; Bruce Gordon on lead guitar, a favorite local musician and recently retired teacher; and the groups Robert Plant look-a-like, Jimmy Stanton on drums.

“With the addition of two singers the band evolved into more of a show band than just a cover band,” Roberts said.

Coleen and Co. Review has played at various local venues such as Turkey Hall in Oakland, Oran Mor Meadery, Music off Central in Sutherlin, Backside Brewing Co., Music in the Park in Myrtle Creek and The Elks Lodge in Roseburg, to name a few.

According to Roberts, the band intends to pursue larger events such as festivals, casinos and fairs, but also wants to maintain a relationship with local venues.

Oran Mor will be the first 2019 performance for the reinvented group. The band will be available before the performance during the event’s social hour at 2 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase. There is a $10 cover charge for the event.

“Oran Mor is a great venue for music with delicious mead, a good size seating area and dance floor and a nice stage,” said Roberts.

Backside Brewing will also host Coleen and Co. Review from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

Follow Coleen and Co Review on Facebook for music videos and upcoming events. The group can also be found on YouTube.

Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native Roseburgian. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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