Riverside Inns' Portneuf Grille & Lounge
255 East Portneuf Street Main Street
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
Join us for an incredible evening dining and listening to music by Che Zuro.
About Che: After seeing The Rolling Stones on TV and decided she wanted to be just like Keith Richards, Che Zuro's parents complied. They bought her an electric guitar. She was 9.
Growing up in a musical family, Che doesn't even know how she "learned" to sing. "We always sang, in tune, to the radio or a cappella, but would always fight over who would sing the harmonies because they always seemed to be so much fun!" Before getting that beloved guitar, Che was already learning music theory at her weekly organ lessons in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and singing with school and church choirs.
After school Che moved to Los Angeles, first joining the almost all-girl band Backstage Pass with their ever rotating male drummers, and then was recruited by Dave and Dan Kessel for the lead guitarist spot in Kim Fowley's new post-Runaways all girl froup, The Orchids. They had sweet three-part harmonies, catchy songs and the requisite wild streak for rock bands in those days, but after one eponymous LP on MCA Records, they split up. This is where Che met many music industry people and also honed her songwriting skills. She and drummer Laurie Bell even sang for Phil Spector at the studio where they recorded their album!
After that, Che Zuro was on a flight across the pond to replace the lead singer of Britains pop group The Photos. They recorded an LPs worth of tunes, but nothing was ever officially released and Che was soon back in L.A.
Over the years Che has worked with many groups and artists, singing, playing, touring, recording, such as Phil Seymour, Carmine Appice, Dokkin, Josie Cotton ("Johnny Are You Queer?"), Berlin, Charlie Sexton (now with Bob Dylan,) and more! Her band Population 5 with Prescott Niles (Knack), Jb Frank and Danny Stag who both went on to play with Kingdom Come, and drummer Matt Sorum (GnR, Cult, etc.) made a mark on the music biz in the mid 80s but never quite signed the elusive deal. Che finally decided to work on her own music and her own band, and being, finally, the front person.