Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method

South Stage

1:00 PM

Drawing on influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, Polly O’Keary is today’s blues woman — rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. She and her talented trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today’s blues to eager audiences across the U.S. and Canada.

Since forming as a trio in 2014, the band has steadily built success, in part by touring nationally each year. Their 2017 album Black Crow Callin’ was an International Blues Challenge finalist in the best self-produced CD category, earned high praise from critics, and spent that entire summer on blues radio charts. In 2018, the band won the LA Music Critic Best Blues Band award and represented Washington at the International Blues Challenge, where they were semi-finalists. In 2021 — the year each band member turned 50 — they released the album 50 whose single “You Better Think” debuted at #1 on the contemporary blues radio chart.

The band includes Polly on vocals and bass, Tommy Cook on drums, and David Miller on guitar. Tommy, who began as drummer for the house band at Blues Central in Anchorage Alaska, is today endorsed by several elite drum and drum equipment companies and is an instructor at the prestigious Seattle Drum School. Guitarist David Miller grew up listening to blues in Texas and, at 17 (then living in California), became a regular in clubs in the Bay Area, sitting in with local and touring acts. By age 25 he’d assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years they went on to become one of Southern California’s most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and praise his “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally.”

Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method appear July 4 in a special “Lightning In A Bottle Records Revue” featuring the powerful vocalists GeminiiDragon from New Orleans, and Portland newcomer Ms. Vee, a nominee last year for the Cascade Blues Association’s ‘Best Female Vocalist’ Muddy Award. 

Jul 4
Jul 4