Band Bio

Meet the band.

About Portland Rider

The members of Portland Rider enjoy an eclectic range of music, which is why their repertoire of original songs include Pop, Rock, Indie, Folk and Americana. However, their unique style and sound emanates through each genre. Sparkling, pure and full of fire!

In 2022 Portland Rider will release their first album; Roadside Attractions. Each song on the album is a treat in itself! The album will be available via iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, all good record stores and on Bol.com.

To get a feel for the Portland Rider sound, check out the songs “New Beginning” and “Once” on YouTube.

The members of Portland Rider know each other from working in the music scene for many years and from crossing paths at numerous festivals where they played with previous bands. Initially, Rick performed his songs as a solo artist under the name Portland Rider. He approached Jeffrey, Izzy and Angelique to start recording the songs together as a band under the Portland Rider name.

Background

Jeffrey has played with artists such as Snowy White, Rick Berthod, Abou Bass (Alpha Blondy) and Gaynol Hodge (co-founder of The Platters). Rick shared the stage with Of Monsters and Men at the Rotterdam Summer Festival. Izzy has played all across Ireland for years, having supported Rory Gallagher’s band at the Rory Gallagher Festival.
Angelique has played in various cover bands for years in party centers and music halls across the country. They have all played on festival stages over the years, such as the Dunya Festival, Hippie Fest, De Vrienden van Amstel LIVE, Dordtse Feesten, North Sea Jazz Festival, Veld van Klanken, BinnensteBuiten Festival and the Americana Festival. Portland Rider aims to return to the festival circuit again, as soon as possible (corona permitting).

Portland Rider’s dream is that eventually as many people as possible will listen to and enjoy their music.


Rick Kusters

Guitar, dobro, backing vocals and songwriter.

Rick was born and raised in Rotterdam and started playing guitar at the age of 16 on an old guitar bought at a flea market. He taught himself to play using a record player and music books from the library.

Izzy Power

Lead vocals.

Izzy Power is an Irish rock ‘n’ roll singer based in Rotterdam. Having been involved in music all his adult life, Izzy spent years being the front-man to a near-endless stream of rock and punk bands. After a brief foray into the hip-hop scene as an MC / punk-poet, he could not ignore his true calling – being the lead singer in a band

Angelique Ramkhewan

Lead and backing vocals.

Bio coming soon…

Jeffrey Bax

Bass and backing vocals.

Bio coming soon…

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