China Forbes out, Lucy Woodward in for Pink Martini’s Bend show

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, 2:25 pm by Ben Salmon

Portland-based multicultural “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Saturday. You can get tickets and more details by clicking here.

Unfortunately, they’ll be without longtime lead vocalist China Forbes, who’s having surgery on her vocal cords. In her place will be the cosmopolitan singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward. Here’s the press release from the band, including some rave reviews for Woodward’s performances in Utah, Michigan and Montreal, Canada.


Pink Martini recently announced the news that singer China Forbes had to take an extended leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. The heartfelt wishes and support of the entire Pink Martini family are with her as she undergoes surgery and recovery.

Pink Martini will continue to tour and record music throughout China’s absence from the stage and look forward to presenting their amazingly supportive and loyal fans to the dazzlingly talented Lucy Woodward, who will be joining them on the Les Schwab Amphitheater show in Bend, OR this month.

Woodward has appeared on their Canadian dates, including the prestigious Montreal Jazz festival, and at shows in San Francisco (with SF’s Symphony), Salt Lake City, or Ann Arbor.

An exceptional talent born in London and raised in New York City’s beloved Bronx, Lucy Woodward is already a veteran of the music business. Lucy’s Atlantic Records 2003 debut album allowed her to tour internationally, as well as garner her significant press exposure including a spot on “The Tonight Show.” An award-winning songwriter, Lucy has written and recorded songs for several film soundtracks including most recently the Golden Globe-winning “The Blind Side.”
For more information about Lucy Woodward visit

Tickets for the July 23 Les Schwab Amphitheater show on sale now via,,
charge by phone at (877) 435-9849 or in person at Bend’s Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District.

Live reviews

If Woodward were the original voice of Pink Martini, she might be considered the perfect fit for the band. But where Forbes is sweet and forceful, Woodward gives less away. She makes you ache.Salt Lake Tribune

(Woodward) navigated the group’s catalog—even the songs in languages other than English—with aplomb, almost as if she’d been performing these tunes for years.Ann

…a memorable concert. China, we feel your pain, but don’t worry, everyone covered for you fine.Montreal Gazette

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