KING LOUIE’S BLUES REVUE, a bluesier version of the PORTLAND SOUL ALL-STARS, was first put together by organist LOUIS PAIN for a series of 2012 shows at Bend, Oregon’s prestigious JAZZ AT THE OXFORD series. The shows were a wild success, leading series creator Marshall Glickman to break one of his principle rules: “never book the same act twice.” It happened all over again in 2013...and again in 2014! Each year, the revue sold out more quickly than the year before, and each year the performances were even more exciting. The group also brought the house down at the 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival (billed as “The Oxford All-Stars”). The following year, this super-group was the closing act on July 4th at the festival. Then, in March 2017, the band sold out both of its shows at Marshall Glickman’s new RIVERHOUSE JAZZ series in Bend, receiving one standing ovation after another. Stay tuned for a live CD of those amazing performances: LIVE AT RIVERHOUSE JAZZ.
This is a true all-star band, teaming three of the Northwest’s top blues/soul vocalists—ANDY STOKES, LISA MANN, and LARHONDA STEELE—with five of the area’s top instrumentalists—PAIN on B-3; PETER DAMMANN, guitar; EDWIN COLEMAN III, drums; JOE McCARTHY, trumpet; and RENATO CARANTO, sax. The level of talent and soul in this line-up is off the charts, as is the musical and personal chemistry between these eight wonderful performers. You won’t find a more spontaneous, fun group of musicians anywhere!
-Photo by Carol Sternkopf