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Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra featuring LaRonda Steele & Louis Pain

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm



Join us for an evening with two distinguished musicians: Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra featuring LaRonda Steele and ‘King’ Louis Pain



 Anthony Paule

Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years touring and recording with luminaries such as Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Maria Muldaur, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Norton Buffalo, John Nemeth, and others. Anthony has released two solo CDs, Big Guitar, and Hiding In Plain Sight. For his most recent releases, he has teamed up with Philadelphia-based soul singer Frank Bey. Their first CD, You Don’t Know Nothing, is a live recording done at Biscuits & Blues nightclub in downtown San Francisco. The second release with Frank is Soul For Your Blues which is a studio recording consisting of 13 tracks, 8 originals and 5 interesting covers from diverse sources such as John Prine, Percy Mayfield and Wynonie Harris. Release June, 2015 is the latest CD from the Bey Paule Band titled Not Goin’ Away. This recording features the full eight piece band performing 10 original tracks along with 2 thoughtfully chosen cover tunes.





LaRhonda Steele is arguably Portland’s best-kept secret, but the secret is getting out. In July, 2016, KOIN t.v. in Portland dubbed her, “Portland’s First Lady of the Blues.”  Amen–she is simply one of the finest blues & soul singers anywhere!

LaRhonda began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma, singing her first solo in church at the age of thirteen. Since moving to Portland, she has worked with many local and national artists, including Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester,  Thara Memory, and the late, great Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, and Obo Addy. Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival annually are just two of the highlights of LaRhonda’s career.

On 9-14-15, LaRhonda and Louis Pain released their first CD together, “Rock Me Baby.”  That recording received immediate buzz locally, then world-wide.  A cancer survivor, LaRhonda says, “I’ve been through the fire.”  And that’s how she sings: with fire & passion.    




King Louie Pain

Louis Pain, dubbed “Portland’s boss of the B-3” by The Oregonian, is a musician’s musician.  (Just read the testimonial quotes at this site’s “Home” page to confirm that.)  When called upon, Louis is a dynamic soloist, but he specializes in the subtle art of making the musicians and vocalists he works with sound their best.  For him, the song’s the thing, not showing off.  That’s why he’s always in demand with his peers.

It’s been that way since Louis started playing professionally in his hometown of San Francisco back in 1970.  Starting out in “Top 40” bands, Louis quickly graduated to playing in a variety of genres with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area, including funk guitarist Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), jazz saxophonist Jules Broussard (Ray Charles, Santana), gospel vocalist Dorothy Morrison (Edwin Hawkins Singers), and the late rock/jazz saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Bros & Steely Dan).

Since moving to Portland in ‘86, Louis has continued the trend, working regularly with top Portland blues/soul artists including the late, great Paul deLay and Linda HornbuckleCurtis SalgadoLloyd JonesAndy Stokes, and Lisa Mann, as well as with jazz musicians Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Dan Faehnle, and Dan Balmer.  Louis also is the “first call” organist to back visiting musical legends, who have included Bernard “Pretty” Purdie,” Phil Upchurch, Martha Reeves, the Shirelles, and now-departed musical giants Solomon Burke, Howard Tate, and Bo Diddley.

In the past few years, Louis has added some uber-talented young musicians to his list of collaborators, including Austin-based blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Ty Curtisand NYC-based jazz saxophonist Hailey Niswanger.

In addition to working extensively as a sideman, Louis has blossomed as a bandleader in Portland, co-leading King Louie & Baby James with the late, great NW vocalist “Sweet Baby James” Benton, co-leading “King Louie & LaRhonda Steele,” and organizing a series of successful soul music tributes featuring the Portland Soul All-Stars (aka King Louie’s Portland Blues Revue).  Louis also has frequently led bands for weddings and corporate gigs, becoming Nike’s go-to musical contractor along the way.

In addition to freelancing as a sideman and leading his own groups, Louis rents out the best Hammond organs in the NW, teaches music, and hangs out at his Washougal, WA home with his wife/manager Tracy Turner-Pain (Soul Sisters Productions, LLC) and their children, grandchildren, & remarkably friendly cats.



Poor House Bistro
91 South Autumn Street
San Jose, CA 95110 United States
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408-29-BLUES (25837)