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GIGS!

Upcoming Dates

Porretta Soul Festival
King Louie & LaRhonda set with special guests Rob Paparozzi & Bernard Purdie - TBA
Porretta Terme
Italy
http://www.porrettasoul.it/
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I are excited and proud to be performing at the 30th anniversary of one of Europe's greatest music festivals!  Joining us for our Sunday mini-set (each festival band performs on the final day) will be a pair of special guests: legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and vocalist/harmonica player Rob Paparozzi (front man with the Original Blues Brothers).  We will be backed by the festival's wonderful house band, led by guitarist Anthony Paule.  We're told that the entire village of Porretta Terme, along with soul music fans from around the world, comes out each night of the four day festival and parties until the wee hours.  If you have a taste for great, classic soul music and delicious pasta, fly out and join the party!


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Rose City Park
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele summer park gig! - 6-8:30 pm
Portland, OR
Price: free


We will be fresh off our Italian adventure.  LaRhonda and I love these types of all-ages summer park gigs!  Come out to hear us and enjoy the sunshine!  (If it's raining, blame the weather man; it's his fault!)

Welcome Home, King Louie & LaRhonda Steele! - 7-10 pm
106 N. State St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-482-2135
Price: $15; $20 VIP seating ($80 for table of four)



This special gig will mark our official return from Italy's Porretta Soul Festival.  We will be joined by the amazing Renato Caranto on sax and the funky & entertaining Edwin Coleman III on drums!  Come celebrate our maiden European trip with us!  Here is the advanced ticket link.

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Denorval Unthank City Park
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele "Movies In the Parks" performance - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
510 N. Shaver St.
Portland, OR
Price: free



LaRhonda and I love playing the "Movies in the Parks" series.  We play until it gets dark enough to show the movie; great family fun!  For more info, visit the Movies in the Parks website.  The movie this time will be "Hidden Figures" (2016; PG)


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King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ Riverside Concert Series - 6-7:15 pm
Washougal, WA 98671
Price: free!


LaRhonda and I are excited about performing at this fun, family-friendly annual event right on the Columbia River!  We will be joined by Edwin Coleman III, drums; and Renato Caranto, sax.  Stick around after our performance to hear Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts.

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele set @ Albina Jazz Festival - 8:30-10 pm
240 N. Broadway, Unit 111
Portland, OR 97232
503-750-5493
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I will be joined by Renato Caranto, sax; and a drummer-to-be-named later.  The event will be in the historic Left Bank Building.

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-694-3114
Price: no cover


KL & LS's first gig at Billy Blues was a hit, so we are coming back--once again with my old Paul deLay bandmate Peter Dammann on guitar along with me, LaRhonda, and drummer extraordinaire Edwin Coleman III.  If you haven't been out to BB's yet, you've got a treat in store!  This spacious venue has a great roadhouse vibe, and features a big stage & dance floor, great sound system, good food, exceptional service, EZ parking, and lots more.  This might be the best-run music venue in the Portland metro area; you will like it!


Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 7-10 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover


In the summertime, music at the beautiful five-0-three restaurant moves outdoors. We play next to a waterfall in a sunken courtyard, with audience members sipping drinks and eating delicious food while looking down from tables shaded by umbrellas.  What's not to like?

King Louie & Friends performance @ Portland Soul Under the Stars - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
19500 SW Mountain Home Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
Price: $150


On Sunday, August 27, join luminaries of Portland’s soul and jazz scene King Louie & Friends, in support of CASA’s mission to advocate for the rights, safety, and well being of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the courts.

Your ticket purchase includes:
Private concert by Mel Brown, LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Renato Caranto, and Louis Pain at Ponzi Vineyards
2 glasses of award-winning Ponzi wine
Gourmet dinner prepared by The Dundee Bistro
Shuttle bus availability to and from Ponzi Vineyards

This event sells out every year, so purchase your tickets early!


 

Private Event, Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Private Event: LPGA VIP Party - 5-8 pm
Portland, OR
Mt. Scott Park
Dan Balmer Trio @ Movies in the Park - 6:30 to dusk
5516 SE 72nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97206
Price: free!


This is a fun family-oriented series.  We will play until dusk, at which time a free movie will play: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016; PG 13).

Ty Curtis festival set @ Big Blues Bender festival - noon
Las Vegas, Nevada
Price: TBA


This is a major blues festival, featuring an all-star line-up.  Here's more info from the event website:

We’re proud to announce the return of the Big Blues Bender to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World!

The Big Blues Bender will once again take over the Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of “Old Vegas” September 7.8.9.10, 2017. Music fans will enjoy top Blues Artists all just steps away from their hotel rooms. Besides the music, attendees can also enjoy a Vendor Village, Activities, Artists’ Panels, Theme Nights and the Fabulous Fremont Street Experience at your front door. 

  • Four Days & Nights of Amazing Music with “Everything, an elevator ride away”
  • Four Nights in the Plaza Hotel & Casino
  • Cheap Airfare from Anywhere on Earth
  • VIP & “Baller” Packages for Those who Go All Out!

Be sure to book your hotel package early so you can be in the middle of this Epic Bender. Gather your Crew and join us at the Big Blues Bender.



 

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele winery gig - 3-4:30 pm
5739 Orchard Heights Road NW
Salem, OR 97304
503.316.3911
Price: TBA


Kathken is a beautiful mom & pop (Kathy & Ken) winery outside Salem.  This will be their special annual jazz-oriented event.  More details to be announced.

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-694-3114
Price: no cover


KL & LS's first gig at Billy Blues was a hit, so we are coming back--once again with my old Paul deLay bandmate Peter Dammann on guitar along with me, LaRhonda, and drummer extraordinaire Edwin Coleman III.  If you haven't been out to BB's yet, you've got a treat in store!  This spacious venue has a great roadhouse vibe, and features a big stage & dance floor, great sound system, good food, exceptional service, EZ parking, and lots more.  This might be the best-run music venue in the Portland metro area; you will like it!

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-694-3114
Price: no cover


KL & LS's first gig at Billy Blues was a hit, so we are coming back--once again with my old Paul deLay bandmate Peter Dammann on guitar along with me, LaRhonda, and drummer extraordinaire Edwin Coleman III.  If you haven't been out to BB's yet, you've got a treat in store!  This spacious venue has a great roadhouse vibe, and features a big stage & dance floor, great sound system, good food, exceptional service, EZ parking, and lots more.  This might be the best-run music venue in the Portland metro area; you will like it!

Past Dates

King Louie & LaRhonda set with special guest Rob Paparozzi - evening
Porretta Terme
Italy
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I are excited and proud to be performing at the 30th anniversary of one of Europe's greatest music festivals!  Joining us for our Friday evening set will be a pair of special guests: legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and vocalist/harmonica player Rob Paparozzi (front man with the Original Blues Brothers).  We will be backed by the festival's wonderful house band, led by guitarist Anthony Paule.  We're told that the entire village of Porretta Terme, along with soul music fans from around the world, comes out each night of the four day festival and parties until the wee hours.  If you have a taste for great, classic soul music and delicious pasta, fly out and join the party!



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King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ "Movies In the Park" - 6:30-8:30 pm
SW 55th Avenue & Alfred Ct.
Portland, OR 97219
Price: free


LaRhonda and I love playing the "Movies in the Parks" series.  We play until it gets dark enough to show the movie; great family fun!  For more info, visit the Movies in the Parks website.  The movie this time will be "The Princess Bride" (1987; PG)

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover


In the summertime, music at the beautiful five-0-three restaurant moves outdoors. We play next to a waterfall in a sunken courtyard, with audience members sipping drinks and eating delicious food while looking down from tables shaded by umbrellas.  What's not to like?

Alan Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2393 NE Fremont, Suite C
Portland, OR 97212
503-946-1962
Price: free!


Renowned Portland drummer, composer, and educator Alan Jones has been curating a great Wednesday night jazz series at the beautiful Fremont Theater.  For this special show, Alan and I will be joined by Portland jazz guitar great Dan Balmer.  Should be a blast!

From the venue's website:
The Fremont Theater is a neighborhood concert venue in NE Portland with a badass 22-foot-tall black cotton velvet stage curtain. We offer thoughtfully curated live entertainment. We have a full bar and a light food menu. 


 

Bank of the Cascades Bend Summer Festival
Portland Soul All-Stars @ "Soul Brunch Sunday" - 11 am-12:30 pm
Wall Street at Louisiana
Bend, OR 97701
Price: free!


The "All-Stars" will be appearing once again in Bend, this time for a "Soul Brunch" set on the main stage at the Bend Summer Festival.  The line-up: Andy Stokes & LaRhonda Steele, vocals; Renato Caranto, sax; Peter Dammann, guitar; Edwin Coleman III, drums, and myself, organ.  Other exciting bands will be on hand, plus a ton of other free entertainment & attractions.  Learn more by visiting the website.

Here's a short description of the event: "Enjoying 26 years of kicking off the summer season, the Bank of Cascades Bend Summer Festival draws 75,000 visitors for a weekend like no other. Festival features fine artists and craftspeople, artisans and performers, and three stages of some of the best regional and national blues, rock and jazz."

 

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8-11pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7


Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.

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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
United By Music North America performance! - noon
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR


Details TBA

King Louie's Blues Revue festival set! - TBA (late afternoon to early evening)
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR


This will be basically the same line-up that tore it up at the festival on July 4, 2015, closing the evening just prior to the fireworks.  This true all-star features three phenomenal vocalists in Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann (with Lisa doubling on bass), plus Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; Danny Armstrong, trombone, and myself on B-3.  


Note: The same group set attendance records at Bend's Riverhouse Jazz series in March, and a live recording of that cd will be released soon!

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
Ty Curtis Band with Robbie Laws, South Stage set - TBA
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR


If you love blues guitar, you will NOT want to miss this set!  These two are thinking man's guitar slingers--and mutual admirers--and we've worked up an exciting set to showcase them, featuring great original material as well as select covers.  Better fasten your seat belts for this one!

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7


Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.


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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Yaquina Bay Yacht Club
Sailstice Fundraiser with Lloyd Jones Quartet - 6-10 pm
750 SE Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365
Price: free!


This special "Sailstice" fund raiser for kids sailing program will start early and is open to the public! Come on out, have some fun and help the kids all at the same time!  From the event website:

Summer Sailstice, the global celebration of sailing which takes place on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, is just about to happen. If you’ve never joined before, what about making this your year – it’s a lot of fun!

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun, food and sailing on Newport Harbor.

 

This event is dedicated to getting new sailors on the water and for others to re-discover sailing on the longest sailing day of the year. If you’ve never sailed before, or want to share sailing with a non-sailor, this special day is for you!

 

  • Hop on board for a sail with one of our instructors – bring someone for their first time!
  • Enjoy a sail on Newport Harbor aboard a Lido 14, Shields, Harbor 20, J/105, or our Catalina 42 Betty. 
  • Sign-up to win a certificate for a FREE Beginning Sailing Class, Youth Summer Sailing Camp or Safe Powerboat Class
  • Enjoy a FREE Hot Dog BBQ

 

Our goal is to get 100 new sailors on the water, so we will have a dozen boats with skippers available to take you sailing on Newport Harbor.

 


 

Online registration for the 2017 Discover Sailing at Summer Sailstice will open on June 1

 

Schedule
Hot dogs will be served from 12:30 to 3:30 pm and the opportunity drawing for free class will take place at 3:30.  You will receive your opportunity drawing ticket when you sign your waiver at check-in, and the drawing will take place at 3:30 pm.  You do not need to be present to win.

 

Parking
Parking can be a challenge, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to park.  Additional parking is available along PCH and in the public parking lot at Tustin and Avon.  Please help us be good neighbors by not parking next door at the Newport Seabase. Our address is 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663

 

 

 

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7


Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.


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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Director Park
United by Music North America performance! - 4-5:30
815 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
Price: free!


This set by the UNBMNA performers is part of Portland's "Make Music Day" celebration.

Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci!  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Arrivederci is just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.    


If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!


Arrivederci
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele Celebrate the "Royal Birthday" and Italian trip! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


LaRhonda and I will be celebrating both my "Royal Birthday," but also our upcoming (late July) appearance at Italy's Porretta Soul Festival!  Come out to one of the coolest venues around and join the fun!

Holladay Park
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele set - noon-2 pm
Portland, OR
Price: free


LaRhonda and I will be performing with drummer Edwin Coleman III for this fun lunchtime concert series.  We'll be set up by the fountain.  Perfect gig for a sunny summer day!

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7


Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.


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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Make Music Day
United By Music North America performance! - 4-6 pm, tentative
Portland, OR


Details about this performance TBA.  To learn more about the wonderful United By Music North America program, visit their website.

United by Music North America performance! - 2 pm
Portland, OR 97219


I'm always honored to mentor the UBMNA performers--musically talented young people with developmental challenges & delays.  You will not see & hear a more soulful & big-hearted group of musicians anywhere!  For this Rose Festival set, special guest Mark Powers will be aboard.

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
4605 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97123
503-477-4453
Price: TBA


We are looking forward to playing again at this beautiful new Beaumont neighborhood venue!  Come check it out!  LaRhonda and I will be joined by the amazing Renato Caranto, sax; and a drummer to be named later.

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7

Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.

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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7

Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group will be back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here. 

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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

Jack London Revue
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Thursday gig! - 8 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $7


Exciting news: the Mel Brown B-3 Group is back in action following a 4 1/2 month hiatus!  Following our 20-year run at Jimmy Mak’s, we were in no hurry to jump back in the saddle.  We’re still mourning the loss of Jimmy and the demise of his wonderful club.*  But we miss playing together, and Soul’d Out Productions has asked us to resume doing our Thursday night thing at their beautiful, just-renovated venue, the Jack London Bar.  So here we go!  Advanced tickets are available here.


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* There are still hopes that JM's will re-open at a new location, so stay tuned for news about that.

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Lloyd Jones casino gig: "BBQ & Brews on the Bay" - noon
3201 Tremont St.
Coos Bay, OR 97459
541-756-8800
Price: TBA


This will be an outdoor event (in a tent).  Sounds like fun!

Lloyd Jones casino gig: "BBQ & Brews on the Bay" - 3-6 pm
3201 Tremont St.
Coos Bay, OR 97459
541-756-8800
Price: TBA


This will be an outdoor event (in a tent).  Sounds like fun!  We are back the next day at noon.

Jack London Revue
King Louie Trio @ soft opening of new venue! - 9-11 pm
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Price: no cover!

 

Exciting news: a great new music venue, the Jack London Revue, is opening.  My trio with Renato Caranto and Edwin Coleman III has the honor of playing the “soft opening” this Friday (May 26).  Doors at 8 pm, music from 9-11, and no cover!  (The soft opening will continue on Saturday with other groups performing.)

The Jack London Revue is a beautiful new music venue.  Formerly the Jack London Bar, downstairs from the Rialto Pool Hall at 4th & Alder, the room has been completely renovated with a stage, sound system, etc.  It has a wonderful, “speakeasy” vibe to it.  Soul’d Out Productions is booking the venue, and they plan quality jazz-oriented music six nights a week right off the bat.  Come out on Friday and check it out!

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Lloyd Jones & Ty Curtis sets @ "CBA 30" - 4-9 pm
1332 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 9797209
503-225-0047
Price: $15 general admission on-line


This is a big Cascade Blues Association fundraiser with tons of bands all day long.  Please come out and help support the CBA; they need your help.  You can purchase tickets at the door or advance tickets here.  


Lloyd Jones gig - 8 pm
157 NW Franklin Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-322-7273
Price: $18; $25 at the door


We can't wait to perform at this beautiful concert/dance venue!

Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig - 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, decor, and service.  Super easy parking too!  During the summer, performances are outside, with musicians set up by a beautiful lower level waterfall.  During the fall & winter, we play indoors: quiet dinner music as a duo.  Either way it is a really fun scene; come check it out!

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Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones gig - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


Arrivederci is one of the most fun venues I play, and all the more so when I do so with NW blues legend Lloyd Jones!

United By Music North America @ ISing Concert - 3 pm
5150 SW Watson
Beaverton, OR
Price: donation requested


To learn about United By Music North America, visit their website.

From the ISing website:  


Our spring concert series, Out of the Americas, will be held on May 5th, 6th, and 7th.

ISing Choir will present choral music  by North and South American composers that will be performed on tour in Japan. Special guests, United by Music North America, will join us for this concert.

Out of the Americas

This is a free event. 100% of donations collected will benefit United by Music North America.

  • Friday, May 5th, 7:30 pm
    Southminster Presbyterian
    12250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton
  • Saturday, May 6th, 7:30 pm
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    5905 SE 87th, Portland
  • Sunday, May 7th, 3:00 pm
    Bethel Congregational UCC
    5150 SW Watson, Beaverton

Tickets are not required to reserve your seat.  We encourage you to arrive early, but not too early! The doors will open a half hour prior to the start of the performance.


 

King Louie & Renato Caranto Trio gig! - 11 am- 3 pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!


King Louie & LaRhonda Steele private gig - 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
4605 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97123
503-477-4453


This was to be the grand opening event for South Fork, a beautiful new restaurant/music venue in the Fremont neighborhood of Portland.  Instead, the gig will be private--a party for the people involved in the renovation of South Fork.  Watch for the official opening soon!  

O'Connor's Restaurant
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig - 7-10 pm
Portland, OR


This is our first gig at O'Connor's for awhile.  Looking forward: this is a great, intimate venue to play at!

King Louie & Renato Caranto Trio gig! - 11 am- 3pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!




Lloyd Jones gig - 8 pm
2460 NW 24th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
503-227-5384
Price: TBA


We will be road testing this new blues venue.  I've heard good things: nice neighborhood blues bar, right off the Vaughn Street exit off the Fremont Bridge.

Lloyd Jones gig - 8-11 pm
2099 SE Oak Grove Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267
503-303-4413
Price: TBA


This will be our second time playing this new blues venue.  The location is a bit out of the way, but it's worth the drive.  Good food, nice vibe!

"Musical Inspiration: Honoring Jimmy Mak" - 7 pm
8 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-2038
Price: balcony: $35; general: $25


The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guests including Andy Stokes & LaRhonda Steele will be part of this all-star celebration of the late Jimmy Makarounis and fundraiser for his music scholarship.
 
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Smoking Pig BBQ Restaurant
King Louie & LaRhonda with the Anthony Paule Band - 9 pm-midnight
Fremont, CA
510-713-1854
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I are excited at the chance to perform a Bay Area "tune up" gig with the Porretta Soul Festival's house band.  Anthony Paule has a great band, and with a couple gigs already under our belt together, our Porretta Festival performances in July should be amazing!

King Louie & LaRhonda with the Anthony Paule Band - 6-10 pm
91 S Autumn St
San Jose, CA 95110
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I are excited at the chance to perform a Bay Area "tune up" gig with the Porretta Soul Festival's house band.  Anthony Paule has a great band, and with a couple gigs already under our belt together, our Porretta Festival performances in July should be amazing!

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Club Fox
King Louie & LaRhonda Steel with the Anthony Paule Band - 7-10 pm
2209 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
877-435-9849
Price: $7


LaRhonda and I are excited at the chance to perform a Bay Area "tune up" gig with the Porretta Soul Festival's house band. Anthony Paule has a great band, and with a couple gigs already under our belt together, our Porretta Festival performances in July should be amazing!  Here is the website link for the Club Fox gig.

 

Highway 99 Blues Club
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele Seattle CD release & Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9-midnight
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: $15


This special double-bill gig will feature LaRhonda and me playing a pair of opening mini-sets, each time followed by Lloyd's band with LaRhonda as special guest.  It's always a treat to play with Lloyd; along with Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  It's extra-special to play with him at a quality blues venue like Highway 99.  Add LaRhonda to the mix and look out!  If you're in the Seattle area and you love blues, you won't want to miss this one!

King Louie & Renato Caranto Trio gig! - 11 am- 3pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!




King Louie & LaRhonda Steele Trio gig! - 11 am- 3pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the amazing vocals of LaRhonda Steele, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!




Arrivederci
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


LaRhonda and I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci!  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Arrivederci is just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.  


If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!

LaRhonda and I will be joined by swinging drummer Micah Kassell and the amazing Renato Caranto on sax!

Billy Blues Bar & Grill
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-694-3114
Price: TBA


I've played at Billy Blues Bar & Grill several times already--with Ty Curtis & Lloyd Jones--but this will be my first appearance with the wonderful LaRhonda Steele. We can't wait to play at this great roadhouse-type club.  If you haven't been out there yet, Billy's club features good food, great service, an excellent sound system, a big dance floor, and tons of easy parking.  What's not to like?  There's a reason it's packed practically every night!

Ty Curtis blues cruise performance! - 11 am- 1pm
C'oeur d' Alene, ID
Price: TBA

 

Blues Cruise Brunch - New this season!

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (boarding at 10:30 AM)

All aboard for a scrumptious Sunday Brunch lake cruise featuring the Ty Curtis Band Acoustic. Tickets and pricing information available soon.

Ty Curtis set, C'oeur d' Alene Blues Festival - 5:30 (opening band @ 4:30)
C'oeur d' Alene, ID
Price: $35 for entire day


Blues Festival Main Event - At The Resort Convention Center

Five Bands | Two Stages | 7 Hours of Continuous Performances

4:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Featuring:

Robert Barrett & Coyote Kings | 4:30

Ty Curtis Band | 5:30s

Stacy Jones Band | 7:00

Laith Al-Saadi | 8:30

Sara Brown Band | Late Show

Tickets - $35.00 (advance purchase only)

King Louie & Renato Caranto gig! - 11 am- 3 pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover!


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!





King Louie & Renato Caranto gig! - 11 am- 3 pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover!


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Micah Hummel on drums, and myself on organ!




Riverhouse on the Deschutes
King Louie's Portland Blues Revue show @ "Riverhouse Jazz" Series - 7:30-10 pm
3075 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97703
Price: see series website for ticketing info


This will be a highlight of the year for me and the other musicians.  This is the same all-star line-up (save with Renato Caranto on sax) that closed the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4.  Any one of the three vocalists can raise the roof by themselves: Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann!  Add Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; Danny Armstrong, trombone; Renato Caranto, sax; and myself on organ, and that's a whole lot of firepower!  


If you're going to be in Central Oregon on this date, don't miss this show.  You might even want to make the drive from Portland to check it out, because this band is that special.


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Riverhouse on the Deschutes
King Louie's Portland Blues Revue show @ "Riverhouse Jazz" Series - 7:30-10 pm
3075 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97703
Price: see website for ticket info


This will be a highlight of the year for me and the other musicians.  This is the same all-star line-up (save with Renato Caranto on sax) that closed the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4.  Any one of the three vocalists can raise the roof by themselves: Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann!  Add Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; Danny Armstrong, trombone; Renato Caranto, sax; and myself on organ, and that's a whole lot of firepower!  


If you're going to be in Central Oregon on this date, don't miss this show.  You might even want to make the drive from Portland to check it out, because this band is that special.


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Ty Curtis gig! - 2 pm
6416 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78752
512-451-5440
Price: TBA


I'll be flying down to Texas to play at a legendary Austin club with the up & coming young singer/songwriter/guitarist.  Should be a blast!


Milwaukie Elks
Lloyd Jones gig! - 7-10 pm
13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Price: TBA


Details TBA

Lake Theater & Cafe
The B-3 Organ Group - 7-9:30 pm
106 N. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR
Price: $15 open seating; $80 for reserved table for 4


This performance will feature the group Mel Brown led for 20 straight years at Jimmy Mak's, but with the dynamic Soul Vaccination drummer Edwin Coleman III substituting for Mel.  Add the great Renato Caranto on sax, the amazing Dan Balmer on guitar, and myself on organ.  Expect the usual fiery, spontaneous performance, but in the wonderfully intimate setting of the Lake Theater!

Tickets are available online until 4 pm day of the show.

Lake Theater & Cafe offers a highly acclaimed dinner menu and full bar. 106 NORTH STATE ST LAKE OSWEGO

ALL AGES
Doors open at 6:00

tickets available soon online at:
https://laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com/



Tyrone Hendrix Trio gig! - 11 am- 3 pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover!


Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Tyrone Hendrix on drums, and myself on organ!




King Louie & LaRhonda Steele performance - 5-8 pm
128 NW Eleventh Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
503-445-3700
Price: free with admission to play


LaRhonda and I will have the pleasure of playing in the theater lobby area during the lead-up to the evening (7:30 pm) performance of "His Eye Is On the Sparrow."  See below for a description of that theatrical production.  (Note: the noon performance is already sold out, so  if you're interested in attending, you should purchase your tickets ASAP.)

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HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

By Larry Parr

A musical biography of Ethel Waters

Ellyn Bye Studio

February 4 – March 19, 2017

From a rough and spirit-breaking childhood to being an unwilling teen bride, Ethel Waters became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Broadway and Hollywood star. But a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust of those who might employ her or love her — partly a response to the horrors of Jim Crow America — caused her to lose everything and become a recluse, until she found new strength as a gospel performer. Through it all, there were the songs – the ones that gave her solace and the ones that made her a legend. This is her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather” and “Am I Blue?”

 

 

King Louie & Renato Caranto gig! - 11 am- 3 pm
8775 SW Canyon Lane
Portland, OR 97225
503-477-5879
Price: no cover!

 

Sweet Jam is an upscale Breakfast restaurant in the Portland/Beaverton area. The concept, Sweet Jam – Southern Influenced Breakfast meets Music. It is the only restaurant in the area offering breakfast and entertainment.  It's located at the site of the former Lehrer, but you won't recognize it!  Enjoy the delicious southern breakfast cuisine and attractive decor while listening to the great Renato Caranto on sax, Tyrone Hendrix on drums, and myself on organ!





Cascade Bar & Grill
Ty Curtis gig! - 10 pm to midnight
15000 SE Mill Plain
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-254-0749
Price: TBA
Ty Curtis Band gig; Winter Music Festival - 6:00 Etta James tribute; 9:20 Ty Curtis Band
1626 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405
541.344.8600
Price: $20 for multiple shows, multiple venues
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 8:30-11:30
1320 Main St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-3031
Price: TBA
Wheeler Toyota
Red White & Blues Fundraiser - 7-11 pm
375 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Price: TBA


Details TBA

Billy Blues
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 9-midnight
Vancouver, WA
Price: $5


It's always great to play with the uber-talented young triple-threat Ty Curtis.  Ty can shred on guitar with the best of them, but he's also a wonderful songwriter and vocalist.  Put him in a real roadhouse like Billy Blues and it's special!

Memphis, TN nightclub (TBA)
United By Music North America performance - 11 pm
Beale Street
Memphis, TN
Price: TBA


I'll be honored to perform with the United By Music North American Band, a group of developmentally challenged young people who play and sing music with some help from professionals like myself.  Also performing will be the 15-year-old blues guitar sensation from Mississippi, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram.  The occasion is the annual International Blues Competition (IBC).  (Our set will follow the semi-final round of that competition.  We will be joined by internationally known guest blues artists TBA.)

Memphis, TN venue TBA
United By Music North America workshop - 11 am- 1pm
Memphis, TN
Price: TBA


I'll be honored to perform and participate in a workshop with the United By Music North American Band, a group of developmentally challenged young people who play and sing music with some help from professionals like myself.  Also performing will be the 15-year-old blues guitar sensation from Mississippi, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram.  The occasion is the annual International Blues Competition (IBC).

 

King Louie & Andy Stokes gig! - 7-9:30 pm
106 N. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR
Price: $15 open seating; $80 for VIP reserved table for 4


Don’t miss this intimate evening of soulful sounds featuring myself and drummer Edwin Coleman III (Soul Vaccination) with New5 recording artist Andy Stokes.  


Andy and I have teamed up for many memorable shows over the years, including my “Portland Soul All-Stars” and “King Louie’s Blues Revue” shows at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and at Jimmy Mak’s, as well as our hit “Andy Stokes Sings” shows.  

For our special Lake Theater appearance, we'll perform soul classics and original material in a stripped-down trio format—the better to showcase Andy’s incredible vocals.  As Curtis Salgado put it, “Andy Stokes is one of the best singers anywhere. I think he’s just amazing.  I’ve got a wonderful voice; too bad for me it’s in Andy’s throat!” 

Tickets are available online until 4 pm day of the show.

Lake Theater & Cafe offers a highly acclaimed dinner menu and full bar. 106 NORTH STATE ST LAKE OSWEGO

ALL AGES
Doors open at 6:00

tickets available online at:
https://laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com/

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King Louie & Renato Caranto gig! - 11 am- 2 pm
8775 SW Canyon Ln
Beaverton, OR 97225
 503-477-5879
Price: no cover!


Renato, myself, and a drummer to be named later will be playing a trio set at this cool new upscale breakfast spot featuring southern cuisine!

Andy Worley Trio gig - 7-10 pm
830 N Shaver St.
Portland, OR
Price: TBA


Young drummer Andy Worley (formerly with Curtis Salgado) will be joined by me and the great Renato Caranto at this new music venue.  The 1905 combines classy and affordable craft cocktails and artisan pizza, in a setting welcoming to all.


 

 

Ty Curtis Band gig! - 9-1 am
Vancouver, WA
Price: $5


It's always great to play with the uber-talented young triple-threat Ty Curtis.  Ty can shred on guitar with the best of them, but he's also a wonderful songwriter and vocalist.  Put him in a real roadhouse like Billy Blues and it's special!

Private Venue
Private New Year's Eve party - 9 pm-midnight
Portland, OR
Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, decor, and service.  Super easy parking too!  During the fall & winter, LaRhonda and I play quiet dinner music as a duo.  Fun scene; come check it out!

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The Unity Center
Private Memorial Service - 1 pm start
20255 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for nineteen years and counting!  Sadly, this will be the group's final performance at the current JM's location, as the club is scheduled to close on 12-31-16, with no new location yet determined.  Also: this show is completely sold out.  However, stay tuned, because the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group will be performing again, and soon.  Check at this website under the "BANDS" heading for updates.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lloyd Jones with Santa's Sweet Angels - Two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542


This will be a really fun holiday gig: Lloyd Jones (vocal & guitar) with three great female vocalists: LaRhonda Steele, Teresa James (visiting from L.A.), and Lisa Mann (doubling on bass).  Duets will be the order of the day!  I'll be on organ, with Brian Foxworth on drums & vocals.  (Advanced tickets here.)


Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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The Unity Center
LaRhonda Steele's "Soulfilled Christmas"show - 3 pm & 6 pm programs
20255 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
Price: $20


LaRhonda Steele has organized another wonderful holiday show at the Unity Church in West Linn.  The line-up includes Norman Sylvester, LaRhonda's gospel vocal ensemble, violinist Tyler Carson, Renato Caranto, Arietta Ward, and more!  Tickets are available for both the 3 pm and 6 pm performances.

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Lloyd Jones & Lisa Mann gig - 8-11 pm
21000 Old Hwy 99 SW
Grand Mound, WA 98531
(360) 273-7586
Price: TBA


Details TBA

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Private Event: Annual TASH Conference - 4:30-6pm
Price: performance for conference attendees only
United By Music lunchtime concert - 11 am- 1pm
615 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Price: Free!


I'll be honored to perform with the United By Music North American Band, a group of developmentally challenged young people who play and sing music with some help from professionals like myself.  Also performing will be the 15-year-old blues guitar sensation from Mississippi, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram.

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St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Private Event: Annual TASH Conference - 6-7:30 pm
Price: performance for TASH attendees only
Highway 99 Blues Club
Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 9-midnight
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  It's extra-special to play with Lloyd at a quality blues venue like Highway 99.  If you're in the Seattle area and you love blues, you won't want to miss this one!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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CI Bar and Grill
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:30-11:30
18786 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR
Price: $7


A friendly, intimate lounge: perfect for hearing (and dancing to) NW blues legend Lloyd Jones and the guys.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Marine View Presbyterian Church
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 5-7 pm
6546 Dash Point Blvd. NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
Price: TBA


We played this jazz series once before, a couple years back.  Just a gorgeous setting for a jazz concert!  If you're in the area, come by and check it out.

Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, decor, and service.  Super easy parking too!  During the fall & winter, LaRhonda and I play quiet dinner music as a duo.  Fun scene; come check it out!

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Vinyl Tap Bar and Grill
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8 pm
2099 SE Oak Grove Blvd
Clackamas, OR 97267
(503) 303 4407


Lloyd and I are looking forward to test driving a new venue for our trio!  We hear good things about Vinyl Tap; come check it out if you can!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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The Unity Center
Circle of Peace: An Interfaith Celebration - 4-6 pm
20255 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
503-697-9765
Price: $10 suggested donation

 


Brought to you by World Healing Institute

 

"A collaboration of cultures in word, music and prayer taking a stand for Peace"

 

Featuring:

 

LaRhonda Steele & The Gospel Group

 

Ghanian Master Drummer Obo Addy Sons & the Legacy Project

 

Wolf Spirit Drum Group

 

Jewish Chant Group P’nai Or Zingers

 

Great Vow Buddhist Monastery

 

Singer/flutist Laila Murphy of the Baha’i faith

 

Hindu Chanting and Acharya Bharat

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NOLA Donuts
King Louie & Renato Caranto @ NOLA Donuts Anniversary Celebration - 9 am- noon
365 N State St.
Lake Oswego, OR
503-278-7312
Price: no cover


OK, donut fans and early birds: this gig is for you!  I've sampled the donuts at this authentic New Orleans donut joint, and they're absolutely spectacular!  Renato, myself, and drummer Micah Hummel will be playing as folks file in to enjoy the delicious treats!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Andy Stokes Sings Teddy Pendegrass - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $18 reserved; $15 general admission


This latest in the hit "Andy Stokes Sings..." series promises to be the most exciting yet!  Andy absolutely loves Teddy Pendegrass's music--both solo and with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes--and the energy promises to be off the charts.  Joining Andy and me will be Brian Foxworth, drums & vocals; Leah Hinchcliff, bass & vocals; Dave Iula, guitar; and Renato Caranto, sax.  You don't want to miss this one!

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Guest appearance with Ants in the Kitchen - 8:00 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


LaRhonda and I will be special guests with this fine young horn band.  Sharing keyboard duties with me will be my former student, Ben "Afterburner" Turner!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8:30-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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"Unforgettable": a Tribute To Natalie Cole & More! - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $18 reserved; $15 general admission


This will be a reprise of one of the most memorable shows I've been involved with at Jimmy Mak's, staged back in March.  Once again LaRhonda Steele and I will be joined by and all-star group of musicians: Saeeda Wright and Sean Holmes, vocals; Brian Foxworth, drums & vocals; Renato Caranto, saxophone, and James Mullin, piano.  Come hear the late, great Natalie Cole's music come to vibrant life!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, & vibe.  But on summer & fall evenings, it's even better, as bands perform just outside the restaurant in a sunken patio by a water feature.  Patrons sit under umbrellas eating, drinking, and checking out the live music.  Just a really fun scene, and LaRhonda and I always look forward to it.  (In the event of bad weather, we move inside the restaurant and play quiet duo music for diners.)

Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, & vibe.  But on summer & fall evenings, it's even better, as bands perform just outside the restaurant in a sunken patio by a water feature.  Patrons sit under umbrellas eating, drinking, and checking out the live music.  Just a really fun scene, and LaRhonda and I always look forward to it.  (In the event of bad weather, we move inside the restaurant and play quiet duo music for diners.)

Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci!  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Arrivederci is just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.  


If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Timber Linn Park, OFD Foods Festival Stage
Ty Curtis Band set @ the NW Arts & Air Festival - 1-2:30 pm
Albany, OR 97322
Price: TBA


I'm really looking forward to being a part of this cool festival.  Hot air balloons, airplane rides for kids, arts & crafts vendors, food, car show, live music, and more.  Sounds like fun to me!



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Timber Linn Park, OFD Foods Festival Stage
King Louie & LaRhonda Set @ the NW Art & Air Festival - 5:30-6:45 pm
Albany, OR 97322
Price: TBA


I'm really looking forward to being a part of this cool festival.  Hot air balloons, airplane rides for kids, arts & crafts vendors, food, car show, live music, and more.  Sounds like fun to me!



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Ty Curtis Band with Special Guest LaRhonda Steele! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission


mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Clackamas Community College, Red Soils Campus
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ Clackamas County Community Festival - 11 am- 2 pm
2151 Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Price: free


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Ty Curtis Band performance! - 7-10 pm
106 N. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Price: $12


Call this one, "Ty Curtis Unplugged."  The band will dial back the volume, but not the intensity, for this performance in a beautiful, intimate theater setting.  All the better to appreciate the remarkable artistry of young Ty Curtis as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Multnomah Village, "Multnomah Days"
Lloyd Jones Quartet set! - 7-9 pm
SW 35th Ave. & Capitol Highway
Portland, OR
Price: free!
Concordia University, Campus Green
outdoor sets with Lloyd Jones & LaRhonda Steele - 2-3 pm & 4:30-5:30 pm
corner of NE 29th Avenue & NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR
Price: free music!

A Tribute to Janice Scroggins & Linda Hornbuckle!


Presented by Concordia University with The Original Halibut’s

Join us for this FREE event!

Concordia University, Campus Green

Corner of NE 29th Avenue & NE Rosa Parks Way in Portland

(Note: between my sets with Lloyd and with LaRhonda, Janice Scroggins' daughters Arietta & Nafasaria will perform with their band from approximately 3-4:30 pm.)

(Also: delicious halibut fish & chips, clam chowder, and other food will be sold on site!)

Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, & vibe.  But on summer & fall evenings, it's even better, as bands perform just outside the restaurant in a sunken patio by a water feature.  Patrons sit under umbrellas eating, drinking, and checking out the live music.  Just a really fun scene, and LaRhonda and I always look forward to it.  (In the event of bad weather, we move inside the restaurant and play quiet duo music for diners.)

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Vortex Festival
Lloyd Jones festival set - 5 pm
Estacada, OR
Price: TBA

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Arrivederci
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci!  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Arrivederci is just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.  

If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! ("Bluesdays @ Squaw Valley") - 6 pm
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Laguna Grande Park
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 3 pm
Seaside, CA
G-Spot--Fine Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 9 pm
24099 Redwood Highway
Kerby, OR 97531
Crown Park
Ty Curtis Band outdoor performance! - 6:30-8:30 pm
Camas, WA
Price: free!
Cannon's Rib Express
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
Mul
(503) 228-3836
Price: Free!


The group will include LaRhonda and myself, plus Renato Caranto on sax and Edwin Coleman III on drums.  We will be filling in for Reggie Houston, who plays at Cannon's on alternate Sundays.  It's really a fun scene: outdoors, under a covering, where folks sit and enjoy the music while chowing down on the most delicious barbecue around!


Five-O-Three
King Louie Trio gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


Five-0-three in West Linn is an excellent restaurant featuring wonderful food, drink, & vibe.  But on summer & fall evenings, it's even better, as bands perform just outside the restaurant in a sunken patio by a water feature.  Patrons sit under umbrellas eating, drinking, and checking out the live music.  Just a really fun scene, and guitarist Jay "Bird" Koder, drummer Mark Griffith, and I will be looking forward to it!  (In the event of bad weather, we move inside the restaurant and play quiet duo music for diners.)

Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci.  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.  If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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King Louie & LaRhonda Steele and Ty Curtis sets! - noon to 1:30 pm and 4-5:30 pm
200 Water St, NE
Salem, OR 97301
Price: Free, all ages event on Sunday!


King Louie & LaRhonda Steele
(with Edwin Coleman III on drums) will play the noon set, followed by a power trio rock band from 2:30-4 pm, then the Ty Curtis Band @ 4:30.

As at the Bite of Oregon in Portland, there's much to enjoy besides live music.  Check out the event website to learn more!

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Ty Curtis Band Gig! - 9 pm
7155 Hazel Dell Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98665
Price: $5


The Ty Curtis Band at a genuine roadhouse blues club?  Can't beat it!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for eighteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Oregon Square Courtyard
Lloyd Jones Band, Lunchbox Series - noon-1 pm
between 7th & 9th and Holladay and Pacific
Portland, OR
Price: free!
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele festival set! - 6-7 pm
Salem, OR 97301
Price: free


We're looking forward to this festival set down in Salem, opening for the Fabulous Thunderbirds!  More info will be posted soon...

Ty Curtis Band outdoor performance! - 6-30-8:30 pm
13770 Ridgefield Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086


My first time at this event.  Should be a very fun one!

Sandy Mountain Festival
Lloyd Jones festival set - 6 pm
Meinig Park
Sandy, OR
Price: free
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Reunion Show! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for 18 years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine
 recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  

On this special Thursday, the regular group (Mel, drums; Louis Pain, B-3; Dan Balmer, guitar; Renato Caranto, sax; and Curtis Craft, percussion; will be joined by past band members Dan Faehnle, guitar; Thara Memory, trumpet; and Stan Bock, trombone.  This is one reunion party you will not want to miss!

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Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, South Main Stage
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele festival set! - 1:30-2:15 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR


Details TBA

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, South Main Stage
Ty Curtis Band set! - 3:30-4:15 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR


Details TBA

Christos Pizzaria
Renato Caranto Quartet, featuring LaRhonda Steele! - 7:00 pm
Salem, OR
Price: TBA


Details TBA

Columbia Edgewater Country Club (private event)
LPGA VIP party (private event) - 5-8 pm
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group set! - 4-5 pm
611 N State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Price: free!


LaRhonda and I are really looking forward to this event. There's always great music, delicious food, and lots of artist and artisan booths to browse.  Really a good time!

From the event website:

Event Profile: The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts.

The Festival is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park. It features multiple art exhibits, music, dance and demonstrations. The special exhibit is housed at Lakewood Center. Other art exhibits (Open Show, Lake Oswego Chronicle, Artist's Vision and High School Art Exhibit) are also located at Lakewood Center. Art in the Park, with more than 110 artists, is located at George Rogers Park across the street from Lakewood Center.

There will be hands-on arts activities, demonstrations, educational displays and the popular Martini Mingle on Friday and Saturday afternoons provides an opportunity to meet and talk with participating artists.

- See more at: https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-Festival-Date-2016#sthash.pc7Za5S2.dpuf

King Louie & LaRhonda Steele set! - 1:15 to 2:15 pm
611 N State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Price: free!


We'll be back at this fun summertime event for the second year in a row.  There's always great music, delicious food, and lots of artist and artisan booths to browse.  Really a good time!

From the event website:

Event Profile: The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts.

The Festival is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park. It features multiple art exhibits, music, dance and demonstrations. The special exhibit is housed at Lakewood Center. Other art exhibits (Open Show, Lake Oswego Chronicle, Artist's Vision and High School Art Exhibit) are also located at Lakewood Center. Art in the Park, with more than 110 artists, is located at George Rogers Park across the street from Lakewood Center.

There will be hands-on arts activities, demonstrations, educational displays and the popular Martini Mingle on Friday and Saturday afternoons provides an opportunity to meet and talk with participating artists.

- See more at: https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-Festival-Date-2016#sthash.pc7Za5S2.dpuf

Tigard Balloon Festival
Ty Curtis Band set! - 9 pm
Tigard, OR
Price: TBA

Gorge Blues & Brews Festival
Ty Curtis Band set! - noon-10 pm
650 SW Rock Creek Drive
Stevenson, WA 98648
Price: $20 for all day


This is a fun, all-day event--the 23rd annual incarnation!  Advance tickets are $20, available here.  

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Highway 99 Blues Club
Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 8 pm
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  It's extra-special to play with Lloyd at a quality blues venue like Highway 99.  If you're in the Seattle area and you love blues, you won't want to miss this one!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-9 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
Mul
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover!


It's always fun to play at Cannon's with New Orleans musical veteran Reggie Houston!  Reggie played with many music legends, including Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, and Irma Thomas.  His music is the perfect fit for a summer's afternoon/evening at Cannon's, which features mouth-watering southern barbecue!  


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Cider Summit PDX, The Fields Neighborhood Park
Andy Stokes & King Louie set - 5-6 pm
10th & Overton Street
Portland, OR
Price: $30-45


Check the event website for more info.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

Just the two of us, playing indoors for diners.  Great food, ez parking, nice decor!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8:30-11:30 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


This week's special guest: Santana organist David K. Mathews!  We will have a blast!  

I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Randy Rollofson, drums.

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Arrivederci
King Louie & Andy Stokes gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


I always have a ball playing at Arrivederci, and this will be extra special: Andy Stokes' first gig at the venue!  Great food, great hosts, great intimate atmosphere. Arrivederci is just a super-fun experience for musicians and audiences alike.  

If you haven't made the drive out to Milwaukie for one of these special gigs, you've been missing out!  But be prepared; during the last set, owner Steve Hanneman is prone to come flying out of the kitchen, sax in hand, to join the musical fray!


Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8:30-11:30 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Randy Rollofson, drums.

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Lincoln Theater
Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 7:30-10:30
712 S 1st St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Price: For advanced tickets call 360-419-7129


It will truly be an honor to perform with the Lloyd Jones Struggle Full Band Extravaganza featuring the Atlas Horns at the Lincoln Centre Foundation for a magnificent night of "Swampified American Roadhouse Music!"

Rose Room Bar and Grill
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 9 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: $10


Up & coming singer-songwriter-vocalist guitarist Ty Curtis lives in Austin, Texas these days, so his Portland appearances are special events.  This will be Ty's first gig in town since we opened for Robert Cray at Revolution Hall on April 6.  Expect fireworks!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8-11 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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Duff's Garage
Lloyd Jones Birthday Bash! - 9 pm
2530 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Price: TBA


The new Duff's location is on SE 82nd across from the Madison High track.  Nice roadhouse bar feel, with a big dance floor.  The band will be at full strength for this birthday celebration, including the mighty Atlas Horns!  Plus there will be some very special guests, including LaRhonda Steele, Mitch Kashmar, Mike Cross, and more!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8-11 pm
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
Private Event
Rose Room Bar and Grill
Lisa Mann CD release! - 9-midnight
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: $10/$15; advanced tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets


Lisa Mann is an amazing talent: singer, songwriter, bassist, and entertainer.  I call her Portland's Bonnie Raitt, and she's of that calibre without doubt!  The world is starting to catch on, too; Lisa has won a slew of national blues awards lately.  So I'm honored to play on a track on Lisa's new CD and to be playing with her at this CD release event!  Stay tuned to Lisa's website for more information.



Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8-11 pm
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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King Louie & Andy Stokes Trio gig! - 7-10 pm
800 NW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
503.223.0070
Price: TBA


I play with the amazing soul vocalist Andy Stokes every chance I get.  But this will be just our second trio gig together.  Wilf's is the perfect venue for it: an intimate, classy night club with just the right vibe for us to explore Andy's jazzy side--OK, and to funk it up a bit too!  Helping with both styles will be the versatile, always swinging Mark Griffith.  This will be fun! 

 

Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8-11 pm
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8 pm
Portland, OR
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland-area audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 8-11 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.  This week the house band will be me plus Jay "Bird"Koder, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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The Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam - 7:30-10:30
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover


I’ve had the idea of a soul-jazz jam night for some time.  Portland always has had great blues and jazz jams, but never one focusing on my favorite genre.  I’m talking about the music of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Harris, et al.  Come down on Wednesday evenings to play or just to listen or to dance.  It’ll be a fun scene; the Rose Room Bar and Grill is a beautiful new venue featuring a big stage, great sound system, spacious dance floor, delicious food & drink, plenty of parking, etc.

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King Louie's Blues Revue show! - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


Here's a show you definitely won't want to miss.  This is essentially the same group that closed the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival this past July 4th, performing in front of approximately 10,000 people!  The group also performed three straight years at Bend, Oregon's "Jazz at the Oxford" series--the only act to ever be asked back even once!  And for good reason: each show sold out earlier than the previous year, breaking all event records.


The Blue Revue's line-up includes three of the NW's top blues/soul singers: Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann, and LaRhonda Steele--each a headliner in their own right!  Also in the line-up: drummer-vocalist Brian Foxworth, guitarist Peter Dammann, and myself on B-3.  We're expecting two sold out shows (at 7:30 and 10 pm), so you'll want to purchase your tickets and reserve your table early!

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Governor Hotel
Private Event (benefit for Doernbecher's Children's Hospital) - TBA
Portland, OR 98671
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Rose Room Bar and Grill
"King Louie's Soul-Jazz Jam" - 8 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


I’m starting something new this evening: “King Louie’s Soul-Jazz Jam” on Wednesdays at the Rose Room Bar and Grill.  I’ll play an opening set with the King of the Saxophone, Renato Caranto, and drummer Micah Kassell beginning at 8 pm, then the sitting-in will begin.  

We test-drove the idea a couple Thursdays ago and had a number of fine young musicians join us.  I’m hoping this can become a regular thing.  There have been lots of blues and jazz jam sessions in Portland for as long as I remember, but never one that focused on the funky side of jazz: ala Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, etc.  This gig should be a ball, for musicians, listeners, and dancers as well!  (The Rose Room Bar & Grill features a spacious dance floor.)


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King Louie & Andy Stokes Trio gig! - 7-10 pm
800 NW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
503.223.0070
Price: TBA


I play with the amazing soul vocalist Andy Stokes every chance I get.  But this will be our first trio gig together.  Wilf's is the perfect venue for it: an intimate, classy night club with just the right vibe for us to explore Andy's jazzy side--OK, and to funk it up a bit too!  Helping with both styles will be the versatile, always swinging Mark Griffith.  This will be fun!
 

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Revolution Hall
Ty Curtis set, opening for Robert Cray - 8 pm; 7 pm doors
Portland, OR
Price: $45


Singer-songwriter-guitarist Ty Curtis is a young man on the brink of big things.  This opening set for blues legend Robert Cray is yet another indicator of that.  Come out and hear Cray along with the next generation in one exciting show at Portland's new premier music venue!


Here is the link for purchasing tickets.

Special Guest Appearance with Soul Vaccination - 8 pm thru midnight
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15


I played for four years with the powerhouse retro soul/funk band Soul Vaccination, and I'll be back with them for two days running as special guest organist (playing alongside regular keyboardist Glenn Holstrom).  Since I left the band, Soul Vax has continued to gain in popularity, to the point that they're the only band that plays two-night engagements at Jimmy Mak's like this.  Call it a two-day party!

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Guest appearance with Soul Vaccination - 8-midnight
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15


I played for four years with the powerhouse retro soul/funk band Soul Vaccination, and I'll be back with them for two days running as special guest organist (playing alongside regular keyboardist Glenn Holstrom).  Since I left the band, Soul Vax has continued to gain in popularity, to the point that they're the only band that plays two-night engagements at Jimmy Mak's like this.  Call it a two-day party!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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"Unforgettable": a Tribute To Natalie Cole & More! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12 reserved; $10 general admission


LaRhonda and I will be rocking Jimmy Mak's again, this time featuring some hits by the late Natalie Cole, along with other soul divas past & present!  LaRhonda will be joined by two other wonderful soul singers: Sean Holmes & Saeeda Wright.  Accompanying the three will be an all-star line-up including Renato Caranto, sax; T. James Mullen, piano; Brian Foxworth, drums & vocals; and myself on B-3.  This will be very special!  

Here are the links for tickets to the 7:30 pm show and to the 10:30 pm show.

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The Rose Room Bar and Grill
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-10 pm
8102 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: $10


Grand Opening Week continues at Portland’s newest music venue, the big, gorgeous Rose Room Bar and Grill (8102 NE Killingsworth, right off I-205).  Tonight (Friday), I’ll be appearing at the RRB&G with the soulful, sultry vocalist LaRhonda Steele, along with the amazing Renato Caranto on sax (off tour with Merle Haggard this week) and grooving drummer Mark Griffith.  The venue features a spacious dance floor, JBL sound system, great food, and easy parking.  Perfect for a night out!  (We play from 8-10, followed by a D.J.)

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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The Rose Room Bar and Grill
"A Life For Lynn" - 3-9:30 pm
8102 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR
Price: $20 general admission; $35 Gold; $50 Platinum


This wonderful event will double as a benefit for bassist Dave Kahl and his wife Lynn (with additional proceeds going to the Portland, Oregon MS Society) and the grand opening of a great new Portland multi-use venue.  Eight wonderful bands will be playing, plus there will be a silent auction and raffle featuring some great items.  To learn more, visit the Soul Sisters Productions, LLC website

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Ty Curtis Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


It's always a great pleasure to work with the talented young singer-guitarist-songwriter Ty Curtis!  Ty resides in Austin, TX, these days, so opportunities to play with him are all the more special!  And there's no better venue to hear Ty and the band than at Portland's top music club, Jimmy Mak's.

Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs 2 - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission

From the event press release: Legendary NW soul singer Andy Stokes’ amazing renditions of the Marvin Gaye classics “Let’s Get It On” and “What’s Going On” invariably bring down the house, which has inspired a series of smash hit shows featuring Andy Stokes singing classic soul music as only he can!  Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs 2 will feature Andy singing romantic hits by the O’Jays, Percy Sledge, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Peabo Bryson, Sam Cooke, and other soul music greats.  He’ll be backed by an all-star line-up including some of the NW’s finest musicians: organist/musical director Louis “King Louie” Pain, guitarist Dave Iula, bassist/vocalist Leah Hinchcliff, saxophonist Renato Caranto, and drummer/vocalist Brian Foxworth

There will be two separately-ticketed shows, beginning at 7:30 and 10 pm, respectively.  Reserved seating: $15; General Admission: $12.  Advanced tickets will be available at www.tickettomato.com.  

 

Trail's End Saloon
LaRhonda Steele Birthday Celebration! - 8:30
1320 Main Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Price: TBA


The great LaRhonda and I will be teaming up again, this time at the very friendly Oregon City blues roadhouse!  Joining us in this special birthday celebration will be: Renato Caranto, sax; Brian Foxworth, drums; and Arietta Ward, vocals.


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Highway 99 Blues Club
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 8-11:30 pm
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  It's extra-special to play with Lloyd at a quality blues venue like Highway 99.  If you're in the Seattle area and you love blues, you won't want to miss this one!

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Duff's Garage
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9 pm
Portland, OR
Price: TBA


The new Duff's location is on SE 82nd across from the Madison High track.  Nice roadhouse bar feel, with a big dance floor.  I believe the band will be at full strength for this gig, including the mighty Atlas Horns!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Clyde's Prime Rib
Knuckleheads Blues Jam - 7-10 pm
Price: no cover


I'm looking forward to playing with my old Paul deLay bandmate, the fine bassist John Mazzocco.  As for the venue, Clyde's is under new ownership, but their prime rib and other food is as delicious as ever!  EZ parking, too!

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Private Event (celebration of life) - 4-5 pm
O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:00 pm
7850 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219
503-244-1690
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland-area audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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PDX Jazz Festival: Mel Brown Trio featuring guest guitarist Henry Johnson - 8 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


I'm very excited at the opportunity to work with Henry Johnson, a great jazz guitarist from Chicago.  Johnson has played with a "who's who" of legendary jazz artists.  George Benson said of him, "Henry is always ready to swing you into a state of bad health!"  Combined with the great Mel Brown on drums, this should be a swinging night indeed!

Clyde's Prime Rib
Knuckleheads Blues Jam - 7-10 pm
5474 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR
503-281-9200
Price: no cover


I'm looking forward to playing with my old Paul deLay bandmate, the fine bassist John Mazzocco.  As for the venue, Clyde's is under new ownership, but their prime rib and other food is as delicious as ever!  EZ parking, too!

Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland-area audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

 

LaRhonda and I will be back at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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Arrivederci
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


The amazing LaRhonda Steele and I, plus the ultra-funky drummer/vocalist Brian Foxworth, will be back at one of our favorite venues!  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 9 pm-midnight
127 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
503-368-5080
Price: TBA


If you're going to be out on the Oregon Coast, you'll want to check out this fun gig!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Multnomah Athletic Club
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele, Private Event
Portland, OR
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King Louie & LaRhonda Steele, Private Event
Portland, OR
mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Benefit For Blackwell's - 2-5 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: TBA


Blackwell's, the Hollywood District bar where "Soul Cookin'" performs every Wednesday evening, recently received over $2,000 in counterfeit currency--a big hit for a small establishment.  So an all-star group of local blues musicians is throwing a benefit for the venue.  The twist: the owners don't know what the event is about, so "mum's the word!"  Expect to hear many of your favorite NW blues artists in an intimate setting at this special concert!

The Country Inn
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:30 pm
18786 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-2765
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland-area audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Billy Blues Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9 pm-1 am
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave.
Vancouver, WA
Price: TBA


From NW blues legend Lloyd Jones himself:  "A last minute concert for the “Full Struggle Extravaganza” featuring the “Atlas Horns” will take place this very Friday night (1/22/16) at a brand new venue for us in Vancouver Washington… “Billy Blues Bar & Grill”!!!!  Just take the 78th St. exit off I-5. (Only 14 mi from Portland, baby!)  This is a terrific new dance club with fantastic food.  We’ll start at 9pm, but you should try to get there early ‘cause this place is packing ‘em in.  Big fun for sure!!!!

Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar & vocals; Brian Foxworth, drums & vocals; and Dave Kahl.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11:00 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 9-11:30 pm
4649 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 994-7729
Price: TBA
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group New Year's Eve gig! - Two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: 1st show: $28 reserved/ $25 general admission; 2nd show: $25/$20


For this very special New Year's Eve event, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guest LaRhonda Steele will play two separately-ticketed shows: a "Dinner Show" from 7:30 to 9 pm, followed by a "Cocktail Show" from 10 pm until after we ring in the New Year!  Adding LaRhonda to Mel's group just puts the whole thing over the top, whether playing sultry swing & ballads for dining or the funky stuff for drinking and partying!  JM's is the place to be this New Years!

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King Louie & Renato Caranto Trio concert - 7 pm
148 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-977-5637
Price: TBA

Renato and I, along with drummer Edwin Coleman III, are looking forward to this gig!  Jazz at Joe's, staged by Just Joe's Music, is a great series, staged in a beautiful theater in Bend, Oregon.  If you live in Central Oregon, or are visiting for some winter skiing, I hope you can make it by to hear us.  Joe's owner Joe Rohrbacher owns one of the best Hammond B-3's I've ever played, so this is really gonna be fun!

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Billy Blues Bar & Grill
Ty Curtis gig! - 9 pm-1 am
7115 Hazel Dell Ave.
Vancouver, WA
360-694-3114
Price: TBA


This will be my first time playing at this new local venue.  I'm hearing good things though!  And it's always a great pleasure to work with the talented young singer-guitarist-songwriter Ty Curtis!  Ty resides in Austin, TX, these days, so opportunities to play with him are all the more special!

Skype Lounge
Ty Curtis Band showcase show! - 3 pm
1210 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
503-517-6000
Price: TBA


Ty Curtis will be visiting from Austin, Texas, and we'll be tearing it up at KOIN FM's Skype Lounge!  David Kahl, bass; Jerry Jacques, drums.

Ty Curtis Band Gig! - 8-11:00 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


King Louie & LaRhonda Steele Holiday Party! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12


LaRhonda, the guys, and I will be playing selections from our critically acclaimed new CD, "Rock Me Baby," along with some soulful holiday favorites!  The amazing Renato Caranto will play sax; the uber-funky Brian Foxworth will play drums & sing; the oh-so-tasty Dave Iula will be on guitar; and a couple special guests will likely drop in for the fun!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Willamette Valley Vineyards
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 7-9:30 pm
Salem, OR
Price: TBA

Soul Filled Christmas Concert 2015 - 5 pm
20255 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR
Price: $20 advance; $25 at door (if available)


This will be a great event, but it will sell out so purchase your tickets in advance using this link.  Here is info from the event website:


Be prepared to clap your hands, stomp your feet, and shout out loud at the 5th Annual Soul-Filled Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 12th at 5pm.

Directed by Portland's beloved soul and blues artist, LaRhonda Steele, the concert will include performances by the 40 member strong Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oregon Hall of Fame blues legend "The Boogie Cat" Norman Sylvester,and the sweet voices of Lauren and Sarah Steele.  There will also be performances by Reggie Houston on saxophone and violinist Tyler Carson. Put this all together and you have a not-to-be-missed holiday musical explosion. Can you say, "Amen!!"?
 

Please consider bringing a new toy donation for our 25-cent Toys For Girls and Boys annual event for families in need in our community.  We need toys for all ages, from infants to teens. Thank you for your generosity!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Highway 99 Blues Club
Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 9-11:30 pm
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: TBA

This will be bluesman Lloyd Jones' final gig at this fine Seattle blues club, which is closing its doors at the end of the year.  It should be a very special event.

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Arrivederci
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7


The amazing LaRhonda Steele and I, with Renato Caranto (sax) and Edwin Coleman III (drums), will be back at one of our favorite venues!  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one! 

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Mallard's Cafe & Pub, The Resort at the Mountain
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 7-10 pm
68010 E. Fairway Ave.
Welches, OR 97067
Price: TBA
Five-O-Three
King Louie & Lloyd Jones duo gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover


The great Portland bluesman Lloyd Jones and I will be playing at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Skype Lounge
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele showcase gig! - 3 pm
1210 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
503-517-6000
Price: TBA

LaRhonda and will be playing songs off of our new CD, "Rock Me Baby," and being interviewed by KINK FM's Steve Pringle.  Joining us will be Edwin Coleman III and Brian Foxworth, drums & percussion; Dave Iula, guitar; and special guests.

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Ty Curtis Band set! - 8 pm-9 pm
121 E. 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
512-473-0121
Price: TBA


Bassist Dave Kahl, drummer Jerry Jacques, and myself are flying down to Austin to join Ty in his adopted hometown for this special gig.  Ty is poised for big things, and we're excited to help him get there!  If you haven't checked out young Ty yet, go to his website to learn what the excitement is all about.

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"Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs" - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission


No one sings love songs like Andy Stokes!  He'll be joined by Brian Foxworth, drums; Leah Hinchcliff, bass & vocals; Dave Iula, guitar; Andy Warr, sax; and myself on B-3, natch.  I expect this pair of shows to sell out quickly, as did the two "Andy Stokes Sings Marvin Gaye" events.  So if you're interested in attending, go to ticket tomato right away and purchase your ticket, then call Jimmy Mak's (503-295-6542) to reserve your table.  Of course, a few seats are always held out for walk-ups, so if you arrive early, you'll likely be able to snag one of those.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Edgefield McMenamins
Trixie & the Nasties Halloween Party! - 8-11 pm
Troutdale, OR
Price: TBA

Details TBA!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Ty Curtis Band gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12
Christos Pizzaria
Renato Caranto Trio gig! - 8-10:30
1108 Broadway St, NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 371-2892
Price: $7


This is a "Renato Quartet featuring LaRhonda Steele" gig.  But we'll be celebrating the release of the new King Louie & LaRhonda Steele CD, "Rock Me Baby"--which features Renato as special guest.  Make sense?  Regardless of what you call it, this gig will definitely be a lot of fun!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lake Theater & Cafe
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele CD release! - 7 pm
106 N. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 387-3236
Price: $15


LaRhonda and I will be releasing our first CD together, "Rock Me Baby!"  And that's not all: my lovely wife, Tracy Turner-Pain (co-owner of Soul Sisters Productions, LLC) will be celebrating her birthday!  A word to the wise: the Lake Theater & Cafe is an intimate venue, and this event will certainly sell out.  So if you wish to attend, you should purchase tickets ASAP.  (Tickets available on-line until 4 pm on the day of the show.)

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The Castaway
Private Event (Trixie & the Nasties)
Portland, OR
Private Venue
Private Event - 7-10 pm
Salem, OR
Duff's Garage
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 9-11:30 pm
Portland, OR


Catch Ty Curtis' last show of the summer in Portland before his return to Austin, TX!  Ty has been tearing it up all over the NW lately, but he's heading home to resume his budding career down south.  Catch him while you can!  On drums will be Jerry Jacques, with Dave Kahl on drums.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Oregon State Fair, Garden Stage
Ty Curtis Band set! - 6-9 pm
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97303
Price: free


Here's a fun event.  You can enjoy the many attractions of the Oregon State Fair--the rides, the tram, the animal exhibits, etc.--and also catch a set or two of the exciting Ty Curtis Band, featuring Ty's brilliant guitar playing, song writing, and singing!  I'll be there with Ty both Friday and Saturday.

Oregon State Fair, Garden Stage
Ty Curtis Band fair performance - 6-9 pm
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97303
Price: free


Here's a fun event.  You can enjoy the many attractions of the Oregon State Fair--the rides, the tram, the animal exhibits, etc.--and also catch a set or two of the exciting Ty Curtis Band, featuring Ty's brilliant guitar playing, song writing, and singing!  I'll be there with Ty both Friday and Saturday.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Clackamas Community College, Red Soils Campus
Lunchtime Set @ Community College - 12-2 pm
2051 Kaen Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045
Price: free


Details TBA

Trixie & the Nasties gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12


This young retro-soul band rocks the house at Jimmy Mak's every time!  Come down and see what the excitement is all about...

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mount Hood Ski Bowl
benefit for military families - 11 am- 2 pm
Price: TBA
The Birk
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 7-10 pm
11139 OR-202
Birkenfeld, OR 97016
(503) 755-2722
Price: $8 at the door


The Birk is out in the boonies a bit, but in cool way: this is a wonderful venue in a beautiful country setting.  As a result, a lot of national blues acts make their way out to play there!  Check out The Birk's website to learn more.

mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Oregon Square Courtyard
Lloyd Jones Quartet set, Lunchbox Concert Series - noon-2 pm
between between 7th & 9th and Holladay & Pacific
Portland, OR
Price: free


Lloyd's line-up will include me, Carlton Jackson (drums) and Denny Bixby (bass).  Fun lunch-time set!

Lloyd Jones Struggle performance! - 6 pm
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Price: $10


Take the short drive up to Ridgeview, WA and enjoy the Lloyd Jones Struggle performing in a beautiful winery setting!  Click here for details.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group set @ Jazz & Oysters - noon-5 pm
25815 Sandridge Rd.
Ocean Park, WA 98640
Price: $25


This fun event includes the Thursday night Jimmy Mak's organ group (playing from 3:30-5 pm), plus Geno Michaels & Soul City and the Dan Balmer Trio.  Delicious fresh oysters are the order of the day; quite the combo with great music and a nice outdoor setting!

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Couch Street Park
Lloyd Jones Summer Concert performance - 6:30-8 pm
NW 20th & Glisan
Portland, OR
Price: free


I'm looking forward to playing at this Pearl District summer concert in Couch Par with the oh-so-bluesy Lloyd Jones!  Afterwards, I'll be jetting over to Jimmy Mak's for my regular Thursday night gig with Mel Brown @ Jimmy Mak's.  Another busy summer day!

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Couch Street Park
Lloyd Jones Summer Concert performance - 6:30-8 pm
NW 20th & Glisan
Portland, OR
Price: free


I'm looking forward to playing at this Pearl District summer concert in Couch Par with the oh-so-bluesy Lloyd Jones!  Afterwards, I'll be jetting over to Jimmy Mak's for my regular Thursday night gig with Mel Brown @ Jimmy Mak's.  Another busy summer day!

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mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8:30-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!  [note: A substitute organist will play from 8 to 8:30 pm, as I'll be arriving from a nearby gig with Lloyd Jones at Couch Park.]

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Columbia Edgewater Country Club (private event)
Portland, OR
Trail's End Saloon
Love For Alyssa - 3-8 pm
1320 Main St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-3031
Price: suggested donation: $10


This very special event, organized by Soul Sisters Productions, LLC, is a benefit for the young cousin of one of Portland's most respected & beloved blues artists, Lisa Mann.  The cousin's name is Alyssa, and she's in the final stages of a long fight with a rare brain cancer.  Alyssa contracted the disease at the age of two, and now, at age 14, she's discontinuing treatment so that she can spend her last days with family.

Portland's blues community has come together in a remarkable way to support young Aly and her family.  As have sympathetic musicians from beyond our community, including Carlos Santana--who donated a signed guitar for the auction--Steve Miller, and others.  There will be numerous desirable items auctioned or raffled off, plus music by Lisa Mann's group, her sister's band (Butterfly Breakdown), the Lloyd Jones Band, and my own King Louie Blues Revue, featuring Lisa with Andy Stokes and Rae Gordon on vocals.  Please come out to the Trail's End for this great event if you're free!

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Guitars Under the Stars Music Festival
Guitars Under the Stars Music Festival - 5 pm
37954 Weirich Dr.
Lebanon, OR
Price: $65 for all-day pass


I'm looking forward to this one!  I'll be playing with the Ty Curtis Band, on the same bill with Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, and other guitar-oriented artists.  If you like guitar, this is the event for you!  As the festival website puts it, "Celebrating guitar as a genre, this 3 day music festival features on site camping, fun & great music."  Tickets available on-line.  Check it out if you can!

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Tualatin Concerts in the Commons
Trixie & the Nasties performance - 6:30 pm
8325 SW Nyberg St
Tualatin, OR 97062
Price: free
Davenport Days
Lloyd Jones summertime park gig! - 7-10 pm
Silverton, OR
Price: free

Details TBA

Concerts in the Park
Portland Soul All-Stars performance! - 6:30-8:30 pm
Crown Park
Camas, WA
Price: free


The Portland Soul All-Stars are looking forward to performing at this fun summer concert series, held by the river in Camas, Washington's Crown Park.  The line-up will include three amazing blues/soul vocalists: Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann (doubling on bass).  Filling out the group will be Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; and myself on organ.  Should be a blast!  Event details can be found here.

Yoshida Estate
Portland Soul All-Stars performance @ Soulful Giving Blanket Concert - 12:30-2 pm
29330 SE Stark St.
Troutdale, OR
USA
Price: $25


The Portland Soul All-Stars are honored to be performing at this annual benefit for cancer research & treatment.  (It benefits Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and the Providence Cancer Research Center.)
 The PSAS line-up will include the dynamite one-two vocal punch of Andy Stokes and LaRhonda Steele, backed by Edwin Coleman III on drums, Peter Dammann on guitar, and Renato Caranto on sax.  The event is held at the Yoshida's Estate in Troutdale.  (Attendees park at Mt. Hood Community College nearby and catch a convenient free shuttle bus to the event.)  The event website has all the details.

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Holladay Park
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 12:15-1:15 pm
next to Lloyd Center
Portland, OR
Price: free


If the weather is nice, attending this short concert would be a fun way to spend your noon hour.  LaRhonda and I will be joined by one of the best drummers around, Mark Griffin.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Private Residence
Private Event (King Louie & Friends) - 7-10 pm
Portland, OR
VFW Hall
Lloyd Jones Quartet @ Walla Walla Blues Society blues bash! - 8-11 pm
Walla Walla, WA
Price: TBA


Lloyd tells me this was formerly an annual event, and great fun.  Should be great fun this time!

Lloyd Jones Quartet set! - 6:30-8 pm
3327 Ohme Rd.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

The group will be returning to Wenatchee to perform in a beautiful setting for the "Summer Concerts in the Gardens" series.

Private Residence
Private Event
Hailey Niswanger festival set! - 9-10:15 pm
Cathedral Park
St. Johns, OR
Price: free


I'm looking forward to playing again with Hailey, a rising jazz star in NYC who will be home in Portland playing compositions from her recently-released CD, "PDX Soul."  We're the closing act, so arrive earlier to check out the other exciting performances.  To learn more, visit the festival's website.

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Ty Curtis Band set! - 6-7 pm
Salem, OR 97301
Price: TBA


This is a great summertime event.  We'll be opening for Kenny Neal.  Should be a lot of fun!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie Quartet gig! - 7-10 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


It's summertime, which means that five-0-three gigs are performed outside, in a sunken patio next to a waterfall.  Really a nice scene: great food & drink in a beautiful setting!  The band this time will include Renato Caranto (off the road with Merle Haggard), LaRhonda Steele, and Brian Foxworth.  Powerhouse group there!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig with special guest Ty Curtis! - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday jamming at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  On this special post-blues festival night, the band will include me, bassist Dave Kahl, drummer/vocalist Brian Foxworth, and special guest Ty Curtis on guitar & vocals.  The last time Ty joined Soul Cookin' at Blackwell's, you couldn't get in the joint, so you might want to arrive early...  

 

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
Thara Memory's American Music Program - 3:45-4:45 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: $10 suggested minimum donation at gate, or purchase passes
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
King Louie's Blues Revue festival set! - 9-10 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: $10 suggested minimum donation at gate, or purchase passes


We'll have the honor of closing the festival this Fourth of July, right before the fireworks!  For this special blues festival appearance, I've arranged for the same band that broke attendance records at Jazz at the Oxford last October (selling out all three shows two weeks in advance) to be augmented by a Bay Area sax great.  That's Jules Broussard--my bandleader in the '70s and a true legend, having worked with Ray Charles, Santana, Van Morrison, Boz Skaggs, Willie Mae Thorton, Little Willie John, Johnny Otis, Esther Phillips, etc.  

Jules will be joined by his horn playing partner in crime, trombonist Danny Armstrong (truly an incredible musician) and an all-star line-up of Portland talent, including Andy Stokes (who will sing the National Anthem following our set), LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Brian Foxworth, Peter Dammann, and myself.  I can't wait to hit the big stage with this amazing band!

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Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, First Tech Stage
Ty Curtis Band set! - 6:15-7 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: $10 suggested minimum donation at gate, or purchase passes


Ty Curtis is a bright light on the NW music scene: a young bluesman who plays, sings, and writes wonderful contemporary blues music.  He's already starting to get international recognition and the sky is the limit.  Catch this blues festival performance to see & hear what all the excitement is about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guests Jules Broussard & Danny Armstrong! - 8-11:00 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA


For this very special Blues Festival Week gig, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group will be joined by a pair of legendary Bay Area horn players: Jules Broussard and Danny Armstrong.  Broussard's resume is particularly impressive: he replaced Fathead Newman in the Ray Charles Orchestra, and went on to work with many jazz, R & B and rock legends, including Santana, Van Morrison, Boz Skaggs, Johnny Otis, Big Mama Thorton, Cleanhead Vinson, Little Willie John, etc.  


Mel Brown and Jules worked together in the early 70's, and I had a ten year stint in Jules' band beginning in 1973.  Early in that run, I introduced Jules to Danny Armstrong, and the two have been inseparable musical partners ever since.  

This should be a very special evening: a personal dream come true for me.

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Danny Armstrong

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Jules Broussard and me in 2008

Andy Stokes Sings Marvin Gaye II - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA

The title of the event says it all: no one anywhere sings Marvin Gaye songs like Portland's own Andy Stokes!  When we staged this show the first time, on November 8, 2014, people lined up around the block to get into the SECOND show, with many having to be turned away (see photo below).  That had never happened before in the storied history of Jimmy Mak's.  So watch for advance tickets to go on sale for these very special shows!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig with special guest saxophonist Hailey Niswanger! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

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Kathken Vineyards
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 7-10 pm
5739 Orchard Heights Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304
503-316-3911
Price: $7

This is a fun outdoor event in a beautiful vineyard.  Relax next to a bonfire while you sip wine, eat some food from local eateries and listen to the Lloyd Jones Quartet!

Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!


It's always a pleasure to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Add the best fish & chips in town--and no cover charge--and what's not to like!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! (King Louie's Birthday Bash) - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


We'll be celebrating my birthday--as well as that of Jimmy Mak's esteemed bartender/musicologist, JD!

Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-10 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

This will be Lloyd's first appearance at one of my favorite venues--featuring delicious Italian food and an adjoining lounge that's perfect for an intimate concert performance.

King Louie Trio gig! - 8:30-11pm
1036 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97201
503-284-7665
Price: $7


This will be my first appearance at a great new venue.  The Alberta Street Pub is a great place to see & hear music; there's an elevated stage, sound system, pro lighting, etc., yet the setting is small & intimate--with great food & drink.  Can't beat it!  Check out the website to learn more.  For this gig, I'll be joined by the amazing LaRhonda Steele on drums and the fun-loving Edwin Coleman III on drums!

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88 Keys Dueling Piano and Sports Bar
Ty Curtis Band Live Video Shoot - 8-8:55
315 2nd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
206-839-1300


Here's something different!  I'll be up in Seattle to shoot a live video with the Ty Curtis Band.

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Relay For Life
Trixie & the Nasties performance, Relay For Life - 2-5 pm
2700 NW Pinehurst
McMinnville, OR 97128
Price: TBA

Bring a picnic and jam to some soul music as we help raise money for Carson's Cranium Masters' Relay For Life team! This is a family-friendly event.

The relay itself will be on June 27.  

Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 7-10
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Clackamas
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!


LaRhonda and I will be back at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6
Tally Ho Sports Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 8-11 pm
3020 Douglas St
Victoria, B.C.
Canada
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6
Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!


Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Country Inn Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:30
Tualatin, OR
Price: TBA


I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like the CI Bar & Grill) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7


A month or two ago, Lloyd sat in with my trio at Arrivederci and brought the house down, leading to this booking with his own group!  Lloyd and I will be joined by saxophonist Warren Rand and a drummer-to-be-named-later.  If you haven't been to Arrivederci's before, you've been missing out; it's one of the nicest venues around.  Delicious Italian food, pleasant decor, warm staff, EZ parking: just a great scene!  Expect co-owner Steve Hanneman to emerge from the kitchen during that last set, tenor sax in hand, to join the fray!

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Lloyd Jones Full Band gig! - 7-11 pm
155 108th Ave.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Price: TBA

This will be my first visit to a venue that Lloyd compares to Jimmy Mak's--the best music club in Portland.  We'll be part of a blues/jazz festival, I'm told, and Lloyd is assembling his full band--including the Atlas Horns--for the occasion!

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The Birk
Ty Curtis Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
11139 Hwy 202
Birkenfeld, OR
503-755-2722
Price: TBA

The Birk is out in the boonies a bit, but in cool way: I'm told this is a wonderful venue in a beautiful country setting.  As a result, a lot of national blues acts make their way out to play there!  Check out The Birk's website to learn more.

Ty Curtis festival sets! - 9-9:55 and 10-11 pm
Portland, OR 97219


Ty Curtis is a bright light on the NW music scene: a young bluesman who plays, sings, and writes wonderful contemporary blues music.  He's already starting to get international recognition and the sky is the limit.  Catch this Rose Festival performance to see & hear what all the excitement is about!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6


This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Renato Caranto Trio gig! - 8-10:30
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA


The bad news: the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group won't be at Jimmy Mak's as usual on this Thursday.  The good news: the Renato Caranto Trio will be back at one of our favorite venues--home to both an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining pizzaria featuring amazing Italian food!  If you're in the south-of-Portland area, don't miss this special show!  Filling out the band will be the wonderful Edwin Coleman III on drums.  

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O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
Portland, OR

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like O'Connor's) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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McMenamin's Kennedy School
Trixie & the Nasties show @ May Day Celebration - 9-1 am
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
503-249-3983
Price: free

This is will be a really fun event, with Trixie & the Nasties serving as the closing act.  Check out the event website to learn more!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Private Event
Dave Iula Trio gig - 5-6 pm
Cannon Beach, OR
Duff's Garage
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9 pm-midnight
2530 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220
503-234-2337
Price: TBA

The new Duff's location is on SE 82nd across from the Madison High track.  Nice roadhouse bar feel, with a big dance floor.  I believe the band will be at full strength for this gig, including the mighty Atlas Horns!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
8 Fourth St
Hood River, OR 97031
541-387-0042
Price: TBA

If you live east of the Portland metro area or are in the mood for a road trip, I recommend this gig!  The venue is very nice: a large restaurant/brewery with a big stage & dance floor, delicious food, and a great vibe.  We'll be rocking out!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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North Portland Eagles, FOE 3426
4th Annual Inner City Blues Festival, "Healing the Health Care Blues" - 7-7:45 pm
Portland, OR
Price: $20

 

Once again the Norman Sylvester Band has asked some of their talented friends to join them for a great party to benefit Health Care for All--Oregon's campaign to bring Universal Healthcare to every citizen!  

The All Star Show: Andy Stokes, King Louie & Friends w/ LaRhonda Steele,  Tevis Hodge Jr., Strangetones w/ Volcano Vixons, Bloco Allegria, Steve Cheseborough, Bill Rhoades, Newell Briggs,  Jay Koder, Richard Arnold, Dave Kahl & Sarah Billings w/ Celebrity MC’s; Renee Mitchell & Paul Knauls.  

The event runs from 6 pm to midnight; my group will perform from 7-7:45 pm.

Advanced tickets and more information available here.

The Dublin Pub
Trixie & the Nasties gig! - 9-1 am
6821 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, OR 97225
503-297-2889
Price: TBA

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LADY A presents BLUZIN The NW featuring DEXTER ALLEN & LADY A - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission

At this special show, the late Linda Hornbuckle's super-funky band will back Seattle vocalist Lady A and Jackson, Mississippi guitarist/vocalist Dexter Allen.  If you've ever heard the Bobby Rush band, that was Allen on guitar.  Yes, we're talking about some seriously funky music here!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 7-10 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

LaRhonda and I will be back at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $25 reserved seating / $20 general admission

On this very special Thursday night, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group (dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian) will have the pleasure of opening for the legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith & his trio!  For this engagement, Smith returns to Portland with his groundbreaking trio featuring rising guitar star Jonathan Kreisberg and the exciting young gun Colin Stranahan on drums. Don’t miss this exciting evening of grooving, swinging, and beyond!  We'll play from 8-9 pm, and Smith will follow at 9:15.  FYI, Mel and Lonnie go WAY back; the two, along with guitar legend George Benson, played a steady trio gig in New York back in the day.  Don't miss this one!  Advanced tickets available here.

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Arrivederci
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7

This will be Lloyd's first appearance at one of my favorite venues.  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Original Halibut's
King Louie Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always great to play at Halibut's, an intimate, friendly place in a hip neighborhood, featuring the best fish & chips in town!  The trio will include that amazing saxophonist Renato "Soul Finger" Caranto (Merle Haggard, Mel Brown, Esperanza Spalding) and Brian Foxworth on drums & vocals (formerly with Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, etc.).  Make sure to arrive early, as seating is limited.

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Ty Curtis Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12
Country Inn Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:30-11:30 pm
Tualatin, OR
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like the CI Bar & Grill) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always a pleasure to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Add the best fish & chips in town--and no cover charge--and what's not to like!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' Gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Soul Sisters Productions & Jimmy Mak's present: A Benefit For Bruce Conte: East Bay Grease Meets the Portland Soul All-Stars! - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission

Bruce Conte, guitarist with Tower of Power for seven years and seven albums, will be joined by some of Portland's funkiest musicians for this very special Jimmy Mak’s event. Bruce faces ongoing financial difficulties stemming from leukemia and diabetes.  Now, for the second time, Bruce's Portland friends and admirers are pitching in to help.  Those will include: myself, Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Ty Curtis, Brian Foxworth, plus special guests!

Bruce Conte's uniquely funky guitar playing on T.O.P. classics, including "What is Hip," "Don't Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream," and "Squib Cakes,” have influenced generations of guitarists.  Since leaving T.O.P., Bruce has played & recorded with Rick Braun, El Chicano, and others.  Bruce has also led his own bands, including Hot Street, which included me.  Soul Vaccination bandleader Dave Mills and I brought Bruce to Portland to play at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and Jimmy Mak's in 2011, with the latter gig being captured on a memorable CD, "What is Hip.” A year later, Bruce contacted leukemia.

 This event, like previous benefits staged for Bruce in Portland ("What is Hip,” 2012) and Oakland, CA ("East Bay Grease,” 2013) is being produced by Muddy Award-winning Soul Sisters Productions.  SSP, owned by my wife Tracy Turner-Pain and Susan Mills, produces various types of events, with a focus on helping musicians facing serious medical issues.  

Advanced tickets available thru TicketTomato.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for seventeen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' Gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & Reggie Houston duo gig - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

Reggie and I will be back at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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The Portland Jazz Festival: Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group with special guest Joe McBride! - Two Separately ticketed shows: 7:00 & 9:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: 1st show: $25 reserved/ $20 general admission; 2nd show: $22/$18

As part of the Portland Jazz Festival, "Jimmy Mak's signature band" (The Oregonian) will be backing the amazing pianist/vocalist Joe McBride!  For more info, including ticket purchasing links, visit this website.

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Blues Night! Mann, Lovely, & Jones - 7:30 pm
1231 Vandercook Way
Longview, WA 98632
360-595-8499
Price: $25

This very special show--at a beautiful Longview, Washington theater--features three of the Northwest's top blues artists: Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely, and Lloyd Jones.  Mann recently won a prestigious national blues award for best bassist, but she's just as formidable as a vocalist and songwriter.  Lovely is a relative newcomer to the blues scene, but her big voice and warm personality have already won her a ton of fans.  And guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jones is a NW blues icon--one of the founding fathers of the scene.

Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
31500 NW Commercial St
North Plains, OR 97133
(503) 647-5268
Price: no cover!

If you live west of Portland, here's a cool gig to attend!  The Rogue Pub is a friendly little bar in the small town of North Plains, right off Highway 26.  Lloyd is a NW treasure, admired by world renowned bluesmen including Robert Cray & Delbert McClinton.  If you like classic & contemporary blues--featuring great original compositions, stinging guitar playing, and heartfelt singing--you'll love Lloyd Jones!

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Too Slim Benefit Concert - 5 pm
1332 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
(503)225-0047

Here's a great event: featuring an amazing line-up coming together to support one of the nicest guys in the NW blues scene, Tim "Too Slim" Langford.  There will be a great raffle as well...

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Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
222 W 1st Ave
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 928-3052
Price: $10

If you live south of Portland, here's a cool Valentine's Day show to attend!  Lloyd is a NW treasure, admired by world renowned bluesmen including Robert Cray & Delbert McClinton.  If you like classic & contemporary blues--featuring great original compositions, stinging guitar playing, and heartfelt singing--you'll love Lloyd Jones!

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Arrivederci
King Louie Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7

My trio--featuring Renato Caranto (sax) and Brian Foxworth (drums)--will be back at one of our favorite venues!  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 9-midnight
127 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
503-368-5080
Price: TBA

If you're thinking of coming out to the coast this weekend, here's extra incentive!  Lloyd is a NW treasure, admired by world renowned bluesmen including Robert Cray & Delbert McClinton.  If you like classic & contemporary blues--featuring great original compositions, stinging guitar playing, and heartfelt singing--you'll love Lloyd Jones!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
7580 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219
503-244-1690
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like O'Connor's) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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LaRhonda Steele Trio gig! - 7-9 pm
106 N State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 387-3236
Price: $10

LaRhonda, myself, and exciting drummer Tyrone Hendrix (recently touring with Liv Warfield) are excited to be playing this Monday night music series at a cool venue: the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego.  Come check us out if you can!

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Trixie & the Nasties gig! - 7-10 pm
310 N.E. Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 472-8427
Price: free music!

Trixie & the Nasties will perform in Millie's Room at the historic hotel, celebrating its 110th birthday.  "Trixie" is Angelena Green, a delightful young soul singer; her husband, trombonist Bruce Green, leads the exciting backing band.  Come check out this fun party!

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Rogue Pub & Eatery
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 9 pm-midnight
31500 NW Commercial St
North Plains, OR 97133
503-647-5268

This is a nice pub for sure: good food & drink and ez parking.  A great west-side place to check out Lloyd's smokin' trio! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Country Inn Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8:30-11:30 pm
18786 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-2765

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like The Tillicum) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

LaRhonda and I will be back at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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Arrivederci
King Louie Quartet gig, featuring Renato Caranto, Brian Foxworth, & LaRhonda Steele! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: $7

My quartet--featuring Renato Caranto (sax), Brian Foxworth (drums), and vocalist extraordinaire LaRhonda Steele--will be back at one of our favorite venues!  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Renato Caranto Quartet, featuring LaRhonda Steele! - 8-10:30 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

In a late booking: the Renato Caranto Quartet will be back at one of our favorite venues--home to both an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining pizzaria featuring amazing Italian food!  If you're in the south-of-Portland area, don't miss this special show!  LaRhonda Steele is singing at an amazing level right now, and Renato's sax playing is right with her!  Filling out the group on drums will be a talented recent emigre from L.A., Corey Coverstone.

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Original Halibut's
King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
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503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always great to play at Halibut's, an intimate, friendly place in a hip neighborhood, featuring the best fish & chips in town!  The trio will include that amazing saxophonist Renato "Soul Finger" Caranto and Brian Foxworth on drums & vocals (formerly with Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, etc.).  Make sure to arrive early, as seating is limited.

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New Year's Bash with Mel Brown! - 7:30 (piano trio) & 10 pm (B-3 Organ Group)
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: two separately ticketed shows; $28 Reserved Seating, $22 General Admission

Legendary drummer Mel Brown will host a pair of separately-ticketed New Year's Eve shows.  The first will feature Mel's trio, with Jof Lee on piano and Tim Gilson on bass.  Then the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group will take over, to midnight and beyond.  Both line-ups will include special guest vocalists Shirley Nanette & Richard Arnold.  The first show will be a "cocktail" celebration; the second will rock out!  Tickets available here.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group performance at Jazz at the Oxford
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-382-8436

Details TBA

O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11 pm
7580 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219
503-244-1690
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like O'Connor's) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Lloyd Jones gig! - 9-midnight
127 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
503-368-5080
Price: TBA

If you'd like to get away to the coast, this gig would make a fun part of that trip.  Lloyd Jones is the real thing: a wonderful, Oregon-born blues artist who has worked with a long list of blues legends.

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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

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Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
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503-808-9600
Price: no cover!


It's always a pleasure to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Add the best fish & chips in town--and no cover charge--and what's not to like!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Merry at Mak's! (Christmas show) - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

Last December, the Portland Soul All-Stars put on a hit "blue Christmas" show at Jimmy Mak's.  Well, it turns out that Rae Gordon did the same at Duff's Garage.  So Rae  and her guitarist Gaddis Cavenah are joining forces with the PSAS this year to put on an extra-special xmas bash!  Rae, Gaddis, and myself will be joined by LaRhonda Steele, vocals; Renato Caranto, sax on sax, Gaddis on guitar, and Lloyd Jones on guitar & vocals.  Oh: and Santa will be on hand (no kidding)!  

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' Gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' Gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & Reggie Houston duo gig - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

Reggie and I will be playing at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Duff's Garage
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9-midnight
2530 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220
503-234-2337
Price: TBA

 

The new Duff's location is on SE 82nd across from the Madison High track.  Nice roadhouse bar feel, with a big dance floor.  I believe the band will be at full strength for this gig, including the mighty Atlas Horns!

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Rogue Pub & Eatery
Lloyd Jone Trio gig! - 9-midnight
31500 Commercial St.
North Plains, OR 97133
503-647-5268

 

This is a nice pub for sure: good food & drink and ez parking.  A great west-side place to check out Lloyd's smokin' trio! 

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $7

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Andy Stokes Sings Marvin Gaye! - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: Reserved: $12; General Admission: $10

 

Few vocalists in the world sing Marvin Gaye songs like Portland's own Andy Stokes.  For this special show, Andy, myself, and an all-star band are going to perform an entire set of classic Marvin Gaye songs.  You won't want to miss it!   

We'll be joined by drummer Brian Foxworth (Curtis Salgado Band), bassist Errick Lewis, guitarist Dave Iula, and vocalist Tahirah Memory.  Tickets available at Ticket Tomato: 

 

 

 

 

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Prime Time Restaurant & Bar
Lloyd Jones Quartet "Halloween-the-next-day" gig! - 8-11 pm
4450 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove, OR 97113
503-357-3684
Price: TBA

Hey, I know that November 1st is the day AFTER Halloween.  But I guess that's the way Forest Grove, Oregon rolls!  In any event, this means I'll get double use out of my Halloween costume this year...

 

Halloween gig with Trixie & the Nasties! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: TBA

This will be my first gig with this up & coming retro soul group.  Can't wait to play with them!  To learn more about Trixie & the Nasties, check out this profile from Oregon Music News.  

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $7

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
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503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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King Louie's Portland Blues Revue @ Jazz at the Oxford - Two separately ticketed shows: 5-7:20 and 8:15-10:45
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-382-8436
Price: $25 per show

Back by popular demand for an unprecedented third straight year (the previous shows sold out well in advance), this edition of the Revue will feature vocalists Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann!  Visit the Jazz at the Oxford website for more information.

King Louie's Portland Blues Revue @ Jazz at the Oxford - 8-10:30 pm
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-382-8436
Price: $25

Back by popular demand for an unprecedented third straight year (the previous shows sold out well in advance), this edition of the Revue will feature vocalists Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann!  Visit the Jazz at the Oxford website for more information.

Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Rogue Pub & Eatery
Lloyd Jones Trio gig - 9-midnight
31500 Commercial St.
North Plains, OR 97133
503-647-5268
Price: TBA

 

This is a nice pub for sure: good food & drink and ez parking.  A great west-side place to check out Lloyd's smokin' trio! 

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
USA
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover!

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinaire Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section (probably Errick Lewis & Dennis Dove) will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... 

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Arrivederci
King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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503-659-1143
Price: TBA

My trio--featuring Renato Caranto (sax) & Micah Kassell (drums)--will be back at one of our favorite venues!  If you haven't been out there, Arrivederci features an intimate, friendly atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $7

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
USA
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinaire Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section (probably Errick Lewis & Dennis Dove) will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

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Holladay Park Lunch Time Concert Series
King Louie & Reggie Houston performance, Lunch Time Concert Series - 12:30 to 1:30 pm
NE 11th & Holladay, by Lloyd Center
Portland, OR
Price: Free

Reggie and I had the honor of launching this brand new series on July 25, and the Parks folks liked us so much that we've been were invited back for a pair of reprises!  Here's more info, from the Portland Parks & Recreation folks: 

"Holladay Park is located in NE Portland by the Lloyd Center and MAX station, at NE Holladay and NE 11th.  After years of serving as a quiet respite for people in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood, full programming will commence including games, a library, recreational sports, fitness classes, movies, concerts, and you!"

Here's a link to a press release with more info about the Holladay Park revitalization that the Lunchtime Concert Series is just a small part of.  And here's the event website: www.holladaypark.com.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $7

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Eat
Box Of Chocolates gig! - 11 am- 2 pm
3808 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
503-281-1222
Price: no cover!

Reggie Houston's "Box of Chocolates" has a rotating line-up; as Forest Gump said, "you never know what you'll get."  But most often, the group includes guitarist Turtle Vandemarr and bassist Tim Alcott, playing a repertoire full of New Orleans classics, old standards, and assorted, well, musical treats.  On this occasion, I'll be filling in for Turtle.  Should be a blast!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
Mul
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinaire Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section (probably Errick Lewis & Dennis Dove) will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Melody Ballroom
Lloyd Jones Struggle performance (fundraiser for Achon Uganda Children's Fund) - 6:30 start; Lloyd Jones set 8:30-9:30 pm
615 SE Alder St.
Portland, OR 97204
503-232-2759
Price: $20

This is a cool benefit auction/concert for the Achon Uganda Children's Fund.  The $20 ticket price includes the music (us & a classical pianist/vocalist), plus--get this: free beer & wine from 6:30 to 7:30 and hors d'oeuvres at your table.  Good deal for a great cause! To learn more, visit http://www.aucfconcert.com.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Private Residence
Private Event (Lloyd Jones Struggle) - 9 pm
Portland, OR
Private Venue
Private Event (Lloyd Jones Struggle)
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8:30-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Clackamas Community College, Red Soils Campus
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 12-2 pm
2051 Kaen Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin', the regular Wednesday night band at Blackwells--featuring Lloyd Jones, guitar; Dave Kahl, bass; Carlton Jackson, drums; and myself or Dover Weinberg on keys--will play this lunch time set with poet Emmett Wheatfall at the Clackamas Red Soils Campus.  Stop by if you're free!

Tapalaya
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

 

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine.  My regular Tuesday duo partner Reggie Houston will be replaced by the wonderful LaRhonda Steele this week while Reggie is, where else?, in New Orleans! 

 

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Private Residence
Private Event (Lloyd Jones Struggle)
Oregon City
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8-10:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinberg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine.  My regular Tuesday duo partner Reggie Houston will be replaced by the wonderful LaRhonda Steele this week and next while Reggie is, where else?, in New Orleans! 

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Lloyd Jones Struggle festival set! - 11:15 pm
Sisters, OR 97759
Price: TBA

We'll be playing from 11:15 pm until 12:15 am outside Melvin's Market.  Street dance kind of thing, I'm told.  Sounds like fun!

Winningstad Theatre
Thara Memory concert/benefit: "Giants of Jazz & Blues" - 8 pm
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 274-6566
Price: $105/$80/$55, available at TicketTomato.com

This exciting show--benefitting Thara Memory's American Music Program--will feature a pair of jazz giants: Bennie Maupin and Terell Stafford, along with the Thara Memory Jazz Orchestra, including vocalists Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Rebecca Kilgore, and Tahirah Memory.

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Director's Park
Golden Harvest Presents: King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ Movies in the Park - 6-7:30 pm
Portland, OR
Price: free, including movie

The late Jim Miller's company, Golden Harvest, has booked me to play a series of "Movies in the Park" events this summer.  Each time, my trio will play for an hour or two--up until it's dark enough to screen the film.

For this performance, I'll be joined by the soulful LaRhonda Steele, vocals; and the funky Edwin Coleman III, drums.  Bring the family and stick around for the movie.  It's all free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinaire Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Oregon State Fair
two King Louie & Friends sets! - 4:15 pm and 7:45 pm sets
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97303
503-947-3247
Price: age 12 & up: $8, pre-sale $6/ age 6-11: $6, pre-sale $5

Here's a "bring the whole family" event!  Our group will play two sets, spaced a couple of hours apart.  During the interim, there's so much to see and do!  Come check it out; it's gonna be a lot of fun.

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Oregon State Fair
two Lloyd Jones Struggle sets at the Oregon State Fair! - 4:15 pm and 7:45 pm sets
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97303
Price: age 12 & up: $8, pre-sale $6/ age 6-11: $6, pre-sale $5

Here's a "bring the whole family" event!  Our group will play two sets, spaced a couple of hours apart.  During the interim, there's so much to see and do!  Come check it out; it's gonna be a lot of fun.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Private Event - 5-8 pm
Holladay Park Lunch Time Concert Series
King Louie & Reggie Houston performance, Lunch Time Concert Series - 12:30-1:30 pm
NE Holladay & 11th, by Lloyd Center
Portland, OR
Price: Free

Reggie and I had the honor of launching this brand new series on July 25, and the Parks folks liked us so much that we were invited back for a reprise!  Here's more info, from the Portland Parks & Recreation folks: 

"Holladay Park is located in NE Portland by the Lloyd Center and MAX station, at NE Holladay and NE 11th.  After years of serving as a quiet respite for people in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood, full programming will commence including games, a library, recreational sports, fitness classes, movies, concerts, and you!"

Here's a link to a press release with more info about the Holladay Park revitalization that the Lunchtime Concert Series is just a small part of.  And here's the event website: www.holladaypark.com.

Mel Brown Quartet performance! - 6:30-8 pm
Esther Short Park
Downtown Vancouver, WA 98666
(360) 906-0441
Price: $23 in advance; $30 at the gate

 

The festival's motto says it all: "Great jazz, fabulous wines, fine art and delicious cuisine all in one terrific place...Vancouver, Washington!"  Mel, Dan Balmer, saxophonist Gary Harris and myself will be appearing on the main stage.  Should be a blast!


    

Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cory Weeds Quartet festival gig! - 3-5:30 pm
Wilson Field
Ocean Park, WA
Price: $25

My Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group bandmate Dan Balmer and I will be joining two of Washington's finest jazz musicians, saxophonist Cory Weeds and drummer Julian MacDonough, at this cool event--part of the Water Music Festival.  Dan and I played Jazz & Oysters once before, and trust me: if you like jazz and you like oysters, this is your kind of scene!  To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit the Jazz & Oysters website.

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Private Home
Private Event (Reggie Houston Trio) - 6-10 pm
Portland, OR
Five-O-Three
Linda Hornbuckle Band gig, with LaRhonda Steele! - 6:30-9 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover

We'll playing at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  For these summertime shows, the band sets up in a sunken courtyard next to a waterfall.  It's really a nice scene!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Mel Brown Trio performance! - 6-8 pm
750 Sw Front Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Price: $5 for advance tickets, including "bonus bite" [see below]

We're excited to be playing at this event again in 2014.  Enjoy all the great Oregonian food & music--including our performance on the Vineyard Stage!  The trio will include Mel on drums, me on organ, and Renato Caranto on sax.

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Every $5 Advance Ticket is a "Bonus Bite" 

Don't wait to buy at the gate! Purchase an advance ticket or special package for The Bite of Oregon and instantly qualify for the incentive filled "Bonus Bite." Your Bonus Bite advance ticket gives you entry to the event via the express line so you can beat the wait and get that FIRST BITE. Additional Bonus Bite benefits will be communicated to you during the event in real time via text messaging for Bite guests who opt-in.

Want to meet a celebrity chef? Indulge in a plate of food from the Oregon Bounty Chefs Table or Iron Chef Competition? Win a commemorative wine or beer glass? Receive goodies from one of our sponsors, vendors or preferred hotels? Every Bonus Bite qualifies you for a unique, specialized experience with upgrades throughout the weekend. The only way to qualify to win these great prizes is to buy an advanced ticket and opt-in for The Bonus Bite!

                  Kids 12 and Under Are FREE

Campus Blues Fest: A Tribute To Janice Scroggins - 3-4 pm & 5:30-6:30 pm
2900 Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR
Price: free

I'll be playing twice at this very special event: first with the Lloyd Jones Trio, then with the Linda Hornbuckle Band, featuring special guests Richard Arnold and Reggie Houston.  But lots of other musicians will be performing; the music begins at noon and ends at 8 pm.  And get this: food will be provided by Cannon's Rib Express and Original Halibuts!  Should be a nice tribute to Janice.  

To learn more, visit the event website.

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Golden Harvest Presents: King Louie & Ellen Whyte @ Movies In the Park! - 6:30-8:30 pm
N. Stanton & Williams
Portland, OR
Price: free, including movie!

The late Jim Miller's company, Golden Harvest, has booked me to play a series of "Movies in the Park" events this summer.  Each time, my trio will play for an hour or two--up until it's dark enough to screen the film ("The Neverending Story").  The musical performances are sponsored by Humana.

For this performance, I'll be joined by Ellen Whyte, vocals; and Edwin Coleman III, drums.  Bring the family and stick around for the movie.  It's all free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, with Edwin Coleman III on drums - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This is the week that Mel Brown holds his jazz camp at Western Oregon University in Monmouth every August.  So Edwin Coleman III of Soul Vaccination will be holding down Mel's drum chair for the evening.  Edwin actually grew up playing jazz (his dad played bass with Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, and other jazz greats).  So it's always fun to see Edwin express that side of his wonderful musical personality!

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Trail's End Saloon
guest appearance with Big Monti Amundson - 7-10 pm
1320 Main St.
Oregon City, OR 97045
503-656-3031
Price: TBA

One of the most talented bluesmen around, Big Monti Amundson, has invited me to be his special guest on this evening.  Monti's trio will play the first set, beginning at 7 pm.  I'll then join the band from 8:30 to 11 pm.  Monti is truly a multi-talented guy--a wonderful singer/songwriter and the thinking man's shredding blues guitarist!  Hope you can make it out!

Portland Soul All-Stars performance at Concerts for a Cause - 6:30-9 pm
Camas, OR
Price: $5 suggested donation

The Portland Soul All-Stars are proud to be performing at this year's Concerts For a Cause concert series.  The band line-up will include vocalists Linda Hornbuckle (if her health enables her to perform), LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, and double-threat Lisa Mann (who will double on bass).  Other musicians: Edwin Coleman, drums; Mike Doolin, guitar; Gary Harris, sax; and myself, B-3 organ.  Should be a great show at a beautiful location for a wonderful cause (the City of Camas Parks & Recreation)! To learn more, check out the event website.

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Eat
Box Of Chocolates gig! - 11 am- 2 pm
3808 N Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
503-281-1222
Price: no cover

Reggie Houston's "Box of Chocolates" has a rotating line-up; as Forest Gump said, "you never know what you'll get."  But most often, the group includes guitarist Turtle Vandemarr and bassist Tim Alcott, playing a repertoire full of New Orleans classics, old standards, and assorted, well, musical treats.  On this occasion, I'll be filling in for Turtle.  Should be a blast!

 

Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinaire Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Linda Hornbuckle Band show! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

Linda may or may not sing due to her health, but her good friends Andy Stokes and Lady Kat will be on hand to make this a special show regardless.  And of course Linda's ultra-funky band always makes for an exciting evening: Lenn Russell, drums; Doug Lewis, guitar; Randy Monroe, bass; Renato Caranto, sax; and myself on B-3.

Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - TBA
1530 SE 7th Ave. (at Clay)
Portland, OR 97214
503-360-1233
Price: TBA

 

I haven't played at Vie de Boheme for some time, and I'm looking forward to it!  It's a fun venue, just across from the former location of Duff's Garage.  Nice bohemian vibe, as the name suggests, and excellent wine, for you wine lovers!  

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And Downbeat Magazine recently wrote that, "Something special occurs when this local quintet appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Golden Harvest Presents: King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ Movies in the Park - 6:30-8:30 pm
510 N. Shaver
Portland, OR
Price: free, including movie!

 

The late Jim Miller's company, Golden Harvest, has booked me to play a series of "Movies in the Park" events this summer.  Each time, my trio will play for an hour or two--up until it's dark enough to screen the film ("White Tiger" this time--in Russian with English subtitles).

For this performance, I'll be joined by the soulful LaRhonda Steele, vocals; and the funky Edwin Coleman III, drums.  Bring the family and stick around for the movie.  It's all free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Golden Harvest Presents: King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ the Slavic Jazz Festival! - 7:15-8:30 pm
SE 92nd & Holgate
Portland, OR
Price: free

The late Jim Miller's company, Golden Harvest, has booked me to play a series of "Movies in the Park" events this summer.  Each time, my trio will play for an hour or two--up until it's dark enough to screen the film ("White Tiger" this time--in Russian with English subtitles).

For this performance, I'll be joined by the soulful LaRhonda Steele, vocals; and the funky Micah Kassell, drums.  Bring the family and stick around for the movie.  It's all free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation!

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Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones trio gig - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

 

It's always a pleasure to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Add the best fish & chips in town--and no cover charge--and what's not to like!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. 

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Holladay Park Lunch Time Concert Series
King Louie & Reggie Houston park gig! - 12:30-1:30 pm
NE Holladay & NE 11th
Portland, OR
Price: free

Reggie and I are looking forward to performing at this brand new summertime concert series.  Ours is to be the very first performance, which is kind of cool! 

This is from the Portland Parks & Recreation folks: 

"Holladay Park is located in NE Portland by the Lloyd Center and MAX station, at NE Holladay and NE 11th.  After years of serving as a quiet respite for people in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood, full programming will commence including games, a library, recreational sports, fitness classes, movies, concerts, and you!"

And here's a link with more info about the Holladay Park revitalization that the Lunchtime Concert Series is just a small part of.

Mel Brown 70th birthday celebration!! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

On this very special Thursday night, Northwest drum legend Mel Brown will be celebrating his 70th birthday with "Jimmy Mak's signature band," the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group!  Special guests will be on hand, including Greg Warner, Dionne Warwick's drummer.

This group has been performing at JM's on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

 

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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The King Louie B-3 Trio, featuring Renato Caranto & Micah Kassell - 6:40-7:40 pm
Cathedral Park
St. Johns, OR
Price: Free!

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is back (thanks to the Oregon Jazz Society and others), and my trio will have the honor of being the closing act on the final day of the festival.  Come out and enjoy the beautiful setting, the friendly jazz fans, and the swinging music!

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Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 9 pm
4649 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 994-7729
Price: TBA

If you're going to be down at the Oregon coast, you'll certainly enjoy this show!  Roadhouse 101 is a fun venue featuring good food and a dance floor.  Lloyd always rocks the joint!

Five-O-Three
King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto - 6:30-8:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

Renato and I will be playing at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!  For these summertime shows, the band sets up in a sunken courtyard next to a waterfall.  It's really a nice scene.


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  And in the upcoming issue of Downbeat Magazine, a reviewer writes, "Something special occurs when this local quint appears at Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland, Oregon."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig, Concerts in the Park series - 6:30-8 pm
SW Macadam & Nebraska
Portland, OR
Price: free

 

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Oregon Square Courtyard, Lloyd Center
Lloyd Jones gig, Lunch Box Concerts - 12-1 pm
NE Holladay, between 7th & 9th
Portland, OR 97223
Price: free

This lunch time performance will be in the Oregon Square Courtyard.

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Private Event @ Wasku Inn
private Lloyd Jones Quartet gig
Golden Harvest Presents: King Louie & LaRhonda Steele @ Movies in the Park - 6:30-8:30 pm
NE 13th Ave & Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
Price: free, including movie

The late Jim Miller's company, Golden Harvest, has booked me to play a series of "Movies in the Park" events this summer.  Each time, my trio will play for an hour or two--up until it's dark enough to screen the film ("Epic" in this case).

For this performance, I'll be joined by the soulful LaRhonda Steele, vocals; and the funky Mike Klobas, drums.  Bring the family and stick around for the movie.  It's all free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

 

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's Grub Steak Grill
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
NE 41st & Sandy
Portland, OR 97212
503-288-5164
Price: no cover!

 

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
USA
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

 

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinare Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Hotel Rose
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Chris Carlson - 9:30 pm-1:30 am
Morrison St & Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

This is part of an after-hours jam series taking place each night during the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.  There will be plenty of special guest performers from the festival, including Chris' wife, the wonderful Duffy Bishop.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
sets with the Jim Miller Tribute, Tony Coleman, and the Oxford All-Stars - 2:30-3:15 pm; 4:45-5:30; 5:45-6:30
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: N/A

This will be a busy, intense day, including an emotional send-off for my friend (and many others' friend) Jim Miller, plus an exciting Oxford All-Stars set featuring Andy Stokes & Lisa Mann, a workshop set with Tony Coleman, and then an after-hours gig at the Hotel Rose!

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Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, Miller Stage
sets with Reggie Houston & Thara Memory's American Music Project - 6-7 pm (w/ Reggie Houston on Crossroads Stage) & 9-10 pm (w/ Thara Memory's American Music Project on Miller Stage)
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: N/A

Reggie Houston's set will be fun & intimate, and Thara Memory's will be big in more ways than one (we'll be the largest assembly of musicians on one stage at one time in festival history!).

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall Park, First Tech Stage
Lloyd Jones Struggle set - 4:30-5:30 pm
Naito Parkway
Portland, OR
Price: N/A

Lloyd Jones has been a favorite at the festival for decades.  For this set, Lloyd's band will include the Atlas Horns and percussion.  Should be a blast!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing--plus special guests. This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig! - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

 

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinare Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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The Bite Of Bend
Soul Vaccination gig! - 8:30-9:30 pm
Bend, OR
Price: free

I'm looking forward to sitting in with trumpeter Dave Mills' powerhouse horn band Soul Vaccination for this high-profile event!  Easily the best soul/funk horn band in the NW, Soul Vax is fun to play with and a big hit with audiences.  This will be my first gig with the band in years; come hear us if you're in Central Oregon on this date!

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Portland Soul All-Stars show featuring special guest keyboardist David K. Mathews! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

Santana keyboardist David K. Mathews will be the special guest for this Portland Soul All-Stars show!  Also on board: the soulful LaRhonda Steele, the amazing vocalist/bassist Lisa Mann, and Portland's #1 male soul singer, Andy Stokes!  Other performers will include guitarist Peter Dammann (DK Stewart, Paul deLay), drummer Edwin Coleman III (Soul Vaccination) and saxophonist Gary Harris (Soul Vaccination). 

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet gig - 5-8
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
Mul
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover!

New Orleans musician/entertainer extraordinare Reggie Houston, myself, and rhythm section will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Kathken Vineyards
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 7 pm
5739 Orchard Heights Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 316-3911
Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones trio gig - 8-11:00 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always a pleasure to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Add the best fish & chips in town--and no cover charge--and what's not to like!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig ("Two Kahunas Birthday Luau!") - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on a Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

BTW, on this very special Thursday, organist Louis "King Louie" Pain and Jimmy Mak's "musicologist" JD Stubenberg will be celebrating their birthdays.  This annual "Two Kahuna's Birthday Luau" is always a great party!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover!

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Highway 99 Blues Club
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-11:30 pm
1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206-382-2171
Price: TBA

A NW blues legend performing at one of the top blues clubs on the West Coast? Can't beat it!

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Lloyd Jones Trio gig - 9-midnight
127 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
503-368-5080
Price: TBA

Another Lloyd Jones gig at the beach?  Can't wait!  Come on by if you're going to be over that way...

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CD release! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $10

On this very special Thursday evening, the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group—dubbed “Jimmy Mak's signature band” by The Oregonian—will celebrate the release of not one but two new CD's!  These exciting releases—the first by the band in over eight years—were recorded a few months ago during a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the band's regular Thursday night gig at Jimmy Mak's!  To make it extra special, Grammy-winning trumpeter/arranger and original band member Thara Memory sat in and added his combination of musical brilliance and hilarious comedy.  Expect fun special guests to be on hand for the CD release as well!

The new CDs, “Ticket To Ride” and “More Today Than Yesterday,” are already getting airplay in the NW and beyond and are the talk of the town.  They capture the fire, funkiness, soul and spontaneity that have made the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group a Portland institution.  Come down to the club on June 12th and join the celebration: it's going to be a great party!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

 

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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KATU t.v.
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group appearance on "AM Northwest" - 9-10 am

The band will be appearing on this program to promote the release of their two new CDs on Friday, 6-12 @ Jimmy Mak's.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group's Tacoma CD Release! - 5-7:00 pm
8469 Eastside Dr. NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 927-0557
Price: free

The band--dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature group" by The Oregonian--is heading north for this special gig: the Washington release event for the band's two new CDs.  They'll be performing at the "Jazz Live at Marine View series.  Special guest saxophonist: Hailey Niswanger!  To learn more about the venue and the series, check the website.  Directions: 1/2 mile west of Dash Point State Park on State Route 509.

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Rogue Pub & Eatery
Lloyd Jones trio gig - 9 pm
31500 NW Commercial St.
North Plains, OR 97133
Price: TBA

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig with special guest Hailey Niswanger!! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $7

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity." 

On this special evening, the group will feature special guest saxophonist Hailey Niswanger, a Portland native who has become a rising jazz star in the N.Y. area!  Hailey's first gig with the band, on April 3rd, was a sensation!  You won't want to miss this show...

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News flash: The band will be releasing not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's CDs on Thursday, June 12 @ Jimmy Mak's!  Save the date!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston Duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

Come down to this delightful restaurant and enjoy the authentic Louisiana cuisine and the authentic Louisiana sax & vocals of that wonderful entertainer, Reggie Houston--plus special guests!

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Cannon's Rib Express
Reggie Houston Quartet with special guest Charmaine Neville - 5-8 pm
5410 NE 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR
Multnomah
(503) 228-3836
Price: no cover

This exciting line-up includes a pair of New Orleans legends--Reggie Houston & Charmaine Neville--plus pianist Mike Elson, me, and the ultra-funky rhythm section of Brian Foxworth (drums) & Ben Jones (bass).  We will be playing on the covered patio at the best rib joint in town!  This place features authentic, mouth-watering southern barbecue!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & Reggie Houston gig! - 6:30-9:30
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
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503-607-0960
Price: no cover

Reggie and I will be playing as a duo at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig at the beach! - 2-5 pm
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr.
Pacific City, OR 97135

The band will be playing outdoors, right by the beach (likely in the large parking lot).  Sounds like fun!

The Lehrer
Lloyd Jones gig! - 9 pm-12 am
8775 Canyon Lane
Beaverton, OR
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like The Lehrer) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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O'Connor's
Lloyd Jones gig! - 8-11 pm
7850 SW Capitol Highway (Multnomah Village)
Portland, OR 97219
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like O'Connor's) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 7-9:30 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group has played nearly every Thursday night at Portland's Jimmy Mak's for over sixteen years now.  But the band is heading south for this special Thursday at Christos.  If you live in the Salem area, you won't want to miss this!  (If you haven't been to Christos before, it features an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza, pasta, etc!)

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Portland Soul All-Stars "Tribute To James Brown" - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30-9 pm & 10-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 Reserved; $12 General Admission

The Portland Soul All-Stars' James Brown Tribute has been staged three times before--twice at Jimmy Mak's and once at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.  The response on each occasion has been unbelievable!  This time, we're honoring the late, great "Soul Brother #1" on his birthday, making it extra-special.  The band will consist of: soul singers Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann (with Lisa doubling on bass), plus Edwin Coleman III, drums; Mike Doolin, guitar; "King Louie" Pain, B-3; and the Soul Vaccination Horns--led by Dave Mills and featuring special guest saxophonist Renato Caranto.

Advance tickets will be available thru Ticket Tomato.  Don't delay, as this is a sure sell-out.  Buy your tickets as soon as they become available!  (Once you've purchased your tickets, phone Jimmy Mak's to reserve your seats--503-295-6542.)

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Country Inn Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones gig! - 9 pm-12 am
18786 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin, OR 97060
(503) 692-2765
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like The Tillicum) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: The band will be releasing not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's CDs on Thursday, June 12 @ Jimmy Mak's!  Save the date!

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Ramada Reno Hotel
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 9-11 pm
1000 6th Street
Reno, NV

This Reno Blues Society event, titled "Spring Beach Party," should be a lot of fun!  The group will include Lloyd on guitar & vocals; Ben Jones, bass; and Carlton Jackson, drums.  Now here's a good excuse for a trip to Reno!

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The Station
Lloyd Jones Quartet gig! - 8-10 pm
501 Main Street
Cedarville, CA

On the way to play the "Spring Beach Party" in Reno, Lloyd's group is stopping off in Cedarville, CA to play at this gig put together by an old friend of Lloyd's.  Lloyd says it'll be a very fun scene.  If you happen to be down that way, stop in and see us!  On drums will be Carlton Jackson; Ben Jones will be on bass.

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: The band will be releasing not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's CDs on Thursday, June 12 @ Jimmy Mak's!  Save the date!

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Private Home
Private Event, Lloyd Jones Band
Sweet Home, OR
The Tillicum
Lloyd Jones gig! - 9 pm-12 am
8585 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Portland, OR 97225
503-292-1835
Price: TBA

I'm always excited at the opportunity to play with the great NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Along with Curtis Salgado and the late Paul deLay, Lloyd helped put NW blues on the map.  Just ask blues greats like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton--they'll tell you how lucky Portland audiences are to be able to drive down to a neighborhood club (like The Tillicum) and hear someone of Lloyd's caliber!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CD release! - 7-10 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

Most Thursdays, you'll find the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group performing at Jimmy Mak's in Portland.  But on this Thursday the guys will be holding the Salem release event for their two brand new CDs, which celebrate the 16th anniversary of that Jimmy Mak's gig!  (If you haven't been to Christos before, it features an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza, pasta, etc!) 

The band includes: Mel Brown, drums; "King Louie" Pain, organ; Renato Caranto, saxophone; and Dan Balmer, guitar.  This group was dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian.  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out to Christos this Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Private Venue
Private Event
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: watch for the release of not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CDs later this Spring!

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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig! - 8-11:45 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12 at the door

I'll be playing at Jimmy Mak's with Linda Hornbuckle and her ultra-funky band again!  Special guest vocalists joining Linda this time will include "Lady Kat" and an Arnold Brothers reunion.  Should be great!

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Country Inn Bar & Grill
Lloyd Jones Struggle gig! - 8:30 pm
18786 SW Boone's Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062
Price: TBA

This will be my first gig with the Lloyd Jones Struggle in many years.  I'm looking forward to it!  Lloyd describes the gig this way: "Great food, nice dance floor, and the music is pretty damn good too!  Bringing my tough little quartet out for some rockin’ Friday night roadhouse fun. Never get to do it like this enough baby!!"  Sounds like a good time to me!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig with special guest saxophonist Hailey Niswanger! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: watch for the release of not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CDs later this Spring!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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K'Syrah
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele - 6:30-9:00
316 NE Dallas St.
Camas, WA
Price: no cover!

 

I'll be playing a duo with the wonderfully soulful vocalist LaRhonda Steele.  If you haven't heard LaRhonda before, you're in for a treat; she's a world-class blues, jazz, & soul singer--and an extremely warm entertainer to boot!  The venue?  K'Syrah, a beautiful, intimate restaurant in downtown Camas.  Great food, decor, and staff!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: watch for the release of not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CDs later this Spring!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  (I'm with the band now semi-regularly, as my friend Dover Weinburg has joined the Robert Cray Band.)  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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K'Syrah
King Louie & Lloyd Jones gig! - 6:30-9:00
316 NE Dallas St.
Camas, WA
Price: no cover!

 

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary NW bluesman Lloyd Jones.  Lloyd's singing, guitar-playing, and songwriting have won him fans world-wide--including folks like Robert Cray and Delbert McClinton!  (He's also hilarious.)  The venue?  K'Syrah, a beautiful, intimate restaurant in downtown Camas.  Great food, decor, and staff!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: watch for the release of not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CDs later this Spring!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 6:30-9:30
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover!

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar in Portland's Hollywood District.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  I'll be filling in on keys for Dover Weinberg, who is currently touring with the Robert Cray Band.  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for sixteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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News flash: watch for the release of not one but two new live-at-Jimmy Mak's Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group CDs later this Spring!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist and all-around entertainer Reggie Houston.  Reggie worked many years with Fats Domino, along with other Crescent City greats including Irma Thomas and the Neville Brothers.  Tapalaya, appropriately enough, features great New Orleans cuisine!


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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig! - 8-11:45 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $10

I'll be playing at Jimmy Mak's with Linda Hornbuckle and her ultra-funky band again!  Special guest vocalists joining Linda this time will include Andy Stokes and "Lady A" from Seattle.  Should be great!

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Arrivederci
King Louie Trio, featuring guest vocalist LaRhonda Steele! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: TBA

My trio will be back in action at Arrivederci--this time as part of the PDX Jazz Festival--featuring Renato Caranto (sax) & Micah Kassell (drums).  We'll be joined by a special guest vocalist, the incredible LaRhonda Steele!  The venue is one of our favorites, featuring an intimate, family atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Renato Caranto Quartet gig, featuring Mel Brown & LaRhonda Steele! - 7-9 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

This very special gig will be a reunion (sans guitar) of the original Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group that played at the old Jimmy Mak's location seventeen years ago!  Thara Memory--now a Grammy winner for his work with his former pupil Esperanza Spalding--will rejoin us for a fun gig at Christos.  (If you haven't been to Christos before, it features an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza, pasta, etc!)

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"A Valentine's Day Tribute To Romantic Soul"! - two separately ticketed shows: 7-8:30 pm & 9:30-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $15 reserved seating; $12 general admission

This Valentine’s Day, the Portland Soul All-Stars will play a pair of romantic shows at Jimmy Mak’s: a “Cocktail Show” beginning at 7 pm, and a “Dinner Show” beginning at 9:30 pm.  Both shows will feature classic romantic soul music originally performed by Stevie Wonder, Barry White, the Stylistics, Teddy Pendegrass, Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell, Aretha Franklin, and more!  The band will feature three wonderful soul singers: LaRhonda Steele, Sean Holmes, & Tahirah Memory, along with myself on Hammond B-3; Renato Caranto, sax; Mike Doolin, guitar; and Micah Kassell, drums.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $6

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Original Halibut's; CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!
Reggie Houston Trio gig - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!  :-(

Tapalaya
Reggie Houston Duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist and all-around entertainer Reggie Houston.  Reggie worked many years with Fats Domino, along with other Crescent City greats including Irma Thomas and the Neville Brothers.  Tapalaya, appropriately enough, features great New Orleans cuisine!


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Thara Memory's "Soul To Soul" - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30-9 pm & 10-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $20 reserved seating; $18 general admission

Once again, Grammy-winning trumpeter/arranger/educator Thara Memory has put together an all-star band to perform at Jimmy Mak's!  This time around, the line-up will include vocalists Linda Hornbuckle, Andy Stokes, and Tahirah Memory, plus Janice Scroggins, piano; myself, Hammond B-3; Renato Caranto, saxophone; Israel Annoh, drums; Errick Lewis, bass; Thara Memory & Joby Figerina, trumpet; Stan Bock, trombone; and more!  Thara's shows are always exciting & spontaneous, and I'm sure this one will be no exception. 

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Arrivederci
King Louie Trio gig, featuring special guest LaRhonda Steele! - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143
Price: $7

My trio will be back in action, featuring Renato Caranto (sax) & Micah Kassell (drums).  We'll be joined by a special guest vocalist, the incredible LaRhonda Steele!  The venue is one of our favorites, featuring an intimate, family atmosphere, great Italian food, cool decor (in an expanded space featuring two bars), and two of the nicest hosts hosts around: Steve & Katie Hanneman.  Don't miss this one!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Five-O-Three
King Louie & Reggie Houston gig! - 6:30-9:30 pm
21900 Willamette Dr, #201
West Linn, OR 97068
Cla
503-607-0960
Price: no cover!

Reggie and I will be playing as a duo at Five-O-Three, a beautiful restaurant in West Linn, right off I-205, exit #8.  Great food, decor, and staff!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Renato Caranto Quartet gig, featuring Mel Brown & Thara Memory! - 7-9 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

This very special gig will be a reunion (sans guitar) of the original Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group that played at the old Jimmy Mak's location seventeen years ago!  Thara Memory--now a Grammy winner for his work with his former pupil Esperanza Spalding--will rejoin us for a fun gig at Christos.  (If you haven't been to Christos before, it features an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza, pasta, etc!)

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Original Halibut's
King Louie Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always great to play at Halibut's, an intimate friendly place in a hip neighborhood, featuring the best fish & chips in town!  The trio will include that amazing saxophonist Renato "Soul Finger" Caranto and Micah Kassell, former drummer with Curtis Salgado.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Hailey Niswanger CD Fundraiser! - two separately ticketed shows: 7:30-9 pm & 10-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $22 reserved seating; $20 general admission

Soul Sisters Productions presents:

The Hailey Niswanger PDX Project

Soul Sisters Productions is proud to be helping Portland's own Hailey Niswanger--one of America's up & coming young jazz artists--raise funds for her latest CD project.  Hailey--a brilliant saxophonist & composer--now lives and works in NYC, but the new CD (her eighth) will feature Portland musicians, including her former mentor Thara Memory and another noted Thara pupil--multi Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding.

At the Jimmy Mak's fundraiser, Hailey and Thara will be joined by the other CD contributors: Janice Scroggins, piano; Doug Lewis, guitar; Errick Lewis, bass; Louis "King Louie" Pain, B-3; Israel Annoh, drums; Chris Brown, drums; Stan Bock, trombone; and Renato Caranto, sax.  The music will be an exciting set of covers and original soul-jazz tunes written by Hailey.  She describes the music as "Herbie Hancock meets James Brown."  You won't want to miss this exciting event!  You can purchase your tickets here

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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"New Year's Eve with Mel Brown" - 7:30 & 10 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $25 reserved / $20 General Admission

Jimmy Mak's is the place to be this New Year's Eve!  Check out this line-up: the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group (Mel, drums; me, B-3; Dan Balmer, guitar; Renato Caranto, sax; & Curtis Craft, percussion) plus special guest vocalist LaRhonda Steele, vocals; Thara Memory & Stan Bock, horns; and Mel's son Chris on drums & alto sax!  There are two separately-ticketed shows, beginning at 7:30 and at 10 pm.  Tickets may be purchased at: www.tickettomato.com.

[note: Originally announced second vocalist Sweet Baby James is currently questionable due to nagging health issues.]

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Jimmy Mak's Presents: "End Of Year Celebration with Linda Hornbuckle"! Band gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $10

Linda is back singing these days, and sounding as amazing as ever!  She'll be joined on vocals by special guest vocalist Andy Stokes, and backed by her ultra-funky band: Doug Lewis, guitar; Randy Monroe, bass; Lenn Russell, drums, plus Renato Caranto, sax; and me on B-3.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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K'Syrah
King Louie & Reggie Houston gig! - 7-10 pm
316 NE Dallas St.
Camas, WA
Price: no cover!

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist and all-around entertainer Reggie Houston.  Reggie worked many years with Fats Domino, along with other Crescent City greats including Irma Thomas and the Neville Bros.  The venue?  K'Syrah, a beautiful new restaurant in downtown Camas.  Great food, decor, and staff!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Embassy Suites
Private Event
319 SW Pine St.
Portland, OR
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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The Lloyd Jones Quartet @ "A Benefit For Owen Stolte" - 8-11 pm
8 Fourth St
Hood River, OR 97031
541-387-0042
Price: $20 suggested donation

I'm looking forward to playing this event with NW blues great Lloyd Jones, plus special guest guitarist "Paris Slim."  The gig is a fundraiser for a local Hood River boy who has bone cancer.

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Original Halibut's
Lloyd Jones Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover

I'm excited to be playing at Original Halibuts (home of the best fish & chips in town) with NW blues legend Lloyd Jones and the excellent drummer Mark Griffith.  Halibut's isn't a big club, but I'm dragging in my Nord C2 Combo Organ, along with Leslie speaker and bass pedals, for the occasion!

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Blackwell's
Soul Cookin' gig, featuring Lloyd Jones - 8:30-11:30 pm
41st & NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Price: no cover

Soul Cookin' is an all-star blues band that has a ball every Wednesday playing at Blackwell's, an intimate neighborhood bar.  The band includes Lloyd Jones, guitar; Carlton Jackson, drums; and Dave Kahl, bass--with all three vocalizing.  I'll be filling in on keys for Dover Weinberg, who is joining the Robert Cray Band soon.  This is a really fun scene: a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

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Tapalaya
Reggie Houston duo gig! - 6-9 pm
28 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Mul
503-232-6652
Price: no cover

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist and all-around entertainer Reggie Houston.  Reggie worked many years with Fats Domino, along with other Crescent City greats including Irma Thomas and the Neville Brothers.  Tapalaya, appropriately enough, features great New Orleans cuisine!


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Portland Blues Revue, featuring Lisa Mann & Andy Stokes - Two Shows: @ 8 pm & 10 pm
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-382-8436
Price: $35

Jazz at the Oxford is a wonderful series, held three weekends a year at the finest hotel in Central Oregon.  There is one show on Friday and two on Saturday.  For this show, vocalists Andy Stokes and Lisa Mann (doubling on bass) will be joined by "King Louie" Pain, keyboards; Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; and Renato Caranto, sax.  To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the website.

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Portland Blues Revue, featuring Lisa Mann & Andy Stokes - 5 pm
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-382-8436
Price: $35

Jazz at the Oxford is a wonderful series, held three weekends a year at the finest hotel in Central Oregon.  There is one show on Friday and two on Saturday.  For this show, vocalists Andy Stokes and Lisa Mann (doubling on bass) will be joined by "King Louie" Pain, keyboards; Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; and Renato Caranto, sax.  To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the website.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge
Renato Caranto Quartet gig, featuring Mel Brown & Thara Memory! - 8 pm
1108 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-2892
Price: TBA

This very special gig will be a reunion (sans guitar) of the original Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group that played at the old Jimmy Mak's location seventeen years ago!  Thara Memory--now a Grammy winner for his work with his former pupil Esperanza Spalding--will rejoin us for a fun gig at Christos.  (If you haven't been to Christos before, it features an intimate jazz lounge and an adjoining Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza, pasta, etc!)

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Private Event
Private Event - 6-9 pm
Camas, WA
A Benefit for LaRhonda Steele - 7-11 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $25 at the door

This amazing event, organized by Soul Sisters Productions, will feature four of the top bands in the NW: the Curtis Salgado Band, Soul Vaccination, the Linda Hornbuckle Band, and the Norman Sylvester Band.  The musicians will all be donating their time and talent to help their friend, vocalist LaRhonda Steele--who has worked with all of them.  LaRhonda is as remarkable a person as she is an artist--sweet, humble, generous, & down to earth.  Now she's dealing with breast cancer.  This unique concert will be an opportunity for the Portland community to help out LaRhonda as she's helped out so many others.  Plus, it's going to be a hell of a party!

Note: Reserved seating for this event is sold out, but General Admission seats will be available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the show.  Doors open at 5 pm.


K'Syrah
King Louie & Reggie Houston gig! - 7-10 pm
316 NE Dallas St.
Camas, WA
Price: no cover!

I'll be playing a duo with the legendary New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist and all-around entertainer Reggie Houston.  Reggie worked many years with Fats Domino, along with other Crescent City greats including Irma Thomas and the Neville Bros.  The venue?  K'Syrah, a beautiful new restaurant in downtown Camas.  Great food, decor, and staff!


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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Original Halibut's
King Louie Trio gig! - 8-11 pm
2525 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Mul
503-808-9600
Price: no cover!

It's always great to play at Halibut's, an intimate friendly place in a hip neighborhood, featuring the best fish & chips in town!  The trio will include that amazing saxophonist Renato "Soul Finger" Caranto and Micah Kassell, former drummer with Curtis Salgado.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Micah Kassell - 4-7 pm
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 271-6888
Price: no cover!

My trio is excited about our new regular Monday afternoon gig at this cool new Pearl District produce market/deli/wine & beer bar.  Most Mondays, the group will consist of myself, sax-master Renato Caranto, and drummer Micah Kassell.              

The Local Choice Produce Market is located at 9th & NW Everett, just a block from the old Jimmy Mak's.  If you're not familiar with this unique business, check out the website!

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Washburn Performing Arts Center
A Tribute To Classic Soul Music - 6:15 to 7:45
1201 39th St.
Washougal, WA 98671
Price: $10 (at the door)

Soul Sisters Productions Presents:

A Tribute to Classic Soul Music

 

I'm looking forward to bringing my exciting, critically-acclaimed soul music tribute band to Washougal! Since 2006, the Portland Soul All-Stars—made up of some of the Northwest's top blues & soul artists--have staged a dozen concerts in Portland, Oregon--at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and at Jimmy Mak's. These popular shows have included tributes to soul music greats James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Etta James, as well as to Memphis Soul, Philly Soul, and Romantic Soul.

Making up the All-Stars for the Washougal concert: vocalists Sean Holmes & Tahirah Memory, saxophonist Renato Caranto (recently on tour with Esperanza Spalding), drummer Micah Kassell, guitarist Mike Doolin, and myself. The repertoire will include classic soul music from the '60s and '70s, played with the spirit & spontaneity of the original performances.


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Poster designed by David Gill

 

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The Washburn Performing Arts Center--one of the nicest venues in Clark County

 

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       Sean Holmes                                                                       Tahirah Memory

Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Trio, featuring Renato Caranto & Edwin Coleman III - 7:30-10:30 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: no cover!

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig! - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Mike Klobas - 4-7 pm
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 271-6888
Price: no cover!

My trio is excited about our new regular Monday afternoon gig at this cool new Pearl District produce market/deli/wine & beer bar.  Most Mondays, the group will consist of myself, sax-master Renato Caranto, and drummer Micah Kassell.              

The Local Choice Produce Market is located at 9th & NW Everett, just a block from the old Jimmy Mak's.  If you're not familiar with this unique business, check out the website!

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Thara Memory gig: "Soul To Soul" - Two separately-ticketed shows, @ 7:30 & 10:00 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $16, General Admission; $18, reserved

2013 Grammy Award winner--and legendary Portland trumpeter & educator--Thara Memory is assembling an all-star band for this reprise of the hit June "Soul To Soul" show.  The line-up for this show will include: LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Marilyn Keller, & Tahirah Memory, vocals; Renato Caranto, Stan Bock, & Farnell Newton, horns; Ben Jones, bass; Doug Lewis, guitar; Israel Annoh, drums; and myself on B-3. 

Advanced tickets available here.

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Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Mike Klobas - 8-11 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: no cover!

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Micah Kassell - 4-7 pm
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 271-6888
Price: no cover!

My trio is excited about our new regular Monday afternoon gig at this cool new Pearl District produce market/deli/wine & beer bar.  Most Mondays, the group will consist of myself, sax-master Renato Caranto, and drummer Micah Kassell.              

The Local Choice Produce Market is located at 9th & NW Everett, just a block from the old Jimmy Mak's.  If you're not familiar with this unique business, check out the website!

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Linda Hornbuckle Band gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $12

Linda is feeling much better these days and can be expected to sing at this gig.  But she'll have lots of help from fellow soul singers Lady A (from Seattle) and Andy Stokes!  Filling out this powerhouse group will be Doug Lewis, guitar; Randy Monroe, bass; Lenn Russell, drums; Renato Caranto, sax; and myself on the mighty Hammond B-3.

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Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Edwin Coleman III - 8-11 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: no cover!

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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K'Syrah
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele gig! - 7-10 pm
316 NE Dallas St.
Camas, WA
Price: no cover

I'll be playing a duo with soul singer extraordinaire LaRhonda Steele.  We'll be performing at K'Syrah, a beautiful new restaurant in downtown Camas.  Great food, decor, and staff!

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Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Organ Trio, featuring Renato Caranto & Edwin Coleman III - 8-11 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: no cover

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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"East Bay Grease": a Benefit for Bruce Conte - 8-10 pm
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200
Price: $30

I'll have the honor of performing at this amazing benefit concert featuring and all-star cast of past & current members of legendary Bay Area bands Santana, Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, the Loading Zone, Azteca, Graham Central Station, etc.  Like Bruce's Portland benefit (held last March at Jimmy Mak's), East Bay Grease is being produced by my wife Tracy's company, "Soul Sisters Productions."  For more info about East Bay Grease, visit the SSP website!

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King Louie Trio gig, featuring Renato Caranto & Micah Kassell - 4-7 pm
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 271-6888
Price: Free!

My trio will have the pleasure of playing a pair of Labor Day weekend gigs at this popular new Pearl District produce market/deli/wine & beer bar.  On Sunday, I'll be joined by a pair of standouts from Soul Vaccination, saxophonist Gary Harris and drummer Edwin Coleman III.  Then on Monday, I'll be playing with sax-master Renato Caranto and drummer Micah Kassell.              

The Local Choice Produce Market is located at 9th & NW Everett, just a block from the old Jimmy Mak's.  If you're not familiar with this unique business, check out the website!

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King Louie Trio gig, featuring Gary Harris & Edwin Coleman III - 3-6 pm
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 271-6888
Price: Free!

My trio will have the pleasure of playing a pair of Labor Day weekend gigs at this popular new Pearl District produce market/deli/wine & beer bar!  On Sunday, I'll be joined by a pair of standouts from Portland's mighty soul horn band, Soul Vaccination.  On sax will be Gary Harris, and on drums will be Edwin Coleman III.  Then on Monday, I'll be playing with sax-master Renato Caranto and drummer Micah Kassell.              

The Local Choice Produce Market is located at 9th & NW Everett, just a block from the old Jimmy Mak's.  If you're not familiar with this unique business, check out the website!

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Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Organ Trio, featuring LaRhonda Steele & Mike Klobas - 8-11 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: No Cover

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Portland City Grill
Private Event - Evening
Oregon State Fair
Rae Gordon Band gig - 4:15 to 5:30 pm & 7:45-9 pm
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97303

I'll be playing with powerhouse blues-gospel vocalist Rae Gordon and her band.  We'll be alternating sets with the Ty Curtis Band (Ty's sets will begin at 2:30 and 6 pm). 


Tommy O's Pacific Rim
King Louie Organ Trio, featuring Renato Caranto & Caton Lyle - 8-11 pm
801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA
(360) 694-5107
Price: No Cover

The guys and I are excited about our new steady Friday night gig at one of the Portland/Vancouver area's top restaurants.  When you enter Tommy O's, you instantly feel more relaxed; the Aloha Spirit permeates the place!  Amazing Hawaiian food, great staff, and beautiful island decor: how can you beat that?

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group gig - 8-11:30 pm
NW 10th & Everett
Portland, OR 97202
503-295-6542
Price: $5

This group, dubbed "Jimmy Mak's signature band" by The Oregonian, has been performing there on Thursday nights for fifteen years and counting!  When George Benson heard the group, he said, "If this band played in New York City, they'd be a sensation!"  The Oregonian's Kyle O'Brien described the band's unique style as, "the sound of spontaneity."  Come out on Thursday evening and hear what the excitement is all about!

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Gerding Theater At the Armory
Benefit for Thara Memory's American Music School, featuring Esperanza Spalding - 7:30-9:30 pm
128 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
503-445-3700
Price: $35, $50, $75 at www.tickettomato.com

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Arrivederci
King Louie & Baby James gig - 8-11 pm
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Cla
503-659-1143