King Louie & LaRhonda Steele
Louis was dubbed "Portland's Boss of the B-3" by The Oregonian, and KOIN t.v. calls LaRhonda Steele, "Portland's First Lady of the Blues!" This dynamic duo first teamed up back in 1994, at a Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival gospel set organized by Louis. However, they only worked together occasionally until the past few years, when they began playing together frequently in Louis’ all-star blues & soul revues, in the Linda Hornbuckle Band, and more.
In 2016, Louis & LaRhonda released a CD together, “Rock Me Baby," that has received a lot of buzz in the NW and beyond, including a 4-star review in the January 2016 Downbeat Magazine. (Downbeat also nominated the CD for "Best Blues Album" in their 2016 Critic's Poll, and the CD was included in the January 2017 "Best Albums of 2016" issue.) The CD beautifully captures the soulful, spontaneous, fun quality of the group's stripped-down club dates. To hear clips from that CD, click here.
Since the release of "Rock Me Baby," King Louie & LaRhonda Steele have played a series of gigs at Portland's top jazz & blues venue, Jimmy Mak's, and elsewhere, including a main stage performance at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. They will be appearing at the 30th anniversary of Italy's prestigious Porretta Soul Festival on July 20-23, 2017 and at other events TBA.
LaRhonda was joined by her daughters for the group's 2016 main stage set at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Left to Right: Edwin Coleman III, Louis, and special guest pianist James Mullen
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele appears annually at the Clackamas County Community Festival
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele were frequent performers at Jimmy Mak's, Portland's top blues & jazz venue