Louis is best known as an organist, but he and his wife Tracy also rent out the best vintage Hammond B-3's and Leslie Speakers in the NW. For instance, those are Louis & Tracy's B-3's that you see and hear at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival every year!
Pain Organ Rental Service has rented out B-3's & Leslies for decades, and the feedback from their rental clients has invariably been enthusiastic. In fact, many of those clients have volunteered that they've never heard or played a better-sounding B-3! And Louis & Tracy's clients have been equally pleased with their exceptional service and reasonable prices.
Importantly, it hasn't just been the organists who've felt this way. Often the whole band has thanked Pain Organ Rental Service for helping make their gig or recording session successful.
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"One reason I always look forward to coming to Portland is that I know I'll get to play one of Louis Pain's great B-3's. What a difference that makes! I only wish I could take one of Louis' organs with me to all my gigs."--The late Joey deFrancesco, #1 organist in Downbeat Magazine's Critic's Poll for over 10 years running
"Louis Pain has the best-sounding Hammonds in town, and they're consistently well-maintained and noise-free. I always recommend Pain Organ Rental Service to my clients."--Dennis Carter, Falcon Recording Inc.
"Louis Pain is totally professional, his B-3s are as good as they get and always impeccably maintained. In this part of the world, Louis is the go to guy for organ rentals."--Clay Fuller, Director, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
"After a series of disastrous organ rentals from local music equipment rental companies, we've seen the light. We now rent Hammonds exclusively from the specialist, Pain Organ Rental Service."--Greg McDonald, Lupin LLC
"Louis Pain knows his Hammonds! As a top organist, he knows what we're looking for in an organ rental. He provides the best B-3's in the Northwest."--Steve Reischman, Showman, Inc.
"The B-3 Louis Pain provided for the 2002 Waterfront Blues Festival was the best Hammond I've ever encountered on a road trip."--Al Kooper, legendary rock organist & founder of "Blood, Sweat & Tears"
"Thank you for letting me play your great B-3 again! I've encountered so many crappy organs on tour." --Cory Henry, young genius of the B-3
"That B-3 has the most badass bass of any organ I've ever played!" --Mike LeDonne, NYC jazz organ great
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CLIENTS (many of them multiple times)
Lady Gaga; Billy Joel; B.B. King; Joey deFrancesco; Cory Henry; Buddy Guy; Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff; Billy Preston; The Five Blind Boys of Alabama; Chester "CT" Thompson (Tower of Power, Santana); Brian Auger; Ivan Neville; Etta James; Grace Potter; Tower of Power; Larry Carlton; Delbert McClinton; Booker T & the MGs; Ray Charles; Kirk Franklin; the Neville Brothers; Little Feat; Maceo Parker; Blood Sweat & Tears; Raphael Saadiq; John Scofield & Larry Goldings; Jimmy Smith; Stephen Curtis Chapman; The Hi Records Rhythm Section; Pat Martino; Lou Donaldson; Al Kooper; Solomon Burke; Dr. Lonnie Smith; the Church of the Living God convention; Liv Warfield; Deep Blue Organ Trio; Lucky Peterson; Dave Mathews (Santana); Bethel AME convention; The Promise Keepers; Coco Montoya; Seventh Day Adventist NPUC; Shemekia Copeland; David Hart; Bobby Floyd; Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Tony! Toni! Toné!, Wilson Phillips, Mathew Whitaker, Mike LeDonne, Delvon Lamarr, Mannahouse Church, and many more.
Events, Recording studios, Production companies, & Venues
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (for 17 years running); The Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden); Mt. Hood Jazz Festival; Portland Jazz Festival; The Bite of Oregon; Pickathon; Showman, Inc.; Falcon Recording, Inc.; White Horse Studios; Jazz on the Water Festival; Poundhouse Studios; Double Tee Promotions, Inc.; Soul'd Out Productions; Northstar Recording & Production; McMennamins Edgefield; The Roseland Theater; The Crystal Ballroom; The Aladdin Theater; The Rosegarden Ampitheater; Special Olympics Oregon; Keller Auditorium; Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium; The Oregon Zoo; The Oregon Symphony's Gospel Christmas (four seasons & counting); Beloved Festival; Whitebird; Oregon Garden; Lupin L.L.C.; Global Events Group; Shake It 'til You Make It; The Portland Art Museum; Maranatha Church of God; Mt Olivet Baptist; Sharon Seventh-Day Adventist; Emmanuel Church; Dead Aunt Thelma Studio; Lake Grove Presbyterian Church; Wonder Ballroom; Jimmy Mak's; Revolution Hall; the Jack London Revue; St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Seventh Day Adventist Gladstone Park Conference Center; and many more!
(Organ rental flyer available on request)
Louis & the late Lucky Peterson with "Belinda" the B-3 (photo by Ross Hamilton)
The late, great Joey deFrancesco playing "Esmerelda" the B-3
Louis hooking up two Leslies for Booker T Jones in 2012 (photo by Ross Hamilton)
Booker has played our B-3s three times now
Louis with Chester "CT" Thompson and "Esmerelda" in 2013
Grace Potter playing "Belinda" @ Waterfront Blues Festival, 7/1/22
Lady Gaga keyboardist Alex Smith used "Betty" the B-3 at a 2017 recording session with the pop star
Gospel organist David Hart and Santana organist Dave Mathews are clients
Young B-3 genius Cory Henry has played "Belinda" 3 times and counting
NYC jazz organist Mike LeDonne LOVED "Esmerelda"!
Backstage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Booker T was reunited with "Belinda the B-3" at the '14 KINK Rose Festival
All smiles after Booker's Rose Festival performance!
"Belinda" in action with the Oregon Symphony at Gospel Christmas 2014
Belinda with the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, June 2017
Five Blind Boys of Alabama organist Matthew Hopkins playing our Nord C2D Combo Organ
The ecstatic audience shook hands with Five Blind Boys leader Jimmy Carter (Feb. 2018)
Portland megachurch Mannahouse has rented our B-3's 5 times and counting!