Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Louis "King Louie" Pain and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for over two decades now. The two first teamed up as seminal members of the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group when that band, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature group” by The Oregonian, began its 20-year run on Thursdays at Jimmy Mak’s in 1997. (The Mel Brown unit, still featuring Louis & Renato, now holds forth at the Jack London Revue).
Along the way, Louis and Renato have played countless other gigs together: at Jimmy Mak’s, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest. They've also performed on ten critically acclaimed CDs together, with the last three being honored by Downbeat magazine as the "Best Albums of the Year" (for 2016, 2018, and 2019).
Whether working in big venues or small, in large groups or as a duo, the chemistry between these two world-class musicians is unmatched. They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them!