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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, it's been in the last decade that they've begun working together frequently: first in Louis’ all-star blues & soul revues, then in the Linda Hornbuckle Band, and now as "King Louie & LaRhonda Steele."  

In 2016, Louis & LaRhonda released a CD together, “Rock Me Baby," that received a lot of buzz in the NW and beyond, including a 4-star review in 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 The Year" 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.   



Following the release of "Rock Me Baby," King Louie & LaRhonda Steele played a series of gigs at Portland's top jazz & blues venue, Jimmy Mak's, a main stage performance at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and an electrifying set at Italy's prestigious Porretta Soul Festival in July, 2017 that was captured on video.  

On a 2018 CD, "King Louie's Blues Revue: Live At Riverhouse Jazz," LaRhonda was joined by two other NW soul/blues vocal powerhouses, Andy Stokes and Lisa Mann.  As with “Rock Me Baby,” the “Riverhouse” CD received numerous critical raves, including another 4-star write-up in Downbeat and another inclusion in Downbeat's "Best Albums Of the Year" issue!  To hear clips from that CD, click here.

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Most recently, Louis & LaRhonda travelled to Colombia to perform and participate in educational workshops in four cities over 9 days at the Cali Blues & Folk Festival.  Here is video from one of their performances.  The audience couldn't stay in their seats!  


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Louis & LaRhonda at Porretta 2017 with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra

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Special guest Rob Paparozzi performing with LaRhonda @ Porretta

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Louis, LaRhonda, and Tracy Turner-Pain @ Porretta


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LaRhonda was joined by her daughters for the group's 2016 main stage set at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival

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Left to Right: Edwin Coleman III, Louis, and special guest pianist James Mullen


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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