THE PORTLAND SOUL ALL-STARS
"Saturday night's tribute to 'the Wicked Pickett' was a smash hit, doing turn-away business at Jimmy Mak's." --The Oregonian
"James Brown might be gone, but his spirit remains." --The Oregonian
"As heavy as [Memphis soul's] impact has been, don't forget how flat-out good the music was. The Portland Soul All-Stars will remind you." --The Oregonian
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Louis Pain was a founding member of the NW Ray Charles Tribute, writing the rhythm section charts and playing B-3 on the award-winning initial gig at the Safeway Waterfront Festival and for the first few performances thereafter. Later, when soul music giants Wilson Pickett, James Brown & Etta James passed, Louis organized musical tributes to them as well, not simply performing their hits, but putting the music into the context of the artists' remarkable lives and careers.
That tribute band, the Portland Soul All-Stars--made up of some of Portland's top vocalists & musicians--has subsequently come together to reprise the Pickett & JB shows, as well as to stage tributes to Memphis Soul, Romantic Soul, Blue Christmas, Sweet Summer Soul, and, most recently, Philly Soul. Each and every one these shows--whether at the blues festival or at Portland's Jimmy Mak's, has been hugely successful, both artistically and in terms of audience turnout and response.
Recent appearances: The Portland Soul All-Stars performed at Camas Meadows Golf Course on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 as part of the "Concerts for a Cause" series. This version of the PSAS, featuring vocalists Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, & Lisa Mann, set attendance records at Bend's prestigious "Jazz At the Oxford" series in the fall of 2013 (as "King Louie's Portland Blues All-Stars"), then rocked the house at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and at Jimmy Mak's the following July. They did it again at Camas Meadows; the group was immediately invited to come back in 2015!
Similarly, the Portland Soul All-Stars performed for the LPGA's Portland Classic VIP dinner on August 26--just 21 days following the band's Camas appearance--and were immediately invited to return in 2015. Likewise, the group returned to Jazz at the Oxford in 2014, again broke attendance records, and was promptly invited back for the 2015 season!
LaRhonda Steele having fun with the audience at "Concerts for a Cause"
Below is a review of the first Portland Soul All-Stars show--a heartfelt tribute to the recently deceased soul music great "Wicked" Wilson Pickett.
The Portland Soul All-Stars are a regular at Jimmy Mak's, Portland's top jazz & blues club