LaRhonda Steele & Louis Pain


LaRhonda Steele & Louis Pain

Wed, April 19, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Club Fox

Redwood City, CA


This event is 21 and over

Club Fox Blues Jam
Club Fox Blues Jam
The Club Fox Blues Jam is heaven on earth for Bay Area blues fans. Through the efforts of a passionate group of local musicians, the hospitality of the Club Fox and local sponsorship, the jam has become the most exciting event in the area's fertile blues scene - and it's attracting both national and international attention. Most importantly, the jam is the catalyst for bringing out more and more blues fans to hear live blues at its spontaneous best.

Every Wednesday from 7 PM to 11 PM, the beautiful historic Club Fox opens its doors to the jam hosted by the elite of Bay Area Blues - Kenny Neal, Steve Freund, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin, The Ford Blues Band, Volker Strifler, Andy Just, E. C. Scott, Terry Hanck, Kenny Blue Ray, Sonny Rhodes, Daniel Castro, RJ Mischo and Mark Hummel just to mention a few. What follows is a jam like no other. For a mere $5.00 cover charge, folks get to experience some of the finest blues artists, national artists on tour, local luminaries and talented amateurs mixing it up. For the musicians, it's an opportunity to play the blues with peers of unbelievable talent. For the fans in the 240 seat capacity crowd, it's an amazing show every week with new talent and the unpredictable excitement that only a blues jam can bring.

If the music were not enough, appearances at the jam provide an unparalleled promotional opportunity for artists with upcoming area gigs. The buzz following the jam in the highly active local blues community often results in sold-out shows for participating artists. If you are a touring blues performer, drop in and you'll not only get a chance to "cut heads" with the best but also get the word out about your upcoming gig. If you are a member of the blues entertainment media, you'll experience a jam session like no other .

We invite you to come to jam and be a part of this phenomenal event, unequaled since the hay days of LA and Chicago blues.

Join us for the music and be a part of Bay Area blues history.
LaRhonda Steele
LaRhonda Steele
LaRhonda Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. Her journey continued to Portland, Oregon and beyond culminating into an powerful legacy of musical experiences for which she is Awed and Grateful.

Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists: Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. She has had the pleasure of recoding with Thara Memory, Obo Addy, Janice Scroggins, Norman Sylvester and Ken DaRouchie.

Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a couple of the highlights of her career.

LaRhonda currently enjoys working with B3 organist “King Louis” Pain. Their CD “Rock me Baby” received 4 out of 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and is currentll being played throughout Europe. She also enjoys working with her own band The LaRhonda Steele Band in which her husband Mark is the keyboardist and co-producer of their collaboration “Artistic Differences.” The CD features 12 original songs written and co-written by the duo. “My Soul’s Song” features some of her gospel favorites
Louis Pain
Louis Pain
"Pain's tight, expert activity on the console comes out of Jimmy Smith, yet sounds fresh through the expressive qualities of of his dapper swing." --Downbeat

"Portland's boss of the B-3." --The Oregonian

"Pain’s left hand is truly to be marveled at." --Living Blues

"King Louie est le roi du Hammond B-3." --Blues & Co [France]

“Louis Pain is my right-hand man. I don‘t want to do nothing without him. He‘s the man; he‘s the bomb! He‘s always got my back musically. I love him madly.” --Mel Brown (Portland drum legend)

“As Music Director for acts such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Anita Baker and Martha Reeves, I have contracted some of the best musicians in the world. I am always looking for musicians that are not only serious but passionate as well as professional, which is why I am so grateful that for the last three years I've had the joy of using Louis Pain as my exclusive contractor for my performances in Portland. --Al McKenzie/AMAC Records

“Working with Louis Pain has always been a real treat and a pleasure for me. I like what he does; he takes care of serious business.” --Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (“World’s Most Recorded Drummer”)

“You have that authentic organ groove. You rarely hear that anymore.” --George Benson (Ten-time Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist)

Louis Pain is like this secret! I really enjoy listening to him. He’s seriously funky; he grooves big-time.” --Joey deFrancesco (Downbeat's #1 Jazz Organist for over a decade)

“Where have YOU been?” --Phil Upchurch (legendary bassist & guitarist)

“Louis has been such a quiet and integral player in the Portland area. With each note Louis plays, he’s always making the bands he’s with…better bands. Whether backing the late great Paul deLay, Linda Hornbuckle or Sweet Baby James, Louis’ talent and vibe brings the music that much closer to the audience. I dig the man and respect all of his being. Louis Pain is Portland music.” --Steve Pringle, KINK FM

“Louis Pain is Portland's best-kept secret. He has a lot of soul--he plays from his heart, not his head. He always plays exactly what the song needs, and that’s an art form. He’s playing what he feels, not what he thinks will impress.” --Curtis Salgado, vocalist & bandleader (Santana, Room Full of Blues)

Louis Pain is a great guy and a soulful musician. He is one of the few real Hammond B-3 players around today. He has a melodic and smooth yet powerful sound. --Bruce Conte (Tower of Power guitarist)

Louis Pain, for any who don't already know it, is a great organist. --Mike Finnigan (legendary organist/vocalist)

For a vocalist, Louis is a joy to work with. He accompanies and arranges beautifully. And he's so organized, which is rare. The "Soul Diva" CD we recorded back in '94 was my first, and probably my best, and that's because Louis produced it. He really knows what he's doing." --Linda Hornbuckle, the late NW's "Legendary Soul Diva"

"Louis Pain is the top of the heap when it comes to the Hammond B-3 organ. He knows how to swing it, he knows how to make it sweet, he knows how to make it sing and make it growl. He’s the consummate B-3 master.” --Tom Grant (top-selling smooth jazz recording artist)

"I've been in music since 1949, and Louis Pain is one of the best I've worked with. I can't believe what comes from his hands, feet & head. He's a fantastic, soulful player, and he doesn't even know it. The cat can play, man." --"Sweet Baby James" Benton, late, great NW vocalist & entertainer

"Pain is responsible for the 'nuisances'--bandspeak for nuances--that set the [Paul] deLay Band apart. . .Thanks to Pain's 'nuisances,' the band exudes a musicianly discipline often missing from the rabble of lumpty-dumpty shufflemongers. The deLay Band intertwines melody and harmony lines in ways that echo ensembles such as Django Reinhardt's quintet or Duke Ellington's big bands." --John Foyston, The Oregonian, 2-5-95

“Louis is one of the very best musicians I've worked with, especially as an accompanist. He supports the soloist without ever getting in the way. That’s a rare talent. I used to call him 'Comp Man' because he accompanies so well!” --Jules Broussard (Ray Charles, Santana)
Venue Information:
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063