Lloyd Jones & The Struggle
This Portland guitar journeyman and Hall of Famer has performed with the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Etta James, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. A funky bluesman with a Memphis groove who writes great songs and puts on a smokin' show.
Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues. Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene. Always a treat, a club favorite, and the dance floor is always packed.
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, they only worked together occasionally until the past few years, when they began playing together frequently in Louis’ all-star blues & soul revues, in the Linda Hornbuckle Band, and more.
In 2016, Louis & LaRhonda released a CD together, “Rock Me Baby," that has received a lot of buzz in the NW and beyond, including a 4-star review in the January 2016 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 2016" 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.