PP&R's Summer Free For All program is proud to present King Louie & Renato Caranto (jazz) in a pop-up performance at Holly Farm Park.
- This event is free and all are welcome.
- All dogs must be on a leash.
- All parks and natural areas are smoke and tobacco-free zones.
Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees Louis "King Louie" Pain and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for well over two decades now. 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!
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 Thursday evenings at Portland, OR's legendary jazz club Jimmy Mak’s in 1997. That Mel Brown unit--still featuring Louis & Renato--continued the Thursday night tradition for another three years at the Jack London Revue, and, following a pandemic hiatus, they'll be resuming the gig on September 16, 2021.
Along the way, Louis and Renato have played countless other gigs together in a variety of line-ups: at Jimmy Mak’s, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest.