Wednesday, November 12, 2008

King Louie and Sweet Baby James CD release Party at Jimmy Maks

King Louie and Sweet Baby James
CD release event.
Sweet Baby James Benton and Louis Pain.
(picture source: above web page)

HERE IS JIMMY MAKS' PRESS PROMO (source: ... and by the way today is Micah Kassel's birthday. Happy Birthday.

King Louie & Sweet Baby James CD Release Event
Saturday, November 15th
$12 Cover
Louis Pain has been our resident Hammond organ master since the early days of Jimmy Mak’s, and with this project, he’s established himself as a bandleader as well. Leading an all-star lineup comprised of the old school and new school of Portland musicians, they play soul-jazz and rhythm and blues with flair and real heart. Among the featured players here are Renato Caranto, with his searing tenor saxophone, and the funky back beat of Micah Kassel on the drums. Waterfront Blues Festival front man Peter Dammon reminds everyone that he’s also a seriously bad blues guitarist. But the icing on the cake is “Sweet Baby” James Benton. His vocal work harkens back to the glory days of Williams Avenue in North Portland, when Jazz ruled the city and James was at the center of the action. With his commanding stage presence and natural sense of humor, James will have you clapping your hands one moment and laughing your butt off the next. With this much soul and funk on the stage, we’ll all have to go to church on Sunday!

Dinner reservations are always recommended to guarantee seating for weekend shows. Please call us at 503-295-6542 to make reservations.

More with Sweet Baby James Benton and Dick Bogle from January 20, 2006. This is video taken at the old Jimmy Maks.

(Photo by Shawn Kirkeby)

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