Guitarist Larry Pinho performs as part of the Kat Orlando Duo inside Eastpointe City Hall during the Music in the Plaza concert series June 27.

Guitarist Larry Pinho performs as part of the Kat Orlando Duo inside Eastpointe City Hall during the Music in the Plaza concert series June 27.

Photo by Sean Work


Music in the Plaza strikes again with Kat Orlando Duo

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 2, 2018

 Kat Orlando, left, and Larry Pinho perform as the Kat Orlando Duo inside Eastpointe City Hall due to the weather.

Kat Orlando, left, and Larry Pinho perform as the Kat Orlando Duo inside Eastpointe City Hall due to the weather.

Photo by Sean Work

EASTPOINTE — Rain couldn’t stop the show for the Kat Orlando Duo, featuring Larry Pinho on guitar, which performed at 6:30 p.m. June 27 inside Eastpointe City Hall for Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza concert series.

This year’s other scheduled performers include: 

• Bob and Carl performing Top 40 and classic songs July 11. 

• Eastside Drive, which is new to the concert series, performing Top 40, rock and pop July 25.

• Jibs Brown playing acoustic guitar songs, Motown, blues and original music Aug. 8.

Known as the “Queen of Sax” in Detroit, Orlando brought vocals, saxophone, flute and harmonica, while Pinho brought vocals and guitar. 

The entertainment duo started the night with what the crowd thought was their first song, but it happened to be their soundcheck. 

The duo then transitioned to a smooth jazz song called “Daddy-O,” by jazz guitarist Joyce Cooling. 

“This next song is a very smooth jazz song by Joyce Cooling. She is a very accomplished guitarist and has been pretty hot on the survey for the past eight to 10 years,” said Pinho. 

He also made a reference to his guitar, which is a prototype guitar from Big Rapids, Michigan.

“It’s been a great guitar, and it makes you want to play more guitar and introduce this kind of music into what we’re doing with this duo,” said Pinho. 

The dynamic duo has played all over, including touring the state and playing in Florida this past January. 

“Yesterday we were at the city of Roseville by the library, and we made a pit stop here today. There was no rain yesterday, and we would prefer to be outside, but it’s too iffy. But I found the song I wanted to play, and it’s called ‘Let’s Stay Together,’” said Orlando, introducing the Al Green hit. 

The couple, who are married, also performed classic Motown hits during their performance.   

Residents were able to enjoy the night with popcorn and water to benefit the Eastpointe High School band camp.