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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story.

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love

Pop music ain’t what it used to be …

 

 

David Myles is doing something about it. Combining old school thoughts with new school riffs without duplicating anything. Easy right? Make people dance right?

 

 

Please listen below as David talks about the new album and how he came up with the idea to go backwards – musically. 

 

 

David? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to part four of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

Visit The West Island Palliative Care Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Three

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to part three of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

 

Visit The West Island Palliative Care Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Two

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to part two of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit The West Island Palliative Care Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part One

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to the first part of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

Sheldon? What’s up?

 

 

 

 

 

Visit The West Island Palliative Care Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Basstock; A Musical Event to Benefit The West Island Palliative Care Unit

The West island Palliative Care Unit contains many angels.

The many volunteers who give their time to helping patients and their families ease into other worldly territory.

It’s an ongoing process as people continually require care.

That’s where Peter Nauth steps in.

Nauth is organizing an event on Sept. 23rd at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire with proceeds going to the West Island Palliative Care.

Lots of food , raffle items and music. Three essentials to the well being of both the guests and the Palliative care unit.

Please listen below to my chat with Peter about what’s going on?

Peter ? What’s Up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What the Heck is Happening in Montreal Musically?

The city that never sleeps …

Montreal is always on the go. Running, jogging or walking to live music venues everywhere ! It’s a music lovers dream to be in Montreal !

Please listen below to some of the shows coming our way and find out what historical theater in Montreal changed names and has added wonderful stuff for your musical enjoyment !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Strumbellas; A Chat About the Pureness of Music

Canada’s up and coming band are here !

In a few short years the band has gone from playing acoustic  folk inspired melodies to playing acoustic folk inspired melodies. The crowds just got bigger !

Please listen below to my chat with Darryl James about the new album, the fans and what to expect in the future.

 

 

 

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Montreal Jazz Festival Review – Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge

On paper – Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge look great as a double bill. In reality – they are greater than the sum of two parts …

When Joss Stone was in her Mother’s tummy, she attended one of her Mom’s favorite artists in concert. When Joss was seventeen – she sang as part of a duet with one of her Mom’s favorite artists. Last night at Places des Arts – Joss , once again, performed with one of her Mom’s favorite artists.

Melissa Etheridge remains constant in Joss Stone’s life.

Stone arrived on stage softly and that was about right for what was to transpire throughout most of the evening.

‘The Look of Love’, ‘Landlord’, ‘Stuck on You’ and ‘Victim of A Foolish Heart’ allowed Stone’s voice to shine through. In  past performances at the Jazz festival – too much ‘screaming’ took place which took away from the sheer talent of Joss’ vocals. There is a time and place for everything and sometimes at a Joss Stone show – the lines are blurred.

Not last night at Salle Wilfred Pelletier.

The band maybe were caught by surprise as well.

Joss swerving from set-list and improvising like a bird on a wire. Reading the crowd and judging reactions, just one part of Joss’ seemingly arrival at professionalism.

Comfortable in her skin and comfortable with charming banter. Her British humor and accent disarming critics, the audience and her band. The latter injected life into what can be ( at times) a monotonous trip while the former – a very good idea.

‘Put A Spell on You’ and ‘Son of A Preacher Man’ ended things on a high note. Joss and her mates raising the energy and injecting history into the night. Passing the baton to …

 

Melissa Etheridge

If Melissa Etheridge was loved before last night’s show in Montreal, this morning – the city must be erecting a statue of her atop Mont Royal.

What’s with all these artists pre – dating 1995? Was water different in the old days or has political correctness taken all the creativity and passion out of life ?

Etheridge arrived in town on the heels of her new album; Memphis Rock and Soul. Its an album paying homage to Stax Records and all the great tunes which inspired generations of musicians and fans. Horn heavy with R&B and Country music as the ground wiring. In short – the elements which were the beginnings of Rock n Roll.

Etheridge is one of  ‘those’ artists. A woman who has climbed, conquered, descended and now sits revered at the music clubhouse. Take away the battle with breast cancer and the same adulation and love is thrown her way for her music and activism on behalf of the ‘small folks’ in this world.

She doesn’t have to give a damn on stage yet she does – more than ever. 

Melissa’s new (old) songs from the new disc were solid. ‘Memphis Train’, ‘Respect Yourself’ and ‘Rock You Baby’. Three tunes which enveloped the show in a torn up stained envelope. Countless cigarette burns, whiskey stains and sweat were duplicated admirably by Etheridge and her posse. After all – growing up listening to Soul, Country and Rock n Roll in Kansas will leave a definitive impression.

Melissa’s energy was alarming. Anyone under the age of fifty who huffs and puffs while eating Mae Wests at their desk should be ashamed.

Non – stop talking between songs, non – stop guitar playing, non-stop walking from side to side. Toss in some impressive harmonica work and a mini drum solo near show’s end – everyone in attendance needed a nap from watching . Just the power vocally in classics such as ‘Somebody Bring Me Some Water’, ‘I’m the Only One’, ‘Like the Way I Do’ and ‘Come to my Window’ enough to light up the Jacques Cartier Bridge’s pretty blue lights.

 In 2005 – Joss Stone and Melissa Ethgeridge paid tribute to Janis Joplin at the Grammy Awards. Fast forward to Place des Arts last evening and the pair did it once again. The first time the talented duo have performed together since that emotional evening twelve years ago.

“Cry Baby’ and ‘ Piece of my Heart’ were meant for these two ladies of song. Stone’s range picking up the tenderness and the toughness while Etheridge’s emotion and vocals as raw as the spirit behind Joplin’s original impact. Rarely does a moment take place at The Festival these days that leave people talking for a few weeks or months. Ella Fitzgerald did it near the end of her life as she battled diabetes and last night, the combination of Etheridge’s survival status and Stone’s tutelage to one day be the grand lady of Soul – a perfect marriage on the alter of The Montreal International Jazz Festival’s legacy.

A piece of everyone’s heart was left at Place des Arts.

 

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Tremblant Blues Festival – No ‘Ghost Town’ for This Blues Band

Out of nothing comes something !

Every band goes through it. Sweating and grooving to empty chairs and a barmaid who just wants to go home …

The learning curve and the classroom for many a band as they climb their way to The Montreal Jazz Festival and Tremblant Blues Festival.

Not only did The Ghost Town Blues Band accomplish the above – they also got a name from it !

Please listen below to my chat with Matt Ibsell as he talks about his band who are not spooky at all.

Don’t be afraid of no ghost !

 

 

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Jazz Festival Review- The Triumphant Return of ‘The Hat-less People’. 

You can decipher the title if you want to but if your friends can’t decipher the title – they are no friends of mine …

Men without Hats energized Club Soda on July 2nd as part of Le Festival International de Jazz even though the beginning was short circuited.

As the familiar sounds and moves of the 1982 smash hit ‘Safety Dance‘ grabbed anyone within earshot of Blvd St Laurent by the tuque, the technological gremlins stopped the show around the letter ‘F’ or … maybe it was ‘E’?

Sometimes mistakes, human or not- can be a blessing in disguise. As if the great ‘promoter’ in the sky ventured down Sunday night ‘ a la friendly giant’ and rearranged the furniture. The stoppage created magic.

Acoustic guitar on stage with brother Colin – ‘Close to the Sun’ bonded performer and audience sooner than later. Given that some in attendance not born when the group were all the rage, an introduction of sorts was called for and delivered. Once-in-a-decade kinda stuff with both band and punter responding professionally to the unkind fickle hand of fate.

Electrifying is the opposite of powerless. If it wasn’t before  – it is now. That adjective precisely explains what Men without Hats did last night to the folks with or without head ware. Led by singer Ivan Doroschuk who , along with the likes of Jagger and Tyler; seems to have found the fountain of youth. The sixty year old front man writhed , danced and writhed some more as he prodded duplicate responses from a more than enthusiastic fan base and crowd.

Pulsating and pounding through the MWH catalog – the band only increasing the energy at Club Soda. Start to finish as the band served tunes such as ‘ I Got the Message ‘, ‘Antarctica’ and ‘ Head Above Water ‘ to the hungry tables, the MWH ‘Cafe Canadienne’ was ‘ in the juice ‘. Ivan – the head waiter , as much a contrast in color as a black and white television in a corporate – named stadium.

Political views ( for most of the tunes), in the forefront with a profound Punk attitude. Rebellious. Anti – establishment codes. Enigmas deciphered by true fans of a movement with a fist in the air. Enigmas defined by the song Safety Dance. Ivan himself- almost a caricature. A Cheshire Cat grinning in true cartoon form.

‘Living in China’ and ‘Pop Goes the World ‘ saved the show from becoming one long song. Perfect choices to break up the dangers of monotony. The ailments which have inflicted every original act since ‘that’ caveman hit ‘that’ rock with another rock. MWH have managed to sustain freshness in their lunchboxes even though it’s been in the trunk for thirty odd years.

Along with Safety Dance , the other bookend which held all the ‘ books ‘ together was ‘ Where the Boys Go’. 

That tune live , from the album Folk of the 80’s ( Part lll ) released in 1984, as powerful as any Clash or Ramones’ tune. Anthem – kinda ingredients. Dangerous rallying chords and calls to action. The men in attendance – thrashing their heads, hands and hearts violently in every direction. Lou Dawson ( keys, vocals), Rachel Ashmore  (keys, vocals ), Sho Murray ( guitar ) and Colin Doroschuk soaking it in and ejecting higher frequencies boomerang style. Club Soda was set afire. 

MWH are smart. 

Their biggest hit ( Safety Dance ) was played as the first song to presumably attract the crowd and to also force the crowd to pay attention to everything after. Their biggest hit was also played last to ‘end the story ‘.  For those who arrived late and came for that tune; bliss ! Planned or not – a brilliant move by the band. 

Following the inevitable outburst for a return to the stage, MWH returned the favor with ‘No Security ‘ and the pleasant ‘ On Tuesday ‘. The latter, a duet performed with Ivan’s niece Sahara Sloan. A delightful dessert to a fulfilling meal at ‘MWH’s Cafe Canadienne’. 

At the end of the shift, the head waiter Ivan, standing with satisfaction.  A hefty tip in hand, a smile on his face and not a hat on his head …

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Reviews; Hill, Andersen, Musslewhite and Guy – A Night of Blues.

Steve Hill and Matt Andersen are ‘Brothers from other Mothers.’

Friends offstage, the pair have appeared together a few times guesting on each other’s shows. Friday at the Jazz Festival, the duo were an opening act for Charlie Musslewhite and Buddy Guy. Opened they did !

 

Andersen

Commencing with Hill’s ‘Tough Luck’ from the album Solo Recordings Volume One, Andersen complemented Hill and Vice versa. Or, versa -vice. ‘You do my murder and I do yours’, Criss-cross. 

The dueling banjos in the film Deliverance have nothing on these guys …

Andersen’ s crisp picking and Hill’s lightning fast fingers sang and danced. Combining harmonic symphonies with etching solos. Hill’s vocals menacingly baritone while Andersen’s cries as forceful as a volcano erupting into the pale moonlight.

Who are you listening to?

Hopefully a Steve Hill / Matt Andersen collaboration in the near future. Anything less would be a shame.

Hill

Charlie Musslewhite

On the 50th anniversary of the release of Musslewhite’s first album; ‘Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musslewhite’s Southside Band’ ; the seventy – three year old harmonica pioneer received the B.B. King Blues Award at The Montreal International Jazz festival. 

 Musslewhite then went out and displayed why he deserved the award.

Into his fifth decade atop the harmonica world, Musslewhite shows no signs of slowing down. It’s difficult enough to play harp at high caliber, non-stop lengths for men or women in their forties. Even more so if singing interrupts the jam before the jam starts up again. Wash, rinse – repeat.

That ‘soulful cleansing’ cycle continued for an hour and a half. Musslewhite hardly broke a sweat as the intensity of the band grew larger than the Grinch’s heart in a night of re-runs.  Salle Wilfred Pelletier was smokin’ and Musslewhite – the backyard chef.

In the words of comedian Eddie Murphy – ‘Roll that Chil’ , we gonna have a fire !’

June Core ( drums), Steve Froberg ( Bass) and Matt Stubbs (Guitar) provided the canvas on which Musslewhite painted his longevity landscape. How often does a music fan get to witness a man who played and learned from Muddy Waters ( among other legends) ?

‘300 Miles to Go’ , ‘My Kinda Gal’ and ‘Cristo Redentor’ – just three of the tunes which lit up and educated the masses at Place des Arts. Stubbs’ licks easing in and out of Musslewhite’s  range while the rhythm section ebbed and flowed as a rhythm section should. As rhythm sections must.

Charlie Musslewhite ( since the death of James Cotton) is the last Bluesman blowin’ from an era that was the foundation for men like John Popper ( Blues Traveller) . Musslewhite; the carrier of legacies. Musslewhite; the man who Dan Akroyd modeled Elwood Blues after in the film The Blues Brothers. 

It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

Buddy Guy

Speaking of ‘last man standing’ …?

Eighty year old guitar virtuoso Buddy Guy was in the house Friday night. Literally – Guy was in the house, around the house and bought Salle Wilfred Pelletier outright!

Combining a ‘live instructional video’ on the history of The Blues with well chosen ‘samples’ of songs such as Cream’s ‘Strange Brew’, Guy educated (as he has been doing for a few years now) the masses on what Blues means to music. Given his tutelage under the wings of such players as ‘T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and B.B. Kingreally, who else could teach?

Interweaving heartwarming tales of his youth on a farm in Lousiana with licks of the legends of American and British Blues, Guy was charming, provocative and even ‘sexy’ as the patrons at Place des Arts sat on the edge of their seats ( when they were not standing).

 Once in a while, special moments take place in life. Whether or not the recent deaths of B.B. King and James Cotton had something to do with it, Guy’s performance as part of The Jazz Festival had an air of appreciation. An air of satisfaction.

Many people who come to realize their time on the ‘stage of life’ is limited, reflect on their choices. A certain melancholy replaces the anger of youth and the hunger of a life ahead of them.  Buddy Guy – with all his accomplishments and a legacy sure to be remembered for many years; no different.

His guitar playing and quick fingers matched only by his quick wit and hasty replies to catcalls. Guy has earned the right to say and do anything on stage. ‘Damn right’ he’s got a seasoned voice and ‘Damn right’ – he will use it anyway he sees fit.

Any punter who complains that Buddy does not play many full songs at his shows anymore is missing the point. Important artists need to be listened to before they fade away. Only they may relay insights that will be relayed from parents to children in the future. It is a bridge to keep torches from burning out. Without words of wisdom – music ( society) will suffer. Learning guitar licks easy compared to swallowing truths.

Buddy Guy delivered on all counts. Providing just enough mastery on guitar, his vocals as powerful and ‘stunning’ as always and his ‘baton’ relaying – to the point and filled with emotion.

 Damn right Buddy Guy has the Blues and he wants everyone to have them too. Nothing wrong with that.

 

Melissa Etheridge Interview below.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview;Buddy Guy

 

Legendary is an understatement.

James St Laurent Photography

Buddy Guy is the last Blues guy. Last meaning one of very few who learned from the masters firsthand. Crafting his skills from the likes of B.B. King, T Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Live and in person. Live in studio.

Buddy will be performing tonight as part of a triple bill with Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen at Place de Arts as part of The Montreal Jazz Festival.

Please listen below to my interview with Buddy from a couple of years ago.

 

 

Melissa Etheridge Interview below.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Melissa Etheridge

What is there to be said about Melissa Etheridge that has not been said before?

 

Melissa is a poster woman for so many causes and inspirational platforms; to list them here would be unfair to the ones we don’t know about.

A woman of song and a woman with song. A marriage profound in it’s roots and very apparent in her latest album; ‘Memphis Rock and Soul’.

Please listen below  to music royalty as she talks about many things including the last time she shared the stage with Joss Stone. 

Joss and Melissa will be on a double bill on July 5th at the Montreal Jazz Festival. 

Melissa? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Whitehorse

 

It ain’t easy being green. It ain’t easy being a Whitehorse in what can sometimes be – a muddy puddle. 

Melissa and Luke have conquered the beginnings of a music career. Their outfit – Whitehorse, have gained critical success in a few short years. Stagnation can be anyone’s enemy, especially artists. The need to create and be fresh – essential to a lifespan in the arts.

Please listen below to my chat with Luke Doucet as he talks about all the above and an unlikely ( likely?) inspiration on the new album; ‘ Panther in the Dollhouse’ due out July 7th.

Luke? What’s up?

 

 

Whitehorse are performing July 6th at Metropolis as part of The Jazz Festival !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – On Tour with Bryan Ferry ( Sorta, Kinda )

One day you are just a ‘guitar player’ trying to get work and the next day – your entire life changes.

Playing with Bryan Ferry will do that sorta thing …

‘Quist’ is living the dream as he is learning something everyday that he is on tour with Ferry – the master of creating spaces. It was Ferry’s inspiration that egged Quist into doing his album as true to himself as possible. 

Please listen below as Quist explains everything including; how he hooked up with Bryan Ferry.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Fuel Junkie

 Every once in a while, a band comes along that makes you smile …

 

Montreal – based Fuel Junkie are one of those bands. Combining high octane Blues with R&B in the mold of The Powder Blues Band; Fuel Junkie are on the fast track to stardom. 

Please – listen below to my chat with Mark Leclerc from the band !

Mark? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene -I Dont Like Spiders and Snakes But That Ain’t What it Takes to Love Cecile Doo Kingue !

Cecile Doo Kingue is ready …

Ready for what?

Her first appearance at The Jazz Festival under her own name with her own trio.

Pretty cool as this ‘road traveler’ has enhanced her level of performance to an entire different level. Songwriting is one thing she accomplished a while ago. Playing non stop since the release of her last album has created almost perfection. Something musicians spend a lifetime never achieving or else – hunger would disappear. 

Please listen below to my chat with Cecile. Have some bug spray close by !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Corey Diabo Talks National Aboriginal Day; June 21st Cabot Square

 

Corey Diabo is not your average guitar player.

Traditionally – a Rock n Roll fan and soon later; a Blues guru of sorts. Corey hooked up with his pal Jonas Tomalty and in almost 20 years – all Hell broke loose. That fire – burning intensely to this day.

Please listen below as Corey discusses his involvement in National Aboriginal Day, his thoughts on guitar players and that one time ( in band camp?) – he opened for Van Halen and jammed backstage with Eddie Van Halen

Corey? What’s Up?

 

 

Listen to my interview with Joss Stone below !

 

Joss is playing July 5th as part of a double bill with Melissa Etheridge as part of  The Montreal International Jazz Festival 

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