Rick Keene Music Scene – Blind Indigenous Artist MATTMAC Inspires

Dreams are important. Dreams are essential.

Blind from birth – MATTMAC, with the support and love from his Mom; never gave up on his dreams.

His eight track EP 20/20 is proof of that.

Please listen below to some tracks from MATTMAC’s new EP; 20/20

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; An Eight Piece Hip Hop / R & B Big Band Delivers Big

Harmonies and Rhythm

An outfit placed together because of government decisions related to Covid is a good thing ?

People of The Sun have a new record out and have proved – the love of music conquers all.

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Please listen below to the new EP; Last Day of Summer.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; An Alphabetical Canadian Playlist

From EH to Z …

Canada has some of the best musicians in the world.

Going back or moving forward – Canadian artistry is as sound as a beaver building a dam.

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Please listen below to an alphabetical playlist of Canadian music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; A Live Concert. Remember Those?

Nothing else compares to a live show.

Time to connect, time to relieve stress and time to get yer ya -ya’s out !

When will live music return on a grand scale? Nobody has that answer anytime soon but one thing is for certain– the world needs live music.

Please listen below to a live concert from one of music’s great performers and ‘the band.’

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Rick Keene Music Scene – On This Date in Music History …

Dates are significant only if you get lucky.

December 25th, February 14th – dates that stand out for a variety of reasons get all the attention.

What about the rest of the year? It’s date profiling and it must be stopped !

Please listen below to some important musical happenings on February 23rd

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Rick Keene Music Scene – I Don’t Like The Boomtown Rats …

Don’t like Mondays or The Boomtown Rats?

Everyone has their moods when motivation is difficult. Mondays seem to be the bane of most people’s existence.

Or – are they?

Have a listen below to some of the best tunes about Monday?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday’s Soothing Sounds for The Soul

‘Kick off your shoes and sit right down ...’

Have a listen below to some of the best new tunes and look forward to the future of music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Friday Playlist That Floats!

Nothing to fear except fear itself.

Have a listen below to some of the best new tunes and find out what it’s like to hang out backstage with The Rolling Stones. You just may get a song lyric from the experience.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Greatest Forty Five Minutes of Pleasure or Your Money Back !

Why listen to your spouse when you could be listening to the birds sing?

Have a listen below, away from your troubles and the troubles of the world. Comedy and news. New and old tunes. One stop shopping without a corporate gift card.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Legendary Dolly Parton Encourages Support For Independent Venues​

Dolly Parton took time to let fans know that since we can’t get together for concerts during the pandemic, local independent venues like the ones where she got her start are at risk. 

Ms. Parton is encouraging people to learn more about how they can help by going to SaveOurStages.com.

More than 1,000 artists have supported the National Independent Venue Association’s efforts, including writing letters to Congress and encouraging fans to learn more about the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund which is raising money for our most vulnerable venues, to keep them afloat while they await federal financial relief as part of the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants.

Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund continues to raise money. The fund has made a total $3 million in grants so far, assisting more than 150 venues and promoters.  $11 million more needs to be raised to fulfill all of the requests received.

Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now represents more than 3,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. NIVA created and led the #SaveOurStages campaign, resulting in landmark legislation establishing the “Shuttered Venue Operators” Grant program to be administered by the Small Business Administration.

NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States. The National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF) was founded to further this mission by also seeking to support a transparent, competitive marketplace serving a diverse and inclusive community of artists, fans, and industry workers.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Festival de la Voix, 8th edition

Celebrate season 8:  RESILIENCE AND INSPIRATION

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

March 14- April 10, 2021 various dates and venues

Live concerts online

Featuring virtual concerts from March 14 to April 10 of performances in the West Island (venues in Lachine, Dorval, Beaconsfield, Pointe-Claire, Lachine and Hudson), Festival de la Voix brings communities and all ages together to enjoy music and the power of the human voice, now available to be appreciated around the world.

This 8th edition offers four eclectic concerts, as well as three exceptional workshops. The mix of styles and voices includes The Best of Broadway (belt it out at home), Roots, Blues and Spirituals (Rob Lutes, Dr. Floydd Ricketts, Alexander Asher) and QUARTOM (male vocal quartet).

Rest in Peace Chick Corea

February 28: Special webcast performance, excerpt from Handel’s Messiah from Maison symphonique (Place des Arts), available until March 14. Presented by Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec and Festival de la Voix

Workshops include Dr. Claudel Callender (vocal technique), Connie Kaldor (songwriting), and Natalie Choquette (soloists master class)

Festival de la Voix 8th edition, March 14-April 10, 2021

Tickets by donation

For information about artists, concerts, workshops and venues: festivaldelavoix.com

For information: (514) 758-3641

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Rick Keene Music Scene – In With the New – In With The Old

You do not throw away the baby with the bathwater.

The temperature of the stew may change but each song remains a spicy ingredient.

Rest in Peace Chick Corea

Please listen below to a few new tracks and a couple of old tunes you may or may not know?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – An Homage to Chick Corea

An innovator is an understatement.

Jazz legend Chick Corea passed away and his legacy lives on. Without Corea – Jazz and popular music would be completely different today.

Please listen below to a few selected tracks and a brief synopsis of Chick Corea.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dave Grohl, Noelle Scaggs and Quincy Jones to sit on NIVA Advisory Board

NIVA ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD TO FURTHER ASSIST IN PRESERVING AND NURTURING THE ECOSYSTEM OF INDEPENDENT LIVE VENUES AND PROMOTERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

 The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) announces the creation of its Advisory Board, whose members will serve as critical community and industry champions. From voices who top the charts to those at the top of their industries, the advisory board will further assist both NIVA and the National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF) with their respective missions, preserving and nurturing the ecosystem of independent live venues and promoters throughout the United States. Advisory board members will share their diverse knowledge and professional expertise in streaming, ticketing, management and more to help NIVA and its members navigate through the remainder of this pandemic and rebuild the live entertainment ecosystem in a transparent, diverse, and inclusive way.

“NIVA may have been founded amidst dire circumstances, but the future of the live industry and the people who inhabit it have always been top of mind. Officially expanding our coalition to include partners new and old, allows us to innately incorporate those who have stood by our side from the very beginning, like Boris Patronoff from See Tickets, and new voices that will help guide the future,” said NIVA Executive Director and Managing Partner of Marauder.

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“When the pandemic first hit it was clear the independent live music community would need to come together and rally for relief. Doing just that, a dedicated group of promoters set out to form NIVA and we proudly stepped up to support them. The accomplishments to date have been remarkable and I’m thrilled to serve what I believe will be an important organization for years to come,” said Boris Patronoff, Chair of the NIVA Advisory Board and CEO of See Tickets – North America.

The National Independent Venue Association is also pleased to announce the recent addition of Andre Perry (The Englert Theatre, Mission Creek Festival), Amy Madrigali (Troubadour), Audrey Fix Schaefer (I.M.P./9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion), and Grace Blake (Iridium) to its organizational board, joining the ranks beside founding Board President Dayna Frank (First Avenue), Board Vice President Stephen Chilton (Rebel Lounge/Psyko Steve Presents), Board Vice President Justin Kantor ((le) poisson rouge), Board Secretary Hal Real (World Café Live), Board Treasurer Stephen Sternschein (Heard Presents), and Executive Director Rev. Moose (Marauder).

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Laurie Leblanc Releases His Second English Country Record

When It’s Right It’s Right.

The above title not only explains the mindset of recording a new album – it is also the title of New Brunswick’s Laurie Leblanc‘s latest disc’

When It’s Right It’s Right is LeBlanc’s second all-English release to date. Previous albums include Couleurs (2018)20 (2015)Noël de la Pitoune (2014), Noir et Blanc (2012)La Pitoune (2010), and his initial all-English release, Influences (2013).

Please listen below to a preview of Laurie Leblanc’s new EP.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Greg Godovitz; A Walking, Talking Historic Canadian Music Figure. Part Two

Right place – right timing.

Greg Godovitz has met three members of The Rolling Stones and two members of The Beatles. He ain’t done yet …

Pursuing music in the sixties after seeing / hearing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan; Greg has never looked back. The musical journey has taken him places most dream of. Hanging out with Michel Pagliaro in Montreal to a half hour chat backstage with Sir Paul McCartney.

On the heels of his very popular book – ‘Travels with my Amp’, Greg is at it again with a non sequel;‘Up Close and Uncomfortable’.

Please listen below to PART TWO of my chat with the legendary singer / songwriter from one of Canada’s most successful bands Goddo.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – You Think You Got The Blues?

The cornerstone of all popular music.

Have a listen below to some of the top new Blues tracks released lately plus a familiar bonus track done with unfamiliarity.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Greg Godovitz; A Walking, Talking Historic Canadian Music Figure. Part One

Right place – right timing.

Greg Godovitz has met three members of The Rolling Stones and two members of The Beatles. He ain’t done yet …

Pursuing music in the sixties after seeing / hearing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan; Greg has never looked back. The musical journey has taken him places most dream of. Hanging out with Michel Pagliaro in Montreal to a half hour chat backstage with Sir Paul McCartney.

On the heels of his very popular book – ‘Travels with my Amp’, Greg is at it again with a non sequel;‘Up Close and Uncomfortable’.

Please listen below to PART ONE of my chat with the legendary singer / songwriter from one of Canada’s most successful bands Goddo.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The History of Canadian Music Eh? Episode One

Oh Canada.

This country produces music unlike most countries around the world.

The vastness of the land and the hustle and bustle of the big cities unite in a very unique fashion.

A mixture – a pull and push of creativity which has given birth to talent within and exported it in abundance to listeners around the globe.

Please listen below to what will become a weekly series every Friday on the history of Canadian Music. No timeline – just great Canadian tunes from great Canadian musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer and Engineer Douglas Romanow; A Crash Course on Home Studio Recordings

Make sure all your ducks are in a row.

Simply put – sound advice when sitting down and layering songs through collaborations.

Douglas Romanow has worked with a bevy of artists including  Chantal Kreviazuk and Justin Bieber to name a few.

The Toronto resident is a Record Producer/ Mixer/Songwriter at Aporia Records as well as Songwriter at Bluewater Music Group.

Bieber

Please have a listen below to my chat with Douglas about working with Bieber in the studio and advice for musicians recording in their home studios during Covid.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Virtual Maple Blues Award Winners Toronto Edition

Everyone has the blues – that’s a good thing !

Hosted by Toronto’s Alana Bridgewater and Johnny Max, the Toronto edition announced five MBA winners. Garrett Mason as the Guitarist of the Year award, Toronto’s Jack de Keyzer for Electric Act of the Year, Matt Andersen for Acoustic Act of the Year, Memphis-based The Ghost Town Blues Band for the B.B. King International Artist of  the Year, and Hamilton’s Smoke Wagon Blues Band for Recording/Producer of the Year for their recent release The Ballad of Albert Johnson

Toronto’s Dione Taylor, who performed her soulful song “One More Shot” and an ingenious performance of the song “Coming Up” by Jack de Keyzer

There was also a beautiful tribute to the late John Valenteyn, co-founder of the Toronto Blues Society, radio DJ and long-time volunteer. 

On Monday, February 8th Angelique Francis and Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk) will be hosting the second stream from Ottawa. The evening will feature a performance from Ottawa’s JW-Jones and Nashville-based Indigenous artist Crystal Shawanda (originally from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island). 

Shawanda

The 24th Annual Maple Blues Awards sessions are being streamed at 8:00 PM Eastern via Facebook here and on Toronto Blues Society’s YouTube channel here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs From The Back Seat of My Dad’s Cadillac

Road trip !

Every kid could not wait to get into the car with Dad. Milkshakes, ice cream and music made the Sunday drives a joy.

Have a listen below to some of the songs that played in my Dad’s Cadillac. You remember eight track players don’t ya? Please – enjoy the music as much as I did.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Songs Including a Cover of A Classic Aerosmith Song

New tunes breathe life into life.

Ken Whitley, Julian Taylor and Bif Naked – just a few of the new tracks released lately.

Have a listen below to new tunes and the story behind the cover of Aerosmith’s classic song; Dream On

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Rick Keene Music Scene – So You Wanna Be a Rock n’ Roll Drummer?

Powerful doubles and lightning fast triplets without ever needing a double kick pedal. 

A right foot that would even make John Bonham jealous.

So today, Larnell Lewis is going to share his best advice for improving your foot technique and making your “dream foot” a reality:

Larnell’s a rare talent.

So don’t be frustrated if you’re not immediately flying across the foot-board like him. But with some practice, you’ll see improved speed & control in your own kick foot.

Sometimes the hardest part about making these improvements is staying motivated.

That’s why it’s been amazing to have Larnell as a Drumeo Coach.

He’s streaming every Tuesday at 12:30pm (PST) inside Drumeo Edge — answering your questions, encouraging your progress, and just hanging out!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Is Canadian Music The Ultimate Pirate Music?

All Hand Hoy ! Avast Ye.

Shiver me timbers! Sink me! Are the roots of Canadian music the playlist on every pirate ship? Savvy?

Stan Rogers

Hearties, Scallywags and Landlubbers – all hands hoay and have a listen below to the tunes of the pirates! If you don’t – you will walk the plank ! Dead men tell no tales

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of The Best Artists in Canada; A Winterfolk Free Streaming Preview

The show must go on.

Undeterred due to Government restrictions, Winterfolk XIX is set to stream Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th online. Registration to watch is free, and optional donations will be collected in support of the Daily Bread Foodbank.

Laura Fernandez

Please listen below to some great tunes from some of the great artists performing at Winterfolk 2021

Within the audio – a mistake was made regarding the dates – February 19th and 20th are the correct dates

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Laura Fernandez is ‘Okay, Alright’ on The Album of the Year

When the soul sings, people should listen.

Laura Fernandez has created a vessel which sails into your heart and does not let go. If you start to sink – the lifeline is built in.

Laura Fernandez

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute to Michael Fonfara

A child prodigy.

Once in a while, someone special arrives and reminds us all we are mere mortals.

MICHAEL FONFARA

Michael Fonfara was one of those people. A musician and person extraordinaire who by the sheer nature of his presence – elevated everyone around him to a surreal level.

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The Everly Brothers, The Electric Flag, Rhinoceros, Lou Reed, Foreigner and Downchild. A few of the musical experiences obtained and relayed from the keys of Fonfara to the world’s musical ears.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Fifty Years Of ALLIGATOR RECORDS; Streaming Concert March 13, 2021

Governors State University (GSU) Center for Performing Arts (the Center) will celebrate Chicago blues and Chicago-based Alligator Records’ 50th anniversary by presenting an online streaming video concert.

“Sweet Home Chicago – An Online Blues Celebration” will feature a performance by legendary harmonica player Billy Branch with his all-star band, The Sons Of Blues, with three special guests — Grammy-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland, slide guitar master Lil’ Ed Williams and beloved Chicago blues guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon. Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer will serve as emcee.

The once-in-a-lifetime event will be recorded on the Center’s stage to its empty 1171 seat house. This concert is part of the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. The show will debut as a ticketed streaming event at 7:00PM Central time on March 13, 2021, and will be available to watch on demand through April 11. The event will stream on the Center’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GSUCenter.

Please listen below to a preview of the artists playing.

Throughout its 25-year history, many blues artists have graced the Center for Performing Arts’ stage: Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eddie Clearwater, Jimmy Burn, Eddie Shaw, Zora Young, Demetria Taylor, Jamiah Rogers, Tail Dragger, Billy Branch, Howard Levy, Sugar Blue, Corky Sigel, Melody Angel, Lurrie Bell, Chicago Ladies Sing the Blues collective, and more.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ALLIGATOR RECORDS JOINS FORCES WITH EXCELERATION MUSIC

Partnership Between Legendary Blues/Roots Label And Exceleration Music To Create Global Growth Opportunities

Alligator Records, the acclaimed independent blues and roots label currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, has announced it is joining forces with Exceleration Music. Exceleration Music is a newly established company founded by Glen Barros(former CEO of Concord Music Group) along with four other world-renowned industry veterans, dedicated to enhancing the future of independent labels and artists.

Alligator founder Bruce Iglauer’s partnership with Exceleration will strengthen the label by creating opportunities for expanded promotion and marketing along with providing resources enabling Alligator to sign more established blues and roots artists. Iglauer remains at Alligator’s helm, just as he has been for the last 50 years. He and his Chicago-based team will continue to handle artist signings, A&R, new release production, project marketing, publicity, and promotion for an aggressive lineup of new recordings by the label’s existing roster as well as by newly-signed artists. Alligator will also continue to market and promote its catalog of over 350 releases. Exceleration will handle financial, operational, and administrative functions for the label. Both partners will also collaborate on marketing initiatives designed to build on Alligator’s great legacy. 

According to Iglauer, “I’m very excited to ally Alligator with Exceleration. I have tremendous respect for the vision, intelligence, industry expertise and professional ethics of the Exceleration team. I’m confident that this partnership will grow the worldwide audience for Alligator’s records and artists. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

In addition to its partnership with Alligator, Exceleration has also entered into an alliance with The Ray Charles Foundation, by which they will jointly issue special releases from the Ray Charles vaults, most of which have not been widely available on digital music services for the past decade. In January 2020, Exceleration acquired the venerable but mostly dormant jazz label Candid Records, with plans to relaunch the label later in 2021.

Exceleration Music was formed by five of the independent music industry’s most influential executives. Started by Glen Barros (former CEO of Concord Music Group), Exceleration Music has developed into a partnership of global music industry leaders who will be investing in the future of independent labels from a wide range of culturally important genres. In addition to Barros, Exceleration is led by Dave Hansen (Executive Chairman of Merlin, the digital licensing partner for independents, and previous GM of Epitaph Records), Charles Caldas (CEO of Merlin for 12 years, during which time the organization grew to over 20,000 independent label and distributor members), Amy Dietz (previously GM of independent music distribution leader Ingrooves)andJohn Burk (Grammy-winning producer and former President of Concord Records).

Backed by substantial investment capital and based on core founding values of integrity, fairness, openness, humility and excellence, Exceleration plans to leverage its partners’ extensive expertise and deep understanding of the independent music culture to make tailored investments in independent music rights and the individuals that create them.

According to Barros, “When I started the company, I decided to go with a ‘first who, then what’ strategy. With our industry becoming more and more commoditized, I wanted to put people first – people who care about independent music and share similar values. Quite frankly, I am completely amazed and truly blessed by how this strategy has developed. To have partners like John, Amy, Charles and Dave is truly a dream come true.  But it goes beyond this, to the great investors we’re working with, the team we’re assembling, our professional advisors, and now the opportunity to work with Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records. With a dedicated group like this, I know we’re going to do great things for the indie community and have a lot of fun along the way.”

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