Rick Keene Music Scene -The Musical Box;Turning Genesis Into An Extravanza

In the big scheme of things, very few people saw Genesis live in their orginal formation.

Before fans knew it – Peter Gabriel was gone and shortly after, Steve Hackett followed. Fans of the original material who missed out on the theatrics and brilliant musicianship of the original  line -up live were out of luck.

Out of luck until the Quebec – formed Musical Box took matters into their own hands and recreated the early years with precision. The Musical Box are the only Genesis Tribute band to be supported by the members of Genesis themselves.

They are that good.

Following twenty five years as the top Genesis tribute act – the members have decided to change things up a bit. An extravaganza is on the way …

Please listen below to my chat with the musical director and the ‘Mike Rutherford’ of The Musical Box,  Sebastien Lamothe.

Sebastien? What’s up?

 

 

Visit The Musical Box Here !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Plays Santa for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Pay it forward …

Canadian Walk of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Andy Kim has many friends in the music business. Many of whom hold Andy in such high esteem – they will follow him anywhere.


Saturday night at The Corona Theater, some of those friends arrived in Montreal to participate in the fifth annual Andy Kim Christmas. A musical event which raises money for The Starlight Children’s Foundation. Broken Social Scene, La Force and Ron Sexsmith made the train trip from Toronto and joined some very talented Quebecers.

Jake Clemons

Marie – Mai, Coeur de Pirate, Hanorah, Brad Barr and Jake Clemons (the nephew of Clarence Clemons and a current resident of Montreal) welcomed Andy et al with Christmas bells on their toes. The scene was set for a night of giving.

Sean Cullen

Toronto comic Sean Cullen led the way with brilliant comedy aimed at Montreal from a Torontarian-point-of-view. Cullen, disregarding the MeToo movement (and pretty much all taboo subjects) exchanging barbs and wit with local emcee – CJAD’s Aaron Rand. The pauses between tunes; as unique as the tunes themselves.

Hanorah

In between Andy Kim singing his songs Rainbow Ride, Rock Me Gently and Sugar Sugar – the ‘stars’ of the show donated Folk, Country, Pop, Blues and Rock n Roll. There was something for everyone from the toe-tapping in-your-face Clemons’ Saxophone to La Force’s balladry. From Barr’s profound lyrical social conscience to Marie-Mai’s soulful Blues.

Marie-Mai

Concerts and music shows usually draw an audience of critics. Scribes ready at the drop of a hat to praise or destroy a performance. The Andy Kim Christmas Show somehow manages to remove all pens and all harshness. The spirit of the season and the generosity of the artists transcend reality. Music is performed and accepted the way it should be.

Coeur de Pirate

The Andy Kim Christmas show in Montreal even managed to draw Elvis to the building. The presence of the non-intentional (and vocal) look-a-like in the audience, adding magic to an already magical night. Cullen and Rand – taking the opportunity to include Elvis in their jabs every chance they had.

Canadian music is alive and well. Only a few of them were on a stage Saturday night that in the past has drawn artists such as Pagliaro, Roch Voisine and Sam Roberts. The Andy Kim Christmas Show is growing every year and attracting an array of diverse musical talent.

Who will be here next year? Andy Kim and whoever else decides to join him and pay it forward.

Visit Andy Kim here !

Visit Starlight Children’s Foundation here !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift

Jess Moskaluke was and is a huge Shania Twain fan.

 

Now – Jess is creating a career which may mirror that of her idol. Art imitating life …

A three time winner of the Canadian Female Country Artist award and recipient of a Juno for Canadian Country album – Jess has released her first Christmas album.

Great timing !

Please listen below to my chat and enjoy some Christmas tunes !

Jess? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas

Andy Kim is a ‘lucky guy’.

Lucky is the way Andy describes a career which has now placed him among the Gods of Canadian music. On December 1st – Andy was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Not too bad for that ‘crazy boy’ who left Montreal for New York as a teenager.

Please listen below to my chat with Andy about his impressive induction as well as The Andy Kim Christmas which takes place Dec. 15th at The Corona.

Andy? What’s up?

 

 

Buy Tickets for Andy Kim Christmas Here !

Visit Andy Here !

 

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