Eric Burdon; The Last of the Mohicans

As the rain turned to snow amid temperatures ill – suited for anyone living in California, a native Englishman not from New York – took the stage at The Olympia last night.

He was a man who grew up amid shrapnel on the streets.

His life, the music business, an annoying fan, his ‘Mom’ and the frigid climate in Montreal, Qc – mere sand in his shoes on a long walk down the beach of life.eric

Eric Burdon. The survivor. 

Legend has it, the lack of accolades towards him, accolades given to his peers such as McCartney, Jagger and Townshend are his own doing. A generous heart allowed so many ‘executives’ and fellow musicians to offset what should have been a legendary career musically. That and his own sense of what some would call – stubbornness.

Still singing like a much younger man, the ‘hits’ stopped coming around forty years ago for Burdon. Do the math. The hits stopped when the now 73-year-old was in his mid-thirties. The hits stopped when Sid Vicious took the stage without knowing how to play bass …

That’s a long time between ‘ Don’t Bring Me Down’ (the opening song last night – (#6) in the UK pop singles chart  1966) and ‘Water’ ( the second song played from 2012’s Til the River Runs Dry). Last night, Burdon and his backing non- Animals Animals, made the distance acceptable.

imagesIf Burdon behaves physically like an old man on stage – it’s because he is aged. If Burdon sings like a 20-year-old; it’s because his voice is young.

On display last night, the vocals in songs such as ‘ We Gotta Get Out of This Place’, ‘ I Believe to my Soul’, ‘Spill the Wine’ and sporadically in ‘House of the Rising Sun’ – perfect and powerful. Anytime the voice faded, it was mostly because of either his hand-slapping with audience members or his easing up on the gas pedal ( see Stubborness, Burdon).

The highlights of the night musically  contained defining sounds which pay homage to Burdon’s Bluesy roots. Roots which gave rise to The Animals (The British Invasion) and roots which quite possibly led to the original band’s demise. The songs Bo Diddley Special ( 2012) and War’s ‘Spill the Wine ( 1970) providing a pairing of Rhythm and Blues gems which Bo Diddley would have spilled his wine listening to. A perfect injection of Blues, Funk and  just enough soul to allow an insight into Burdon’s true psyche.

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The mostly- way-passed-your-bedtime-grey-haired audience were there for the hits.

The hits they got …

When I Was Young’, Inside Looking Out’, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, ‘Before You Accuse Me’, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’songs which transported the majority of the audience to a time when things were different.  Each one – defining a first kiss, the loss of a loved one or just the simple joy of hearing a favorite song for the first time on the radio.

Last evening, Burdon and his tribute Animals’band – provided those memories with solid guitars, keyboards and an impeccably-tight battery section. Burdon oft- rapping and ad-libbing with guitarist Billy Watts who provided simple yet brilliant riffs throughout the night.

As the rain turned to snow amid temperatures ill – suited for Eric Burdon (a current resident of California) and a native Englishman not from New York, the journey continues …

His life, the music business, an annoying fan, his ‘Mom’ and the frigid climate in Montreal, Qc – mere sand in his shoes on a long walk down the beach of life.

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Need a Painkiller to Kill the Blues? Call Tommy Castro …

Tommy Castro was born in San Jose, California. Perfect for a music fan because he was a hop, skip and jump away from the San Francisco Bay area.

A melting pot for not just the Blues, every other genre possible.

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Please listen as Tommy explains his past, his love for music and his new album with The Painkillers. A Bluesy outfit complete with a couple of very special guests …

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9th Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend at The Rialto

Double Concept Productions once again presents the Annual Red Hot & Blue (RHB) Rockabilly Weekend, now in its ninth year, from August 29th to September 1st, 2013.

Held for the first time at the lavish Rialto Theatre, Stray Cat Lee Rocker opens the festival as part of a double bill also featuring the superb Long Island-based The Lustre Kings, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson’s back-up band at this summer’s Jazz Festival.

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Those in search of THE perfect outfit will be delighted to attend the vintage-inspired fashion show, an event sure to satisfy the needs of even the most indecisive shoppers. Models of all shapes and sizes will strut their stuff on the catwalk showcasing the threads of Montréal designers Recyclash eco-design clothing, Geneviève Régnier, Coca Bella, X20 boutiques, and Toutounes Atomiques. The fashion show will also feature California designer Bernie Dexter’s fabulous pinup dresses.

The guys won’t feel left out with Canadian burlesque artists The Lady Josephine and Kitty Kin-Evil charming their pants off with a mix of comedy and sultry tease.

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Friday, August 30th, will feature Filly & the Flops, a band of energetic Montréal musicians comprised of ex-members of
Urban Steel Workers of Montreal, followed by the Honeybees, a band from Chicago whose harmonies are worthy of comparisons to the Andrew Sisters. Next up will be Toronto’s Greasemarks who are sure to do their thing raw and right.

The evening will conclude with Rocky Velvet’s anticipated return to the Red Hot and Blue stage, after stealing the show in  2010.
Get the Wild Cat in you moving! Satisfy your dancing needs with Jittery Jack & Gizzelle (Wild Records, California) who are determined to get you on the dance floor. Kicking off the night is the Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and let’s not forget the annual Jive Contest Saturday evening: blue Suede shoes, crinoline and acrobatics on display!

Seduced by a bit of chrome and the sweet humming sound of a motorcycle? As of noon on Sunday, September 1st, the Jardin Tiki, the haven of kitsch par excellence, will be transformed into a motorcycle and car show exhibiting both vintage and modified vehicles. We bet you’ll be unable to resist the charm of the alluring pin-up ladies participating in this year’s Miss RHB contest. The afternoon soundtrack will be provided by the surf rock of The Typhoons and DJ Matchbox.

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The delectable evening meal will be enjoyed to the sounds of Big Rude Jake and Alyssa Young. The evening will be hosted by the duo, who will play throughout the evening and set the scene for an exciting special event—Tiki cocktails and Hawaiian dancers to boot, with a performance by the Aloha Lani Dance Group of Montreal!

All weekend, various kiosks will be open upstairs in the Rialto Hall with hair styling, tattooing, clothing, etc., and on Sat. Aug.30th from 1:00 – 4:30pm, 60-minute beginner and advanced dance workshops will be offered at affordable prices.

For all event details including various price packages, visit the Rockabilly Jam site at http://www.rockabillyjam.com or
consult the Rialto calendar at http://www.theatrerialto.ca/en/calendar.html

RIALTO THEATRE: 5723, av. du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9 http://www.theatrerialto.caBOX OFFICE: (open Mon. through Sat. 12-6pm) 5719, av. du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9 or call 514-770-7773

The Beach Boys; What to Expect …

The Beach Boys are in Montreal Aug.10th at Maddie’s Place in Kanawake, Qc. as part of their never-ending 50th Anniversary tour. This stop is one of two in Quebec as the band continues on to Rouyn Noranda on Sunday the 11th of August.

This incarnation of the band – will be performing a two hour plus set containing a lot of their best loved songs. It also coincides with an upcoming box set that is by far the most accurate account of the band’s legacy. The set; ‘ Made in California’ – will also contain sixty previous unreleased songs by the singing group which started a whole generation of harmonies.

Says Mike Love, one of the original Beach Boys; “This box set captures the evolution of a dream which started with a family singing Everly Brothers songs around a piano, to creating the harmonies that fans would carry in their hearts for a lifetime. Seeing these photos and rediscovering some of this music, I’m reminded of the immense love I feel for Brian, Dennis, Carl, Bruce, Al, and David. I’m still floored that our stories continue to inspire new generations to catch a wave and ride it is long as it lasts.”

Some of the songs previously unreleased include; “Goin’ To The Beach,” “California Feelin’,” “Soul Searchin’,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “You’re Still A Mystery,” among others. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, including “Runaway” (1965), “Friends” and “Little Bird” (1968), “Wild Honey” (1972), “It’s About Time” (1973), “Wonderful” and “Vegetables” from The Beach Boys’ legendary 1993 acoustic tour, and a 1995 rendition of “Sail On, Sailor” featuring a soulful lead vocal by the late Carl Wilson. The greatly missed talents of Carl and Dennis Wilson are also celebrated with rare and previously unreleased recordings including Dennis’ “(Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again,” “Barnyard Blues” and “My Love Lives On,” Carl’s lead vocals on “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Soul Searchin’,” and Carl’s shared lead with Bruce and Brian on “California Feelin’.”

Regardless of anyone’s’ feelings pertaining to the questionable statistics of The Beach Boys being an ‘operative band’ – one thing is sure; The Beach Boys altered the sounds of popular music and have left imprints on souls as have The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

If attending the show tomorrow night – expect to hear the following …

‘Good Vibrations’, ‘California Girls’, ‘I Get Around’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Help Me Rhonda‘, ‘Surfer Girl’, ‘Surfing U.S.A’, ‘Fun,Fun,Fun’, Barbara Anne’ …

and that is just the beginning …

Kokomo anyone?

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Reggae in December – Auresia Style

Auresia believes that anyone who comes to her show tonightwill be dancing away the winter blues …

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The beautiful singer of Ukrainian origin has just released her first ep So In Love With You and she plans on introducing it tonight at  Bobards – 4328 Saint Laurent Boulevard. Doors open at 9pm.

“I will be on stage with a seven piece band. There will be a horn section, keyboards, bass, drums – it is a group of musicians who are very good at what they do. They posess a lot of rythym. I am looking forward to a great show!”

This may be the Montrealer’s first ep yet she is a seasoned performer. Auresia has traveled all over and a reggae festival in California was the turning point in her career.  The (then) young lady, traveled to the Golden State and literally danced all day long.

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“I arrived with brand new shoes which I had just purchased.” Laughs Auresia. “By the end of the day, I had holes in them from dancing so much. I had so much fun and realized this is what I want to do …”

Auresia grew up in a musical environment. Her Father played accordion and her Mom played piano. There was always music in the house and those rhythms stayed with the beauty enough to compose two strong singles from her new album. With musical roots as diverse as the world’s music lovers,  Auresia has been nominated for Favorite World Artist at the 2010 Independent Music Awards and for four awards at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards for her self-titled debut album

“I really am proud of ‘So In Love With You’ and ‘Rising’. Says Auresia. “It was composed with four other people and we all put a lot of time and effort into it. I believe whoever comes to the show tonight, will have a great time and hopefully be dancing the night away.”

A few surprise guests will also be on hand tonight. The bar will be set higher than usual as a menu of songs consisting mostly of  originals will be the main course. A few choice covers tossed into the mix to display Auresia’s musical roots and influences.  What will the covers be …?

Auresia says it is a surprise although two of her favorite artists growing up were  Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.

One thing is certain, anyone attending will have to purchase a new pair of shoes tomorrow. It will be that much fun …