Rick Keene Music Scene – THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND PRESENT …

A FREE FATHER’S DAY CHARITY CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND

SPECIAL GUESTS – DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, JAMES COTTON, COLIN LINDEN, JONAS & WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS

In celebration of Father’s Day and what would have been the final date of The Legendary Downchild Blues Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour, the band are streaming their “Live At Massey Hall” concert in its entirety as a FREE SHOW for fans on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 7:00 Pm (EST), all in support of a very important cause, the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Downchild were joined on stage by some very special guests for their historic “Live At Massey Hall” performance, including Hollywood Star Dan Aykroyd, blues/rock icon Colin James, American blues legend, James Cotton, Grammy Award winner Colin Linden, Montreal chart topping rocker Jonas and the one and only Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns.

Downchild will premier their “Live At Massey Hall” concert for an exclusive one-night-only viewing on their official Youtube Channel on June 21st at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Donations to Unison in conjunction with the Downchild concert can be made by texting UNISON to 45678 or visiting UnisonFund.ca/Donations/Spotify

All donations made to Unison will be matched by Spotify as part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project that has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need, like the Unison Benevolent Fund. Spotify will match donations made to Unison dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million USD.


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Rick Keene Music Scene – Judy Collins & The Global Virtual Choir Re-Release Her Version of “Amazing Grace”

Over the past few weeks, 1000 singers from across the globe — professional and amateur alike — answered Judy Collins’ call to sing “Amazing Grace” with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time.

This new version of Judy’s historic recording is out now, and Alan Cumming, Judith Owen, Steve Earle, Madeleine Peyroux, Mandolin Orange, and Tift Merritt — plus internationally known choirs like The Sixteen, New York Choral Society, Voices International, and GOA University Choirare — are just some of the singers who participated in this Global Virtual Chorus event.


“I recorded ‘Amazing Grace’ with a group of friends at Saint Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City,” Collins recalls. “When my recording was released, it became enormously popular all over the world.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Mick Jagger Solo Songs

Does one half of a Glimmer Twin glimmer?

Mick Jagger is the greatest front-man in Rock n Roll history. Nobody can combine all the nuances and different vocal styles while dancing, playing harp and guitar.

According to Keith Richards – ‘Mick is a wonderful bunch of guys …”

When the front-man of The Rolling Stones can put out solo songs that outdo the amount of quality songs by most modern day artists half his age, it is safe to say Michael Phillip Jagger will go down as one of the greatest songwriters in music history.

Please listen to the Top Ten Mick Jagger solo songs below.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week

Old school with modern energy.

Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most energetic and talented musicians in Canada. His boyish charm combined with old soul techniques place him in a category by himself.

Now – Michael’s live (and contagious) show can be heard on disc and DVD. Please listen below to a few selected tracks for my choice of Album of The Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – April Wine Co-Founder Jim Henman Talks New CD; Before You Go

The founders of music know how to set things straight.

April Wine co-founder Jim Henman is a busy man. House concerts, internet concerts and touring around with April Wine front-man Myles Goodwyn. Just a few of Jim’s recent endeavors.

Right now, Jim has released his latest CD titled; Before You Go. A collection of songs that are pure at heart. The way music is meant to be played. No bells, no whistles – just a bunch of guys enjoying their souls.

Please listen below to my chat with Jim about the new disc and some stories?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Remembering, Discovering and Being Thankful

A moment of silence please.

On this day we honor those who have served our Country and all those whose lives have been affected, what better time to celebrate our freedom and those Canadians who create from it?

Have a listen below to some new Canadian Tracks and some concert information. Thanks for listening !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Michael Buble Returns Montreal To A Golden Era

If you have it – use it …

There is a statue just outside The Bell Center in Montreal of Maurice ‘The Rocket’ Richard. The Montreal Canadiens’ legend skated up and down the ice at a time when the number one crooner in the world was Frank Sinatra. The Rocket is gone, Sinatra is gone. There are no more statues depicting any Canadiens’ player after Guy Lafleur. The winning tradition may have vanished for the Canadiens yet Michael Buble seems to have replaced Sinatra as the number one crooner in the world. The vocal torch has been passed.

If a burglar was smart on Thursday night, a quick trip to the suburbs may have netted he / she with a grand loot as the majority of Montreal’s homeowners were at The Bell Center. Michael Buble may have his young fans yet it is their parents and even Grandparents who predominantly pay for Buble’s limousine. After all, it is the over forty crowd who are familiar with non auto-tune tunes and the skill of good songwriting. Michael Buble on tour in Montreal is music’s equivalent of dropping baseball at the Olympic stadium. Only the purists follow pitch by pitch.

Part of The Great American songbook unfolded at the Bell Center like a book removed from a shelf. Dusty favorites such as ‘ My Funny Valentine , When You’re Smiling , Cry Me a River and Where or When set the mood early, often and convincingly. Buble did not need to start singing any of them. The crowd knew what to expect and were already pumped before Buble rose from the floor atop the stage. Feeling Good and Haven’t Met You Yet were merely condoms to deflect the premature ejaculations arising from the mostly female crowd. In other words, to quote Dorothy from the film Jerry Maguire; ‘Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello.

Michael Buble has two things that Sinatra had. A distinct voice and charisma. Both men seem to posses that “I know where the treasure is’ grin about them. Does it arise from the natural talent of singing standards a little different than most or does it arrive knowing because of that talent everyone in the room would marry you in a heartbeat? One feeds the other and vice versa. In Buble’s case however, it is that Canadian humor that only Canadians posses which enables Buble’s ‘treasure grin’ to raise the roof. Hockey jokes and conjuring boos for being a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

Buble 1 Sinatra 0.

Most performers use the “I Love You’ card once , maybe twice in a show. It connects the energy between punter and artist and solidifies the humanity between the two parties. Michael Buble is a walking, talking love machine. He loves the crowd, he loves his wife, he loves his kids, he loves his band and probably would love even the most sordid of characters if he met them face to face. Thursday night, Buble showed his love of song and audience as he picked out a man who wanted the chance to sing. The pair dueled the song Unforgettable and the audience member almost stole Buble’s spotlight. It was the moment when anyone who was not caught in Buble’s charm was reeled in. Hook, line and sinker.

The first of Buble’s two evenings in Montreal came to a close with Can’t Help Falling In Love. The Gwen McCrae cover had Elvis Presley written all over it. Vocally, no one can touch Elvis yet Buble has total command over his audience much the same way Elvis did. Much the same way Sinatra did.

If you have it – use it …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lily Frost Channels Tarantino on Latest Disc

If it were up to Lily Frost – Dick Dale would be her guitar player and Gene Krupa would be on drums .

Lily’s latest disc, Retro Moderne, is exactly how it sounds. Current yet nostalgic. Fresh yet older than a discarded shoe in the corner of a barn.

Please listen below to my chat with Lily about music, life and the new album. p.s Did you know Lily once lived in Montreal and played at Sation 10?

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Album Launch June 1st in Toronto

Rick Keene Music Scene – Christina Martin Takes On The Subject of Addiction on Latest Album

Music heals. Yet not always …

Christina Martin, the multi-award winning Canadian singer / songwriter appears to be on a mission. A socially-conscience trip which has her doing her part to get messages to the masses.

Her latest disc offers a tune relating to the rising Fentanyl addiction / problem plaguing our society. Lungs are Burning is a heart-warming, painful reminder that people must step up or else accept the dire consequences.

Please listen below to my chat with Christina and hear some great tunes from the album Impossible To Hold

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jeff Gunn’s ‘Sonic Tales’ A Must Listen for Every Guitar Player

Adding layers to a canvas sounds easy …

Every artist can add and subtract tones from their work of art. Experimenting and learning tones from around the world and ‘adjusting’ the canvas is an entirely different thing.

On Jeff Gunn’s latest offering ‘Sonic Tales’, exploration is the key. An entry into the sounds of an instrument Jeff has nurtured. Few guitar players have devoted so much time to not only growing themselves as players yet passing that knowledge on to other students.


Please listen below to my chat with Jeff and hear some great tunes from the album Sonic Tales.

Jeff? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Molly Johnson Launches A Much Needed Black History Website

History comes in many forms. Molly Johnson herself – is Canadian music history.

Molly is a pioneer. Musical theater, Theater, Disco, Funk, Rock / Pop and Jazz. Molly has not only done it all, she has excelled in all.

A Member of the Order of Canda

In 2019, Johnson has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Adult Contemporary Category. She has already won a Juno for Jazz Recording and this recent album places her in the company of some of her favorite artists.

This year is also fertile ground for a website she is starting up. A Black History informational tool which she hopes will be a go to place for teachers in all Canadian institutions.

Please LISTEN below to my chat with Molly. Hear some great tunes and find out why history is so IMPORTANT to all Canadian’s futures.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Molly Johnson Talks Juno Nomination and A Much Needed Black History Website

History comes in many forms. Molly Johnson herself – is Canadian music history.

Molly is a pioneer. Musical theater, Theater, Disco, Funk, Rock / Pop and Jazz. Molly has not only done it all, she has excelled in all.

A Member of the Order of Canda

In 2019, Johnson has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Adult Contemporary Category. She has already won a Juno for Jazz Recording and this recent album places her in the company of some of her favorite artists.

This year is also fertile ground for a website she is starting up. A Black History informational tool which she hopes will be a go to place for teachers in all Canadian institutions.

Please LISTEN below to my chat with Molly. Hear some great tunes and find out why history is so IMPORTANT to all Canadian’s futures.





Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

Please listen below to part three of my chat with the leader of The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

 

Please listen below to part two of my chat with the leader of  The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

 

Please listen below to part one of my chat with the leader of  The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

The music business is always changing. 

New tunes, new shows and new platforms for musicians to display their wares. All of which have one thing in common; art.

Please check out some of the new stuff happening right now.

On Monday, April 16th, 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be celebrating fifteen years with the release of their sixth album Anniversary on ArtistShare.

Manito Ahbee Festival Hosting Free Indigenous Music Conference For Native Musicians

Manito Ahbee Festival Music Conference May 17th and 18th at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel in Canada. Industry professionals will sit down with Native American and First Nations musicians

Registration opens April 19 www.manitoahbee.com/events/indigenous-music-conference/.

 

Iconic Canadian musician Jim Cuddy is among several musical talents who will grace the stage in London’s Victoria Park during this year’s Home County Music and Art Festival.

As part of Home County’s 45th year, The Jim Cuddy Band will be the headline the opening night of the festival on July 20.

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The Box have released a new EP titled Take Me Home and are heading on tour to support it.

11/05   Oshawa – Music Hall
12/05   Seneca – Queens Theatre
25/05   Peterborough – Red Dog
26/05   Mississauga – Classic Bowl
13/07   Québec – L’Impérial
14/07   Sorel – Festival de la Gibelotte
28/07   Mattawa – Voyageur Days
04/08   Ste-Thérèse – Rendez-vous de Village

 

 

Michael Kaeshammer has a new album out April 20th. Something New features Randy Bachman, Colin James and Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

 

The Savilles have a new album out – Something Strange. 

 

 

Guitar great Steve Hill has a new album out May 11th.

 

 

 

Warner Music Group Acquires Data Analytics Startup Sodatone

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Cœur de Pirate shares “Somnambule” single + acoustic live video

Fourth LP en Cas de Tempête, Ce Jardin Sera Fermé. out June 1 via Dare To Care Records

 

 

Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique has released the nine semi finalists for the 12e Edition of Syli d’Or de la Musique du Monde, to be held the 17th, 18th et 19th of April at 8:30pm at Club Balattou à Montréal. 

 

The Semi – Finalists are;

  • Suzi Silva & Fad’azz, Bossa, Fado (Portugal)

  • Kenzow, Afro-urbaine (Burkina Faso)

  • Coro cênico, Samba, Bossa nova (Brésil)

  • El Son sono, Rythmes d’Amérique du Sud (Pérou)

  • Unik, Zouk, Kompa (Haïti)

  • Tokatanoka, Basque orientale (France, Qc)

  • Dakka, Reggae mandingue (Côte d’Ivoire)

  • Gaorampi Farah, World oriental (Pérou, Palestine, Chine)

  • Ramon Chicharron, Afro-Cumbia (Colombie)

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Sometimes, check that – most times, a music concert turns into noise at one point in the show.

There is always those one or two tunes  the musicians love playing but the crowd doesn’t know very well. Or – the crowd loves the tune and it just does not parlay nicely from the studio to the stage.

The Jim Cuddy Band / one half of the Blue Rodeo songwriting tandem / Barney Bentall and Jim Cuddy’s two sons do not have that trouble.

 

The elder Cuddy was in town Friday night at the Corona Theater supporting his new album Constellations. Jim is towing Barney Bentall ,  his two boys and The Jim Cuddy band across Canada. Towing may be a bad choice of a word because the supporting players are in no way broken down. The entire cast are on the same page and that page is songwriting for the right reasons.

Bentall kicked things off with a short and sweet set. Setting the musical table for Cuddy’s family dinner.

While I was Waiting, Where You Gonna Run, Lonely When You Leave, Constellations, Cold Cold Wind and All I Need from The Jim Cuddy Band’s disc opened and closed the unknown section of the Cuddy supermarket. Familiar sounding Blue Rodeo tunes without Greg Keelor. A combination of Jim’s voice and songwriting could very well be on a Blue Rodeo disc. Nothing new but ineffably borrowed from Blue Rodeo.

Happy-go-lucky tunes bordering on Country with teary eyed ( where is the Kleenex?) ballads grabbing the mostly older audience by the neck and never letting go. Cuddy possesses that boy- next- door all Canadian guy persona and it’s hard not to like the guy. EH? Energetic songs with an equally energized supporting cast make The Jim Cuddy Band into a long Blue Rodeo song. A good thing.

 

Barney Bentall came and went adding his own tunes as did sons Devin and Sam Polley.

Polley displaying his songs from his first EP ( Surrender and Rude Girl) with an adequate voice and lots of passion. Both tunes upbeat and bordering on Rock n Roll. Devin ( on piano) played a cover and an original. Maggie’s Hardware Store and Radio. Devin gravitating toward the kitchen party atmosphere on the former and his own songwriting talent and piano playing on the latter. Devin possessing keener vocals than his brother but in fairness, Devin has been doing this longer. Dad Jim has four reasons to be proud of his sons.

The supporting players made everything magical.

Bazil Donovan (bass), Colin Cripps (guitar), Anne Lindsay (violin), Steve O’Connor (keys) and drummer Joel Anderson did not need Jim Cuddy. The chemistry and dynamics were ear popping. Anne Lindsay on violin effectuating guitar parts for The Blue Rodeo ‘covers’ with intensity rarely seen in these parts. Rarely seen in any parts.

Bentall returned for his own song Don’t Wait For Me Marie, a showstopper ( according to Jim’s Mom) and Come Back To Me. Dressed like Gord Downie and with the same type of facial structure and hat – Bentall was ghostly in appearance but not in voice. Bentall one of this Country’s great songwriters and somewhat of a ‘cult’ figure.

The evening contained The Blue Rodeo hits. Five Days in May, Til I Am Myself Again and It Could Happen To You. All of them sounding just like Blue Rodeo which must make an absent Greg Keelor nervous. Capping off an evening that contained no noise – only songs.

Close to one big singalong.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Review; ‘No No He’s Not Dead, He’s, He’s Restin’!

The former front man of Max Webster and the current front man of Kim Mitchell is not dead or stunned.

At Petit Champlain in the heart of the old Quebec City on March 31st, Kim Mitchell was very much alive and a tad nervous.

Alive? Yes because a couple of years ago the nation almost lost this national treasure due to a heart attack. Nervous? Yes and even Kim did not know why as he started his show in the small confines of the historic room.

Perhaps the reason was because it was his first time to Quebec City as a solo artist. The last time he was in the city he ‘had hair and got girls …’ Max Webster was the room number.

Mitchell 2018 is fit in voice, fit in body and thankfully; not-so-fit in mind. Slightly ‘mad’ is what made Kim Mitchell the artist he is. Max Webster and the solo artist. Equipped with that instantly recognizable Canadian humor and an edgy sarcasm, Mitchell is a pleasure to watch and listen to. Think of Howie Mandel with a guitar.

Unlike Mr. Mandel however, Mitchell is on stage and not judging his performance. Although, given the perfection of the set- list and the musicality from his band; maybe Mitchell is the most critical judge of himself.

Mitchell is in his mid sixties and that age was mirrored within the crowd (which was a crime). Prancing through the Max Webster hits ( High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Diamond, Diamonds and The Party) and into the Mitchell solo stuff ( Go For a Soda, Patio Lanterns, I Am a Wild Party) – Kim’s two hour show puts most young rockers to shame. The absence of kids in the audience – not good for the future of Rock. The torch is being passed and the recipients had one foot in the grave.

Mitchell’s band ( David Langguth drums, Peter Fredette Bass and Sam Pomanti Keys) are a well oiled machine.The cogs are turning smoothly with just enough ‘noise to indicate Rock n Roll. Real music from real people is flawed and that in itself creates a ‘ feeling ‘. The Kim Mitchell ‘experience’ is filled with feeling and then some …

 Langguth is a beast behind the kit. A human metronome on speed. Hard hitting and feathery soft when needed. Pomanti ( his Father played with Mitchell once upon a time ) filled in the rhythm and added the leads with integrity. Intelligent and respectful of the catalog. Shining when ‘the nod’ came …

The surprise to many on this pre -Easter night was the vocals of Mitchell’s ‘Glimmer Twin’; Peter Fredette. The song  All We Are took on an entire different meaning.

Fredette is chilling with his voice. Drilling deep into his soul and in turn, showering the punters in wealth. Seldom can any singer demonstrate the power and passion at the drop of a note ( Breen LeBoeuf another one). Vocalists get better as the show goes on as their vocal muscles start to work with each song. Fredette a welcome ‘freak’ of nature. The capacity crowd were on their feet with appreciation. The hairs on the back of the neck; on their feet with provocation.

Kim Mitchell is Kim Mitchell and his performance is a little toned down compared to his younger days. Not unlike most performers getting ‘ up there ‘ who realize that pacing goes a long way in a long race. Pacing goes a long way in life …

Kim Mitchell is not dead and the only ones stunned are the audience following the show.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel Orchestrates His Love of Music

Tom Gimbel of Foreigner Loves Music.

A student out of Berklee College of Music – Tom learned from the best. 

Following a stint with Aerosmith as a member of the touring band, Gimbel hooked up with Foreigner and has not looked back.

 

Please listen below to my chat with Tom as we talk about Foreigner working with an orchestra ( album out April 27th) , Mick Jones’ health and Tom’s advice to young musicians starting up.

Also – Chris Farley and Steven Tyler’s shouting match ?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Continues His Education in Three Rivers

Jordan Officer is a student …

Jordan Officer – Three Rivers

 

Rarely do guitarists come along who let their talent take a side car on their ride through music. Officer, on his third album as a Blues solo artist, is a passenger once more on the long and historical trip called the Blues.

Please listen below to my chat with Jordan about his new album; Three Rivers.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rosie and The Riveters; Three Voices Singing for Women

Turmoil sometimes brings people closer together …

Rosie and The Riveters based their name on what became a symbol for women’s empowerment. Unfortunately and fortunately, the recent #MeToo movement has given the trio of ladies an opportunity to speak through song.

Please listen below to my chat with Alexis Normand about the new album, the band and their upcoming trip to Montreal at Upstairs Bar and Grill on April the 4th.

Alexis? What’s Up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender

Bartenders give the best advice. Sometimes …

Dave the Bartender sees everything but most importantly – hears everything. 

Family troubles, relationship troubles and sports gossip, you name it Dave the Bartender has heard it all. This knowledge does not go in one shot glass and out the other. Dave the Bartender collects and retains the facts for further regurgitation.

The stuff that sticks more than most in Dave the Bartender’s brain is music information. Breathing the tunes and the behind-the-scenes-knowledge into his body at every waking minute.

Have a listen below as I travel to Toronto with My Post – It Notes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Talks Billy Joel, Elton John and Some Guy Named Penn Jillette?

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike as he gives us his take on Elton John, Billy Joel and The Show Before The Show news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones’ Top Ten Piano Players. Part Three

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike as he gives us his Top Ten piano players.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part Two

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike about the collaboration and the state of live performances. Stay tuned for part three!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part One

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike about the collaboration and the state of live performances. Stay tuned for part two !

Mike? What’s Up?

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Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Carla Bruni ‘Covers’ Montreal

Sometimes, one does not know what to expect from an artist.

Model / actress / singer / songwriter Carla Bruni is one of those artists.

On the heels of her latest album French Touch – the native of Italy and wife of former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, elegantly wowed L’Olympia on Sunday night. Song by song. Cover by cover.

French Touch is Bruni’s fifth album. Predominately, her original compositions are French. Historically, Bruni’s originals are well crafted beautiful ballads with seats on the European charts. A sold out venue in Montreal was not a surprise and the French / Italian and English singer delivered what the folks wanted.

Le chemin des rivières, J’arrive à toi, L’amoureuse, Le plus beau du quartier and Tout le monde. Songs sung by a songbird backed by a band who are headliners in their own right. Bruni’s vocals at times sweet, at times strong. A twenty year career in France not by accident.

Her latest album was the interesting part of her Montreal appearance. It’s an album of covers and Carla has recharged them to an almost unrecognizable chant. None more so than AC DC’s Highway to Hell.

Much like former back up singer to the Stones Lisa Fischer, Bruni has taken classic Rock tunes and increased their values as songs. Miss You (The Stones), Moon River ( Mancini), The Winner Takes It All (ABBA) and Crazy ( Willie Nelson) – just a few of the songs that sound familiar but not the same. Bruni’s renditions prove once and for all, a good song can stand the test of any genre. Lumps of clay can be remodeled to suit the mood.

Combined with French ballads ( one Italian ), the covers added mystery and vibrancy to what would otherwise be a very quiet ( too quiet ) evening. Bruni was no nonsense and to the point in describing the songs with intermittent antidotes thrown in. Her charm and class in full bloom.

Half way through, the audience still did not know what to expect.

Visit Carla Here !

Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Discovering Leonard Cohen

For many people – Leonard Cohen was an old guy who wrote the song Hallelujah.

Visiting the exhibit honoring the late poet / songwriter / philosopher is an eye and ear opener. Only the folks who are deeply embedded in music and / or above the Mason- Dixon line in age are not surprised.

La Musee d”Art Contemporain, adjacent to Place des Arts in the core of Downtown Montreal, is housing the exhibit which runs until April 9th. Leonard Cohen, the globetrotting student of pretty much everything, is once again – back in Montreal. Sadly – this time, it’s his final resting place. Happily – he’s home.

 

Kara Blake, a Montreal – born filmmaker, offers just one of the video channel projection forms celebrating Cohen’s life. Just one of the exhibit’s classrooms coughing up knowledge on the late Montrealer.

Cohen’s voice is upfront discussing various subjects in what seems like a one on one conversation with each visitor to the museum.
Love, humanity and spirituality.
The profound observations and introspective ideas which made Cohen the most celebrated poet in the past fifty years. A visitor cannot leave the film unaffected.

Turn the corner and suddenly, Leonard Cohen’s study is your study. 

A replica of Cohen’s ‘garden of Zen’ is both haunting and inspiring. The room could be anyone’s room. The space, the decor, the laptop, the keyboard – all items could be the same tools a five year old kid may use for his future musings. The musings of the future no different than the past with a different outcome.

Then there is the music. 

Interspersed  with Cohen’s words and antidotes – the music and songs transcend decades. Bird on a Wire sung by a mid twenties, middle age and older Cohen. A trip backwards yet into the present past. A fascinating viewing and insight into how much the man’s passion and instinct never changed. The frame became rusty yet the engine still roared.

Wall -to-wall concert footage with state of the art sound. Light enough at times to witness the faces of the visitors. Eyes growing into saucers with each new lesson learned from the mouth and guitars of Cohen.

To explain the entire exhibit on any page would be a crime. An injustice to the many artists and artisans who have created an exhibit worthy of a day spent. Two days if the curiosity of knowledge is profound. Three if curiosity of Cohen is acute. A week if the thirst for words a main course.

Hallelujah

 

Visit The Museum Here !

 

Please listen below as  Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

 Click on the links below to help out.

 

 

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

 

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Searching for Jesse Galganov; Somebody Knows Something Out There !

Jesse Galganov is Missing !

Can you imagine the feelings that are going through the mind and souls of his family?

Jesse Galganov went backpacking in Peru. Last time anyone heard from or saw him was at the beginning of October. Something is amiss. Someone knows something about his whereabouts or perhaps – Jesse is wandering around somewhere lost and confused.

Please listen below as his father Todd Galganov explains what has happened and what is happening as he continues the search for his son in Peru. Click on the links below to help out.

 

 

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

 

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Owen Broder; Exploring American Roots Music Through Jazz

Owen Broder is schooled.

Music was and remains the classroom and subject.

What better way to educate than go back into the roots of American music? That is precisely what he has done with his latest project and album.

Please listen below as Owen explains many things. Click on the link to discover Owen Broder.

Owen ? What’s Up?

 

 

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