An acoustic guitar and a great voice - sometimes is not enough. Aliocha Schneider was BORN TO BE AN ARTIST ... All of his siblings are actors and so is he. Like most artisans - the craft can cast shadows on many different walls. Writing and performing songs - an extension of creative output for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Charlotte Gainsbourg / Aliocha
Having the blues is a good thing ... The only type of music that collects down-to-earth people. The only real genre within music that connects all walks of life to it's fan base. Arguably - the cornerstone of all music. Beginning June 28th on the Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage (Parterre symphonique, corner Clark and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview; The Best of The Blues
In sports, music and all forms of art and business - every ten years or so, a new superstar emerges. The band, East of Sunday, just happen to be from Montreal and they will ensure another Montreal group (The Damn Truth) won't get lazy. If so - Montreal will have a new crowned champion in the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Next Super-Group; East of Sunday
TD Stage (Place des Festivals) In addition to its 2 major events, the Place des Festivals hosts larger-than-life parties in thePerformances TD series at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. June 28 / !!! (Chk Chk Chk) — This dance-punk-indie-rock combo is already 20 years into a fab career. They’re the logical follow-on from Talking Heads, PIL … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal International Jazz Festival; Free Outdoor Shows!
It is easy to live in a cocoon and be oblivious to the outside world. An almost incestuous mindset takes place as the 'homies' live and breathe with blinders on as they traverse the musical path they know. Guess what? Outside of the pond - there are bigger fish. Barracudas and sharks. Out of fear, … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones; Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself Montreal !
Marriages make strange bedfellows. Cinema and music have a large and interesting history together. Hollywood is filled with smoke and mirrors yet when the fog lifts - it is the images and the music that remain. In this case - the images are the beloved animation films that we have grown to love. Movies such … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Conductor Aram Demirjian Gets ‘Animated’ About DreamWorks.
Midge Ure and Paul Young are musical figures you cannot avoid. Midge wrote Do They Know It's Christmas and co founded Band - Aid and Live - Aid along with Sir Bob Geldof. He was also part of Thin Lizzy and Ultravox. The former a band which cut new ground in a decade where many … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Midge Ure and Paul Young Montreal Review
Legends are few and far between ... Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of them. The word is tossed around too loosely based upon false fame. The good doctor has earned his status for performing and creating music for over five decades. He has played with everyone in the Jazz world that is notable and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Dr. Lonnie Smith – A Legend Among Us.
Ranee Lee is class ... If you Google the name, the accomplishments are long and outstanding. Ranee loves and cherishes the accolades yet there are things which are more important to her than others. What are they you ask? Well, listen below and you may find out. Ranee? Get Tickets Here ! East … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Ranee Lee Is All Set for Her 39th Performance !
There are bands that buy their way to the top. They use fans and family with little musical knowledge to substitute content with popularity. Then there are East of Sunday ... East of Sunday are a hard working group of guys who also have the content to go places. Gigging and paying their dues while … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – East of Sunday; Montreal’s Next Rock n’ Roll Superstars
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 … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part One
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 … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Basstock; A Musical Event to Benefit The West Island Palliative Care Unit
What is the health of The Blues Scene in Quebec and Montreal? A fair question by passing music fans ... Well, in a very small ' tip of the iceberg' sorta way, examples are fast and furious. Last season, in the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge ( an annual event which chooses the best Blues Band … Continue reading Just Who Are the Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge and Do They Live at 2120 South Michigan Avenue?
Ah ... America ! The land of the free and the home of the brave ... or is it bravado? Love 'em or hate 'em, the Unites States are a lot of fun to watch and learn from. This election brings craziness like it has never been seen before. Some, wish for the days of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Making America Great Again ! ( Through Music )
John Lennon left a legacy to the world. One filled with hope, love and tragedy. Daniel Taylor, straight from Liverpool, is carrying on the words and songs of Lennon. Not a Tribute show, more of an insight into the life of a man whose songs sometimes carry too much of the weight behind a very … Continue reading John Lennon’s Life Through Words and Music
For over three decades Powder Blues has been one of Canada’s leading blues bands. Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and R & B. Four styles is what you get each and every time the band takes the stage. On November 2nd at Club Soda - the Powder Blues Band does just that along with … Continue reading Tom Lavin; The Water in the Powder ‘ed’ Blues
Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. Rumor has it - the landlady took away all his Gogh Van Go songs and he was awfully depressed. Who wouldn't be? Following a seventeen year hiatus ( complete with a parenting diploma), the alt -Pop duo are back. They have also brought along the original members to … Continue reading Van Gogh Can’t Listen to Gogh Van Go – It’s a Shame …!
On May 9th at Club Soda - Kim Mitchell is bringing history to the stage. Long before many Canadian artists were introducing a certain 'sense of 'Canadian - isms' to the world; Mitchell had already been there - done that! Wearing thrift store clothes and injecting humor through music -one of Mitchell's fortes. No wonder … Continue reading Kim Mitchell – Hangin’ Out; Part Two
It's gonna be crazy ... Seven guys carousing their away across the province for a month! Singing, dancing and carrying on in both official languages. All the while celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Can you say party? Please listen to Jonathan explain everything and then watch these crazy guys in action . Club Soda , March … Continue reading Bodhaktan’s Month Long St.Patrick Day’s Bash!
The Virgins For a while - it all seemed dicey ... The Virgins. an American band who just happened to open up for Iggy and The Stooges ( once upon a time ) - seemed destined to not draw any attention late Sunday night. A half hour before the show, a crowd of less than … Continue reading The Virgins Concert Review; Too Much Attitude!
David Usher performed at Club Soda on Thursday night. The former front man for Moist brought his solo act and a new album along for the ride. 'Songs from the Last Day on Earth' is Usher's eighth solo album since his former band left the scene in 1997. There is not a big difference between … Continue reading David Usher – Moist for a Few …