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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Stay Tuned for Part Two of My Interview !

 


 

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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 – 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.

Mike? What’s Up?

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Devin Cuddy; The New Piano Man?

Devin Cuddy is his own man …

His band – The Devin Cuddy Band, have just released their third recording. A disc called Amy’s Dream.

The album is a foray into uncharted yet familiar territory. A disc which adds oregano to an already great tasting spaghetti sauce.

Please listen below to some great tunes as well as Devin’s take on all things Devin Cuddy Band.

Devin? What’s Up?

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Devin Cuddy – His Own man …

Devin Cuddy is the son of Jim Cuddy. Same last name, same love of music. That is where the connection stops. Sorta …

Devin Cuddy is on his own. Being the elder son in the Cuddy family, his independence is not new in the family scheme of things.

“All older sons are fiercely independent …” Says Jim Cuddy; father of both Devin and Blue Rodeo. “Anyone with an older son gets that …”

The Devin Cuddy Band is opening up for Blue Rodeo at Place des Arts on March 2nd. Please listen as Devin explains everything.

Devin …?

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