Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected  by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings

Sometimes you never hear the songs that are coming to a town near you . Most of the great tunes are released to no fanfare from anyone - let alone to the common man. Have a listen below to some new tracks, a couple of familiar tracks and some shows coming soon to Montreal ! … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks

Stop what you are doing and listen. Won't ya? T Nile 2014 @ Rebecca Blissett Photography All Rights Reserved Not all great tunes are at your disposal when in the car or on your preferred listening platform. That is why you visit Rick Keene Music Scene - to receive the chats, the info and the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks

Rick Keene Music Scene – Evenko Concert Week !

For the second year, evenko announces that it will be joining Live Nation Canada in National Concert Week celebrations! Concert Week will take place from May 1st through May 7th and give fans the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for just $20 (all-in including fees). The offer will include tickets to many in-demand shows, like; … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Evenko Concert Week !

Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

It is all about the roots after all ... Angela Harris knows all about the 'roots' of music. It is in her blood and DNA. In fact - Bluegrass and Country were all around her as a child ... Please listen below to my chat with Angela about her new disc; A Woman Like Me. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Raising money for the March of Dimes via Rock n Roll. Pretty cool ... Every year in several Canadian cities - corporate guys and gals get together and put on a Rock show. This year, in Montreal - the event takes place on November 16th at The Corona Theater. It promises to be a night … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

How do you describe Frank Zappa's music? Easy. A blend of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Genesis, Yes, Rush, The Ramones, The Kinks, the Beatles and every artist between 1920 until present day. Frank Zappa's brilliance as a writer, producer, arranger, guitar player and every other position within an intellectual realm artistically and socially was put … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Some bands fall through the cracks as far as recognition goes. Stiff Little Fingers are one of those bands. Born at the height of Punk music's global popularity, the band emerged from a Country that was not known for Rock music. 'I have no doubt there were many talented musicians and songwriters in Ireland ..." … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rarely does a band come along which evokes feelings of hope within despair. Reuben and The Dark are that band. Just five years in and (now) two albums under their belts, Reuben and the Dark are setting Canada on fire as they tour the vastness. Arms of a Dream is their latest recorded offering and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

The word Jazzify is now a new thing ... Barbra Lica is one of the fastest -rising Jazz singers in Canada. Her last album - I'm Still Learning', gained Barbra a Juno nomination for best Jazz album. Stick to Jazz Barbra! Right? Wrong. By mistake - Barbra stumbled into Country music while learning her songwriting … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Frank Zappa was all about artistic integrity. His son Dweezil is also ... Authenticity within sound is crucial to creating and delivering the art of music. Both Zappas live by that credo. Please listen below to  Part Two of my chat with Dweezil Zappa as we chat about various topics including Frank Zappa's foreshadowing.  Dweezil? What's … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Playing guitar very well must be a DNA thing ... Frank Zappa's son Dweezil, is a chip off the old block even though it is not sought out. Call it instinct, call it learned behavior or call it genetic - the artistic blood does circulate and will eventually come out in layered colors. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

A nurse has one of the most stressful  jobs in Montreal. Chantal Guimond knows this very well. A veteran of nursing for thirty years. -music has always been her source of relaxation following a hard shift. Creating music has always been a dream and now Chantal has obtained step one. A CD and an official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Only the good die young ... The Blues are steeped in tradition of making deals with the Devil at the crossroads. Bad in the Blues is a good thing. Justin Saladino and his band were the baddest thing on stage Tuesday night as they competed and won The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge. The next … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Montreal singer and songwriter Chris Velan has it right. His latest album contains lyrics so human, so profound and so unique - the only thing missing is an old landline telephone.   Please listen below as Chris explains 'Amateur Hour' among other things. Chris? What's up?   Visit Chris Here !         … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Every year someone heads to Memphis ... This year is no different. Five bands have been chosen as the finalists in 2018. Five different sounds all within the confines of the Blues formula. Different but with the very familiar sound which propelled the legends of Rock n Roll to super-stardom. Have a listen below to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Joe Louis Walker understands the Blues ... The guitar player was around to witness the Blues being introduced to California in the late sixties and the early seventies. Being privy to guys like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Please listen below to my chat with Joe about Mike Bloomfield's influence on The Blues scene and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Sit back and escape ... Leaving the fast paced digital age behind is something Kyra Shaughnessy wants to pass on to listeners through her music. On her fifth release - the (now) resident of the Eastern Townships has matured into a comfortable artistic place. Combining all previous learning curves into a beautiful arc. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Max Parker is young, Canadian and a songwriter. That is where the comparison with Justin Bieber ends. Max is his own person. Something he wants to make clear as his single makes it's way into the charts. 'Out of the Blue' is the first single released with more on the way in the  coming months. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

  Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Cream are legendary ... Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce created something that no one had heard before. A hybrid of Classical, Jazz and Blues music. Cutting edge kinda stuff that to this day - remains magical and untouched. Fifty years later, the prodigal sons (and nephew) are hitting the road to pay homage … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Rick Keene Music Scene Presents A Musical Salute to The Flintstones!

The Flintstones changed lives ... Everyone around the world who had access to television (and in recent years - a DVD player) was affected by The Flintstones. Lessons were learned, morality was taught as the men, women, kids and dinosaurs in Bedrock toiled through their daily lives. The Flintstones babysat millions of people around the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Presents A Musical Salute to The Flintstones!

Garland Jeffreys Talks John Lennon and His New Album 14 Steps to Harlem

Garland Jeffreys is 'still here ' ...   Not only is he still here, his recent performances and latest album are among the best he has ever done ( or close to it). The seventy three year old native of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been around the block. Been there and done so much in the … Continue reading Garland Jeffreys Talks John Lennon and His New Album 14 Steps to Harlem

Garland Jeffreys Talks Lou Reed, Bo Diddley and His Love of Music.

  Garland Jeffreys is 'still here ' ...   Not only is he still here, his recent performances and latest album are among the best he has ever done ( or close to it). The seventy three year old native of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been around the block. Been there and done so much in … Continue reading Garland Jeffreys Talks Lou Reed, Bo Diddley and His Love of Music.

First Time in Montreal! New Styx Song on Rick Keene Music Scene !

The long awaited Styx album is coming out in June! No , this is not a 'Grand Illusion ' nor are you ' Fooling Yourself ' ... The new album , 'The Mission', the band's first in fourteen years - is out June 16th ! Stay tuned for exclusive interviews on Rick Keene Music Scene !           … Continue reading First Time in Montreal! New Styx Song on Rick Keene Music Scene !

Strangers in the Night 12 – A Smorgasbord of Music, Food and Randy Bachman !

Strangers in the Night is one of 'those' ideas ...   A creation to do some good which grows until 'more space' is not so much an inquiry, it becomes a necessity. Such is the case with the charity event which is entering it's 12th year.   Past headliners have been ... well, why don't you have … Continue reading Strangers in the Night 12 – A Smorgasbord of Music, Food and Randy Bachman !

Watch Elvis Leave the Building !

Presented for the first time in Montreal! RETURN TO GRACE Premiere on June 15  8 p.m.  Place des Arts evenko presents for the first time in Montreal, RETURN TO GRACE from June 15 to June 19, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. A  glorious, heartfelt tribute to Elvis Presley' s music featuring Steve Michaels,  and over 30 singers, … Continue reading Watch Elvis Leave the Building !

James Taylor – Montreal Review

How often does an artist come to town who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison? If your answer is never - grab a beer and go to the head of the Bell Center.   One of many tales the sixty-eight year old legend regurgitated last night in Montreal. Once upon a time, Taylor was … Continue reading James Taylor – Montreal Review

Turn Those Smart TVs Off and Go See Some Shows!

What's shakin'? What's happening? What's going on? As usual - a lot of stuff is going on in and around Montreal. Carlos Santana is bringing his guitars and Michael Kaeshammer is bringing his piano. Just two of the many things going on this week.   Please listen below for other events as well as some … Continue reading Turn Those Smart TVs Off and Go See Some Shows!