Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Gary Moffet is a man of few words. He lets his feelings take over within music. This way of thinking helped propel April Wine to new heights during the band's most commercially successful period from the mid seventies until the early eighties. Moffet was the principle arranger on the songs from Nature of the Beast. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Dale Boyle; Putting Some Much Needed ‘Gasoline’ Into the Montreal Music Fire

Songwriting is always there but sometimes it takes a while to come out.   This appears to be the case with Dale Boyle.  Originally from the Gaspe region and currently a Dorval resident, Boyle has written five songs that are way ahead of the Montreal curve. Citing one of his major influences as recently departed … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Dale Boyle; Putting Some Much Needed ‘Gasoline’ Into the Montreal Music Fire

Rick Keene Music Scene – What the Heck is Happening in Montreal Musically?

The city that never sleeps ... Montreal is always on the go. Running, jogging or walking to live music venues everywhere ! It's a music lovers dream to be in Montreal ! Please listen below to some of the shows coming our way and find out what historical theater in Montreal changed names and has … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – What the Heck is Happening in Montreal Musically?

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.       Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !       Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx Talks About The New Album; The Mission !

Ground control to Maj ... Oops! Wrong space journey ... Styx has returned to Earth momentarily with their first new album in 14 years ! One can say they are on a 'mission'. A trip to insert a seamless album into the vast and historic Styx catalog. A recording that will not 'skip' the pure … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx Talks About The New Album; The Mission !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Festival International Nuits D’Afrique ; Putting Rhythm Into Context !

Festival International Nuits D'Afrique. Be there ! In the 31st year - the Festival International Nuits D'Afrique is necessary. The ingredients; the pre -cursor to all popular music today. No African rhythms? No Jazz Festival. It is - that easy ... Please listen below to some tunes from some of the artists performing as well … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Festival International Nuits D’Afrique ; Putting Rhythm Into Context !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Fuel Junkie

 Every once in a while, a band comes along that makes you smile ...   Montreal - based Fuel Junkie are one of those bands. Combining high octane Blues with R&B in the mold of The Powder Blues Band; Fuel Junkie are on the fast track to stardom.  Please - listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Fuel Junkie

The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

 Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatle song, 'Love me do,' I think it was. From there it didn't take him long. Got himself a guitar, used to play every night, Now he's in a rock 'n' roll outfit, And everything's all right, don't you know? Johnny told his mama, hey, 'Mama, … Continue reading The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom ... Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues. There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of … Continue reading Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom ... Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues. There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of … Continue reading Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

Jonas Tomalty was not the best behaved high school student. Having a Father as a teacher kept things interesting. Having a Father in his own high school made things trickier. Add all this to the fact his Mom was a guidance councilor, well - it's no wonder Jonas became a Rock n Roll rebel ... … Continue reading Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Canadians are a friendly bunch. A place where citizens practice apologies rather than hate. Slap-shots in lieu of slander. Snowball fights instead of ignorance. In short - Canadians are kind, helpful and giving. You know ... polite. If there is one Canadian who exemplifies what it is to be Canadian, it is The Junkyard Villain.  … Continue reading A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Ask Dave the Bartender ! The Legacy of The Tragically Hip !

Sometimes answers are hard to come by. Sometimes - responses arrive in mysterious ways.   Please listen below as Dave The Bartender answers your musical questions.  Surprisingly - he delivers a couple of knock-out punches (answers) concerning The Tragically Hip. Or - does he? Thanks for listening ! Have a question for Dave the Bartender? Send … Continue reading Ask Dave the Bartender ! The Legacy of The Tragically Hip !

Rick Keene Music Scene Road Trip ! Ask Dave the Bartender !

Sometimes answers are hard to come by. Sometimes - responses arrive in mysterious ways.   Please listen below as Dave The Bartender answers your musical questions. Or - does he? Thanks for listening - stay tuned for part two ! Have a question for Dave the Bartender? Send them to Rickkeene2@gmail.com   Visit The League of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Road Trip ! Ask Dave the Bartender !

Don Henley – That’s Why You Pay the Big Bucks ! Montreal Concert Review

 Welcome to the Hotel Bell Center... It took the entire show and practically Henley's entire back catalog to arrive at Hotel California. Don's and his former band - The Eagles, piece de la resistance ( music by Don Felder). Luckily for the punters, it was not the final nail in the coffin at Le Centre … Continue reading Don Henley – That’s Why You Pay the Big Bucks ! Montreal Concert Review

‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

What could possibly be be going through Gord Downie's diseased head tonight as he prepares to take his final curtain call as the frontman for Canada in front of the ' home crowd' ? Downie - and his band, The Tragically Hip, are closing out a career prematurely due to Downie's incurable brain cancer. The … Continue reading ‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

Sheldon Kagan Has Retired ( Sorta – Kinda …)

 Montreal entertainment impresario Sheldon Kagan fulfilled a promise to himself. Retiring after fifty years in business. A goal fulfilled. A lifetime fulfilled.   Not quite ...   Please listen below to discover what Sheldon has done with his immense music collection as well as what he is doing in his ... er ... retirement.  Sheldon? … Continue reading Sheldon Kagan Has Retired ( Sorta – Kinda …)

Robert Stefan was ‘ Made in Canada!’

When people think of Canada - they think hockey. In reality, Canadian music has just a long and interesting legacy. How many times have you listened to a great song and were stunned to discover the artist was Canadian! The Stampeders, Chilliwack, A Foot in Cold Water - just a few bands that you have … Continue reading Robert Stefan was ‘ Made in Canada!’

Mr. Bolly ‘s Victory ! Local Hip Hop Artist Helps Out Duffy’s Come2gether for West Island Palliative Care Residence

 Victory comes in many forms ...   For Mr. Bolly, that form is karma. A weird chain of events which is taking the song 'Victory' and transporting it to all sorts of places. All - for the good of mankind.   Please listen below as Mr. Bolly explains the song, the feelings and the results of hard … Continue reading Mr. Bolly ‘s Victory ! Local Hip Hop Artist Helps Out Duffy’s Come2gether for West Island Palliative Care Residence

‘Lonesome’ George Thorogood Does Not ‘Drink Alone’! Montreal Concert Review

It took all of three minutes for George Thorogood and his Destroyers to pull Montreal out of the winter doldrums ... Just when you thought Rock n Roll was dead, along comes 'Lonesome George' to levitate dormant goosebumps into the stratosphere. Hair-raising kind of stuff which makes the omni-present argument that 'music ain't what it … Continue reading ‘Lonesome’ George Thorogood Does Not ‘Drink Alone’! Montreal Concert Review

Alain Simard and Andre Menard To Be Honoured by Canadian Music & Broadcast Indsustry

Alain Simard and André Ménard, co-founders of L’Équipe Spectra, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during the next Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala in the Toronto Sheraton Centre. Co-founders of L’Équipe Spectra—and, of course, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal—Alain Simard and André Ménard have strongly influenced the cultural life of the … Continue reading Alain Simard and Andre Menard To Be Honoured by Canadian Music & Broadcast Indsustry

Jean-Luc Ponty; Coltrane to Zappa to Jon Anderson.

THE ANDERSON-PONTY BAND Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson Thursday, May 26th 8 pm @ Theatre St.-Denis Buy Tickets Here !   Jean - Luc Ponty is an innovator ... Credited as one of the first musicians to implement the violin within Jazz music, Ponty has not stopped there. A musical thirst has carried the seventy-one … Continue reading Jean-Luc Ponty; Coltrane to Zappa to Jon Anderson.

2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

The Jazz Festival is fast approaching. This week, the indoor schedule was announced. Some great names will pay Montreal a visit this summer both in music and in soul.   Please listen below to some artists that will be playing as well as where you can go to buy tickets !   Thanks for listening … Continue reading 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

  Jean -Michel Blais is a newcomer. Sort of ... Jean - Michel Blais started playing the organ at a young age which - in turn, led to the piano. Even though, a love-hate relationship developed for a while between Jean - Michel and music, it is now part of his life in a big … Continue reading Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

The artist formerly known as ' the artist formerly known as Prince', aka 'Prince' or 'Prince' Rogers Nelson - passed away. His death, echoing around the globe with thunderous fanfare via social media. Why ? The obvious reasons are acute. Fame, fame and more fame. The brighter the flame, the harder to extinguish. The brighter … Continue reading The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

Lorraine Desmarais is an accomplished Jazz pianist.  Lorraine has received the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award from The Montreal International Jazz Festival and is a member of The Order of Canada.   Lorraine has released eight solo albums and one big band album.   Make that two with her latest release. Please listen below as Lorraine … Continue reading Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

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!

Justin Saladino ‘Teaches’ us ‘No Worries’ …

Justin Saladino is part of a new generation of Blues' artists in Montreal. The difference is Justin is not only learning - he is teaching as well. A pair of traits which can only lead to bigger and brighter things.   Please listen below as Justin talks about his new EP, teaching, learning and playing … Continue reading Justin Saladino ‘Teaches’ us ‘No Worries’ …

The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !

Some may call them a novelty act. Others may dismiss these teenagers as 'cute.'   If The Record Breakers' first EP is any indication, the band will be around a long time~ Please listen below as Hayden, Bella, Devan and Julian talk about their album and look for their keyboard player Michael. Guys? What's up? … Continue reading The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !