Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part Two

The biggest in the world.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is looming around the corner. From June 28th until July 7th, musical tastes for all will invade our city for ten days of rhythms from all corners of the globe.

The Indoor portion of ‘ the show ‘ was announced this past week and as usual , patrons are pumped to preen and prance in and around La Place des Festivals.

All acts are worthy of your attention yet here are my choices to feed your delight.

 

July 7

Ian Anderson presents: Jethro Tull

50th Anniversary Tour

Every once in a while, something comes along that requires celebrating. The Tull tunes – one of them.

 

July 2

Chris Botti

A Jazz trumpeter whose is slowly becoming a legend. Louis Armstrong would be proud. It is a  ‘wonderful world’ after all.

 

 

June 28

Snarky Puppy

Opening act:Tunnel

If you have never witnessed Snarky Puppy live, understanding creative and improvised brilliant musicianship is out of your grasp. Their recent Grammy award for Best Contemporary Instrumental album is proof.

 

July 6

Jack Broadbent

Opening act:

Tavis E. Triance

There are so many pretenders thinking they know the art of the Blues. Riff following the same old riff. Broadbent’s originals and covers are filled with the pain of suffering. Just like the forefathers of The Blues.

 

 

July 1

Emma Frank

American born – Montreal musically raised Emma is a rare combination of originality and grounded Jazz schooling. R&B, Jazz and Folk leave the audience pleased and intrigued.

 

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Stay tuned for more of my picks!

Visit the Jazz Festival Here !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part One

The biggest in the world.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is looming around the corner. From June 28th until July 7th, musical tastes for all will invade our city for ten days of rhythms from all corners of the globe.

The Indoor portion of ‘ the show ‘ was announced this past week and as usual , patrons are pumped to preen and prance in and around La Place des Festivals.

All acts are worthy of your attention yet here are my choices to feed your delight.

June 28

Cécile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Opening act: Christian Sands

Cecile McLorin Salvant is a rare gift. Powerful vocals with a heart of music. The best gift to Jazz in many years.

June 29th

Ry Cooder
Opening act: Joachim Cooder

Ry Cooder is one of the ten best guitarists on the planet and is legendary. Lays claim that Keith Richards of the Stones ‘ borrowed’ his Open G tuning from him. Richards denies it and the two haven’t spoken for years.

July 9th

Beth Hart

If you want to know how to sing R&B, Soul and Blues to make hairs stand on end – Hart is your gal.

June 30th

Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis
Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready…

Opening act: Davina and The Vagabonds

Time to go to school if your are thirty years old or younger. The almost complete catalogue of essential R&B for the serious musical student

July 1st

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Opening act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Before Jazz, Blues and Country music there was Bluegrass or Folk music. The roots of music is on display by the finest Banjo player in the past twenty years.

July 1st

George Thorogood and the Destroyers,
Rock Party Tour 2018

If you have never experienced Lonesome George live – you must now go to the corner and face the wall until I tell you to come out. Rock n Roll the way it was meant to be played.

July 2nd

Herbie Hancock | Thundercat

Aside from Stevie Wonder, a musical genius is among us. Act accordingly.

Stay tuned for more of my picks!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jethro Tull Influences Smoked Meat Pete’s Blues Band The Devil Dawgs !

The Devil Dawgs.

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Swampy , Bluesy and unique.

How often do you have a flute injected into old time Blues and Rock n Roll?

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Aside from their regular gigs at Smoke Meat Pete, the band are becoming more and more busy on the heels on their new album. A disc which combines cheekiness with the Blues.

Please listen below to my chat with Mike Sanders about the new record and his influences as Montreal’s only Rock / Blues flutist?

Mike? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kristian Gravenor Spins Montreal Music Tales

Montreal has a long and musical history …

At one time on any given evening, a music lover could walk downtown and visit numerous clubs. All of them hosting bands and / or DJs. You wanted Jazz? No problem. Rock n Roll? Check.

Montreal writer and author Kristian Gravenor has unearthed quite a few tales of the Montreal music scene is his book; Montreal 375 Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving.

Please listen below to my chat with Kristian about some music venues long vanished and many artists both local and foreign who have graced the stages in Montreal.

Want more? Buy the book !

Kristian? What’s up?

Buy Montreal 375 Here !

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One and Part Two

Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them …

Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his very successful solo career – Kim has planted his feet firmly in Canadians’ hearts.

Please listen below to my chat with Kim as we touch on a variety of subjects including his recovery from a near fatal heart attack two years ago …

Kim? What’s up?

Visit Kim Here !

Get Tickets Here !

Tune in every

Thursday 7 – 10 pm on Rock FM.ca as I play Music That Matters and Interview clips.

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One

Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them …

Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his very successful solo career – Kim has planted his feet firmly in Canadians’ hearts.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Kim as we touch on a variety of subjects including his recovery from a near fatal heart attack two years ago …

Kim? What’s up?

Visit Kim Here !

Get Tickets Here !

Tune in every

Thursday 7 – 10 pm on Rock FM.ca as I play Music That Matters and Interview clips.

Rick Keene Music Scene – An Exclusive Look Into The Band Behind the Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration !

They are a reclusive bunch of guys …

The band rarely make appearances. They seldom do interviews. Occasionally they will release new songs. Somehow, despite all this – they remain on top.

The leader of the band ( for this article to remain anonymous we shall call him Jack) roams the barren landscape surrounding his mountainous retreat. The serenity of the grounds provides him the time required to ensure his vocals are in top form. The air injects the power needed to pitch all the tones essential for a three hour show.

I sat down with Jack in his garden.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jack, how does it feel to be wanted so bad yet remain almost invisible?

Jack; It’s a great feeling. My Mom would be proud.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So your Mom was worried about your safety? Being attacked by the hoards of fans?

Jack; No she would be proud because I am featured on the internet.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Um ..sure but the success of the band and to remain on top all these years would not make her proud?

Jack; She hated the band. She wanted me to pursue other careers.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Of course, that’s natural, every parent wants their kids to be the best they can be. Like a doctor or a lawyer.

Jack; My Mom wanted me to be a rodeo clown. I have a fear of horses, cows … well actually all things with four legs. That is why I’m one of the only guys I know who does not eat hamburgers.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you chose to be an entertainer to act out the clown role on stage?

Jack; No. I chose to sing and front my band because I did not have to buy equipment. Then at gigs, I get free beer and food and I got lifts home with girls. Well ( he laughs) their homes at night and mine in the morning.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So the success of the band and you as a front-man was accidental?

Jack; Yes because I never sought it out but no because once I was involved, everything was planned by me.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you take full credit for the success?

Jack; No.

Rick Keene Music Scene; I’m confused …

Jack; The success of the band is because we are four guys who have fun and the crowds were drunk and kinda trapped. At the beginning, in the place where we started, the bartender took everyone’s keys. We kept ours though. Mostly in C or A …

Rick Keene Music Scene; Once the word got out, the band and the music took off?

Jack; Yes. I think Pete went to Florida for a week, Steve went to Maine and George visited his Aunt in Des Moines Iowa.

Rick Keene Music Scene; If you guys took a break, how did the popularity grow so fast?

Jack; The mystery of it all. Where did they go? Who were they? That is when we decided to play gigs once every five years. You can’t miss us if we don’t go away …

Rick Keene Music Scene; How have you grown in the past twenty years?

Jack; For me, about three inches. The rest of the guys I cannot say but I believe Pete has shrunk a bit lately. Either that or he wears flatter shoes …

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you guys have some rare gigs coming up on March 16th and 17th? St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

Jack; Yes. We used to play at this place many years ago but following the ‘beetle incident’ – a break was necessary for both parties involved.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Does the band have the same line up all these years?

Jack; Pretty much. Unless there is an armed robbery or something then there are different guys next to us at the police station.

Rick Keene Music Scene; The beauty of your shows are the obscure songs you choose to play. Will these songs be included this coming weekend?

Jack; Define obscure? To us or the audience?

Rick Keene Music Scene; To the audience ..

Jack; Yes.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Well, I know your publicist told me that I only have ten minutes. I have one final question. People can go to your site to find out about your gig and information about the band?

Jack; This is true ..

Rick Keene Music Scene; What is true?

Jack? Jack? Where did you go ????

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