Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four

The music kept coming.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival got underway and this year was a great mix for fans of all genres.

July

Gary Petersen – the original drummer for The Guess Who (and a man who started drumming before Rock n Roll’s heyday) took some time out to chat about his career and the future of The Guess Who. Petersen has never stopped playing for the band (he owns the name) and along with his mates; the first brand new Guess Who album in twenty years  hit the shelves in September. An educational chat for sure.

Lonesome George Thorogood took time to chat following the release of his first ever solo album (Party Of One) and previous to his show at The Montreal Jazz Festival and Trois Rivieres en Blues.

The word legend is tossed about too easily these days but not in George’s case.  He started his career busking and within three years opened for Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.

Not too shabby.

Sometimes the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Mary -Lynn Doroschuk just happens to be the daughter of Stefan Doroschuk (Men Without Hats). Mary-Lynn has a new band called Wave 21. A Country -Alt unit filled with catchy tunes and classy riffs. A Montreal group to keep your ears on. A Montreal band that will only get bigger.

Joan Jett graced Place Bell along with Tesla and Styx.

Jett as powerful as ever with Punky licks and attitude while Tesla catered to the more Heavy minded fans in attendance. Styx – making their fourth appearance in Quebec in the past seven years commanded even more respect than before. They were hot and the night lasted longer than any Grand Illusion.

Beth Hart

If Beth Hart stayed home and sang lullabies to her kids, the world would be a much sadder place.

Hart and her trio were in Montreal for The Jazz Festival and Beth stole the hearts of everyone. Telling stories of her very dysfunctional upbringing between soaring vocals and soft balladry – Place des Arts was on the verge of a collective hanky giveaway.

On this planet – no female singer can reach into their souls so deep and raise the roof so high within a song. Multiply that by fifteen tunes and see how tired you are from a Beth Hart show.

Boz Scaggs

Boz was here as part of The Jazz Festival and what a surprise musician he turned out to be. Unless you were / are a huge fan or came from a certain decade, Boz (to the general music world) was a two hit wonder. Like many musicians from the 70s and even the 80s, the limelight and success don’t go hand in hand. Boz has more talent playing, singing and producing/ arranging than about 75% of those with hits before or since. Put that in your hat and smoke it.

Jordan Officer opened up for George Thorogood at Place des Arts as part of The Jazz Festival and blew the roof off the joint. Officer has turned the corner in his Blues comeback and had George’s Destroyers shaking in their boots. Trois Rivieres is Jordan’s latest record and it will be considered the turning point in a soon too be mammoth career.

Ranee Lee

Easily the concert of the year in Montreal. 

Lee’s husband / musical mentor Richard passed away the morning of her Jazz Festival show and for most artists – the plug would have been pulled. Not only did Ranee perform, she outperformed any of the numerous award winning shows she had done before. Emotions were high (the crowd knew of the circumstances) yet Ranee used the emotion to grow stronger with each song. The concert will go down as one of  the greatest  in Montreal music history.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three

Half way through the year – the music kept coming.

The folks at The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced their line up and the stage was set ( so to speak).

June

Jann Arden was in town and at this point in her musical career – she is the Elton John of Canadian women.

The hits and the magic within new tunes are gone and she is relying on her past glories to fill joints around the Country. Thankfully, she is a very funny woman and the banter alone is worth half the price of admission. Add the hits from twenty years ago – you get fully what you paid for.

East of Sunday – Carvin Jones

Blues guitarist extraordinaire Carvin Jones made his first appearance in Montreal and local band East of Sunday opened up.

Jones is a monster on guitar and his showmanship – second to none. Think Buddy Guy without the powerful voice. East of Sunday are poised to take the Montreal Rock throne away from The Damn Truth. Look out this coming summer as both Carvin and East of Sunday will hit the road with heat.

Paul Young / Midge Ure

Paul Young was one of the biggest stars of the 1980’s video wave and Ure co-wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas for Band Aid. Ure was also the leader of Ultravox and a member of Thin Lizzy among other things.

Ure and Young held a double bill at Club Soda and only one showed up.

Ure was fine as he gained strength with his tunes – hits and all. Young, on the other hand was, well … old. Paul stumbled through a set continually struggling to hit notes and stay in key. When he did get in sync – his voice was weak. A sign of the end or an off night? Things that make you go hmmm …

Dr. Lonnie Smith

The good doctor ( the most sought after Hammond B3 player in all genres) put on a clinic at Le Gesu. Fifty years in the spotlight and recording with the who is who of music has enabled Smith to assume command over the audience, his band-mates and his instrument. Anyone who witnesses a Smith performance – is blessed.

Aram Demirjian

Conductor Demirjian sat down and spoke of his upcoming Montreal gig with Dreamworks Animation. The gig is a full orchestra playing the soundtrack live of DreamWorks classics such as Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon.

In the beginning of cinema, live orchestras were the only form of sound for a viewing audience. To witness and hear the experience in 2018 is a welcome change to digital dust.

Cecile Mclorant- Salvant

The second best female singer walking the planet ( Lisa Fischer would be first) put on a lesson in vocals. Adding all the great ingredients from all the great Jazz ladies ( Holiday, James, Fitzgerald) and her own unique voice, Salvant is the driver. Complete command of everything and she is’ just starting out’. A must see concert if you must see.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

If there ever was a female artist who did all for ‘art’s sake’- it is Gainsbourg. The actress / composer / songwriter / singer / writer / painter and poet lays all her emotions on her sleeve.

Her show at MTelus was not for the non intellects. Combining electronica and common place rythym with her piano sensibility is mesmerizing to the punters. Her fan base is devoted, loyal and safe to say; artistic.

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Bands for Baskets – Feeding the Needy in the West Island for Eleven Years!

 There are starving people living in the West Island.

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It is easy to ignore life’s problems when everything is great in yours !

One dayBands for Baskets may be something you are thankful for as life  tosses a curve ball across your empty dinner plate. Suddenly – a food basket will be the best gift you will ever receive!

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Please listen below to some very interesting Christmas tunes as well as information about the

11th Annual Bands for Baskets !

Thanks !

Visit Bands for Baskets Here !

 

Stay tuned for some awesome pictures from the studio and the last showcase of  The League of Rock Montreal !

Purchase a Telecaster Signed by The League of Rock Rock Stars Here !

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Final Showcase, Studio Tracks and A Wrap Up with CEO Gary Johnston. Part Two

 The League of Rock Montreal is nearing the finish line in its inaugural session.

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It has been an interesting journey. 

Four bands created from nothing. Rising from personal prowess to functioning Rock n Roll bands. Operating at high speeds as they cruise the landscape of music in Montreal.

Along the way – gathering information from some of Montreal’s crème of the crop professional musicians. Rock star coaches.

Rock star nurturing.

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All the rehearsing finished. All the coaching completed. All but one showcase filed away under accomplishment. Studio tracks recorded, pizza and beer consumed. All that’s left is to accumulate groupies and put on one last show. An encore for the new fans and a stage to gather interest for future gigs.

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It has been eleven weeks of Rock n Roll heaven. Stars have been born.

Please listen below to part two of my chat with The League of Rock Montreal CEO Gary Johnston as he explains his thoughts on the first year of operation in Montreal.

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Listen to a track laid down by Glass Dreams -one band who helped make up The League of Rock Montreal!

 

Stay tuned for awesome pictures of the studio and the final showcase!

Purchase a Telecaster Signed by The League of Rock  Rock Stars Here !

 

 Visit MusicCounts Here !

 

Visit Bands for Baskets Here !

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

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The League of Rock Montreal – Final Showcase, Studio Tracks and A Wrap Up with CEO Gary Johnston. Part One.

The League of Rock Montreal is nearing the finish line in its inaugural session.

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It has been an interesting journey. 

Four bands created from nothing. Rising from personal prowess to functioning Rock n Roll bands. Operating at high speeds as they cruise the landscape of music in Montreal.

Along the way – gathering information from some of Montreal’s crème of the crop professional musicians. Rock star coaches.

Rock star nurturing.

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All the rehearsing finished. All the coaching completed. All but one showcase filed away under accomplishment. Studio tracks recorded, pizza and beer consumed. All that’s left is to accumulate groupies and put on one last show. An encore for the new fans and a stage to gather interest for future gigs.

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It has been eleven weeks of Rock n Roll heaven. Stars have been born.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with The League of Rock Montreal CEO Gary Johnston as he explains his thoughts on the first year of operation in Montreal.

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Listen to three tracks laid down by three of the bands who helped make up The League of Rock Montreal!

Stay tuned for Part two and one more song !

 

 

Visit Bands for Baskets here !

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What Exactly is The Talk on the Turnpike?

Every year – there is Christmas cheer.  In most places …

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Please listen below to hear information about Bands for Baskets. An annual event which helps feed the needy in the West Island at Christmas.

Also, find out about some upcoming shows in and around Montreal, hear some great tunes and chuckle at musician jokes !

Thanks! Talk Soon !

 

Visit Bands for Baskets here !

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

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The Lost Fingers – Christmas in a Non Conventional Kinda Way

The Lost Fingers aren’t lost at all …

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The band whose name derives from Django Reinhardt’s loss of use in two fingers, are not resting on their laurels.

Upping their game to new heights and exploring music from all corners of the globe. The Lost Fingers, a Gypsy-Jazz band are all set for Christmas. Albeit in a non conventional way.

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Please listen to my chat with Byron Mikaloff . Guitarist and singer in The Lost Fingers. His musical background may surprise you and his current musical mindset will definitely blow your holiday mind !

Byron? What’s Up?

 

Visit The Lost Fingers Here !

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

 Visit Evenko Here !

Click Here !
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