Rick Keene Music Scene Concert Review; David Crosby Thrills Montreal

Imagine standing in front of John Lennon, dressed like … John Lennon?

 

 

Just one of the tales spun last night at Theatre Maisonneuve as David Crosby and his ‘friends’ put on a surprise ( not surprising ) show.

On the heels of an excellent album; Sky Trails, Crosby and his pals are knee deep into a tour of the same name. Montreal ( Canada) could become Crosby’s new home as David pointed out his displeasure with Trump ( the States) on numerous occasions. ” Can you change the weather?’ Crosby asked.

In My Dreams opened things up and with a slight frog in the throat, Crosby dispatched (along with the frog) any queries of his ability to sing / perform at the age of seventy- six. At times – hitting notes on cue and with the force of a much younger guitar player. Once he and his mates ( James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar , Michelle Willis keyboards/vocals) kicked into second gear, it was obvious there would be no stopping to pee anytime soon on this musical road trip.

 

 

Crosby is so much part of history, there should be an entire chapter about him in the music dictionary. The Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and CPR. In fact, Crosby is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame not once – twice. Heck, they don’t just let any Johnny B Goode in do they?

At Place des Arts last night, the song choices were a mixture of all his endeavors ( No Mr. Tambourine Man or Woodstock).

Morrison ( about Jim of the Doors) opened many punters eyes as the CPR tune showcased the talent within the band on just the second song of the night. Crosby’s CPR pal – Jeff Pevar, a beast on lead guitar. All night, his solos echoed with eerie precision the vibe of Crosby’s soul. Part Gilmour, part Clapton and all Pevar. The ‘best in the world’ according to Crosby and that’s saying quite a bit.

 

 

What brought life to the show was the rhythm section. Mai Agan (above) on bass and Steve DiStanislao on drums. The Pop in Agan’s grooves complimenting the human metronome in DiStanislao. Ebbing when asked and flowing with power when needed. Crosby’s ‘friends’ one of those ‘once – in – a – lifetime’ things. A chemistry that works and enhances each other in every nook and cranny. Crosby himself? The maestro. The magician conducting the notes. The legend.

 

 

Tracks in the Dust, She’s Got to Be Somewhere, At The Edge, Laughing and right up to the title track of the new disc ( Sky Trails), the band increased the energy. Even the ballad Breathless ( a song penned by Crosby to his wife of forty years)  seemed on the edge of pouncing into the audience and devouring a diverse meal. Crosby the one (only?) lion tamer in the house. Nothing like a nod and wink to keep things in check. A very experienced nod and wink

 

 

Michelle Willis ( from Toronto) provided the backing vocals all evening as did the entire band as Crosby and Friends channeled the luscious harmonies of The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees. Musically, the album Sky Trails is very jazz oriented and  last night ( more than once) – the band sounded like a great Steely Dan jam. Showcasing guitar and drums while Crosby’s son ( James ) created harmonic and classic tinkles on the keys. Touches of the late Manzarek sprinkling the dust onto the night lights .

Aside from the delicious array of music, it was Crosby’s tales in between the main course which were more than appetizers. Jackson Browne forcing Crosby to finish a song during Crosby’s self professed Junkie phase. Crosby’s friendship with Beatle Harrison. Tales from the grave in the case of Harrison and yarns which could be very well be from Crosby.s own grave as the man has more lives than Keith Richards.

Imagine standing in front of John Lennon, dressed like … John Lennon?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Up Doc?

What’s coming to Montreal ?

 

 

As usual – quite a bit !

Please listen below to some things that are in need of your attention !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Delfeayo Marsalis; ‘Live’ and Stunning on New Record

Aside from making ‘America Great Again’ – Delfeayo Marsalis is on a roll …


‘An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis; Kalamazoo’ is Delfeayo’s newest offering and it combines Jazz standards with a few originals. All recorded in a live setting in the midst of a ten city tour.

Marsalis of the world famous and critically acclaimed Marsalis clan, is joined onstage by his Father. The family patriarch, Ellis, adds to the spontaneity and fun which makes any Delfeayo performance special.

Have a listen below to some of the tracks wont ya? Find out more about this outstanding musician and even more outstanding being.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Andrea Ramolo Bares All in New Album

 

Baring the soul …

 

That’s exactly what the album Nuda is about.

One half of Scarlett Jane’s Andrea Ramolo needed time to reflect and get naked with her feelings. Combining new found musical partners with old school thoughts, Andrea evokes nurturing through music.

Please listen below as Andrea explains everything about her new disc.

Andrea? What’s up?

 

 

She will be in Montreal on November 8th.

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Check out her site here !

 

 

Hallowe’en is coming up ! Get spooked below!

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Turn Out the Lights and Beware !

 

Once a year …

A frightening thing takes place. Something so terrifying, the little hair you have left on the top of your head turns white. Things go bump in the night. Chains rattle. Noises make you sit up in fright …

Turn out the lights, turn up your computer and listen below to the scariest half hour in Montreal !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Associating with An Associate. Full Interview

Guilty by association. No one knows that better than Alec McElcheran . Himself, also an associate.

Combining Blues and Rock – Alec ( Bass), Dan Legault (drums) and Alan Springer (guitar) form The Associates. A hard driving machine equipped with the tools required to make a stand in the Montreal music scene.

Please listen below to my chat with Alec as he discusses opening up for one of the most legendary bands in history and his thoughts on The Associates Volume One.

Alec? What’s up?

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Associating with An Associate. Part One.

 

Guilty by association. No one knows that better than Alec McElcheran . Himself, also an associate.

Combining Blues and Rock – Alec ( Bass), Dan Legault (drums) and Alan Springer (guitar) form The Associates. A hard driving machine equipped with the tools required to make a stand in the Montreal music scene.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Alec as he discusses opening up for one of the most legendary bands in history and his thoughts on The Associates Volume One.

Alec? What’s up?

 

 

Visit The Associates Here !

 

Visit The Montreal Blues Society Here !

 

 

Visit Evenko Here !

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Snyders; A Family Affair

Denny Snyder must have been a fan of the television show; All in the Family.

Denny – along with his two kids, Lorrie and Phillip, form the trio known as The Snyders.

At first listen and glance on stage, it would be easy to label them a Blues trio. Standard Chicago – style or Delta Blues. Ya, ya, seen it before, heard it before.

 

Not quite. The Snyders are a mixture of different styles and genres. Something which is the true essence of the Blues. A potpourri sending sweet sounds into the air.

Please listen below to my chat with Dad Denny. He explains the Snyders, the Blues and his fam … er … band.

Denny? What’s up?

 

 

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Please listen below to my chat with Phil Brisse, the President of The Montreal Blues Society. He’ll explain everything about the

Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge.

 

 

 

Visit The Montreal Blues Society Here !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Associates, The Snyders, David Myles, Dale Boyle and See Spot Run

Lots of great new tunes that are not auto-tuned.

 

If you pay attention away from the mainstream, real music exists without payola in the form of advertising. Lots of places to hear great tunes from great people.

Please listen below to a few of those tunes and hear when they may be playing at a venue near you.

 

 

 

Please listen below to my chat with Phil Brisse, the President of The Montreal Blues Society. He’ll explain everything about the

Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge.

 

 

 

Visit The Montreal Blues Society Here !

 

 

Visit Evenko Here !

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge

If you have the blues, you are lucky.

 

It is the music that defined the sound of what we hear today. The foundation of popular music. The frame of the Cadillac that Justin Bieber drives today.

Every year, the Montreal Blues Society ensures the legacy remains. Each Fall the group accepts submissions for Blues’ bands and solo / duo artists to compete for the grand prize. A trip to Memphis.

Please listen below to my chat with Phil Brisse, the President of The Montreal Blues Society. He’ll explain everything about the

Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge.

 

 

Visit The Montreal Blues Society Here !

 

What’s Happening in Montreal?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Phantom of the Opera is ‘Magically Delicious’

The touring version of The Phantom of the Opera is the biggest Broadway show ever produced. Judging by the reaction of the punters at Place des Arts last night, producers Cameron Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne can sleep well.

Complete with state of the art pyrotechnics, the world famous chandelier, a fifty-two piece orchestra and a stellar cast, The Phantom of The Opera outdoes itself on every level.

Andrew LLoyd Weber’s ( Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe) score is set to life under, on top and around brilliant sets and spectacular costumes. The contrast between the dark of the ‘mood’ and the light of the characters is simply stunning. Led by Derrick Davis as The Phantom, Eva Tavares as Christine Daae and Jordan Craig as Raoul – the tale of despair and terror inside the opera house is brought to life tenfold. 

Davis brings an unhinged masculinity to the part of The Phantom. On edge and every bit a man on the verge of insanity (sanity?). Piercing vocals softened by a human element which is not easy to portray. To act a phantom is one thing. To be the phantom – idiopathic. Davis not only energizes, he depletes. The energy gathered in a room, simultaneously sucked in and out in the blink of a chandelier.

Davis

 Aside from the ensemble of actors, actresses and dancers, the supporting player who should win awards is the set designer Paul Brown.

Seamlessly the sets rotate like a rose petal in the breeze. Stunning when you consider the illusions parlayed into the crowd. One moment a graveyard is the canvas and suddenly, in a matter of seconds, the Opera House is the central character. Like a well edited film; the scenes’ continuity as pure as The Phantom’s mask.

Sound and vision. One without the other as empty as a tin can washed ashore on a barren beach.

Mick Potter’s sound design, John Rigby’s musical supervision, Maria Bjornson’s costumes and Paule Constable’s lighting design frame the show with precision. Taking lyrics and a musical score to new and different heights visually is a task. Keeping the theme of the original Phantom and bringing it to date without raping and pillaging – a veritable task. If sound or sight is off, the phantom would fade into obscurity.

 

Adapted for the new run – The Phantom of The Opera is bound to invite an entire new generation to the story of love gone amiss. Twenty – five years of attracting audiences and fans is nothing to scream at. The choreography is acute and the timeless songs send joy to the soul and shivers down the spine.

A must see for theater goers and everyone who is a fan of a good story.

 

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