Rick Keene Music Scene – THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND PRESENT …

A FREE FATHER’S DAY CHARITY CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND

SPECIAL GUESTS – DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, JAMES COTTON, COLIN LINDEN, JONAS & WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS

In celebration of Father’s Day and what would have been the final date of The Legendary Downchild Blues Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour, the band are streaming their “Live At Massey Hall” concert in its entirety as a FREE SHOW for fans on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 7:00 Pm (EST), all in support of a very important cause, the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Downchild were joined on stage by some very special guests for their historic “Live At Massey Hall” performance, including Hollywood Star Dan Aykroyd, blues/rock icon Colin James, American blues legend, James Cotton, Grammy Award winner Colin Linden, Montreal chart topping rocker Jonas and the one and only Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns.

Downchild will premier their “Live At Massey Hall” concert for an exclusive one-night-only viewing on their official Youtube Channel on June 21st at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Donations to Unison in conjunction with the Downchild concert can be made by texting UNISON to 45678 or visiting UnisonFund.ca/Donations/Spotify

All donations made to Unison will be matched by Spotify as part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project that has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need, like the Unison Benevolent Fund. Spotify will match donations made to Unison dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million USD.


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Rick Keene Music Scene – Judy Collins & The Global Virtual Choir Re-Release Her Version of “Amazing Grace”

Over the past few weeks, 1000 singers from across the globe — professional and amateur alike — answered Judy Collins’ call to sing “Amazing Grace” with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time.

This new version of Judy’s historic recording is out now, and Alan Cumming, Judith Owen, Steve Earle, Madeleine Peyroux, Mandolin Orange, and Tift Merritt — plus internationally known choirs like The Sixteen, New York Choral Society, Voices International, and GOA University Choirare — are just some of the singers who participated in this Global Virtual Chorus event.


“I recorded ‘Amazing Grace’ with a group of friends at Saint Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City,” Collins recalls. “When my recording was released, it became enormously popular all over the world.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Mick Jagger Solo Songs

Does one half of a Glimmer Twin glimmer?

Mick Jagger is the greatest front-man in Rock n Roll history. Nobody can combine all the nuances and different vocal styles while dancing, playing harp and guitar.

According to Keith Richards – ‘Mick is a wonderful bunch of guys …”

When the front-man of The Rolling Stones can put out solo songs that outdo the amount of quality songs by most modern day artists half his age, it is safe to say Michael Phillip Jagger will go down as one of the greatest songwriters in music history.

Please listen to the Top Ten Mick Jagger solo songs below.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week

Old school with modern energy.

Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most energetic and talented musicians in Canada. His boyish charm combined with old soul techniques place him in a category by himself.

Now – Michael’s live (and contagious) show can be heard on disc and DVD. Please listen below to a few selected tracks for my choice of Album of The Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What Happened When Todd Galganov Met with Trudeau? What Steps to Find Jesse Galganov?

Todd Galganov is a great Father.

 

When most people would have given their son up for dead and just come home – Todd Galganov remains in Peru and is only gaining strength in his quest to find his son Jesse Galganov.

 

That doesn’t mean Todd is not realistic. He truly understands that his son may be in the hands of God. The bottom line is that Todd Galganov wants to come back to Montreal with closure one way or another. He also wants to use this horrible situation as a learning curve for everyone who plans on going hiking in Peru or anywhere.

Dead or alive – the name of Jesse Galganov will not be forgotten.

Please listen below to my chat with Todd as he fills everyone in on what is going on and how anyone can help. Please share this so we can all sit down and have a beer with Jesse and give him heck for worrying us all.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Talks Billy Joel, Elton John and Some Guy Named Penn Jillette?

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike as he gives us his take on Elton John, Billy Joel and The Show Before The Show news.

Mike? What’s Up?

 

 

 

 

Visit Mike Jones Here !

 

Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones’ Top Ten Piano Players. Part Three

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike as he gives us his Top Ten piano players.

Mike? What’s Up?

 

 

 

Visit Mike Jones Here !

 

Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part Two

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike about the collaboration and the state of live performances. Stay tuned for part three!

Mike? What’s Up?

 

 

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Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part One

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike about the collaboration and the state of live performances. Stay tuned for part two !

Mike? What’s Up?

Visit Mike Jones Here !

Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Carla Bruni ‘Covers’ Montreal

Sometimes, one does not know what to expect from an artist.

Model / actress / singer / songwriter Carla Bruni is one of those artists.

On the heels of her latest album French Touch – the native of Italy and wife of former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, elegantly wowed L’Olympia on Sunday night. Song by song. Cover by cover.

French Touch is Bruni’s fifth album. Predominately, her original compositions are French. Historically, Bruni’s originals are well crafted beautiful ballads with seats on the European charts. A sold out venue in Montreal was not a surprise and the French / Italian and English singer delivered what the folks wanted.

Le chemin des rivières, J’arrive à toi, L’amoureuse, Le plus beau du quartier and Tout le monde. Songs sung by a songbird backed by a band who are headliners in their own right. Bruni’s vocals at times sweet, at times strong. A twenty year career in France not by accident.

Her latest album was the interesting part of her Montreal appearance. It’s an album of covers and Carla has recharged them to an almost unrecognizable chant. None more so than AC DC’s Highway to Hell.

Much like former back up singer to the Stones Lisa Fischer, Bruni has taken classic Rock tunes and increased their values as songs. Miss You (The Stones), Moon River ( Mancini), The Winner Takes It All (ABBA) and Crazy ( Willie Nelson) – just a few of the songs that sound familiar but not the same. Bruni’s renditions prove once and for all, a good song can stand the test of any genre. Lumps of clay can be remodeled to suit the mood.

Combined with French ballads ( one Italian ), the covers added mystery and vibrancy to what would otherwise be a very quiet ( too quiet ) evening. Bruni was no nonsense and to the point in describing the songs with intermittent antidotes thrown in. Her charm and class in full bloom.

Half way through, the audience still did not know what to expect.

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Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Discovering Leonard Cohen

For many people – Leonard Cohen was an old guy who wrote the song Hallelujah.

Visiting the exhibit honoring the late poet / songwriter / philosopher is an eye and ear opener. Only the folks who are deeply embedded in music and / or above the Mason- Dixon line in age are not surprised.

La Musee d”Art Contemporain, adjacent to Place des Arts in the core of Downtown Montreal, is housing the exhibit which runs until April 9th. Leonard Cohen, the globetrotting student of pretty much everything, is once again – back in Montreal. Sadly – this time, it’s his final resting place. Happily – he’s home.

 

Kara Blake, a Montreal – born filmmaker, offers just one of the video channel projection forms celebrating Cohen’s life. Just one of the exhibit’s classrooms coughing up knowledge on the late Montrealer.

Cohen’s voice is upfront discussing various subjects in what seems like a one on one conversation with each visitor to the museum.
Love, humanity and spirituality.
The profound observations and introspective ideas which made Cohen the most celebrated poet in the past fifty years. A visitor cannot leave the film unaffected.

Turn the corner and suddenly, Leonard Cohen’s study is your study. 

A replica of Cohen’s ‘garden of Zen’ is both haunting and inspiring. The room could be anyone’s room. The space, the decor, the laptop, the keyboard – all items could be the same tools a five year old kid may use for his future musings. The musings of the future no different than the past with a different outcome.

Then there is the music. 

Interspersed  with Cohen’s words and antidotes – the music and songs transcend decades. Bird on a Wire sung by a mid twenties, middle age and older Cohen. A trip backwards yet into the present past. A fascinating viewing and insight into how much the man’s passion and instinct never changed. The frame became rusty yet the engine still roared.

Wall -to-wall concert footage with state of the art sound. Light enough at times to witness the faces of the visitors. Eyes growing into saucers with each new lesson learned from the mouth and guitars of Cohen.

To explain the entire exhibit on any page would be a crime. An injustice to the many artists and artisans who have created an exhibit worthy of a day spent. Two days if the curiosity of knowledge is profound. Three if curiosity of Cohen is acute. A week if the thirst for words a main course.

Hallelujah

 

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Please listen below as  Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

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https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Searching for Jesse Galganov; Somebody Knows Something Out There !

Jesse Galganov is Missing !

Can you imagine the feelings that are going through the mind and souls of his family?

Jesse Galganov went backpacking in Peru. Last time anyone heard from or saw him was at the beginning of October. Something is amiss. Someone knows something about his whereabouts or perhaps – Jesse is wandering around somewhere lost and confused.

Please listen below as his father Todd Galganov explains what has happened and what is happening as he continues the search for his son in Peru. Click on the links below to help out.

 

 

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

 

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