Photos by Scott Preston
Archive for September 2010
The Ryan Montbleau Band’s September 30 appearance at Newport, Kentucky’s fabled Southgate House had been anticipated for several months after Montbleau and co. wowed a packed 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio while backing up Martin Sexton. After an engaging set by Jason Spooner, touring behing his new release, Sea Monster, Massachusetts’ own Ryan Montbleau took the stage and jumped headfirst into material from his latest recording, Heavy On The Vine. Relying on the strength of versatlity within drummer James Cohen’s wide ranging percussive contributions, Montbleau sat perfectly still on a wooden stool, strumming out the notes of “Carry” from Heavy On The Vine. Matt Giannaros’ acoustic upright bass lines colored Montbleau’s striking composition, “Grain Of Sand” from his 2009 solo disc, Stages: Volume 2. Laurence Scudder’s deft touches on viola permeated the storybook atomsphere of “75 and Sunny,” and Montbleau’s stirring, soulful vibe fired up the hoedown influenced, twirling crowd on the Southgate House’s ballroom floor. Jason Cohen’s intricate keyboard work on Moog synthesizer adds a depth and drive to the Ryan Montbleau Band’s jazzy, roots oriented music. Whether they’re playing the old timey sing-a-long “Eggs” from 2007’s underrated gem, Patience On Friday or indulging the masses with Heavy On The Vine’s tightly wound rock workouts, the Ryan Montbleau Band’s sharp arrangements takes the listener on a limitless journey, replete with heightened crescendos of sound fully anchored in literary lyrical bliss. The one-two punch of Spooner and the Ryan Montbleau Band’s double bill has proved to be one of the 2010 Fall concert season’s top highlights.
Widely admired singer-songwriter and LA native Holly Conlan has known Sara Bareilles since they both performed at LA’s famed proving ground Hotel Café, and beginning October 7th, Conlan opens for and performs with Bareilles in 22 major markets across the country.
Conlan will open the show on piano with several of her own songs accompanied by her trusted multi-instrumentalist Fil Krohnengold (guitar, accordion, etc.). She will also take the stage to lend her vocals to Bareilles on several more songs throughout the night.
“These songs have come a long way from where they were first born in terms of how they sound on the record and how I usually play them with a full band. Playing them more intimately like this is refreshing and I’m excited for people to hear them this way,” notes Conlan of the stripped down set-up.
Conlan, whose emotionally resonant album ‘Fascinator’ (Cloverbird) is out now, creates syncopated piano-driven songs with simple, yet deeply meaningful lyrics. With an affecting alto voice, Conlan uses her training in classical composition to write unusual string voicings and surprising rhythms. “Take the Blame” and “One Two Three” from ‘Fascinator’ are just a few of Conlan’s latest songs that have appeared in hit shows such as 90210, Drop Dead Diva One Tree Hill, and Ghost Whisperer. Additionally, one of her earliest songs, the heartbreaking “You Are Goodbye,” was awarded the coveted iTunes Single of the Week spot and will be featured in the upcoming Natalie Portman movie Love & Other Impossible Pursuits. Conlan has also shared the stage with notable performers including Colbie Caillat, Katy Perry, Ingrid Michaelson and Butch Walker, and was part of the 2008 Hotel Café Tour. Read more
Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound. Read more
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled their list of nominees for induction in the 2011 ceremony. The inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony takes place March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. Check out the list of nominees below:
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
At the end of December, Phish returns to the road for a five-show Holiday/NYE Run, beginning with two nights in Worcester and ending with three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. Not only will the New York City run include a three-set New Year’s Eve show, but for the first time in Phish History, the band will perform on January 1st.
PHISH NEW YEAR’S RUN 2010-2011
12/27 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
12/28 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
12/30 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12/31 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
01/01 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Read more