photo by Rich Gastwirt ((www.stageshooter.com))
Friday night at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Ryan Montbleau got his band back together for an incredibly memorable night of music. Montbleau was joined by the group’s original core members (James & Jason Cohen, Laurence Scudder and Matt Giannaros) as well as Lyle Brewer on guitar and Yahuba on percussion.
These 7 guys spent countless hours together over the years…touring the country in a Sprinter van and recording Montbleau’s songs while an ever-growing fan base followed their every move. It was clear that a flood of memories were hitting Montbleau up on that stage, but he decided to skip the story telling and let the music speak for itself.
For one nearly 3-hour long set, RMB favorites came one after another, much to the sold out crowd’s delight. Stand out moments included “Stretch”, “Draw the Line”, “Honeymoon Eyes”, “Grain Of Sand”, “You Crazy You” > “I Can’t Wait” and an epic “Here Et. All” encore. Songs from the new album Growing Light were sprinkled in along with a few covers…the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody” was clearly a crowd favorite.
The room was filled with a palpable energy as fans danced alongside many familiar faces, celebrating this tight unit of a band. As the crowd roared and the guys got together for one final bow, it sank in that this is truly the closing of a chapter in Montbleau’s career…and for the RMB family too.
It was a bittersweet evening, and a fitting farewell for a great group of musicians and fans.
Ryan Montbleau Band
Cool off this weekend by jumping aboard a Rock and Blues Concert Cruise in Boston. Enjoying a cold beverage on a boat with friends, gazing at the city off in the distance is something special…add in some incredible live music, and you’ve got a perfect way to kick off the summer!
FRIDAY June 22nd
Jason Spooner Trio
SATURDAY June 23rd
Ryan Montbleau Band
These cruises board at 7pm, depart at 8pm and return at 11pm.
GRAB TICKETS before they’re gone!
Ryan Montbleau – “Yeah Man”
On May 15th, Ryan Montbleau will release an album that’s quite a departure from his previous material. For Higher features a studio band consisting of Anders Osborne on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on keys and Simon Lott on drums. With this pro ensemble backing him, Montbleau recorded 4 cover songs and 6 originals over the course of just two days down in New Orleans. The songs range in style, but all are infused with soul, R&B, and funk…and Montbleau’s vocals soar.
Here’s the single from the album, a cover of the Eddie Hinton tune, “Yeah Man”:
Tall Heights – “To Be Young”
I’ve blogged about this duo before…for fans of Kings Of Convenience, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, or even Simon & Garfunkel. They open up for Ryan Montbleau tonight at Club Passim. Here’s one of my favorite tunes they do:
Erik White – “Absolute”
LOVE this tune from Erik White. Almost 2 years ago now, I saw Erik perform at an open mic competition and was totally drawn in. More recently, Ryan Montbleau saw him live and felt the same way… Erik opens for Ryan tonight at Club Passim in Cambridge.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Hanuman”
Tonight at the Boston Opera House, Rodrigo y Gabriela will drop many a jaw with their insane guitar work. Ryan Montbleau opens the night with a solo set at 7:30pm. Just check out this video of “Hamuman”, one of 11 tracks on their incredible new album 11:11, and you’ll see what I mean:
Rodrigo y Gabriela