Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Montbleau Band’

LIVE: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 6/4/11

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Mountain Jam

Mountain Jam

It’s been a long time since I went to a “Festival” type concert, but at the urging of a friend who was calling me lame, I bought a one-day pass for Mountain Jam. When I looked at the schedule for Saturday, a couple of performers jumped out at me – Mavis Staples and the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, and a chance to see Gov’t Mule. So, this 54-year old headed up the mountain wearing a NYRA “Alabama” hat, a Buck Dharma Archive T-shirt and comfortable shoes. I packed one of the kid’s backpacks with everything I needed to enjoy the concert – a change of clothes, with a hoodie and heavy sweat pants for when it got cold, a camera, binoculars (never used them once), bug spray, sunscreen, Aleve, my medicine, a big water bottle and a flashlight. With a Coleman camp chair, I was ready!

We found a place a couple of hundred feet from the stage, and claimed (or so we thought) our ground for the day and began 12+ hours of music and people watching. The crowd was very diverse – families with very young kids up to people I would consider old. The weather was spectacular – sunny with a breeze and in the mid-70s – and as we got there, the Ryan Montbleau Band started playing. Never heard of them before, have no idea what any of the songs were called, but it was a vibrant performance that swung and rocked and fit the bright weather. The guitar player was excellent and had one of the best, if not the best solo of the day. These guys ended their set by saying they play house parties! I don’t know the names of the songs, but I am going to find out.

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Live: The Ryan Montbleau Band @ Jillian’s, 9/24/10

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau


Who is Ryan Montbleau? And why are all his shows jam-packed with fans?

Well, his “The Egg Song” has become an underground, tongue-in-cheek classic. He plays both electric and acoustic guitar. He’s cute. He sings with his heart right up past his sleeve and into the mic. And he’s got the approval of no less a superstar than Dave Matthews.

If Dave likes Montbleau enough to join him on his national tour as an opening act, then he’s got to be good. Right?

Most importantly, Montbleau is a fun performer. He has a seductively innocent talk-sing vocal style that really brings you into the moment and keeps you listening and wanting more.

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