Ryan Montbleau Band
Ryan Montbleau Band
with special guests
Caraven of Thieves
Ryan Montbleau is a pure soul singer. Not in the traditional sense. His voice although a sweet, passionate
instrument isnt packed with Memphis clay like Al Greens or greased with urban sophistication like R. Kellys.
Instead, Montbleau sings purely from his soul in a voice every bit as honest, open hearted and original as the
stories he tells in his songs.
Whether hes playing a club around his Boston home base or a big stage at the Gathering of the Vibes or the
High Sierra Music Festival, the young leader of the Ryan Montbleau Band is a one-man antidote for an era of
irony. His lyrics about romance, joy, pain and loss care nothing for the barriers of image and style. He is unabash-
edly romantic, wistful, a soul-searcher looking for the Holy Grails of Love, Virtue and Hope at a time when head-
lines and the rapid pace of life often make those causes feel lost.
Of course, the love Montbleau has already found is music, and the Ryan Montbleau Bands new album Pa-
tience on Friday spotlights its creators and their dazzling array of sounds in full mutual embrace. The singer-
guitarist and his A-Team of bandmates drummer James P. Cohen, keyboardist Jason Cohen, bassist Matt
Gianarros and violist Laurence Scudder weave a tapestry of folk, blues, rock-steady, country, cocktail music,
rock, gypsy jazz and psychedelia thats exciting, elegant and sometimes even elegiac.
By the time the Ryan Montbleau Bands first group album One Fine Color was released in 2006, they were play-
ing more than 200 dates a year, coast-to-coast, and the CD quickly sold 10,000 copies. "My tourings not going to
slow down any time soon," vows Montbleau. "I really enjoy going out and meeting people and performing these
songs with the guys in the band, who are my closest friends. And when were on stage together, the people in the
audience are right there with us, so even a sad song can become uplifting. Were all in it together. When you strip
away all the goals I might have as an artist and a working musician, what I really want to do with my life is uplift
people," Montbleau says. "My favorite thing in the world is looking out from the stage and seeing smiling faces."
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|