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[Concert Review] Ryan Montbleau Band, October 3rd, The High Noon Saloon

The Ryan Montbleau Band stopped by the High Noon Saloon last night to play a casual show.  There was a very laid back vibe at the high noon last night and it was a great way to end a relaxing Sunday.  The bands newest album, Heavy on the Vine, was fully showcased with a majority of the tracks being performed including my favorites, Songbird and Carry. Ryan has an incredible voice.  One that is very distinct and hard to duplicate.  It sounded amazing at the High Noon.  It’s powerful but effortless.  The band also did a great job with their performance.  They have a great sound with a lot of funk.  It’s easy for bands like that to get a bit carried away in a jam session but they kept it reigned in. The only shortcoming of this show was the bands apparent lack of enthusiasm.  They all seemed to be a bit distracted.  For me music is all about a connection.  I like shows were the artists share things and tell us a little about them.  It allows the audience to feel a stronger bond with and become closer to the music.  Ryan Montbleau and the boys had limited words for the crowd and especially in a setting like it was I think that was a missed opportunity.  Highlights from the show:
  1. Ryan can WHISTLE. He can whistle better than I can sing.  When I first heard him I thought he was playing some obscure instrument or something but no it was really him whistling and I must say I was impressed.
  2. The band played to perfection.  They are just as good live as they are in the studio which is remarkable.
  3. By the end of the night a handful of people had really loosened up and watching them dance off-beat to funk music was extremely entertaining.  Especially since I had a balcony view.


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10/04/2010 1:08PM
[Concert Review] Ryan Montbleau Band, October 3rd, The High Noon Saloon
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