Ryan Montbleau Band Album Release Party – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – April 19th, 2017

Ryan Montbleau Band Album Release Party

Gypsy Sally's Presents

Ryan Montbleau Band Album Release Party

The Suitcase Junket (Album Release)

Wed, April 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance $15/ Day of Show $15 + Fees

This event is 21 and over

Ryan Montbleau Band: Folk Rock / Americana / Soul / R&B

All online sales stop at 5PM. Tickets are available at the door at 7PM unless listed as sold out. 

Ryan Montbleau Band
Ryan Montbleau Band
Produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and mixed by Count, his ninth
release effortlessly blends and bends genres to create an original and
daring framework
BROOKLYN, NY — Hot-wired songwriter and performer Ryan Montbleau enters
a new chapter of his career with the release of Growing Light on April 21st. The
10-song set is bold and barrier breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul,
folk and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope where tunes like the
percolating first single “Pacing Like Prince” and the cinematic title track co-exist
in refracted bliss. Montbleau will celebrate his new album with two CD release
concerts at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, April 17th with his original lineup of
the Ryan Montbleau Band on Saturday, April 18th with players he has been
working with over the past year.
Growing Light is a “perfect storm” recording. The album pairs Montbleau’s most
artfully crafted and sincere lyrics with vocal performances of exceptional grace
and heart. The songs also benefit from the near-telepathic rapport of Montbleau
and his band, which developed over a decade of touring. And those qualities are
enhanced by the adventurous production of Galactic’s Ben Ellman and inventive
mixing by Mikael “Count” Eldridge, who has worked with DJ Shadow, Radiohead
and No Doubt.
Growing Light is also poignant and personal. Montbleau’s new songs trace the
bloom-and-fade cycle of finding and losing love through the arc of a relationship.
They also come at the end of a decade-long era with his band – a group who
came of age together while touring the jam band circuit, where the
Massachusetts-born Montbleau built his initial following.
“We knew this would be our last recording together as full-on road warriors when
we entered the studio in May 2013,” Montbleau, who recently relocated to
Brooklyn, explains. “That made the whole experience much more real and
emotional and gave it a certain focus. We were about to split up, but not because
of animosity or rifts in the band; it was all for good reasons. After 10 years on the
road it was time for some people to stay at home with their families, or to try
other things, or just to move on.”
For Montbleau, Growing Light is part of a creative leap that began with
2012’s For Higher, his first collaboration with Ellman and Count. Ellman — who
has produced albums for Galactic, Trombone Shorty and many others
— assembled a crack band of New Orleans all-stars including bassist George
Porter, Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville, guitarist Anders Osborne and drummer
Simon Lott to support Montbleau. The results were a muscular and spontaneous
blend of cover tunes and originals.
This time, Montbleau wrote nine of the ten songs on Growing Light. Some, like
the title number, which celebrates the transcendence of falling in love over a
swelling ambient-folk backdrop, are plucked from his own life. Others were
developed on the road. The funky celebration “Glad” grew out of jams at concert
sound checks and shines like a lost gem from ’70s psychedelic soul kingpin
Shuggie Otis. And “Pacing Like Prince” flat-out rocks, with electric guitar riffs
stomping over an R&B power-beat while Montbleau cants lyrics inspired by a
scene in the movie Purple Rain.
The album ends with the bittersweet “Together,” a guitar and vocal performance
that returns Montbleau to his beginnings as a solo artist. The song’s arrangement
is a reminder that regardless of the degree of sweetness, illumination or spacedout
aural wallop that Ellman and Count bring to the album’s individual tunes, the
warm butterscotch sound and multi-faceted emotional texture of Montbleau’s
voice are always the focus.
It took Montbleau his first 21 years to begin to find that voice. “I was a late
bloomer,” he allows. “I didn’t really start writing songs until I was in college. I’d be
sitting in the back of a class in my chemical engineering program and writing
poetry in my notebook. At that point, I knew something had to change.”
Until then Montbleau hadn’t really been bitten by music. His father was a rock
bassist who drifted from playing as he raised a family. And although Montbleau
was given a guitar as a kid, and he’d peck away at popular songs like Ozzy
Osbourne’s "Crazy Train” occasionally, things didn’t really catch fire. But as he
attended college, he found that poetry — and by extension great songs and
timeless songwriters like Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson and Bob Marley – captured
the complexities of the adult life that he was beginning to experience, and
Montbleau started chasing his muse. By the time he graduated from Villanova
University with an English degree, the hook was set. And he became an
omnivorous devotee of all kinds of styles and artists.
Montbleau began as a solo performer, appearing often on stage at the first
House of Blues club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and made his initial two
recordings primarily with just his guitar. By 2006’s One Fine Color he'd
formed the Ryan Montbleau Band and was branching out of the coffeehouse and
folk scene into the jam world, spending much of each year on the road.
His next album, 2007’s Patience On Friday, brought his breakthrough song “75
and Sunny,” a reflective, brightly melodic celebration of maturity. Previous to For
Higher, Montbleau also recoded two live albums, one solo and one with his
group, as well as the Martin Sexton-produced studio disc Heavy On the Vine – a
title that reflected the musical depth, versatility and skill Montbleau and his
bandmates – bassist Matt Giannaros, drummer James Cohen, keyboardist
Jason Cohen, percussionist Yahuba, violist Laurence Scudder (and eventually
guitarist Lyle Brewer) – had developed together on the road.
Today Montbleau continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, dividing gigs
between solo shows and concerts with various line-ups of the Ryan Montbleau
Band. “I loved playing with my original band and still do, whenever we may get
the chance. But touring with different musicians has taught me to be a better
bandleader and forced me to be a better musician,” Montbleau reflects.
“Another thing I’ve learned is that as you continue your life as a songwriter and
performer, you learn your limitations and grow into them,” he continues. “You
learn how to push yourself to write lyrics that get as close to what you want to
say as possible, or to find the right music to say it with, or to sing in a way that
really carries the message in your heart. That’s where I feel like I’ve arrived
today, and I’m excited to find out where I’m going next.
The Suitcase Junket (Album Release)
The Suitcase Junket (Album Release)
The Suitcase Junket released his Signature Sounds debut, Dying Star, on March 4th. The 7- song E.P. features five songs recorded during the making of Lorenz’s acclaimed 2015 album, Make Time, and two live tracks recorded at Northampton MA’s The Parlor Room. With Dying Star, The Suitcase Junket is poised to make the jump from one of New England's best-kept roots star secrets, to a household name.

Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar.

Every night is a hard-driving, blues-grinding, throat-singing search-and-rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old. This is The Suitcase Junket.

Matt Lorenz was raised in Cavendish, Vermont, the son of teachers. He learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. (The siblings are two-thirds of the touring trio Rusty Belle.) Lorenz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2004, having taught himself to throat-sing thanks to a South Indian cooking class. On moving day, he pulled his guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm Dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning.

The Suitcase Junket is filling rooms and drawing festival crowds all over his native New England and beyond, from Signal Kitchen near the Canadian border to Wisconsin's Mile of Music Festival, from Ireland's pubs to Mountain Jam in the Catskills, from opening nights for Lake Street Dive and Charlie Musselwhite to Mountain Stage in West Virginia. He caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for "Earth Apple" from his 2015 album Make Time as one of the year's favorite sessions.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007