The Band? The Band?! THE BAND!
Alright, listen up people! I’ll be the first to admit that until recent events, The Band’s work remained unknown to me. I wouldn’t say that I’ve become a rabid fan of their music, but I am much more interested in their work, now. If you’re searching for the roots of folk, blues, and country music then look no further. The dynamic relationships between, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, take the poetic simplicity of country & folk and wrap it with a 70’s funk and delta blues that is unlike most music of the 60’s.
On November 25th, 1976, at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco, California, The Band performed a farewell concert with some of the most sought out musicians in Rock n’ Roll history, such as; Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters and Van Morrison. Renowned director, Martin Scorsese, filmed the final performance of the venerated Canadian-American country rock powerhouse group and created one of, if not the best Rock n’ Roll documentary of all time, The Last Waltz. Forty years later, the concert footage is still fantastic and the interview sections have a vibe to them that only Scorsese could bring. The Last Waltz has a rather bitter-sweet storyline because it embodies the celebration and conclusion of an era of music that can never truly be topped.
On Friday, November 25th, many Canadian artists will look to reincarnate that memorable performance: Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury alongside Howard Bilerman, country singer Angela Desveaux, Juno Award winner Matt Mays , Montreal’s Shane Murphy, Tom Wilson from Junkhouse, Toronto indie band The Wooden Sky, Singer Songwriter Chris Velan, Mack McKenzie of alt-country favourites Three O’Clock Train, multi-talented Andrea Ramolo, local heroes John Jacob Magistery and the newly formed High & Mighty. It’ll all go down at the The Corona Theatre!
This concert will be full of surprises and you’re not going to want to miss it!
About Vincenzo Mariano
An amateur historian with a passion for novels, poems, and music, ready to share his thoughts with the world. As a musician, I frequently explore Montreal bars/venues to further introduce myself with local talent. In doing so, I wish to broaden my musical vocabulary while generating new networks of communication with fellow musicians. Montreal has an abundant source of musical talent that needs to be heard by local citizens. I would like to introduce locals to this underground community scene.