Ryan Montbleau Band, plus Sarah Borges
Sunday Jan 13 1:00AM
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Songs for Ryan Montbleau typically need to simmer. In his 10-year career this gifted singer and his limber band have built their catalog the old-fashioned way, by introducing new songs to their live set, then bending and shaping them over dozens of performances before committing a definitive version to the hard drive.
At 35, he's a late-bloomer who's right on time. Montbleau didn't start singing and playing guitar in earnest until he was in college, at Villanova. Later, working at the House of Blues in Boston, he began playing solo sets there as a warmup act. His band â€” there's now six of them â€” came together naturally, over time, planting strong roots in coffeeshops, folk venues and rock clubs before converting audiences on an outdoor festival circuit that now stretches across the country. Through word of mouth and repeat visits, the band has built a devoted following from the Northeast to Chicago, Seattle and Austin. â€œIt's like watching the grass grow,â€ says the easygoing Montbleau.
â€œWe've done a good job staying in one direction, just moving forward,â€ says the singer. â€œWe all just really want to get better. I try to instill it in the guys â€” if we just keep it together, good stuff is gonna continue to happen.â€
When the crowds are dancing, the band digs deeper in the pocket. But, Montbleau, who still performs solo, is constantly looking to strike a balance between the contagious energy of moving bodies and making a closer connection.
â€œYou can still dance and have a good time,â€ he says of his fast-spreading fan base, â€œbut I love when you listen.â€
Directions from North - I-275 to Bearss exit, then left one block to Nebraska. Go right on Nebraska for 1/4 mile to Skipper Road. Turn left and then left into parking lot.
Directions from South or East - I-275 N to Fletcher exit, then right one block to Nebraska. Go left on Nebraska to Skipper Road. Turn right and then left into parking lot.