Chase away the winter blues on February 23, 2018 with our first annual Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by Chartwells. The Ryan Montbleau Band will headline an evening of incredible performers, including The Old Main, Alyssa Rose, and Hayley Jane. Show starts at 7pm. There will be a cash bar, plus Ray Brother’s BBQ will have food available in the Underground! Doors open at 6:30pm, as will the food and bar.
Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I Was Just Leaving the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion. Recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios over four days in January 2016 with producer Anders Osborne and engineer/mixer Mark Howard (known for his work with such icons as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and U2), the album marks Montbleau’s first full length release in the wake of a series of seismic personal shifts. Songs like “Bright Side” and the touching title track reveal a uniquely blessed artist who has truly found his voice, his gift for melody and a remarkably open-armed approach.
Montbleau has been among America’s finest songwriters and performers, earning national attention and a fervent fan following with songs like “75 and Sunny” and his breakthrough cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” the latter a Spotify smash with total streams now in excess of 14 million.
An artist’s artist, Montbleau has collaborated with such diverse performers as Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, and Galactic. His association with Anders Osborne extends back to 2012 when the New Orleans-based singer/songwriter/guitarist played on Ryan’s Ben Ellman-produced FOR HIGHER alongside such fellow Big Easy icons as Ivan Neville and The Meters’ George Porter, Jr. Two years later, Anders and Ryan reconnected on the road backstage at a festival. The seeds were planted for a collaboration.
Hailing from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to bands such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes, while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. With catchy original music and creatively reimagined covers, they’ve been called everything from Folk-Rock to alt-Americana, though no label or description compares to hearing their foot-stomping music in person. Acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies make up The Old Main’s raw acoustic sound, and their high-energy live performances are enjoyed by all. The Old Main continues to build acclaim and expand their already strong following all over the North East.
Alyssa Rose’s performing career began in 2015 and immediately took off. She has played small, intimate rooms such as Club Passim in Boston, MA, larger venues
like The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY and just went on her first cross-country tour from NY to AZ and back. Rose has shared the stage with esteemed artists such as Jackie Greene and Ryan Montbleau and has been compared to artists like Sara Bareilles, Bonnie Raitt and Tristan Prettyman.
Rose is self-taught and has a unique, fingerpicking style. Her songwriting tends to focus on the loneliness and heartache that tend to accompany the wanderlust way. She is known for buying one-way tickets when traveling and moving to new cities without jobs, friends, or housing lined up beforehand. Being an avid journal writer, documenting these adventures often ultimately drives the inspiration for her songs. Rose’s debut release “Tumbleweed”, recorded with a full band at SubCat Studios in Syracuse, NY is a short yet sweet collection written while living on the road out in California.
Hundreds of thousands of miles and seventeen moves later, Rose has decided to dig her feet in back towards her hometown in Upstate NY, at least for a little while.