About This Event
*Note: This is a partially seated show*
Wednesday, May 10th
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
$20 in advance / $25 day of the show
For as long as he can remember, Ryan Montbleau’s been a seeker. From the jungles of Peru to the volcanoes of Hawaii, from the beaches of Costa Rica to the streets of Brooklyn, from the backseat of a 16-passenger van to backstage at Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed singer/songwriter has spent much of his life crisscrossing the globe on a perpetual search for meaning, purpose, and understanding. It’s a quest that’s guided him both personally and professionally over the years, one that’s come to define not only his music, but his very sense of self. And yet, listening to Montbleau’s ambitious new multi-part album, Wood, Fire, Water, and Air, there is a profound sense of satisfaction in sitting still, a recognition that perhaps all those spiritual treasures he’s been chasing for so long were closer than he thought.
“My whole adult life has been this journey of trying to figure out where home is,” Montbleau reflects. “I think I’ve finally found it.”
Reid Genauer is best known as a singer and songwriter. In that capacity he first hit the national stage fronting the band Strangefolk in the mid nineties. Since then he has gone on to cement his reputation as a prolific songsmith and band leader, fronting a second grassroots success story – The Assembly of Dust. Genauer’s success as a songwriter is evidenced by the caliber and cast of musicians who have supported those songs. Beyond his bandmates from Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust. Genauer has his recordings gilded with guest performances from the likes of Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Mike Gordon, David Grisman and Richie Havens
The music Genauer makes with Assembly of Dust and his original group Strangefolk is a Psychedelic infused Folk Rock and has been compared to the likes of Paul Simon, CSNY, and The Band. Strangefolk leans more towards the psychedelic and Assembly of Dust more towards Americana. The commonality of both groups is the backbone of Genauer’s trademark songs, characterized by crafted lyrics, american stories and authentic vocal performances.
While Genauer is best know in context with other musicians he traces his musical roots to solo singer songwriters and has dabbled throughout the years in this arena. “ There is something very visceral and safe about playing music with other people. I’m more comfortable in that setting” says Genauer “ but ultimately a song should be able to stand on its own and to some extent so should a singer songwriter”
It is to that end that Reid Genauer steps out this spring to test his songs and his mettle as a singer songwriter and to capture his fans with one lone voice in a room full of listening. Reid Genauer and Folks will be a blend of Reid’s musical co-conspirators and bay area local favorites.