Ryan Montbleau (Solo)

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

Ryan Montbleau (Solo)

Bekah Kelso

Sat, February 16, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. 

Ryan Montbleau
Ryan Montbleau
In 2005, Ryan Montbleau and his band headed into Applehead Recording in Saugerties, New York, to cut their debut album. With nothing more than ambition and a relentless work ethic to their names, they bootstrapped the whole thing, maxing out credit cards to fund it themselves and launch their careers from the ground up. Twelve years, eleven records, thousands of shows, and 60 million Spotify streams later, Montbleau returned to the studio for a special one-night-only concert that would become the latest entry in his venerable catalog: ‘Woodstock Sessions.’

“There was something special about performing there again after going into that same studio as a young buck trying to figure out how to make my first records,” reflects Montbleau. “Coming back, I was a decade more confident, a decade stronger in my craft. It felt like coming full circle.”

For his performance that night, Montbleau was backed not by his usual touring band, but by the acclaimed Boston duo Tall Heights (cellist Paul Wright and guitarist Tim Harrington). The collaboration yielded fresh perspective on Montbleau’s catalog, fleshing out his stripped-down acoustic performances with gorgeous vocal blends and elegant instrumental arrangements. Soulful and spontaneous, the set showcased the magic that can happen when three consummate musicians surrender themselves to the songs, when a trio of gifted artists follow their instincts to craft a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

“Tall Heights’ sound just naturally wraps around mine in a way that’s really unique,” says Montbleau. “Their harmonies and tones are so dialed in with each other, and their voices gel around mine perfectly. When we get together, something special tends to happen.”

Recorded in front of an intimate audience, the resulting collection combines the pristine audio quality of a studio record with the contagious energy of a live album, an ideal fit for Montbleau’s intimate, honest lyrics and spirited, dynamic delivery. The unusual setting pushed him to step outside his comfort zone and take bold artistic risks, assembling a setlist that was equal parts reimagined retrospective and trial-by-fire as he mixed stripped-down versions of songs from throughout his career with brand new tracks recorded for the first time that night. “Less is more” was the mantra, and while Montbleau may be best known for his barn-burning full-band shows, he’s no stranger to the raw acoustic setting.

“I’ve been touring solo about half the year lately, and my last release was a solo record where I really stripped the songs down to their bare bones,” says Montbleau. “I felt like those were some of the best songs I’ve written in my entire life, and this record is a perfect continuation of that. The music’s fleshed out a little bit more, but at its essence, it’s still me just pouring my heart out.”
Bekah Kelso
Bekah Kelso
Take one part bohemian and one part brass knuckles, stir in some wanderlust, simmer at 100° in Texas weather for 20 something years. Remove from heat and let chill. Serve Bekah Kelso with a folk-hop twist, relax and enjoy.

The warrior-wanderer from San Antonio began her full-time music career in 2008 when she packed up her car, sold everything that wouldn’t fit, and hit the road with a guitar and a dream. The countless miles since then have proved a source of endless inspiration for her inquisitive and introspective nature. Her music is a reflection of the unconventional path she prefers.

She’s played for crowds at festivals, patrons at bars and coffee shops, and
– her favorite – intimate gatherings at house concerts. Her DIY tours have taken her to international stages and all over the United States.

2013 was a fabulous year for the gypsy-spirit chanteuse, who took home "Best Singer/Songwriter" and "Best Song" in the fan-choice San Antonio Music Awards, as well "Solo Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" in the "Best Local Music of 2013, Music Editor's Edition - San Antonio Current.". In the year that was her best yet, Kelso attained a huge spike in media love and new fans for her quirky, alt-pop style. She is determined to see the new year even brighter.

Though she hasn’t given up her wayfaring ways, Bekah settled back in San Antonio and plans to make Texas her oyster, performing closer to home while she spends time with her newest and favorite playmate – her son Kaius. She rejoices daily in this tiny muse.
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215