Singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau might not be a name that's familiar to all, but those who know him know that every one of his shows delivers something special. And for those of you who still might be in the dark … well, you might just want to get acquainted.
Whether it be a solo, acoustic performance hinting at elements of folk and Americana music, or a full-on rock show with five-piece band shaking the roof with funky, heavy-hitting blues jams, Montbleau is a musician who can encompass it all. He’ll return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Dec. 16, with his five-piece outfit for another memorable night at the quaint, historic theater.
After graduating from Villanova University, Montbleau moved to Boston, where his musical career really started to take shape. The House of Blues was a local hangout, where he started working in 1999 and eventually started performing his original music on-stage, as well as at other local venues, allowing him to build a Boston fan base.
He occasionally performed with a percussionist under the duo name “Palabra,” before building what would become the Ryan Montbleau Band. From there, things really started blowing up for the aspiring blues and folk musician.
Playing relentlessly throughout the Northeast, including becoming a regular act in the lineup at the Gathering of the Vibes music festival in Connecticut, Montbleau and his band are now playing upward of 200 gigs per year. And once again, they’re bringing one of those shows back to Jim Thorpe.
Montbleau has been performing and recording as a solo artist and bandleader for much of the last 15 years, and his reputation now spreads across the United States and beyond.
Entering a new chapter in his career, Montbleau will be celebrating his latest full-length release, “Growing Light,” on April 21. The 10-song album blends rock, funk, soul and psychedelia with its first single “Pacing Like Prince,” and its self-titled track.
The band’s lineup includes Montbleau on guitar and vocals, Tommy Diehl on drums, Marc Friedman on bass guitar, Sam Gilman on keyboards and Yahuba on percussion.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 8. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased at the Mauch Chunk Opera House box office or online here.
More information on Ryan Montbleau and his band can be found here.