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18h00 - STEVE AMBER (Gagnant Tremplin 2016) - Scène Village19h30 - EARTH WIND & FIRE EXPERIENCE feat. AL McKay - Scène Chapiteau21h15 - KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND - Scène Village22h45 - EXTREME - Scène Chapiteau00h20 - KING KING - Scène Village
STEVE AMBER(Gagnant Tremplin 2016)Psychedelic Folk / FranceScène Village - 18h00
On se sent par moment décollé du sol sous l'impulsion leurs harmonies vocales et de leurs riffs aériens pour aussitôt redescendre là où règne le chaos et la folie. Chavirant entre mélodies folk et voyages psychédéliques, STEVE AMBER nous offre une atmosphère tantôt envoutante, tantôt explosive. Après avoir partagé la scène avec Moriarty, Yodelice ou encore Lilly Wood & The Prick et sorti leur nouvel EP “STEVE AMBER“, le groupe breton a entamé sa tournée 2017 dans toute la France et sera de passage sur la scène Village de Guitare en Scène le 22 juillet prochain pour distiller leur énergie colorée et organique.
EARTH WIND & FIRE EXPERIENCE feat. Al McKayFunk Soul / USScène Chapiteau - 19h30
Veteran, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum recording artist Al McKay has a long history of creating songs that feel good to the body and soul. The former Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist teamed with group founder Maurice White to pen the band’s seminal hits “September” and “Sing A Song” and honed his chops playing with Ike & Tina Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. McKay continues in this tradition with “Heed the Message,” his latest offering from his band Al McKay Allstars. In the spirit of McKay’s eight years in Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973 to 1981, “Heed the Message” is rich with impressive harmonic backing vocals, ample moving saxophone runs, driving funk bass grooves and uplifting lyrics: “Don’t think twice when your feeling is right,” “Try meditation,” and “Love is the calling.”
“The song’s message is Do the best you can,” McKay explains. “Be true to yourself. Don’t let anything get in your way. Whatever you consider being successful, don’t let it stop you from doing what you do, what you’re here for.” McKay has a personal connection to the song’s theme. “I create a lot when I’m in my depressed mode,” he says. “But playing is really therapeutic, it gets it out. Playing for me is the best way to release.” His intention is for the song to have a similar impact on listeners.
McKay credits the late Maurice White with encouraging him to become a songwriter. White would begin writing lyrics as he listened to McKay improvising on his guitar. “In the dressing room, we used to have a tuning guitar room. After I would tune, I would start playing these tunes and I could hear [Maurice] singing. That’s how we wrote ‘Sing A Song.’ That’s how we wrote The Emotion’s ‘Best of My Love.’”McKay describes White as his best songwriter partner and was saddened by White’s passing to Parkinson’s disease in 2016. “It was difficult,” McKay recalls. “I didn’t realize it was taking such a turn. Last time I saw him was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when we were being inducted.” McKay is working on a new album. In addition to working with some of his bandmates, he’s also in talks to collaborate with a few of the music business’ hit making, award-winning songwriters and producers. “I have some exciting things in the works,” McKay explains. “It’s just too early to share the names.”
One of McKay’s recent works is a feel good, dance song “Everybody Get Up” that the band has been playing during their European concert dates. “They love it in Europe,” he says. The tour set pays homage to Earth, Wind & Fire. When the band went on an extended hiatus in the 1980s, McKay created Al McKay Allstars and reunited many original Earth, Wind & Fire band members, including Verdine White, to resume playing together. “I had damn near the whole band,” McKay says with a laugh. “I’d like to continue in Earth, Wind & Fire’s tradition.”
The Al McKay Allstars lineup includes: McKay (leader, guitar), Tim Owens (vocals), DeVere Duckett (vocals), Claude Woods (vocals), Freddie Flewelen (bass guitar), Ben Dowling (keyboards), Dean Gant (keyboards), Rayford Griffin (drums), David Leach (percussion), Ed Wynne (saxophone), Luis Gonzales (trumpet), Omar Peralta (trumpet) & Justin Kirk (trombone) Prior to joining Earth, Wind & Fire, McKay was hired on the spot to play with Sammy Davis Jr. after demonstrating his mastery of the then new wah-wah pedal. He played extensive Vegas dates with Davis before performing with the likes of Pearl Bailey, Andy Williams and Isaac Hayes. One of McKay’s most impressive tenures would be touring with Ike & Tina Turner, a gig he landed at 18, not long after finishing high school. McKay accompanied a bandmate to an Ike and Tina Turner rehearsal and impressed Ike with his guitar skills.
“They were learning ‘Losing You’ by The Temptations.’ Ike was arguing that it was two guitars playing the opening line. I could play so I interjected, ‘That’s only one guitar.’ People looked around like, Who’s this little high school dropout? Ike said, ‘Oh, yeah, you know how to play?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m left handed.’ I took his Stratocaster and played it upside down. The next day I got a call. He wasn’t even looking for a guitar player. We just hit it off.’” Exactly five decades later, McKay is still going strong and motivated to create. “I’d like to try music with films,” he reveals. “I’d like to be able to see something and feel and be inspired. I would like to give it a shot and see what comes up.” Movie scoring would be a great next venture for McKay. In order to make it happen, he only needs to revisit the lyrics of his new song “Heed the Message”: “Don’t think twice when your feeling is right.”
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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERDBlues-Rock / USScène Village - 21h15
As a blues wonder boy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd released his debut album Ledbetter Heights, at only 18. This album will rank amongst the best sales of the Billboard. The next two albums in 1997 and 1999 will lead K.W. Shepherd to share the stage with the Stones, Aerosmith, the Eagles and Bob Dylan; therefore becoming a true member of the Holy chapel of blues. Goin’ Home is an exploration of Kenny Wayne’s greatest musical influences, including duets with guests of close relation to the artist as Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson, Pastor Brady Blade and the Rebirth Brass Band. Shepherd is eager to come back to Europe and satisfy his fans as he knows how to.
EXTREMEHard Rock / USScène Chapiteau - 22h45
It all started when four Boston-bred kids joined forces in the late 80s to form Extreme. With an original new sound and groundbreaking records, the foursome was immediately recognized as innovators in the world of rock & roll. The band has described their music as "Funky Metal" in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock. The band's popularity is fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Their unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approaches earned the band multi-platinum albums with chart topping hits and sold-out tours all over the globe. The band achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified multi-platinum. The album is considered the definitive album of the band’s career. Musically, Pornograffitti is dominated by blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications. But it was the the acoustic ballad single "More Than Words", that reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States landing Extreme their first #1 hit song. The subsequent single, "Hole Hearted", another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same popular music chart. "Decadence Dance" and "Get the Funk Out" were also released as singles both reaching the lower half of Billboard's rock chart and becoming fan favorites. “This was the album where we found ourselves,” says vocalist Gary Cherone. “Our first album showed us to be the bastard sons of Queen, Aerosmith and Van Halen. But on the second record, we discovered our style and sound.” Bettencourt was instrumental in initially composing the original songs, leaving Cherone alone to write the lyrics, which Cherone describes as “a coming of age tale… about an innocent boy who is growing up and exposed to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Bettencourt himself doesn’t see the Pornograffitti as “a concept album,” but admits, “I suppose what happened was a little like writing a play, and then trying to make sure the songs fit into the plot.” “It seems like another lifetime to me,” says Bettencourt, “I listen to it, and I can criticize some things. But I am still proud of it. And so many fans do still say it’s their favorite album.” “We came into our own on this album,” admits bassist/vocalist Pat Badger. “We honed in on our hard rock sound. The songs were riff-driven yet also had a little funk groove. But we were still diverse, which has always been one of our trademarks.” To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide. The band’s trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen and Van Halen—fueled by BETTENCOURT’s signature guitar flights and CHERONE’s resonant vocals—and matched with a social consciousness in their lyrics.
KING KINGBlues / EcosseScène Village - 00h20
Right now, King King are a band breaking into a swagger. There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review) – but for Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys), it’s far from mission accomplished. “We’re not stopping to smell the roses,” says Alan. “We want to take this band as far as we can.” In another year of quantum leaps, perhaps the main event in 2017 is Exile & Grace. Mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder, Therapy?), this fourth album will be released October 6th, unveiling a tracklisting that bristles with sharply observed lyrics and blues-rock firepower. “There’s an underlying theme on the new album,” explains Alan. “Some of the main songs are about the state of the world, ya know, this beautiful blue planet that’s turning into a battlefield. There’s an edgier, rockier feel this time around, but you’ve got the soulful ballads as well. It’s still King King. It’s just what we’re doing now.” Exile & Grace is sure to give King King’s setlists a shot in the arm, as the band roll out on a white-knuckle live itinerary in 2017 that takes in summer festival and European dates, plus their biggest UK tour so far. “We decided to take that leap,” reflects Alan. “We just need to believe in that old adage from Wayne’s World – if you build it, they will come. I think we’ve got the ambition and the drive to make it work.” Anyone who has caught King King live in recent times will vouch for their ability to conquer any venue. In 2016, the band’s schedule took them everywhere from Mumbai’s Mahindra Festival to five UK arena shows with hard-rock heroes, Thunder. “To walk onstage and say, ‘Hello Wembley!’” reflects Alan, “that was a dream come true.” With the lineup drilled to near-telepathy, May 2016 was also the perfect juncture to deliver their long-awaited live album. “We’ve been asked for one so many times,” reflects Alan, “and with King King Live, I think we really managed to capture the vibe of that night. But I’ve got to admit, I was surprised by the reaction that album got. It went to #1 as soon as it came out… above The Rolling Stones! And it was like, ‘What just happened?’” There’s been no shortage of pinch-yourself moments for King King, ever since the band’s touchdown at the 2010 Monaghan Blues Festival and the following year’s British Blues Award-winning debut, Take My Hand (declared “tremendous” by Maverick). In 2013, Standing In The Shadows underlined the collective’s sharpening songcraft, while 2015’s Reaching For The Light infiltrated Classic Rock’s Best Album poll – and secured a nomination for ‘Best New Band’ at the magazine’s coveted Roll Of Honour.“With each album, each year and every time we write songs,” says Alan, “we’re always striving to get better.”
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