For concert blogging, please direct your browser to PanPot where I will be one of their many correspondents for the 7th annual Suoni Per Il Popolo festival throughout the month of June. I did a preview show last night on Jazz Euphorium, and of the three jazz festivals in town (FIJM, Off, and Suoni) its lineup has me the most consistently excited. For PanPot, I'll be reporting on:
Rob Brown Quartet (June 5, La Sala Rossa)
William Parker/Hamid Drake duo (June 6, La Sala Rossa)
Matana Roberts' Coin Coin (June 13, Casa del Popolo) [featuring three members of A Silver Mt. Zion - should be interesting]
The Goods f/ Recloose (June 23, La Sala Rossa) [protégé of Detroit house guru Carl Craig]
Louis Moholo/Dave Burrell/Kidd Jordan (June 27, La Sala Rossa)
I'll also be attending Marc Ribot's solo show at Sala on the 4th. Watch for a report here (another PanPot correspondent will be attending as well). Unfortunately, I'm in New York when the ICP Orchestra invades Sala with their chaos, but if you're within reasonable driving distance of Montreal, go. (As a consolation, Han Bennink will be playing duo with Anthony Coleman during JazzFest if you miss ICP.)
In other mini-festival news, tomorrow is the St. Viateur street festival sponsored by Ubisoft Montreal, with musical entertainment provided by Socalled and Patrick Watson among others. A Mile-End block party that's been sidelined for the past couple of years, it's the first I've heard about it and I'm excited to see Watson, our local ethereal singer-songwriter done good, again.