Friday, August 19, 2022

Summer Concert: Ryan Montbleau Band

Ryan Montbleau

About Summer Concert: Ryan Montbleau Band

Friday, August 19th, Ryan Montbleau Band joins us on the Fruitlands Summer Concert stage! Come picnic and enjoy live music with stunning sunset views.

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.

Honesty and vulnerability have been hallmarks of Montbleau’s career since the early 2000’s, when he first began performing around his native Massachusetts. In the years to come, he’d go on to collaborate with artists as diverse as Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, Tall Heights, and Galactic, and rack up more than 100 million streams on Spotify alone. Along the way, Montbleau would share bills with stars like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Mavis Staples, but it was his ecstatic headline shows—often more than 200 of them a year—that solidified his reputation as a roots rock powerhouse and an inexorable road warrior. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix celebrated his “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”

Concert begins at 7PM, Gates Open 6pm

This outdoor picnic concert is presented on the lawn on Fruitlands. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs. There is plenty of room on the concert lawn to spread out and get comfortable. Before the concert starts, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and visit the New England Triennial exhibition on view in the Art Gallery which will be open from 6-7pm.

At our picnic concerts, dogs are welcome to join and must be kept on leash at all times.

Food and Beverage:

  • The Hyve at the Fruitlands Café is pleased to be offering both a special event pre-order menu and day-of grill menu for this event.
  • The Hyve will be offering a pre-order menu for advanced purchase. If you would like to order from the pre-order menu, Orders Must Be Placed In Advance by Noon the day of the concert. You can view the menu and order online here.
  • Offered for purchase at the event is a special grill menu of specialty hot dogs, snacks, and treats.
  • A bar will be available for beer and wine purchases at the event. Under current liquor laws and restrictions of licensing, any guests wishing to purchase alcohol for consumption on the picnic field must also order food onsite. In the absence of a food purchase, alcohol must be consumed within our licensed area in the open-air event tent and upper patio.
  • Guests are also welcome to bring their own food if preferred.

Please purchase your tickets online in advance

Member Adult $28, Member Child $16

Nonmember Adult $35, Nonmember Child $20

This is an outdoor event. In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated directly to ticket holders via email.

Any questions? Contact Catherine Shortliffe at

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