• James Armstrong

R&B Motown concert in St. Lazare


PHOTO COURTESY FRANK D’ANGELO

Multitalented Frank D’Angelo gives his own unique touch to familiar songs along with his original compositions. He’ll be in the neighbourhood performing on Saturday night, April 8.

Canadian singer/songwriter Frank D’Angelo and his 15-piece band will be performing at Bar Chez Maurice in St. Lazare on Saturday, April 8, on the second stop on their tour that began in Gatineau, Québec at the Lac-Leamy Casino and continues with performances in Ontario ending in May.

D’Angelo maintains a seemingly impossible schedule that includes filmmaking and a Friday night television show, “The Being Frank Show” broadcast on City TV Montreal Fridays at midnight.

“It’s all about being alive,” said the artist/entrepreneur during an interview Tuesday, April 4. “I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said, “and there’s nothing like a live performance.” It promises to be an entertaining and energetic event with strings, brass, rhythm section, and backup singers adding spice to the sizzle.

“We play a lot of original stuff and we do a big Motown medley,” said D’Angelo, adding its Motown that inspires him. “That’s the fundamental foundation of my ear for music and the groove for everything I write,” he said. “I’m a big fan of the Temptations, the Spinners, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I love music with a melody, with a purpose.”

D’Angelo is well aware of the importance and influence of social media. “We can be entertained anywhere,” he said, referring to the widespread availability of internet connectivity. “On YouTube we have almost six-million hits and about 600,000 followers on Twitter,” he added.

With six movies, 10 albums and a television show, plus 10 or 11 live concerts per year, D’Angelo still finds the time to write lyrics and compose music. “At this point in my life, it’s easy to write,” he said. Indeed, he was in the studio on Tuesday putting the finishing touches on his latest album/film “The Neighbourhood” to be released this summer at the International Contemporary Film Festival 2017 (ICFF 2017) in Toronto. The festival runs June 8 to 16 and is described as the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy.

D’Angelo is looking forward to the concert on Saturday evening. “It’s a very cool, large location,” he said.

It all happens at Bar Chez Maurice, 1897 Chemin Sainte-Angélique in St. Lazare. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are available online at www.barchezmaurice.qc.ca

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