At 8:15 p.m., with the formation of the X Ambassadors on the boards, security officials were about to close the grounds of the Parc de la Francophonie, which was on the verge of overcrowding. We can say without a doubt that she was the star of the night.
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On Thursday, the FEQ inaugurated the new configuration of this location with the SiriusXM and Loto-Québec stages arranged side by side, which allows to eliminate downtime between performances and also to present more groups. It was five this Thursday night, featuring ARJ, X Ambassadors, Group Project, Monowhales and Daisy the Great.
It ends on one stage and begins a few minutes later on the next. The ears of the public will not have much rest on this site. It may be a good idea to bring a pair of plugs.
It was X Ambassadors’ sixth visit to the region, including two visits to the Videotron Center as the opening act for Muse and their 2019 presence at Festivent de Lévis.
The Ithaca outfit in New York has built a good following over the years.
The guys are dynamic on the boards and they showed that with the game from the first minutes jungle. People clapped their hands, blind keyboardist Casey Harris throws his in the air and hits the floor with big left kicks. His brother Sam will sing a piece on stage and also play bass. All of this in three minutes.
They delivered a solid version of boombut it is with Zen that we felt the concert take off. It went back to the post office.
The sax sounds, delivered by vocalist Sam Harris during adrenalinecaused a big reaction.
While hey kid, the incredible Casey Harris provides beautiful keyboard sounds and adds some whistling. We will be able to experience his talent up close on the three huge screens with a Unstable Well sung by the crowd, cell phones well in the air. A very nice moment.
And people started singing renegades, cas if they knew that this success would follow. A moment when Sam Harris took a little tour.
The three brothers
At 9:15 p.m., brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger of the Manhattan-based AJR trio appeared on stage. As several people left the site, it was found that it was packed to the brim for the X Ambassadors.
It has to be said that the trio from Manhattan, who musically pulls a little bit in all directions with their pop, visited us for the very first time.
“How’s the Quebecois?” shouts Brother Jack to the crowd, his pea helmet on his head.
That didn’t prevent the still numerous fans from reacting when interpreting the success Become sober which created an absolutely festive atmosphere.
Funny moment when suddenly a recorded message from Papa Gary blasts through the speakers. He’s proud of his sons and asks people to add a swear word, put your hands in the air for the next song Ordinary people.
AJR was able to assert itself and offered a pleasant pop evening. We were entitled to it playerby Daisy the Great, with the presence of Kelley Nicole Dugan and Mina Walker, who had previously taken the stage.
Then there was burn the house which has a total of 292 million lists on Spotify, The good part with its Bach excerpts and success bangwell performed and sung by the audience, AJR finished his performance with Weak accompanied by a small brass band on the boards. Fans tried everything for everything, but no, there was no recall.
Early that evening at 5:50 p.m., Montreal band Group Project opened the first of five performances with a pop that only got better as the performance went on. It’s halfway with the simple bloody nose, launched last May an atmosphere calmed down. It has to be said that the bass player/double bass player, lively and smiling, contributed a lot to this atmosphere.
Oh yeah, singer Jacob Brown, who wasn’t very talkative during these interventions, wore a black tank top with the Nordiques logo on it.
Then we went to another level with the Toronto band Monowhales, who kicked off their segment with a very rough electric guitar. More rhythmic, caustic and very energetic. A very rough, electro-electric independent pop that at times reminded a little of garbage sounds.
Singer Sally Shaar put all her energy into it. She even showed up on the next stage to greet the spectators in front of them.
“We came to Quebec two years ago to play at a small bar at the end of the night. To be here on one of the festival’s big stages tonight is incredible. You are there. We love you,” she began before the play Stuck in the middle.
Monowhales ended his performance with The hand that feedsa cover of Nine Inch Nails.
Group changes, mood changes with the sometimes dissonant, sometimes weird indie sounds of the formation Daisy the Great.
It was the first time the Brooklyn-based group toured Quebec with three female voices, a bassist and a blue-haired drummer. Except for the singer and keyboardist Kelly Nicole Dugan, who came with her mother when she was younger.
The interpretation of their very first single The turntable song, launched in 2017, caused reactions. Several people in front of the stage knew her. company, which followed was a great moment. A great discovery with several new songs.