[EN IMAGES] Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

A gentle surf-rock wind off Hawaii blew across the Plains of Abraham Thursday night thanks to the generous and laid-back Jack Johnson.

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On his first visit to Quebec since the start of his successful career, the surfer/rocker played the sobriety card. Forget Johnson’s brilliant staging, electrifying guitar solos and gorgeous vocal flights.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

The atmosphere was relaxed, very relaxed. Sometimes too much. Dressed in simple jeans with a t-shirt and escaping “Good evening” and “Thank you” in French, Jack Johnson was mostly content to announce his successes by remaining stationed behind his microphone. The connection to the audience suffered badly, especially in the first half of the concert.

This explains why the Hawaiian singer, like many other headliners before him, noticed that things weren’t moving very much on the VIP side of the floor. “Proving yourself. There’s a lot more dancing on this side,” he said, gesturing to the General Admission side.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

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Slowly but surely, Jack Johnson managed to win over the festival-goers. After waking up to the irresistible melody ofUpside downthousands of arms swayed to the rhythm ofInaudible melodies.

It wasn’t the frenzy that Charlotte Cardin had seen the day before, but we had food. In the interim.

Also taken from his debut album Bushfire Fairy Talethe catchy one bubble toes allows momentum to be maintained before this jerk subsides for some time.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

He had to come back banana pancakeand the support of the amazing pianist/accordionist Zach Gill, by far the most captivating of the quartet, including Johnson, to bring the Plains back to life.

The last quarter of an hour is particularly lulled by interpretations inspired Good people, Do you remember and better together, saved the day. The real connection we wanted finally happened.

We can’t blame Jack Johnson for arriving empty-handed. His lavish program included almost 25 tracks and covered his entire repertoire, with particular attention to his most famous album, between dreams.

Even so, even for a star of this size, the planes can sometimes be quite large. That was the case for much of Thursday night.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

Tash Sultana: fascinating

The rumor was true.

The latest Australian import to set the stage ablaze, Tash Sultana is a mesmerizing creature.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

An all-round artist, Sultana can play all instruments and during the first half of Thursday night’s performance, the Melbourne native created all the sound loops needed to play the songs from her three albums released since 2016 alone on stage. .

On one occasion, Tash Sultana switched between guitar, keyboard, drums and bass in less than a minute. Add a touch of saxophone here and there. breathtaking.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

Musically unclassifiable, Sultana draws from all styles – rock, R&B, soul, blues, electro and so on – to create her own sonic universe.

She also has a fabulous voice, capable of covering a wide range with exceptional accuracy, which she showed off even more when her musicians showed up halfway through.

Definitely see or see again!

Geoffroy: There for Jack

Because of the pandemic, Quebecer Geoffroy missed his chance to play for Jack Johnson on the Plains in 2020. To his delight it was only a postponement and he was able to fire up his idol’s fans on Thursday night.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

Hoping to hear it behind the scenes, Geoffroy confided in English that the Hawaiian singer had been an inspiration to him. “We know you’re not coming to hear us. I’m here for Jack Johnson too,” he joked.

If friend Jack has ever taken a peek behind the scenes, he certainly hasn’t been disappointed. Geoffroy was self-absorbed, relaxed and energetic when the situation called for it, such as when he was organizing a percussion party Raised by wolves.


[EN IMAGES]    Jack Johnson at FEQ: Surf Rock Breeze on the Plains of Abraham

In fact, he was so committed that he forgot that time was running out and he ended up having to cut a song. No big deal, “it was a dream to play here,” he consoled himself.

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