Friday, June 29. Jazz Fest Shortlist
I will miss most of Day 3 of the festival to play football (aka. “soccer”), but there is a good lineup with a range of taste and style.
5 :00 – 6 :00 p.m.
Declan O’Donovan. Free.
Jazzy folk music, for free. Why not?
6 :00 p.m.
John Medeski & Marc Ribot Trio. $53.50
Not my cup of tea but Medeski is a big musical figure and this will be a unique show.
Ólafur Arnalds | Jean-Michel Blais. 49,80 $ à 64,80 $.
I won’t be going to this, but it looks like it could be lovely. Minimalist classical piano music and more.
7 :00 p.m.
Mélissa Laveaux. 44,25 $.
Rock and funky folk vibes. Mélissa apparently explores her Haitian roots in her latest album, Radyo Siwèl, paying homage to the island and the period that it was occupied by the U.S. in particular (1915 to 1934).
8 :00 – 9 :00 p.m.
Noubi Trio. Free.
The Noubi Trio has a unique take on traditional West African music, infusing it with a taste of jazz, pop, reggage, and funk.
8 :00 – 9 :00 p.m.
Davina and The Vagabonds. Free.
New Orleans burlesque style jazz, with a voice reminicent of Amy Winehouse.
9 :00 – 10 :00 p.m.
Think Rick James or Prince. This artist from North Carolina will get people dancing to funky retro 1990s vibes.
9 :30 p.m.
Metronomy & We Are Wolves. $40 – $44.
Either one of these bands would be worth catching. The fact that they are on the same bill is awesome. This will be a great show, and possibly a festival highlight.
10 :00 p.m.
My Brightest Diamond. $34
Said to be a female protégé of Sujan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond mixes pop and electronic.
Agua Negra. Free.
Of all the shows on Friday night, this one interests me most. I just love that this is a local hip hop act infused with francophone, anglophone and latino rhythems and lyrics. I think this will be a hype show and lots of fun.
There are some other intriguing shows at 10 p.m. including “Undr Groov: Portail Festival Pre-Party,” which mysteriously has no description but sounds cool. There is also a “Jazz Organ Jam” at 10 p.m. that will probably be quirky and unique, and if none of that does it for you there’s a band playing called Wang Dang Doodle.
To me, this crew epitomizes what Montréal is all about. International, eclectic, good politics and good fun. This is absolutely the one to see at 11 p.m. but they preform another two nights as well.
Boulevards, who played at 9 p.m., return for an 11 p.m. slot as does the swing-rock of Israel Proulx.