Brand new in the wake of the summer festivals, LASSO kicks off Friday at Parc Jean-Drapeau with a joint program of some thirty artists. The festival intends to take us out of the usual stereotypes and clichés to introduce us to the rich palette of neo-country, which draws more from pop than from western. Here are artists not to be missed.
Undoubtedly the flagship group of the program which will be performing for the first time in Montreal. “It’s contemporary country with a rock tone. The members have a great chemistry, they don’t take themselves seriously,” says Patrick Guay, Programmer at evenko. The group formed in Nashville will rock the stage and intends to offer an energetic and festive show.
► SSaturday, 8:10 p.m., Coors Prairie Stage
American country megastar Luke Bryan is sure to draw a big crowd eager to party at the closing concert. The old, another headliner, Dierks Bentley will rock the same scene.
► Saturday, 9:20 p.m., Lasso Bell Stage
Very popular this summer, he plays all over the province, the new-country artist is not to be missed. « He’s a real beast of the stage, he loves to perform and is very charismatic », Audray Johnson, Programming Coordinator at evenko.
► Saturday, 3:45 p.m., Lasso Bel StageI
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Blanco Brown really stands out and represents in a way the meeting between hip-hop and country. “It’s really a whole different flavor, it’s completely eclectic. He defines himself as a “mixture of Johnny Cash and the group OutKast”, launches Patrick Guay. He will certainly make the crowd dance with his success The GitUp.
► Friday, 4:20 p.m., Coors Prairie Stage
Photo courtesy Lindsay Kennell
Brittany Kennel is the only female Quebec artist to have given a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville where she resided for several years. She has just opened for Shania Twain at the popular Boots and Hearts festival in Ontario.
► Friday, 2 p.m., Coors Prairie Stage
A new generation of country musicians in Quebec
Beyond the big names, a good place has been given to the local scene. Like Matt Lang and Brittany Kennel, other artists not to be missed: Sarah Dufour, with her country-folk with bluegrass accents (August 12, 4:15 p.m., stage of the Coca-Cola ranch); Alex Burger (August 13, 2:45 p.m., Coca-Cola Ranch Stage); Léa Jarry (August 13, 3:25 p.m., stage at the Coca-Cola ranch).