On Thursday night, a light surf-rock wind from Hawaii blew over the plains of Abraham, courtesy of the generous and laid-back Jack Johnson.
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On his first visit to Quebec since the start of his prolific career, the surfer / rocker has played the sobriety card. With Johnson, he forgets the brilliant staging, the thrilling guitar solos and the great vocal flights.
The atmosphere was relaxed, very relaxed. Sometimes too much. Dressed in simple jeans with a t-shirt and running away “good evening” and “thank you very much” in French, Jack Johnson was content above all to line up his hits by staying lurking behind his microphone. The bond with the public suffered a lot, especially in the first half of the concert.
This explains that, like many other headliners before him, the Hawaiian singer noticed that things weren’t moving much on the VIP side of the room. “Prove him to yourself. He dances a lot more on this side,” he said, pointing to the side of general admission.
Slowly, but surely, Jack Johnson managed to win over the festival attendees. After waking them up to the irresistible melody ofUpside downthousands of arms swayed to the rhythm ofInaudible melodies.
It wasn’t the frenzy seen in Charlotte Cardin the day before, but we had something to eat. Temporarily.
Also taken from his debut album Brush fire fairy talesthe catchy Bubble toes allowed to maintain momentum, before this jolt faded again for a while.
Had to revisit Banana pancakesand the support of the extraordinary pianist / accordionist Zach Gill, by far the most endearing of the quartet, including Johnson, to revive the Plains.
The last quarter of an hour, particularly lulled by inspired interpretations Good people, Do you remember And Better together, saved the day. The real connection we wanted has finally happened.
We cannot accuse Jack Johnson of arriving empty-handed. His generous program contained almost 25 titles, covering his entire repertoire, with particular attention to his most famous album, Between dreams.
However, even for a star of her stature, the plains can sometimes be quite large. This was the case for much of Thursday night.
Tash Sultana: fascinating
The rumor was true.
The latest Australian import to set the stage on fire, Tash Sultana is a fascinating creature.
A well-rounded artist, Sultana can play all instruments and during the first half of her Thursday night performance, alone on stage, the Melbourne native created all the sound loops needed to render the songs from her three albums out of 2016. .
At one point, Tash Sultana alternated between guitar, keyboard, drums and bass in less than a minute. Add a touch of saxophone here and there. Stunning.
Musically unclassifiable, Sultana borrows from all styles – rock, R&B, soul, blues, electro and so on – to create her own sonic universe.
He also has a fabulous voice, capable of covering a wide spectrum with exceptional precision and which he showed off even more when his musicians showed up halfway through.
To see or review without fail!
Geoffroy: There for Jack
Due to the pandemic, Quebecer Geoffroy had missed an opportunity to open for Jack Johnson on the Plains in 2020. To his delight, it was only a postponement and he was able to warm up his idol’s fans on Thursday night.
In English, with the hope that he will hear it from behind the scenes, Geoffroy confided 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 ever took a look from behind the scenes, he surely wouldn’t be disappointed. Geoffroy was equal to himself, relaxed and energetic when the situation called for it, like when he threw a percussion party on Raised by wolves.
In fact, he was so involved that he forgot that time was running out and eventually had to cut a song. Nothing serious, “it was a dream to play here”, he consoled himself.