Other highlights and discoveries of Lasso
More than 35,000 cowboys and cowgirls participated in the first edition of Lasso this past weekend.
Lasso wasn't just Old Dominion, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini or Luke Bryan. It was also a program bringing together more than thirty artists. Métro toured the site for three stages throughout the weekend. Here are some of the moments that also caught our attention.
Sara Dufour's show
Sara Dufour (Photo: Pamela Lajeunesse/Metro)
Dolbeau-Mistassini native Sara Dufour caused quite a stir at the Ranch Scene, more dedicated to discoveries, on Saturday. His energetic performance was popular with many festival-goers. The latter were also present knowingly, since we saw them singing from the heart the lyrics of the songs of the 38-year-old singer-songwriter. The dance steps were also very present. Clearly, no one was bored while she was on stage. His titles Semi-route Semi-trail, Chic-Chocs and Johnny were highlights of the program. We also felt very happy to be present at this first country event in Montreal. “Lasso… In Montreal! It’s just completely sick!”, she exclaimed halfway through.
Blanco Brown's walkabout
Blanco Brown (Photo: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin/Courtesy Evenko)
At the end of the course on the Scène de la Prairie, New Yorker Blanco Brown allowed himself a long walkabout by meeting his fans both in the front row and along the security corridor. Throughout his visit to the floor, he generously distributed many roses among the women present. One of them, to whom he had just sung the apple by fixing it in the eyes, was particularly moved to the point where tears were seen on the giant screens. The 37-year-old singer skillfully mixes country with pop and even hip-hop.
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Tenille Townes (Photo: Pamela Lajeunesse/Metro)
The Alberta-born singer was on her second stint in a few months in the Montreal metropolitan area after an appearance at L'Astral last December. This time, she had the opportunity to perform in front of many more spectators. With his big smile and his many interactions with the public, without necessarily being verbal, it's hard not to be charmed by his charisma and his incredibly natural country voice. Jersey On The Wall, When It's Gonna Happen, Girl Who Didn't Care(which she dedicated to a young fan and all the dreamers in the crowd) and Somebody's Daughter were able to delight the people who came.
Alexandra Kay, a singer to watch
Alexandra Kay (Photo: Pamela Lajeunesse/Metro)
Discovered on social networks during the pandemic, the singer in her thirties Alexandra Kay showed great energy on stage in front of a more intimate crowd at the Ranch Stage. Although her repertoire is still meager, the Illinois native showed off her vocal abilities by covering several classics ranging from Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 to Don’t Take The Girl em> by Tim McGraw with whom she is on tour this year, passing by Any Man Of Mine or Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? by Shania Twain. We bet that we will hear about her again in the not so distant future!
Breland (Photo: Marie-Emmanuelle Laurin/Courtesy Evenko)
In terms of generosity with the spectators, we cannot blame Breland for having missed it. On at least two occasions, he brought several festival-goers onto the stage. First, he invited a few women to line dance on the boards. Then in a second step, he had a beer “shotgun” contest with men. He also descended into the crowd and did not just circulate along the security barriers. Indeed, he jumped over them to go dance directly with the fans. Like Blanco Brown, Breland's music transcends the boundaries of country. We found segments much closer to the music of Eminem than to Luke Bryan.
The Reklaws et… Nick Suzuki!
Stuart and Jenna Walker form the duo The Reklaws (Photo: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin/Courtesy Evenko)
Sibling duo The Reklaws lifted the Lasso floor on suppertime Saturday night. The much larger and denser crowd than the day before enjoyed and sang the I Do Too, Feels Like That, Wish You Were Beer, Where I'm From, Can't Help Myselfand other titles of the natives of North Dumfries in rural Ontario, south of Kitchener. After performing a medley of songs paying homage to alcohol, they invited a fan wearing a Nick Suzuki sweater to the stage. What he didn't know was that Suzuki himself would come out backstage once he got on stage. Together, the duo, the festival-goer and the hockey player shared a Fireball shooter while the crowd sang “Go Habs Go!”. Then, the program concluded with an extended walkabout as the two artists announced they would be heading to a festival sponsor's tent to meet fans and have an electric guitar they signed on scene.
Back in 2023
Qualifying the event of “brilliant success” and public response “beyond [their] wildest hopes”, the organizers of the first edition of Lasso have confirmed that it will return in 2023. According to them, more than 35,000 people have visited the site sometime during the weekend. Festival-goers should circle the dates of August 18 and 19, 2023. It is already possible to reserve your pass now thanks to a payment plan offered by the festival until August 22.