TROIS-RIVIÈRES – Just released by Cirque du Soleil and its show “Joyeux Calvaire”, the Cogeco Amphitheater will host the energetic Melissa Etheridge on August 22nd. The singer with the smoky and powerful voice will be the headliner of the 11th edition of Trois-Rivières in blues, which runs from August 22 to 25.
C onnue by lovers of blues and rock songs for Bring Me Some Water, I’m the Only One, Come to My Window or Like the Way I Do , singer and guitarist is still very active. It has also launched earlier this month The Medicine Show , his 15 th studio album. It was during this tour that Melissa Etheridge stopped in Trois-Rivières to launch the festivities of Trois-Rivières in blues, just before undertaking a series of shows in the State of New York.
The organizers of Trois-Rivières in blues congratulate themselves for having attracted to the Cogeco Amphitheater the winning artist of two Grammy’s awards and an Oscar. It was not the first attempt to sign Melissa Etheridge, admits Christian Gamache, president of the blues festival.
“Each year, we try to put a group or a more rock artist who incorporates well in our blues programming. And it’s been a few years that we wanted to have it and this year, we managed to hang, “confirms Christian Gamache interview at the Nouvelliste.
“We try to give it to the public. Every year we try to bring new surprises. And I think it’s going to be one this year. It allows the public to see groups or artists, like Melissa Etheridge, that they can not see elsewhere. ”
If she is true to her reputation, Melissa Etheridge will offer an energetic show full of emotional moments. A talented guitarist, she is accompanied on stage by musicians who give a resolutely blues sound to her music.
“She is an artist who is normally very generous. I’m expecting a big night, “says Christian Gamache.
Trois-Rivières en blues also announces a show at the Cogeco Amphitheater, which will be held on August 24th. The festivalgoers have meetings with the Mexican-American Los Lobos. Known to the public for his version of Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba , this six-piece band will star in the Saturday night show. Los Lobos’s music is influenced by various musical genres, including Tex-Mex rock, blues, country, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music.
“This is a band that always plays in the show organized every two years by Eric Clapton, they are essential. That too, it will be very good, “says Christian Gamache.
True blow of heart of the president of Trois-Rivières in blues, the formation Vintage Trouble will precede on stage Los Lobos. Their rhythm and blues music, soul and rock will certainly captivate the audience at this Cogeco Amphitheater evening.
“Vintage Trouble is a group perhaps a little less known, but when he goes from Trois-Rivières there are many people who will know him,” said Christian Gamache.
“Its members made the first parts of groups like Rolling Stone, The Who, Bon Jovi or AC / DC. This is a band known pretty well in the United States and I am sure it will be a great discovery for the people of the region. It’s going to be a revelation. ”
This evening of August 24 will also offer the opportunity to attend a performance of Coco Montoya. This 67-year-old guitarist has a remarkable command of his instrument. It offers a “classic” blues that recalls the sound of Chicago and leaves a lot of room for guitar solos.
“It’s been a long time since we wanted to have a left-handed guitarist. He played a long time with Albert Collins and lots of big international artists, “adds the president of Trois-Rivières in blues.
The sale of Trois-Rivières passports in blues is already well underway. Even before the program was announced, nearly 2,000 of them had already found takers. “People do not wait for the announcement of the program to buy passports,” said Christian Gamache adding that normally, nearly 6,000 passports are sold each year.
In addition to the shows at the Cogeco Amphitheater, Trois-Rivières en Blues offers performances by artists on its Badeaux Street scene, in the heart of the city center, as well as several restaurants and bars. For the organizers of the festival, the event must maintain a significant presence in the city center. The atmosphere attracts a clientele that does not necessarily go to shows presented at the Cogeco Amphitheater.