The Jonas Brothers at the Quebec Summer Festival: Saturday Night Pop Fever

The Jonas Brothers at the Quebec Summer Festival: Saturday Night Pop Fever
The Jonas Brothers at the Quebec Summer Festival: Saturday Night Pop Fever

Saturday nights of pop follow one another and are all the same… a bit like the Summer Festival. Two years after Maroon 5’s high-energy concert on the Plains of Abraham, the Jonas Brothers delighted young adults nostalgic for the 2000s by playing all the hits in their joint and solo repertoires.

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“JB is for the Jonas Brothers, not Justin Bieber,” read a poster held up by a spectator.

She was far from the only one to show her allegiance to le boys band from New Jersey, eagerly awaited, it goes without saying, by the well-occupied Plains, without it being the hustle and bustle of the big nights.

To face this love, Kevin, Joe and Nick did not arrive empty-handed. They were supported by a very effective group of 11 musicians and backing singers, including the amazing guitarist JinJoo Lee, who stole the show on a few occasions with her agile and inspired playing.

Those who were there can testify to this.


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Generous

Even though the concert did not stretch out in length, the trio was generous. No less than 24 titles were on the program.

Movie era hits Camp Rocknotably Gotta Find Mewhich lit up the Plains, hit the mark, as did the energizing Cake By The Oceancover of DNCE, Joe’s side project.

They also offered a beautiful reinterpretation of the classic Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You and concluded strongly by aligning Burnin’ Up, Only Human, Sucker et Leave Before You Love Me.

For the ballad When You Look Me In The Eyesthe Jonas asked the camera operators to film couples kissing. An idea as corny as it was racy, but everyone had a great time watching the lovers let themselves go, some with more abandon than others, on the giant screens.


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It was missing that little extra

Although their fans were satisfied, it cannot be said that the three guys offered a memorable artistic performance.

We weren’t in the presence of stage beasts. Unlike Adam Levine who had been transported by the fervor of Maroon 5’s fans, in 2022, the Jonas Brothers were content to chain together songs without putting more energy into them than necessary.

If it existed, the complicity between the brothers was not visible either.

The little extra, the one that makes the difference between good concerts and memorable concerts, was not there.

The Jonas Brothers Song List

  • Celebrate!
  • What A Man Gotta Do
  • Waffle House
  • That’s Just The Way We Roll
  • S.O.S.
  • Hold On
  • Cool
  • Gotta Find You/Introducing Me
  • Play My Music
  • When You Look Me In The Eyes
  • Year 3000
  • Summer Baby
  • 13.Close
  • Toothbrush
  • Jealous
  • Cake By The Ocean
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
  • Lovebug
  • I Believe
  • Burnin’ Up
  • Only Human
  • Sucker
  • Leave Before You Love Me
  • The Walkoff
Carly Rae Jepsen: They were waiting for THE song


Carly Rae Jepsen on the Plains of Abraham on Saturday night.

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Despite releasing several high-quality pop albums over the past decade, Carly Rae Jepsen seems doomed to be a one-song artist, but a whole one. Call Me Maybethe interplanetary success that launched his career in 2012.

Apart from a few sparks caused by the excellent Run Away With Me et I Really Like Youher mid-evening performance received a rather lukewarm reception from the Plaines audience when she dropped her bombshell, after 45 minutes of music.

Suddenly, the audience was transformed. Finally, the song everyone was waiting for.

Festival-goers took out their phones, sang and danced with the 38-year-old Canadian, dressed all in pink, who had come down near the barriers to enjoy this moment of temporary euphoria.

Even though the crowd then put away their fervor, Carly Rae Jepsen finished strong, notably relying on the tune of Cut To The Feeling as a farewell.

Diamond Café: Michael Jackson (or James Brown), get out of this body

British Columbian Tristan Thompson, aka Diamond Cafe, once told a reporter that he had been a Michael Jackson impersonator.

It’s as if the King of Pop had never left him. During a performance that left us speechless, this follower of a funk-pop that was all the rage 40 years ago was especially noted for his vocal intonations, heavily inspired by MJ, James Brown and Prince, as well as for his theatrical stage presence that bordered on caricature.

The guy has quite a voice, but by letting himself be inhabited by the ghosts of the 1980s too much, we don’t have the feeling of having met the real Diamond Cafe.

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