By guest contributor Alexandra Forbes
Last night was simply perfect to hit Montréal's annual jazz fest: the air was still and warm, the crowds were big yet oh-so-civil, the vibe was peaceful and cheerful.
I saw a bit of everything. Classic blues by Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels:
Then I strolled around the myriad food stalls, cold beer in hand:
I watched the first 20 minutes of the Curumin show, since the guy is Brazilian. Funky. O.K. . Here's a link to his MySpace page.
The night ended with Jesse Cook (wicked Spanish-sounding acoustic guitar) with many Brazilian guests (Samba Squad e o Maninho Costa, ás do pandeiro).
I loved it all: the orderly yet cheery crowds, the laid-back vibe, the cold beer, the clean bathrooms, the super setup. As they say here in Montréal, it's a definite "incontournable": you won't want to miss it.
Official Montréal Jazz Festival website