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The Jason Collett experience @ Petit Campus

Posted by Gabby / April 17, 2010

jasoncollett_041710.jpgI left my heart in Old Montreal
Où les femmes sont belles and their legs so long
I'm running on empty but still running on
Into the red flaming edges with no redemption song

If Jason Collett was trying to woo the crowd by starting Thursday night's show with a song about Montreal, he definitely succeeded. Despite being the headliner, he came on first, but that's because this show wasn't about playing first or second or third. It was easy to tell that everyone on the stage was part of a big musical family, and they were there to have fun. The two other bands on the bill that night, Zeus and Bahamas, were actually Collett's backup band Dark Horse recording under different names.

And so for three hours, they relayed each other on the stage. Collett played several songs from his new album Rat a Tat Tat, including "Long May You Love", "High Summer" (because a real Canadian knows how to make love on a canoe) and "Cold Blue Halo", but also "Charlyn, Angel of Kensington", from his 2008 album Here's to Being Here. He finished the set with "I'll Bring the Sun", from Idols of Exile, with his son Dillon at the drums. I had almost forgotten how damn smooth the man is.

Now, I'm a big fan of Jason Collett, but the band that impressed me the most was Zeus, with their constant switching instruments around and their great energy. They played songs from their debut album Say Us, like "Kindergarten" - a jewel of pop craftiness, "The River by the Garden", and "Marching Through Your Head", the first single off their debut.

Bahamas also gave a solid performance - especially since it was two guys on the stage. I tend to think that two-dude bands tend to sound a little empty, but these two came up with danceable, fun songs that got the crowd going. My only regret? I didn't get to stay for the encore - after three hours, these guys were still going strong, and unfortunately, the metro doesn't stay open for indie music.

Photo taken from Jason Collett's MySpace page. Credit: Doug Seymour.



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I never realized folk music could be so hot and sexy until I saw him live a few years back.
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