Aug 27

Gipsy Kings Prove That Music is a Universal Language

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It has been twenty-five years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms.

The Gipsy Kings drew a sold out crowd at the WestJet Concert Stage. The audience was on their feet dancing to the flamenco guitars, bongos and drums. There were no fewer that 10 musicians on stage all playing in unison and they didn’t miss a beat. They delighted the audience by playing many of their popular songs such as Djobi Djoba, Volare and Bamboleo.

The Gipsy Kings prove that music is a universal language. You can’t keep your feet from moving, your hips from shaking and your hands from clapping!

Don’t miss upcoming Summer Night Concerts including Boyz II Men, Plain White T’s, Dallas Smith, The Pointer Sisters and Glass Tiger. For the full concert lineup visit http://www.pne.ca/thefair/live-shows/summer-night-concerts-seat-reservation.html

Aug 20

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts thrill concert goers at The Fair at the PNE

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Fans packed the WestJet Concert Stage on Sunday August 17 to see Joan Jett & The Blackhearts deliver a powerhouse rock n’ roll concert at The Fair at the PNE.

Joan Jett seemed to be having a blast onstage as she smiled and winked at the audience, while throwing in her trademark growls into her powerhouse vocal performance. And fans responded with roars and cheers!  Her raspy voice was unchanged from when she ruled the charts in 1980’s.

The show kicked off with “Bad Reputation” bringing concert goers to their feet. The set list included fan favourites like “Cherry Bomb”, “I Love Rock N’ Roll”, “Crimson and Clover”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “I Hate Myself For Loving You”, “Love is Pain”, “Victim of Circumstance” and many more resulting in loud and roaring applause and multiple standing ovations.

While all the classic songs were played, Joan Jett took an opportunity to play from her latest album, Unvarnished, introducing each of her new songs with their inspiration and meaning. “Fragile” is about how fragile life can be and about one’s own mortality. “Make it Back” is about the resilience of the human spirit. She recounted how touched she was to see how neighbours came together to help each other during and in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

The biggest highlight of the night was the massive singalong with the audience chanting “Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah” on “Do you Want to Touch”. The audience continued to chant on classic rock anthems like “I Love Rock n’ Roll” and below is a short video clip of that performance. What an amazing summer night it was!

Don’t miss upcoming Summer Night Concerts. For the full line-up visit http://www.pne.ca/thefair/live-shows/summer-night-concerts-seat-reservation.html

Sep 1

Martina McBride Gives Fair Goers a Night to Remember

It doesn’t get much better than this at The Fair at the PNE. Beautiful weather, mini donuts, a gorgeous Prize Home, Family Feud, Superdogs, Pecking Acrobats, Tributes featuring Louisa Marshall as Tina Turner and a packed crowd at the WestJet Concert Stage welcomed Martina McBride! Wow – what an exceptional vocalist, great storyteller and gifted performer!

The crowd was on their feet singing along to hits including This Ones for the Girls, Love’s the Only House and the incredible A Broken Wing.

Other songs took on an anthem-like aura as McBride and the band performed songs like BlessedI’m Gonna Love You Through itWild AngelsMy Baby Loves Me and the amazing Independence Day. But that wasn’t all. Martina dazzled the crowd with some great covers like The First Cut is the Deepest originally by Cat Stevens and recorded by Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow. She intertwined the song with Tom Petty’s Free Falling and thousands of voices sand along. McBride told the audience, “ I absolutely love singing for you. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was four years old. I’m glad it worked out”.

The big surprise of the night was the encore when Martina came back on stage and  overjoyed the crowd with a cover of Vancouver’s own Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69.  This was definitely an evening to remember.

Don’t miss the remaining Summer Night Concerts with Lights playing on September 1 and closing the Fair will be Vancouver’s own rock sensations Loverboy playing on September 2.