We saw part of the Rufus Wainwright concert on Thursday night. There were probably 20,000 pople there on the street to see him play live, and for free. Few too many people for me, but I stuck it out for a little while. We saw portions of a couple of other free shows as we wandered through the venues, reaccquainting ourselves with the festival.

Last night we saw Melody Gardot in the Plas des Arts. She had a nice mix of bossa nova with just a hint of gospel blues thrown in. If I were any good at gushing over stuff, I would now gush all over about how her voice soared over the high notes with passion and intensity and sank with the anguish of the forlorn on the bass line of each song. The reed player followed each change in mood as he moved from sax to clarinet to flute and back to alto sax. She sang for two solid hours, singing her own compositions. She`s been featured in Jazziz as well as some other publications devoted to music.

Tonight we see Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten at Theatre Jean-Duceppe and tomorrow (Canada Day) we`ll be taking a river cruise also with live music, and I`m sure an awesome view of the fireworks.