July 7 to 17, 2011
Québec City, February 22, 2011 - The American blues-rock group The Black Keys will play the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Sunday, July 10. With Dan Auerbach on vocals and guitar and Patrick Carney on drums, the duo won three Grammy Awards last week, including Best Alternative Music Album for Brothers, released in May 2010, and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for Tighten Up.
The Black Keys brought out their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, but it was with Thickfreakness, recorded just one year later, that they really burst onto the world scene.
For Dominique Goulet, programming director for the Festival d'été de Québec, "This group has a special aura and appeals as much to connoisseurs as to those who follow the latest trends."
This will be their first time performing in Quebec City. Girl Talk, aka Gregg Michael Gillis, will open the show. This popular DJ excels in the art of mashup, a musical hybrid genre that consists essentially of combining several song excerpts to create a new song. The soundtrack of the Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas show LOVE is a good example of this technique.
Girl Talk was a smash with electro fans at the Impérial de Québec during the 2009 Festival. A dynamic style of interaction with the audience sets Girl Talk apart from other DJs.
The Hydro-Québec flashing passes
The main attractions on the program for this 44th edition of the Festival d'été de Québec, which will take place this year from July 7 - 17, will be announced on April 27. Hydro-Québec flashing passes will go on pre-sale the next day, April 28.
As was the case last year, 60,000 flashing passes and RFID bracelets will be sold at an advance sale price at METRO supermarkets in the greater Quebec City area.
Starting Saturday, April 30, festival fans will be able to purchase their passes online or by phone at the regular price. The price of this year's pass will also be announced on April 27.
The 44th edition of the Festival de Québec will be held from July 7 to 17, 2011.
The Festival d'été de Québec is presented by Bell in collaboration with Molson Dry.
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