Melvis and the Jive Cats wow packed dancing FEQ crowd at Le Petit Impérial

Melvis and the Jive Cats wow packed dancing FEQ crowd at Le Petit Impérial

Main Pic: Melvis & the Jive Cats at Le Petit Impérial, Festival d’Été de Québec 2015. Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

On Saturday 11 July, Melvis and the Jive Cats brought 50’s fever to Le Petit Impérial in Quebec City, and the venue was packed out long before the show began.

With over 300 shows to pick from over the 11 days of the Festival d’Été de Québec you have to choose wisely.

You never know until after the event if you did so, but judging by the cancellation of the Foo Fighters show after 4 songs on the main stage on the Plains of Abraham (75,000 fans soaked to the skin during violent thunderstorms), this one was definitely the right call.

This four-piece rockabilly/swing/jive combo know how to put on a show. They’re local too (and that always helps).

Bring your dancing shoes they said. And they were not kidding.

Melvis and the Jive Cats, comprising of Mel Lalancette (lead vocals), Billy Martin (bass), Carl Desjardins (drums), and Jean-Sébastien Gasnier (guitar) have over 200 gigs under their belt, have released an album and have another in the works (hoped-for autumn 2015 release).

I’ve never seen Le Petit Impérial so full for a show. You could not move there were that many people.
It was standing-room only – all the way the the main doors.

If you’re a dancer then this is a good thing. The band obviously thought so too, as the floor was filled by the end of the second song. And it remained filled for the 23-number set and the encore.

The dancefloor was awash with swing dancers doing their thing. And this is the beauty of this genre – the floors are always packed and there’s every level of expertise on show, two additional plusses being they’re always smiling and they’re clearly there for a good time.

And man, do they know how to have fun.

Mel Lalancette of Melvis & the Jive Cats - FEQ 2015.  Crédit photo: Sébastien Dion

Mel Lalancette of Melvis & the Jive Cats – FEQ 2015. Crédit photo: Sébastien Dion

The Jive Cats we’re feeding off this – who wouldn’t be – you’re playing to a packed venue and everyone, and I mean everyone, was smiling, having fun, and moving. Even those steadfastly sat in their seats were moving one way or another whether they wanted to or not. I know this as I was one of them and kept having a look around.

Many of the crowd had dressed for the occasion in bright 50’s style dresses, smart era suits, complete with two-tone shoes and some seriously nifty headgear.

The band sang and played for over ninety minutes. They didn’t take a break and as soon as one song had finished within a second or so another had started. It was relentless, and the dancing masses loved it.

Lots of clapping. Lots of cheering. Lots of fun.

I caught up with lead singer Mel Lalancette as she was getting ready to go on stage.

Bubbly, excited, and looking forward to the group’s first performance at the Festival d’Été de Québec, she mentioned that they’re working on a new album. They hope to launch it officially this coming fall.

Looking forward to it already!

Where and when are Melvis and the Jive Cats playing next?

Find out more about this great band right here:

Melvis and the Jive Cats

Mel Lalancette and Billy Martin - Melvis & the Jive Cats - FEQ 2015. Crédit photo: Sébastien Dion

Mel Lalancette and Billy Martin – Melvis & the Jive Cats – FEQ 2015. Crédit photo: Sébastien Dion

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
If you’re a music-lover then Quebec City is always the place to be in July.

Categories: Arts & Culture, Opinion

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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