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The New York disco sensation in a Grand événement at the Festival

Tuesday Night Fever with Escort!

Montreal, Thursday, May 24, 2012 - Escort Fever takes over the Place des Festivals! In keeping with a longstanding tradition of presenting a special mid-Festival event starring an exciting new discovery, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to introduce the city to THE sensation of the hour on the super-hip Brooklyn scene in the Grand free outdoor event on Tuesday, July 3! “New York City’s best live band” according to Time Out New York, Escort grooves in to get 100,000 Festival booties shaking with their supremely contemporary disco sound. After burning up dancefloors in New York, the critically-acclaimed group renowned for its onstage energy, authentic sound and fiery stage show heads into the Festival to bring the P-A-R-T-Y to the TD Stage on the Place des Festivals, starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Fever with Escort, a concert-event in this 33rd edition of Festival, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan!

Escort is a favourite of André Ménard, cofounder and artistic director of the Festival, who recognized their immense potential during a show in a jam-packed club in Camden, London’s hottest ‘hood. Taking us back to the heart of the ’70s disco era and its codes, the band draws inspiration from major disco figures like Donna Summer. Onstage, the human element of this band prevails over machinery, preserving the organic authenticity of a genre that made history. Preceded by a media buzz that could not have been more favourable-including a Top 25 ranking in Rolling Stone Magazine-the Brooklyn troupe rolls in to get the Festival dancing to tunes inspired by both the disco heyday and contemporary rhythms of today. A booming 17-piece party-machine powerhouse, firing up the stage with incredible energy, Escort promises a high-voltage musical mirrorball of a concert that will leave everyone happily weak-kneed!

“Essential. The Best Disco Album Of 2011.”

- SPIN

“Escort isn’t just the pinnacle of 21st-century of disco fetishism. It’s a great pop album.”

- Pitchfork

“A wickedly catchy, note-perfect return to the heyday of disco.”

- Rolling Stone

“Even their four-minute songs feel like dance-floor epics.”

- The New York Times

“The most exciting dance machine New York’s produced in a while

- New York Post

“NYC’s most sophisticated, intoxicating dance machine”

- Time Out New York

“A Disco Band With a Built-In Party”

- MTV Hive

Reminder:

Rufus Wainwright stars in the TD Grand Opening Event

Don’t forget: this year’s Festival kicks off with a bang, starring an artist we’ve always hoped to present in a major outdoor performance in his hometown: Rufus Wainwright finally makes his first visit to the Festival, after years of invitations and requests from organizers. The first native Montrealer to launch the Festival with a free concert, he’ll treat us to the Montreal showcase of his brand new album, Out of the Game. It’s sure to be a landmark show! Thursday, June 28.

Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities at the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be announced this coming June 5.

The 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run from June 28 to July 7.

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