Festival D’ete de Quebec starts on July 5th, so we’re reminiscing about last year’s fest and some of the amazing acts we got to see.
As a woman in her 30s, my formative years were spent singing and dancing along to the pop tunes of the 90s and 00s. From NKOTB to the Spice Girls, there was no shortage of pop stylings to keep me entertained and pop stars to admire. So when I got the chance to see Backstreet Boys AND photograph them at FEQ last year, you could say it was a pretty rad experience. And the fact that one of my latest pop obsessions Nick Jonas just happened to be opening for them made the experience all the better.
Nick Jonas shines as a solo artist. He has this mix of humility and confidence that just makes him so crushworthy. He filled that massive stage with sound and charisma, the pop star with the heart of gold. I may or may not have been singing along to nearly every song….don’t judge me.
Then came the main attraction: the Backstreet Boys. The crowd was filled with women around my age, all absolutely losing their shit like they were teenagers again. I also had never seen Mark Munroe this excited about live music. When they played “The Call” I thought he was going to jump out of his skin, but that’s what great music does to you. It brings out happiness, excitement and joy like nothing else. The Boys (Brian, Kevin, AJ, Howie and former MCM Nick) may have been a bit older, they may have danced a little stiffer, and they maybe looked worse for the wear 20 years later (I’m looking at you AJ) but they put on a killer show. Sexy dancers, smoke effects, lasers and even some headbanging (rockin that long hair Kevin!); it was fun to shoot and even more fun to watch. We love BSB!