Montreal Jazz Festival Rounds Out 2013 Programming Announcements with Amadou and Mariam, Poirier and More

Montreal Jazz Festival Rounds Out 2013 Programming Announcements with Amadou and Mariam, Poirier and More
The Montreal Jazz Festival has rolled out its final block of programming for the 2013 festival, which runs from June 28 to July 7. Comprising 10 stages, over 300 concerts and employing 3,000 artists, the festival announced a wealth of free concerts situated on stages around Montreal's Place Des Arts.

One "grand spectacle" — a free show by Feist on June 28 — had already been announced, but there were more major highlights unveiled today (June 4).

The biggest stage, Scene TD, will offer a wide variety of programming for crowds in the multiple thousands: the bent folk-blues of the Barr Brothers will hit the main stage June 29; 30-piece orchestra Mucca Pazza will attempt to prove the existence of Gypsy reggaeton on July 1; French DJ Wax Tailor's cinematic beats touch down July 2; neo-retro R&B up-and-comer Nick Waterhouse hits on July 3; Ace Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia plays July 4; and the festival will close with sure-fire crowd pleasers Amadou and Mariam, and fellow Malian Fatoumata Diawara, on July 7.

Scene Bell traditionally features global grooves. On that stage, South African-born Montreal mainstay Lorraine Klaasen will pay tribute to Miriam Makeba on June 29, while neo-calypsonians Kobo Town and the irrepressible disco nouveau of Maylee Todd will land June 30. July 3 will see the Senegalese hip hop of Natty Jean alongside Montreal rapper Jai Nitai Lotus, and New York's Meta and the Cornerstones' intercontinental tropical rhythms will provide a further highlight on July 6.

Further free highlights include: DJs Poirier and Ghostbeard's sound system experience at the Astral lounge in the Festival headquarters from July 4-7; Pugs and Crows, the 2013 Juno winners for instrumental album of the year, playing the CBC Radio Canada stage on July 3; and finally, Afrodizz (July 1-3) and Papagroove (July 4-7) bringing funky dance parties to Metropolis starting at midnight.

All programming is listed at the Montreal Festival website, including updated listings for cancelled paid events such as Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones.