KEMPTVILLE — Dwight Yoakam thrilled one of the largest crowds seen yet at a Kemptville LIVE Music Festival.
Yoakam, who played the Festival’s third annual edition on Friday night, elicited roars from a crowd of thousands as he stepped on stage with a backup band clad in sequinned jackets that glittered under the purplish lights. The multi-million-selling country artist did not disappoint with a solid performance often punctuated by his signature guitar-up, hat-down poses and leg swivelling.
The Guitars and Cadillacs singer expressed appreciation to his fans in “Eastern Ontario” and Kemptville, also mentioning that he’s toured across Canada from the very beginning of his career. With a touch of yodelling drawl, he substituted “Ont-ari-o” for “Bakersfield” in one instance while performing his hit duet Streets of Bakersfield — originally recorded with the late Buck Owens — again prompting loud cheers from the audience gathered at the former Kemptville College campus.
Observers on scene suggested that Friday’s crowd was the biggest they had seen to date at the Festival.
The performances continued through Saturday, with headliner Burton Cummings of The Guess Who featured last night.
Another Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot, is scheduled to take the stage today, July 23, at 3:45 p.m. Kimberly Sunstrum, Brock Zeman, Liona Boyd and Rory Block will lead up to that finale, respectively starting at 11:30 a.m. this morning.
Below, a couple of video highlights from Dwight Yoakam’s Friday night show that packed in quite a crowd at the third annual Kemptville Live Music Festival. Storm Internet Services provided free wifi for the performing artists as well as the thousands of spectators on site.
Crystal Shawanda is shown during her performance opening for Dwight Yoakam. Zandbergen photos, Nation Valley News
Brock Zeman, seen in the above video at McCloskey’s in Chesterville earlier this year, is among the artists scheduled to play the Festival on Sunday.