Wake up Mag­gie!

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

P.E.I. wel­comes pop-rock leg­end Rod Stewart on stage tonight at the site of the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. No, the raspy-voiced singing star hasn’t gone coun­try – although his con­cert comes on the eve of the highly suc­cess­ful, three-day coun­try mu­sic jam­boree. He was in the re­gion and avail­able for this date be­fore head­ing to St. John’s for a Satur­day per­for­mance.

The Eng­land na­tive achieved in­stant megas­tar sta­tus with a smash sin­gle - the iconic Mag­gie May in 1971- be­fore mov­ing to the U.S. in 1975 where he’s had a very suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer. In re­cent years he’s en­joyed a resur­gence by singing his clas­sics and there are many to per­form tonight.

His per­for­mance is a test for fes­ti­val pro­mot­ers who have toyed in re­cent months with ex­pand­ing the use of the fes­ti­val stage and the mu­sic gen­res per­form­ing there. They’ve been cau­tious, in­tent to not up­set lo­cal res­i­dents or other tourism events and fes­ti­vals.

But this week­end is ideal as Cavendish Beach has the spotlight al­most to it­self. Mr. Stewart will be a strong test for the draw­ing power of pop/rock mu­sic to Cavendish.

A bevy of coun­try and folk stars are ready to per­form Fri­day to Sun­day be­fore tens of thou­sands of fans and the weather looks to co-op­er­ate af­ter a hur­ri­cane played havoc with Satur­day’s shows a year ago. Mu­sic stars like Keith Ur­ban, Steve Earle, The Mav­er­icks, Alan Doyle, Dal­las Smith, Eric Church, Jimmy Rankin etc. etc. will be sure to have coun­try fans toss­ing cow­boy hats in the air all week­end.

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