End on high note

Dan + Shay, Shawn Men­des round out Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val lineup

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY MILLICENT MCKAY

They may be known as coun­try con­certs, but at­ten­dees at the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val got a pop treat when singer song­writer Shawn Men­des took the venue by storm Mon­day night. “He is pure tal­ent. He can do a cover of a song on a $300 cam­era and sound bet­ter than any­one,” said Bran­don Adams, who at­tended the con­cert with his girl­friend Re­becca Drum­mond and friend Paige Rankin.

“Not ev­ery­body likes coun­try, so I think hav­ing him here has opened the event up to a new au­di­ence. Get­ting more per­form­ers to the Is­land is al­ways a good thing,” said Rankin. She added, “I love Shawn Men­des. It’s a new fan­dom, and I love his new al­bum and his old songs.” Drum­mond has been a fan of Men­des since his ca­reer be­gan. “Lit­er­ally since the be­gin­ning. I found his first al­bum very re­lat­able. I could find that one thing in ev­ery song. Not to men­tion he’s young and he’s Cana­dian which is great.” She con­tin­ued, “I know hav­ing him at the con­certs has been con­tentious, but you know what, it’s not called the Cavendish Coun­try Con­certs. Coun­try isn’t in the ti­tle. So, I think it’s great that he’s here.” Chelsea Gotell agreed. “In­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent mu­sic gen­res is great. It’s al­lowed the event to host a big­ger va­ri­ety of peo­ple. “It’s also cer­tainly opened it up to the younger gen­er­a­tion. It’s made it more fam­ily friendly,” she said mo­tion­ing to her daugh­ters Charleigh and Drew.

Gotell’s daugh­ters and their friends Hay­den MacPher­son and Lucy Bur­ridge ea­gerly awaited the ap­pear­ance of Men­des, mark­ing their first con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence. This year, a fourth day was added to the CBMF con­cert se­ries cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary. The an­nual fes­ti­val draws crowds of about 60,000 peo­ple from all over the Mar­itimes, other parts of Canada and the United States. It has fea­tured artists like Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Keith Ur­ban, Blake Shel­ton, Reba McEn­tire and Kenny Ch­es­ney.

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Cana­dian pop singer/song­writer Shawn Men­des ended the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val week­end with a bang as fans shouted his lyrics at the top of their lungs.

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