The Somali-born and Canadian-bred rapper K’Naan played to a packed MEG stage on Saturday. While the energy was high and his band rocked out, he took many an opportunity to speak of his home country Somalia and sometimes the concert seemed more like a political rally than a music set. He did, however, manage to play most songs off his new album “Troubadour” and when hit singles like “T.I.A.” and “ABCs” rang out, the crowd went wild. While most of his set seemed forced, K’Naan succeeded in enticing the crowd with his better known songs.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
This ’50s-obsessed sibling trio only played a half hour set early in the first day but they still managed to gather a crowd and get people moving. Donned in typical ’50s attire, this band mixed swing, blues, and country successfully with an array of instruments from the standing bass, harmonica and piano to the lapsteel guitar. Kitty rocked out with a two-minute harmonica riff that got the small crowd screaming. For a short set early in the afternoon, Kitty Daisy & Lewis delivered.