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Our Bluesfest daily picks: Backstreet Boys and America

RBC Bluesfest returns to LeBreton Flats for 10 days of musical revelry from July 4 to 14. We’ll be bringing you our top picks for every day of the festival. For Sunday, July 14, check out Backstreet Boys and America.

Backstreet Boys

With a slew of chart-topping hits in the late ’90s, the Backstreet Boys redefined stardom for the pop music world, setting the stage for all the teen stars and boy bands of the following decades — including BSB’s own return to prominence with their 2019 album DNA. The lead single from that album, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, mixes their signature emotionally-open lyrics and tight harmonies with synth instrumentation. You can bet their setlist will also include all the classic hits, from “Everybody” and “I Want it That Way,” to “Show Me the Meaning” and “As Long as You Love Me.” The boys play the City Stage at 9:30 p.m.

— Jacob Hoytema

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America

They formed in London and originally shared a manager with The Beatles but U.S. air-force brats Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell wanted to be clear they were not British, so they called their band America. Back home on U.S. soil, the group became associated with the soft-rock California sound of the ’70s, striking gold with a string of radio hits, most notably the lilting and enigmatic A Horse With No Name. Now in their mid-60s, the core duo still tours, their golden harmonies augmented by a band of skilled musicians. Catch them at 8 p.m. on the Videotron Stage. 

— Lynn Saxberg

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