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Beck at Deer Lake Park

As the season of summer music festivals and outdoor shows is wrapping up, Deer Lake Park has a few last tricks up its sleeve with a few more performances with the Concerts in the Park series. Last night, Beck graced the backyard of Burnaby with a long awaited return to the Lower Mainland. Having recently released his new record Morning Phase, Beck delighted fans with a generous mix of old and new songs in his set list.

Warming up the evening at Deer Lake Park was indie-rock darling Jenny Lewis, also known for her previous work in Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service. Backed by a five-piece band with a dress code of white apparel, there was sense of poise in Lewis’ performance, and it was clear that she was comfortably at home on the stage. Fans were treated to a mix of Lewis’ catalogue during her 40-minute set, including Kiley songs as well as her collaborations under Jenny and Johnny and with The Watson Twins, as well as songs off her latest solo record The Voyager.

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One of the highlights of her set was “Acid Tongue”, as Lewis was armed with simply her guitar and her band put down their instruments and acted as a backup choir. It was a refreshing moment and showcased the power in Lewis’ honeyed vocals. There was a vintage vibe throughout her whole set, both in the 70’s inspired appearance and in the music. As the final notes of her set played out, Lewis put her floor-length purple robe and her sunglasses back on, and made her exit.

A short intermission ensued, and soon it was time for Beck. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist started his set with “Devil’s Haircut”. With twelve studio albums under his belt, Beck has a lot within his catalogue to pull from and the crowd seemed to react particularly with songs such as “Loser”, “Blue Moon”, and “Girl”. With backdrop of lit up graphics on the screen behind them, Beck and his band powered through their set as fans eagerly listened from the comfort of their blankets on the field.

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The last time Beck played in the Lower Mainland was at the Orpheum Theatre back in 2008, and at one point, he acknowledged to the crowd that it had been at least half a decade since the band had last played here. As a testament to the fans, he managed to namedrop Vancouver during “Hell Yes”. There was no shortage of energy from Beck and his constant motion on stage, as well as trying his best to amp up the crowd, beck certainly pulled off a show that pleased the fans.

The next concerts at Deer Lake Park will be Jack Johnson this Thursday August 21st, and last but certainly not least, Jack White will be playing on August 28th. For more upcoming events in Burnaby, be sure to check out the Tourism Burnaby information page.