Ottawa’s Princess of Soul, Bella Cat, gave listeners a power-packed performance inside the Bluesville Stage tent at Bluesfest Sunday afternoon.
Pink more than got the party started Sunday night at Ottawa’s Bluesfest. It seemed like every inch of the grounds was covered with fans as she walked onto the City Stage, which was decked out with a catwalk out front, pyro works on either side, and a gigantic backdrop that projected music videos and onstage antics.
Day 4 at Bluesfest saw all four acts on the day at the City Stage having women on lead vocals. CMA’s Group of the Year award winners High Valley threw a party for country music fans while Yonatan Gat performed as the headliner on the Bluesville stage.
Day 3 of Bluesfest brought Seattle, Washington’s folk rock artist Brandi Carlile to the Claridge Stage and with her, some hair-raising, rebel-rousing musical magic that had the audience under her spell from start to finish.
The third day of Bluesfest got off to a vibrant mid-afternoon start with Ottawa’s dynamic duo, Riishi Von Rex on the Black Sheep Stage. Their music was a completely unique whirling dervish of styles that ranged from gypsy rock to a sort of punk polka straight from Transylvania.
Day 3 of Bluesfest felt like a true Saturday night party, featuring Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, rap legend 50 Cent, local gypsy rock band Riishi Von Rex, and many more.
The first song, “Woe Is Me”, opened with gospel flavours of organ and pristine vocal harmonies before it erupted into a double-timed, train-chugging groove. Suddenly, I was transported to a sawdust-floored saloon on a Saturday night, and my feet sprang into action.
When Melissa Etheridge hit the music scene nearly 30 years ago, she took the world by storm with her strong raspy vocals, her fiery songs, her fearless words, and blazed a trail for women in Rock. But last night on the City Stage at Bluesfest, she not only delivered many of her classic hits, but showed us the deeper side of her musical roots that made it abundantly clear she was born to sing the blues.
Day 2 at Bluesfest saw a mix of country, DJs, and local favourites. Melissa Ethridge, Eddie Quotez, Old Whiskey Road, Too Slim and The Taildraggers, and more played to an enthusiastic Friday night crowd.
Encore cette année, le Bluesfest fait la part belle aux artistes de notre région. Ce ne sont pas moins de 70 formations locales qui se produiront sur les différentes scènes du festival au cours des prochains jours. Nous avons sélectionné pour vous cinq performances à ne pas manquer entre deux têtes d’affiche.
The 2017 edition of Bluesfest got off to a roaring start, featuring local bands such as Tribe Royal and Pony Girl. Other opening nights acts included Sam Roberts Band, Pokey Lafarge and Death From Above.
The week was short, but there is no shortage of things to keep you occupied in and around town. Happy summer weekending!
Apt613 music writers select the perfect Bluesfest playlists.
Busty & The Bass, Rebecca Noelle, The Souljazz Orchestra, Riishi Von Rex, and Pony Girl are among the recent additions.
Beyond the platinum-selling headliners, who is there to get excited about in the 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest lineup?