It may be one of the rainiest summers we’ve had in a while, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying all the activities this weekend! Summer favourites like the light show at Parliament Hill are back, it’s the final weekend of Bluesfest, and Canada Scene has shows aplenty! Enjoy!
Day 6 at Bluesfest saw energetic sets on all the stages as fans flocked to Lebreton Flats to dance the night away.
The Zombies closed the Bluesville stage Tuesday night with a 75-minute set that stole the hearts of listeners and brought back an enormously endearing wave of nostalgia in a combination of mega-hits, covers, and career off-shoot material.
The Harea Band got things off to an energetic start early Tuesday night under the Bluesville tent, with their sophisticated brand of pop funk jazziness that had the crowd unable to sit still.
Sari Schorr plays RBC Bluesfest on July 16th on the Bluesville Stage.
Bluesfest’s All-Star Blues Revue celebrates the age old musical melange of the jam. Musicians who gather in a communal and unscripted release of their talents, often times resulting in some of the most magical creativity that is as wonderful to be a part of as it is to witness. This year celebrates the second series of these jams, seven in total, all held inside the Barney Danson Theatre.
After a one day break, Bluesfest was back at it Tuesday night. The energy was high as the likes of Fetty Wap, Rezz, July Talk and RL Grimes took to the stage to packed crowds.
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.