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.
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.
Apt613 interviewed April Verch and Karrnell Sawitsky – two fiddlers performing at the National Arts Centre on Saturday, July 8.