Ryland James kicked-off night two of Ottawa Bluesfest at Lansdowne.
The twenty-two-year-old songwriter released his debut self-titled EP on a major label in 2020.
Barenaked Ladies were up next, providing their mix of charm, wit, comedy, and rock music to brighten the gray skies over Lansdowne Park.
Playing crowd favourites such as “If I Had $1,000,000”, “Brian Wilson”, and even the Big Bang Theory theme song, the band was keen for sing-alongs and that’s exactly what they got.
To end their set, the band did a rapid-fire cover series of songs such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Whole Lotta Love”.
Ending the night was Jann Arden (unfortunately no photos were allowed for the act), who pointed out that her last show was at the National Arts Centre just before the pandemic, and so what better way than to begin touring again starting with Ottawa.
Bluesfest is presenting outdoor concerts at Lansdowne Park from Sept. 23 to 25. Visit ottawabluesfest.ca for the complete lineup and schedule.
Patrons are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend, and are expected to present their vaccination status information at the gates. All festival goers are expected to wear a mask while on festival premises, and can only be removed when eating, drinking, or for other medical reasons.