Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number of music festivals and venues stepping up to showcase these bands, it’s no wonder that support for existing and new Ottawa talent is rising steadily. Whatever day(s) you choose to visit Bluesfest, make sure you take the time to soak in some of our amazing local talent. From Monday to Thursday this week Apt613 will be featuring a few of these homegrown must-sees.
For Ottawa musician Jamie Douglas, nothing could be sweeter than to perform at Bluesfest with his band, The Powergoats, on his favourite day of the festival, the final day, and on his favourite stage, the River stage.
“We’re back at the River stage, which is where we played in 2010, same day too, the last Sunday. And the time of day when THE stage to be at is the River stage, where you can see the sun set and the party starts.”
The band has been busy in the studio, writing and recording new tunes for an upcoming album slated for this fall. Their current album, “Ruby Headlights” (August 2014), features eight tracks of positively charged rootsy rock, rich in both acoustic and electric flavours, a variety of rhythms, and coloured in plenty of backing vocals that surround the signature ‘Bowie’-like timbres of Jamie’s voice. Another single from that album, “Spark It Up”, has just been released on video.
The lineup of musicians appearing on the upcoming album will also be present for the Bluesfest show: Jamie Douglas (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica), Andrew Burns (bass/vocals), Wes Reed (drums), Jeff Logan (lead guitar), Scottie Irving (keys), DeeDee Butters (vocals), Michelle Richards (guest vocals), and Fabien Melanson (guest vocals). To make things even sweeter, and add an extra dimension to their already full sound, The Powergoats will be joined onstage by Austin’s The Texas Horns: Kaz Kazanoff (tenor sax), John Mills (baritone sax), and Al Gomez (trumpet).
“It’s been my dream to have a horn section and we found out the Texas Horns were available for our time slot, so we contacted them. Andrew and I went through the set list and we charted seven songs they’re going to be in. It’s really neat writing more parts for songs we’ve already released… filling up parts where there was nothing before. I’ve always loved bands that have a horn section: the Stones, The Band, Earth Wind & Fire. There’s so many funky groovy sounds that add so much to the music.”
Catch The Powergoats at Bluesfest on the River Stage from 5:00-6:00pm, on Sun. Jul. 17th. Tune into Apt613Live on CHUO FM 89.1 this Tues., Jul. 5th from 6:00-6:30pm to hear more on The Powergoats.