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MonkeyJunk performing at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

What’s on at Bluesfest: Gig Picks for Friday July 8

By Stephane Dubord on July 7, 2022

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Day 2 at Bluesfest: Friday, July 8

Main Stage

If Wednesday’s launch had a clear theme of Canadian pop songstresses, Thursday’s main stage lineup is more eclectic. First up is Ottawa’s NAMBI & The Rhythm at 6pm, an act which blends soulful R&B and funk grooves behind NAMBI’s strong vocals.

Building on the double-shot of Aussies playing Bluesfest on Wednesday, another Australian will take the stage at 7:30pm, as Tash Sultana will bring their mesmerizing mix of indie roots, with impassioned vocals, as can be felt on hit single “Jungle”.

Taking those indie roots into a more mellow direction, headliner Jack Johnson will close out the night at 9:30pm with his Hawaiian surf folk underpinning deep reflections on life and existence. Reminder folks: no smoking or vaping on the Bluesfest grounds.

SiriusXM Stage

Bluesfest mainstays The Texas Horns are back with their soul-infused blues horns at 6pm, setting the stage perfectly for Tami Neilson’s retro mix of soulful blues, with dashes of rockabilly at 7:30pm.

As of yet, no one is scheduled in the usual 9pm slot, so keep checking for a potential surprise announcement in the days to come.

River Stage

Local duo Mack & Ben will start the evening off at 6:30pm with their combination of powerful vocals, emotive guitar, and tight af rhythm section which has only gotten tighter as they’ve been honing their act around town.

Next up will be Canadian indie rock godfathers The New Pornographers at 8pm, making their first appearance in Ottawa in five years. Fans will finally get to hear them perform songs from their latest album, 2019’s In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights.

Concluding the night will be Indigenous tenor/composer Jeremy Dutcher, with his unique combination of Indigenous and classical music. 2018’s Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa won the Polaris Prize and shined a light on this new blend of genres.

Barney Danson Theatre

Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island, and based in Ottawa, Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya writes enchanting and heartbreaking experimental-folk music. She opens the Barney Danson Theatre stage at 6:30pm.

Montreal-based American singer-songwriter and producer LIA (of the band Afternoon Bike Ride) is playing Barney Danson at 8pm.
Her newest project due for release, Stardust, gets described as midnight alt-pop.

Tami Neilson, who is playing the SiriusXM stage at 7:30pm, is going to book it to Barney Danson Theatre for a 9:30pm set!


RBC Bluesfest runs from July 7–17, 2022 at LeBreton Flats. Visit ottawabluesfest.ca for the full schedule and lineup. General admission Day Passes cost $79.45 and a full Festival Pass is $312.97 including tax and all fees. Follow @apt613 on Instagram for all the sights and sounds of Bluesfest 2022.

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