Caught abit of Hundreds and Thousands. Very power pop-rock sound.
Silver Creek played the Bank Of America stage.
I have to say the best acts was seeing Cake and Paolo Nutini. Cake was very entertaining considering I was familiar with the songs they played. I was happy to hear Short Skirt/Long Jacket and I did get an autograph of the lead singer. Paolo Nutini was like going to a boy band show since there were alot of girls screaming like crazy. It is great to have someone from Europe come to Ottawa and play a show. Great singer to check out.
There was a big crowd for Blue Rodeo. I was familiar with any of the songs they played. Waiting for them to play Try which they did for their encore. Something about that song just gets me singing like an idiot.
It was another fun-filled night at Bluesfest and it was the night after KISS. Still people are talking about what a show it was. While there were some people mentioning the craziness at the K’Naan show too.
There was still excitement on Day 9 of Bluesfest. The acts that I didn’t see were Styx, LIVE, Busta Rhymes and Alan Parsons. The show started off at Rogers Stage with the Edmonton band, Shout Out Out Out Out. This was my second time seeing them and they put on such a fun show. There were some people getting into their music which was nice to see. I did get to say hi to Will and Gravy. Ran over to the Blacksheep Stage and checked out Ottawa band Politique. It was a great set and nice to see alot of people showing support for Ottawa talent. Great fun hearing tracks like Beat The Retreat. Played some new tracks. Mallory of the band looked really pretty on stage. Then ran over to the Bank Of America stage and tried to photograph Busta Rhymes. Apparently when I got there I heard from another photographer that Busta hasn’t shown up in Ottawa. He was coming straight from Montreal. Heard from the media guy that he won’t be in Ottawa for 7:45pm.
Later I found out that his set only lasted for 25 minutes. How crazy was that?
I missed out LIVE playing, would have been nice hearing Lighting Crashes live.
So I gave up photographing him and just went back to the Blacksheep stage and just wait abit for M83 to start. M83 is a electronica band from France and it was their first time to play in Ottawa. I am glad with a festival like Bluesfest, that bands like them can come to Ottawa. I shot for the first two songs Then I decided to hang at the sidestage and I was surprised with their tour manager. She was very nice to give me the setlist since I was writing down stuff about their set. Here is what they played. We Own The Sky Teen Angst Kim & Jessie Sitting Skin Don’t Save Us Guitar Couleurs My favorites were We Own The Sky, Sitting (very new wave and dancey), Skin (Dreamy epic), Don’t Save Us (Electro-Dance number), Guitar (Instrumental electro-rock dance) and Couleurs (Euro-dance number) Afterwards, I helped a volunteer who is a big fan of them get their autograph and photo. They are nice people and I hope they come back to Ottawa. Went to the Hard Rock Cafe Stage, playing was Les Claypool. A member of Primus if they are still together? It was a freaky show, since most of the members wore mask. The lighting was too low so I was there for about a song. Finally went back to the Blacksheep Stage and I was excited to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Really surprised with the turnout which went all the way up to the hill. Not like the K’Naan show, there was a variety of age group and races that were in attendances. Started off with the members of the Dap-Kings playing. About four minutes of them playing when Sharon Jones appear and it was crazy. I am blown away by her singing and talent. She just had that stage presence. Loving that funk, soul and that bit of Motown feel. Sang some of her old stuff plus some new tracks from the upcoming album. After the second song, I just went to the side stage and just danced away. Wow she has that funky-soul vibe. Sharon in four different songs, bought up people on stage when she sang and danced to them. She sure knows how to party on. Amazing wonderful fun set. I’d go see her again when or if she comes back. Afterwards I got to talk to her for abit and she was so nice and lovely. I told her that I had stage freight and didn’t want to go on stage with her. She was funny and knew I didn’t want to go becuase of the look I made. I already had my share of going up on stage. Recommended me to get the album Dap Dippin’ And told me that four songs she sang were new. Did a dedication for Michael Jackson which was heartfelt. Love she did abit of a medley of his songs which was mostly from the Jackson 5 era and did abit of the Moonwalk. Now I can’t wait for the new album. Then she gave me a goodbye kiss. What a nice classy lady.
Bluesfest went back to normal yesterday after the only stage with STP and Gym Class Heroes. I have to say it was a calm night. And its before the big spectacle of KISS which happens to be tonight.
The acts that I saw were: Marc Charron The Allrights Ice Cube Surprised that I got to take photos of his set, considering hip-hop acts have very tight security. Still have my head scratching to why he opened up for Our Lady Peace. No offence, he is more of a bigger draw celebrity wise. The Yardbirds Somehow being in the Subway Stage I felt like I was in Woodstock. Xavier Rudd Got to love the didgeridoo. The Zombies Wasn’t expecting to be poppy-rock but at least the people there enjoyed them. Our Lady Peace I was happy hearing the classics like One Man Army and Superman’s Dead. While waiting in line for Xavier Rudd’s autograph which took forever, I did get to hear their whole set. Happy that I heard Clumsy, 4 AM and Is Anyone Home?
Wow the festival keeps getting better. This time it was mostly a American indie folk-rock-alternative theme except for one who is a local. This time I stayed for a whole set. The acts that I saw were: The Dodos Lindsay Ferguson(Ottawa singer) I had to help out a friend take photos of her set which he needed for the Wakefield Newspaper. Okkervil River DeVotchKa I was blown away hearing The Dodos, Okkervil River and Devotchka. This was another fun night of music. I wonder if I should give away my Devotchka signed ticket stub???
July 9th was my favorite night of Ottawa Bluesfest. It was better than Day 1 mostly because I knew the bands/musicians that were playing on Day 2 of Bluesfest. I had a great time running over from stage to stage.
The acts that I saw: Kyrie Kristmanson Kyrie was totally amazing live. She wore her famous white fuzzy hat during Song X but took it off after it.
Holy Fuck They were absolutely amazing live and I was happy to catch Lovely Allen at the end.
Metric Seen them alot of times now. Glad that they sang “Help! I’m Alive” live.