Happy New Year everyone! I Wish you a safe, healthy, happy and fulfilling 2019.
Another great year of live music has come to a close with an amazing total of 112 acts thanks to CityFolk, Bluesfest, Westfest, Kemptville Live, Dragon Boat Festival, Blackburn FunFair and Nostalgia festival along with some great shows in local venues including various stages at NAC, Atomic Rooster, Rainbow Bistro, Shenkman Arts Theatre, Centrepointe and Le Basoche.
So which acts did I see? All of these ones!
54-40, ABBAMania Canada (ABBA Tribute), Alanna Sterling Trio, Al Miller, Andrew Jr Boy Jones, Ani DiFranco, Angelina Hunter Trio, Angelique Francis, Bank Street Bon Bons, Beth Hart, Bettye Lavette, Birds of Bellwoods, Blue Rodeo, Boogie Wonder Band, Brandon Santini, Brock Zeman, Bryan Adams, Carla Cooke, Casa Lagarto, David Byrne, David Gogo, Dawn Tyler Watson (2), Django Fet, Double Standard, Emily Burgess, Exodus (Bob Marley), Face 2 Face (Billy Joel & Elton John), Firebelly, Fleetwood Mac Mania, Grace Lachance, Hanson, Hat Fitz and Cara, Irish Mythen, Iyono Ede & the Leaning Lights, Jack de Keyzer, Jeff Coghill, Jesse Greene band, Joe Bonamassa, Joe McDonald & The Walkin Hawks, John Mellencamp, John Nemeth, John Primer, Julie Corrigan, Jully Black, JW Jones Band (3), Kaleo, Kimberly Sunstrum, Kris and Dee, Krystal Jill and the Jacks, Larkin Poe, leMeow, Little Miss Taken, Lotus Land (Rush Tribute), Matt Mays, Message In A Bottle (Police Tribute), Michael Kaeshammer, Molly Tuttle, Monkeyjunk (2), Mr. Sipp, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Queen Flash (Queen Tribute), Rebecca Noelle, Rita Carter, River City Junction, R.L. Boyce, Santana, Shakira S’Aida, Skydiggers, Slack Bridges, Slowhand (Eric Clapton Tribute), Son of Dave, Steve Earle, Steve Hill, Steve Medd and Charlie Gardner, Steven Taetz, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Suitcase Junket, Tanika Charles, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Ben Racine Band, The Blushing Brides (Rolling Stones Tribute), The Clint Everson Band, The Commotions (2), The Cooper Brothers, The Downchild Blues Band (2), The Fake McCoys (2), The Funk Frequency (Prince Tribute), The Julian Taylor Band, The Lachy Doley Group, The Lucas Haneman Express, The Paul Deslauriers Band, The Peptides, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Split, The Texas Horns, The Tony D Band, Tia Brazda, Tim Bastmeyer, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Vanessa Collier, Victor Wainwright and the Train, Wicked Grin (3), and Wolf Irene.
I saw so many great shows this year that it has been very difficult to narrow down which ones were the best. I’ve been playing all the albums I own from many of these bands the past week and every time I think, that was a great show, the next song comes on and I go that was an even better show. As a result, no matter which ones I list here, I can guarantee there were many others that were just as good.
Notable acts included:
Living Legends: The Downchild Blues Band
Blues Favorites: Beth Hart, Larkin Poe, Mr. Sipp, Vanessa Collier, The Tedeschi Trucks Band
More Blues Favorites: The Ben Racine Band, Victor Wainwright and the Train, Dawn Tyler Watson, Brandon Santini
Even More Blues: Jack de Keyzer, Steve Hill, The Paul Deslauriers Band
Classic Rock: Santana, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Bryan Adams
Jazz Favorites: Tia Brazda, Michael Kaeshammer
Soul Favorites: The Split, The Julian Taylor Band, The Commotions
Local Favorites: Monkeyjunk, Rebecca Noelle
Bands to watch out for: Alanna Sterling Trio
Best Dance Party: The Tony D Band
Best Overall Show: David Byrne put on an amazing show. In fact I have to rate it as the best I’ve ever seen.
Other notables: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Suitcase Junket, Matt Mays
2019 is already starting off better than 2018 as I already have passes to Kemptville Live and Nostalgia as well as tickets to see Amanda Rheaume, Gowan, Post Modern Jukebox, Molly Johnson, Lynard Skynyrd, Ghost Town Blues Band, Pat Travers, Cher, Mississippi Heat, Motown Soul, Blackburn and Glass Tiger.