I have to admit that Kemptville Live Music Festival has become my favorite outdoor festival for many reasons, although it’s difficult to say exactly why… it just has a really good vibe. Maybe it’s the location; maybe it’s the consistently fantastic mix of music and vendors; maybe it’s the “homey, we’re here to enjoy some music” feel; maybe it’s something else entirely. Add in another beautiful day yesterday (and the fourth in a row without ran, which was the longest stretch we’ve had this year), and the result is pure heaven. I have no idea how Bob and the rest of the committee have managed to put such a great event together in three short years, but I can certainly applaud their results.
The day started off with a great Blues set by Three Times Lucky. I missed them at Bluesfest due to conflicts with other acts, so I was glad I could make up for it. This time they somehow managed to convince Kaz Kazanoff (from the Texas Horns) to stick around the area after his annual Bluesfest gig to join the band and kick it up a notch for the appreciative fans.
Next up was Angelique Francis who showcased her beautiful voice and her many talents playing various instruments. I’m sure we’re going to hear a lot more from her in the coming years (although I think she needs to loosen up a little as it was almost a word-for-word copy of her set at Bluesfest and I prefer the less scripted moments, which I find more memorable.
Bill Durst then stormed the stage with another fiery hard rockin Blues set that had me dancing in the hot sun the entire time. The more I hear him play, the more I want to see him again, but since I can’t do that, I came home with another of his CD’s to keep me company until the next concert he plays in town.
In addition to having a passion for the Blues, I also love good old-fashioned Rock and Roll, and the Weber Brothers certainly delivered with a high energy Rock performance. Following them was Sue Foley with some more great Blues (seriously, an entire hot sunny day filled with Blues and Rock, it just can’t get much better than this).
Finally, the moment the large crowd had been waiting for arrived when Burton Cummings and his band took over the stage. For someone who’s nearing the age of 70, he certainly hasn’t slowed down. As with the show I saw last year, he prefaced many of his songs with some memories – either about how it felt to achieve the Gold Record or where/how some of the songs came to be, and there were a lot of songs that he has had success with over the years. For me, it was the perfect end to a great day, and the best way to cap off five weeks of Sumer music festivals.