Blues, Rainbow Bistro, Festivals and More

On Friday I  made it down to The Rainbow Bistro (despite the chilly temperatures) to see JW-Jones.  It’s been almost a full two years since I’ve seen one of his shows and he has made significant headway in the past year with the release of his latest album so I’ve been looking forward to seeing one of his shows.  He certainly did not disappoint and had a great mix of old and new songs with a good part of each featuring him rocking (bluesing?) out on the guitar.  He returns to the Rainbow on May 16 for if you’re interested.  Other notable acts I’m hoping to see at the Rainbow in the coming months include The Tony D Band on April 4, Monkeyjunk on May 29, Jack de Keyzer on June 6 and Paul DesLauriers on June 13.

For those who like streaming live concerts, you should keep a watch on the Yahoo Live Nation stream.  Last night they had a great stream of Tedeschi Trucks Band, one of my all time favorite bands.  I liked it so much I streamed the replays 3 times today! I am hoping to catch Halestorm who will be streaming on April 23.

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of Festival announcements, including Ottawa Bluesfest.  To be honest, after the past couple of fantastic lineups at both Bluesfest and Ottawa Jazz Festival, I was somewhat underwhelmed this year.  I’ve limited myself to a 3 day Bluesfest pass to see Ronnie Baker Brooks, Charles Bradley and River City Junction on July 9, Philip Sayce and Joe Gaspar Band on July 12 and Monkeyjunk and the 24th Street Wailers on July 19.  I still haven’t decided if I will go to any Jazz Festival shows (Huey Lewis and the News play June 24 and Pink Martini are playing on June 29).

Next up for me are the Tony D Band at the Rainbow on April 4, Cat Empire at Algonquin Commons Theatre on April 14 and Molly Johnson at NAC Ontario Scene on May 1.  Happy concerts everyone!


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