I’m starting to ease back into the concerts after a winter hiatus (I have a very difficult time motivating myself to leave the house on a cold evening). I did manage to see one good concert a couple weeks ago. Mudmen, a Canadian Celtic Rock band put on a great show at Shenkman Arts Centre which I really enjoyed as it had been over two months since I had seen a concert! Up next is Steve Hill with Paul Reddick at Shenkman Arts Centre on March 11, Matt Anderson at NAC on March 24, Colin James at NAC on April 2 and Michael Kaeshammer at NAC on April 23.
Today was the unveiling of this years Ottawa Bluesfest lineup and it looks really interesting this year (much better than last year). There are interesting acts listed on almost every single day so I guess I’ll have to buy a pass as I won’t want to miss bands such as Jack De Keyzer, The Paul Deslauries Band, The Peptides, The Wicked Mercy, Amada Rheaume, John Fogerty, Brian Ferry, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, David Gogo, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Joe Jackson, Suits N Toques, Paul James, The Jesse Greene Band and many more! It should make for a really good Summer Vacation.
Not to be overlooked are some recent announcements by Rainbow Bistro. They have two Blusfest After Parties scheduled. The first on July 9 featuring Kirby Sewell Band and the second one on July 10 featuring Wicked Grin. They have also booked a return visit by one of my favorite Guitarists, Philip Sayce, on April 22 and 23 so that’s definitely on my list to see. Other notable acts include Jack De Keyzer scheduled for April 1, Suits N Toques on May 6, JW Jones on May 13 and David Gogo on May 28.
Another series to check out is the Viree Blues Boreale at Le Petit Chicago. I don’t normally like to go out to bars during the week but I might have to make a couple of exceptions – especially Robin Banks on April 13 and Dawn Tyler Watson on June 8. For even more great concerts, check out my events page as I try and update it weekly now that festivals are announcing their lineups.