Day 10 #RBCBluesfest #Ottawa

Despite the gloom and doom of the weather forecast, the day turned out to be perfect for a hot and sticky the end to this years edition of the Bluesfest.  My day started with a fantastic performance by the AJ Ghent Band from Atlanta.  If you love Tedeschi Trucks Band, you’ll like this one too.  A great mix of southern rock, blues, soul and funk all complimented by AJ’s unique way of playing his steel guitar.  This band is now on my watch list for future concerts and I sure hope they put out an album soon!

Next up I managed to catch the last half of Billy Gibson‘s Blues act backed by the Chaffey Brothers current band The Split, the Texas Horns and JW Jones.  The combination of talents made for a great show.

After that, I decided to take a dinner break inside the museum as I was totally unprepared for the hot sunny day (had dressed for rain/storms) and have been thinking about trying out the pop-up bistro ever since the festival started.  The inclusion of the Museum as part of the festival site has opened up a number of possibilities, and the bistro proved to be a great addition to the meal options.  The prices are on par with the other options, with the added bonus of eating in climate controlled comfort and excellent food as well.  I sure hope this is a new tradition that is carried forward to next year.

From there, I caught the last half of the Be In the Band instructors showcase.  A great way for them to have fun and show us what they can do – 6 guitars, a drummer and keyboards and good talent made for a fun and entertaining set of rock cover tunes.

After that, I saw Darrell Nulisch for some more Blues Harmonica aided by David Maxwell on keyboards and the Texas Horns.  A great end to some wonderful blues acts I’ve seen throughout the festival.

The festival closer for me was the Sam Roberts Band who always put on a good party and this time was no different.  With a good sized crowd squeezed in front of the Claridge stage, we danced and sang along in celebration of a great performance and a glorious day.  A fitting end to my Festival Staycation indeed!

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