Day 5 #RBCBluesfest #Ottawa
The focus for Tuesday was Classic Rock and despite a torrential downpour at the start of the evening, the show went on (with a slightly delayed start and a lot of very wet fans).
Up first was Styx and as I expected they pulled off a flashy and flawless performance. Gowan continues to deliver as their lead singer and keyboard player and they all have a great stage presence. I even appreciated Gowan’s mid-performance solo sing alongs to classic tunes as the rain let up and the double rainbow came out. My one and only complaint about the performance was the use of the main video screens for effects instead of showing the band. With all the umbrellas in the crowd, it was virtually impossible to find a decent location where I could actually see the stage and I wish they had taken that into account and used the big screens for what they’re meant to be used for.
Next up, a quick shift over to River stage (which was turned into a mud pit as a result of the rain) to see Don Felder – former lead guitarist for the Eagles. As expected the focus of the show was Eagles tunes and it was great to experience these in a much more intimate venue than the big arena.
The closing headliner for the night was Foreigner. This was the first time I’ve seen them perform and they did not disappoint. It was great to see founding member/lead guitarist Mick Jones back in form and feeling the love from the audience as they sang along with almost every song.
Overall, a great night of classic rock! My choices for tonight are still undecided. I’m torn between seeing Jazz on the River stage (No BS Brass Band followed by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue) and Blues in the Theatre (David Maxwell & Friends followed by Selwyn Birchwood). I’m sure they will all be great shows (I’ve seen David Maxwell play a number of times before and saw Trombone Shorty in 2012). I guess I’ll let my mood and the weather decide when I arrive.