Day 6 #RBCBluesfest #Ottawa
A much dryer day today and thankfully the grounds at Bluesfest recovered quickly from yesterdays rain. I had a choice tonight between Blues and Jazz, acts I’ve seen before and ones I had not seen at all and the winners were the two acts I had not seen before – No BS Brass Band and Selwyn Birchwood.
No BS Brass Band kicked off my evening with an upbeat Funk/Jazz/sometimes Hip Hop sound that only 11 horns and 1 drummer can pull off. Mix a number of original compositions with well known covers of Thriller, Take On Me and Tom Sawyer (fan request) and you end up with a great sound that had the crowd dancing along with them.
The closer of the night was the up and coming Selwyn Birchwood Band, winners of the 2013 International Blues Challenge. You always hear where’s the Blues in Bluesfest, and tonight it was in the Theater with a high-energy performance that took us to the Juke Joint and back again. My only wish is that more people had come to see this great performance and proved that Ottawa really does want to see real Blues acts grace the stages of Bluesfest.
Picks for tomorrow night include Firebelly (Ottawa Blues Band), Procol Harum & NAC Orchestra, Blondie and John Mayall.