Day 9 #RBCBluesfest #Ottawa
My second to last day at Bluesfest had perfect, hot sunny weather and a great lineup of music. The day started with a set of hard driving blues from local band Wicked Grin (winners of the Ottawa Blues Society Road To Memphis Competition in 2013) with some help from the Texas Horns. It’s great watching these guys perform as they seem to have so much fun on stage.
Next up was The Iguanas who have an interesting mix of styles that are very heavily influenced by a Latin beat mixed in with a little Blues and a hint of Zydeco on a few songs. I very much enjoyed their set and was up dancing to every single tune.
Next was a brief stop to find out what the Bluesfest Review was all about. It turns out it was a jam session that included TJ Wheeler, David Maxwell, the Texas Horns and a number of other musicians. The three songs I caught were fantastic as the young singer reminded me of the early days of hearing Nikky Yanofski. I have no idea who she was, but I suspect she has a bright musical career ahead of her.
I was back to the Blacksheep stage after that to see Sugar Ray and the Bluetones (including Monster Mike Welch on lead guitar). They were a known quantity for me as I’ve seen both Sugar Ray and Monster Mike play at Bluesfest in the past. An excellent set that had me on my feet dancing to the tunes.
Up next on the stage was Little Freddie King and a great a great set of Delta Blues followed by Thornetta Davis’ Powerful Blues and soulful R&B sound.
The closer of the night was Dr Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer. Going into the show, I really had no clue what to expect and hadn’t even recognized the name. The large crowd at Blacksheep stage knew otherwise, and once he started banging out the tunes, I understood why. I grew up with these songs and knew most of the words to the vast majority of them – especially The Cover of the Rolling Stone. While his voice has aged considerably over the years, the band still puts on a great show.
Overall, it was a perfect hot sunny day for a festival made that much better with a fantastic lineup of the Blues. Who could ask for anything better?
For the final day of the festival, I plan to see AJ Ghent Band, part of the set by Billy Gibson, Darrell Nulisch and Sam Roberts Band. I may even catch part of the headlining act, Collective Soul.