Hot Rock n’ Blues

What would my vacation be without some amazing Blues & Rock on a Hot Steamy Day? Yesterday served up generous helpings of both and I was in heaven. The day started with a great set by the Joe Gaspar Band. Next up was The Kinsey Report who served up a smokin set of Chicago Blues mixed with some poignient commentary on the daily reality that faces Chicago residents.

From there, it was over to the main stage to see the act I’ve been waiting to see for six years since I last saw him at Bluesfest – Philip Sayce. What can I say that hasn’t been said before? Philip continues to be a master on the guitar and puts his body and soul into each and every song. It’s almost like Philip and his guitar are one entity. I am so glad he has a new record contract and has been out touring again! Hopefully there won’t be such a long gap between his appearances in Ottawa again as I absolutely love watching and listening him play.

The last act of the day for me was Willie Nile. I didn’t really know much about the band and was just going to check out a couple of songs before heading home. Needless to say, I stayed for the entire set, including the encore (interesting note, I’ve seen 3 acts play an encore song on the Monster stage – something that you normally only see with headliners). The best way I can describe this band is to mix Bob Dylan with the Dropkick Muphys. Add in a lead guitar player who’s almost as good as Philip Sayce and you have a great power guitar rock band. What a great way to end the day!

Next up is a whimsical diversion – an ABBA tribute at Shenkman on Tuesday evening. Following that I’ll be at Bluesfest on Sunday, July 19 to catch Bruce Katz, 24th Street Wailers, a David Maxwell Tribute, Randy Bachman, Monkey Junk and the Grand Finale of the Danson Jam Sessions.

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