#Ottawa Bluesfest Day 3
Saturday was another great day at Ottawa Bluesfest. The day started off with a foot stomping, hard driving, Blues/Rock set by Too Slim and the Taildraggers. Next up was a Bluesville tent bursting, blistering blues set by SugarRay Rayford, although I missed half of it due to the inevitable conflicts with another act.
The highlight of the day for me was finally seeing Brandi Carlile live and she certainly made the effort to treat everyone to a very special show that finished off with a rousing version of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I certainly hope that her comments about the festival and audience being special are true and that we will see her return again for future shows .
To close the night, I chose the Blues Revue in the Theatre so that there were no chances of sound bleed from the main stage rap act. As expected, MonkeyJunk, Antony Geraci, Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos del Junco put on a great blues show that made the wait to enter the theatre and scramble for a seat well worth it.
Since I’ve noted the capacity of the Bluesville Tent a couple of times (it was packed for Matt Andersen and was overflowing onto the lawn beside the tent for SugarRay Rayford), here are my comments on this new setup as it will likely need to be tweaked in future festivals. First, it does help with the sound bleed and is a great place to see a show when it’s raining, but for those who have to watch the show from outside the tent due to capacity issues, it’s not much of an improvement. Second, they need to look at how the Ottawa Jazzfest sets up their tent stage as the platform in Bluesville is too low – so low that only people right up front and those in the back bleachers have a good view. Third, to help with sightlines, it would be good to have a couple of small video screens setup on the side of the stage and outside the tent. Finally, if they can’t find a bigger tent, they need to be more careful with the acts that are scheduled so that the expected crowd can actually fit into the tent.