Ottawa Folk Festival Day 5 – #Ottawa

The sun came out on the closing day of Ottawa Folk Festival and for a short while, kept the crowd nice and warm for a change. I skipped day 4 due to the cold, wet weather and the fact that there were no “must see” acts for me that day.  The site was clearly worse for the wear due to all the rain on Saturday and I felt sorry for those who had to navigate the mud puddles without boots on (I actually wore my winter boots to keep my feet warm and dry and 4 layers of tops/jackets to keep the rest of me warm).

Sunday started off with a rousing set by The Cardboard Crowns. They have a ska/reggae/punk beat but it’s accessible and fun for us “older” folk too (they would have fit right in at this years A-Vibe festival). From there it was off catch a sample of the Reggae beats from Messangah and then over to the Beer tent to see Spencer Scharf play the Blues. From there I made my way over to catch the last half of the sweet soulful sounds of Bobbi Bazini at the Hill stage. Next up was the country-rock sounds of The Bros. Landreth and then back over to the paid section of the festival to see a show I’ve been eagerly anticipating since the original festival lineup was announced.

Joss Stone. How do I describe such an amazing performer? If you like Soul music, you’ll love Joss Stone. For me, this was *THE* concert of the year and I saw a lot of outstanding acts this year (Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi Trucks and Beth Hart to name a few). I really have to thank the Ottawa Folk organizers for this she only made 2 stops in Canada for this tour, and Ottawa was one of them. In addition to her amazing voice, Joss has an relaxed command on the stage and a wonderful rapport with the fans. At times it felt like we were friends sitting around the kitchen table having a cup of tea. Clearly she’s having fun and it helped draw us all together as she sang.

To close out the night, it was back to the Beer tent to catch the Mellotones play their Funky music (a good place to be considering the dropping temperature as the tent was at least 5 degrees warmer than the outdoor festival stages). This was the other act I was eagerly awaiting as I saw them play with Matt Anderson earlier in the year and was looking forward to hear them play their own music. A very tight set that had people on their feet dancing to the funk from the start and a great way to close out the 2014 festival season.

Next up for me are indoor concerts including Sabrina Weeks on Sept 27 (possibly followed by JW Jones CD release later in the evening), Randy Bachman on Oct 22, Fleetwood Mac on Oct 26, Powder Blues on Nov 1 and Jarvis Church on Nov 27.  I’m also hoping to catch some of the great Blues acts that the Rainbow is bringing in for their 25th Anniversary over the next 3 months.

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