@ottawabluesfest Plays The Blues

What a great start to Bluesfest and my vacation last night. The sun came out as the gates opened and the performances were fantastic.

The night started off with a local Blues/Rock band River City Junction who were joined by the Texas Horns for three songs. I’ve been wanting to see this band for a while and it was well worth the wait. I will definitely be seeing them again.

The next act, Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils with special guest Reese Wynans on keyboards, took over where River City Junction left off and brought the day to the next level. Rick showed us why he earned his four year gig as guitarist with Fleetwood Mac and Reese (who also plays keyboards for Joe Bonamassa) was amazing.

Building from there, the latest incarnation of the Ronny Baker Brooks Band burned down the stage with a wonderful, high energy act that kept me on my feet for the entire set. I saw him play in 2010 and knew I had to see him again this year (which is why this was one of my must see acts for my 3 day pass). My only disappointment was he was not the headlining act for the stage this time around. I can only hope he returns to Ottawa in the near future for a longer show!

Next up for me will be Bluesfest this coming Sunday, July 12, where my must see act is Philip Sayce. I’m also looking forward to seeing the Joe Gaspar Band, Kinsey Report, Willie Nile and Blue Rodeo (who I have never seen live, despite their many appearances at Bluesfest).

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