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Ottawa Bluesfest 2013

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Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 10) – Dog Blood, BB King, Alice In Chains, Serena Ryder + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – EDM supergroup Dogblood, who consists of Skrillex and German producer Boys Noize, closed off the 20th anniversary of Ottawa Bluesfest. Last night’s performance was Skrillex’s third Bluesfest performance in as many years, and his second time on the main stage to close the festival. Most Bluesfest attendees remember a very bright and loud show from Skrillex last year, where … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 9) – Björk, Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Death Grips + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – Iconic Icelandic singer and one-woman art installation Björk, who is eccentric as she is legendary, performed on the Bluesfest main stage last night. With several other bands recently banning fan photography at their shows, including She & Him, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Björk enacted a similar policy during her 15-song performance. With five screens behind … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 8) – Great Big Sea, The Waterboys, Matthew Good + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – St. John’s, Newfoundland-based folk-rock trio Great Big Sea, who is fronted by Sean McCann, Alan Doyle and Bob Hallett, are currently on their 20th anniversary tour and they opened their headlining performance with a video montage of vintage clips dating back through their 20-year history as a band. The band started the show … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 7) – The Tragically Hip, LP, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – Watching a Tragically Hip show is similar to eating chicken, after you’ve had it a couple of times, its pretty much the same and becomes the baseline for comparing other meats (or bands). They treated long-time fans to the same old show, with the addition of a couple of new songs, beginning right from … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 6) – A Tribe Called Red, Solange, Animal Collective + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – Ottawa-based EDM trio A Tribe Called Red headlined the BlackSheep stage on Wednesday. Their unique style, which blends First Nations music with reggae, dub-step and hip-hop, was in full-force during their energetic set.They downplayed their political nature, which includes vocal support of Idle No More, to focus solely on their music, which drew mostly … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 5) – Mother Mother, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals + More

 By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – Vancouver-based indie rock quintet Mother Mother, who headlined the River stage, broke the pattern of small crowds for headlining bands at the River stage.  The Ryan Guldemond-led band played to a very large and very excited crowd who gave them as much energy as the band gave back to the crowd. Guldemond and company mixed … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 4) – Diamond Rings, Hannah Georgas, Wu-Tang Clan + More

By: Scott Penner (@ScottPenner) – Day four saw Ottawa Bluesfest soldiering on with several energetic and interactive shows despite constant down pouring of rain that fell throughout most of the day. Dismal crowd size down at the usually-popular River Stage now appears to be a trend at this year’s fest as Diamond Rings drew a small crowd that got even smaller … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 3) – Sharon Van Etten, Belle and Sebastian, Neko Case + More

By: Scott Penner – When Brooklyn-based indie rocker Sharon Van Etten took to the River Stage for her headlining slot, a dismal crowd, which seemed to have numbered in the hundreds, took in Van Etten’s unique brand of artistically progressive folk-rock.Having mentioned several times “she was sad when she wrote her songs” but she “got over it by doing what … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 2) – She & Him, Flogging Molly, Dawes, Frank Turner, Sarah Jean

By: Scott Penner – The second night of Ottawa Bluesfest featured indie folk duo She & Him, who consist of “New Girl” star and vocalist Zooey Deschanel and guitarist and producer M. Ward, and who headlined the River Stage just after dark. A full band, which included a drummer, pedal steel guitar player and a … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Day 1) – Jimmy Eat World, Alex Clare, Grand Funk Railroad

By: Scott Penner – Jimmy Eat World opened the Bell Stage with an hour-long set that featured a mix of songs that spanned their career, including their new single “I Will Steal You Back”, from their new album, Damage, “Pain” from their 2004 album, Futures, and their most well-known song “The Middle”, from their wildly … Continue reading

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