Canadian Musician Does Ottawa Bluesfest – Final StretchMonday, July 14th, 2014
All good things must come to an end… For the past week-plus, Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, has been covering RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Fresh from the fest’s final weekend, Sam has some great shots of the likes of Blondie, July Talk, Childish Gambino, and others in this post. Check some of the previous posts as well for more great shots blurbs about some of this year’s performer. Can’t wait for 2015…
Blondie – July 10, 2014
Debbie Harry may be 69 years young, but damn. The woman proved why she’s a pioneer of punk. She came out in star-designed white bondage gear belting “One Way or Another” for all the boomers with cellphones clipped to their belts to re-consider their own gear. Ripping through hits like “Atomic,” “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Rapture,” “Dreaming,” and “Maria,” the band rocked harder than expected. Plus, Harry is still a total hottie capable of whipping her hair back and forth like a 20-year-old pop star then breaking it down in a sumo-inspired dance.
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – July 11, 2014
Forget for a moment that it’s 2014 and Guns n Roses heyday was two decades ago. Slash shredded like no other, both on his classic Les Paul and a double-neck, and putting on a show with his goth-looking band mates. The set included GnR hits like “Sweet Child of Mine,” “Night Train,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Paradise City,” and the Velvet Revolver song “Slither” along with more recent Slash originals like “Anastasia.” Surprisingly, frontman Myles Kennedy come off like an Axle impersonator but instead was really energetic and got the whole crowd involved with his crazy high-notes.
Third Eye Blind- July 11, 2014
Semi-charmed is how I’d describe this performance. It was a little difficult to get into, even considering the nostalgia. The crowd was really into them, though, and lead singer Stephen Jenkins had no problem getting them hyped for songs like “Never Let You Go,” and other hits – “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life” among them. Jenkins commented throughout the performance how the band didn’t know if they had fans Ottawa, which of course received roars of approval.
July Talk – July 11, 2014
July Talk had the biggest audience I’d seen at the River Stage of Bluesfest 2014. The buzz around this band keeps on growing and they were ready to show Ottawa why. Playing a mix of songs off their 2013 self-titled release, the audience sang back every word of songs like “Guns and Ammunition” and “Paper Girl.” Lead singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay continued their playful sibling-like rivalry while performing (messing up each other’s hair, pushing each other, and generally just being boisterous). They a paper latern alight in the middle of the set that glowed as it disappeared into the night sky, and the audience ate up every second of it.
Bob Saget- For Mature Audiences Only – July 12, 2014
With statements like, “Diarrhea will save your life,” followed by John Stamos sex jokes and many a reference to the Tourette syndrome “Bob Saget YouTube” sensation, Bob Saget reveled in offending everyone within ear shot… and my sides hurt from laughing. The dirty daddy repeatedly said, “I apologize,” then told the mostly 20-something audience how they could be his illegitimate offspring. His set also included a few acoustic guitar songs about how Danny Tanner was not gay and a romantic ballad to a woman he seduced in a nursing home.
AWOLNATION- July 12, 2014
California rock band AWOLNATION drew a big crowd, but this writer couldn’t get into them.
Childish Gambino – July 12, 2014
Forget what you know about the actor Donald Glover. Childish Gambino came out more pumped than your best rap hype man to play to the 5,000 audience members who crowded the Claridge Stage for his hour-long set. Dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and surfer shorts he frenetically jumped, shuffled, and threw himself into the audience between waving his arms like a wild man and even doing the Charleston. He made rappers like Snoop look lazy for just lighting up a doobie on stage; this man was in it to get everyone as excited as he was to sing and rap songs from his most recent album, Because the Internet. Snoop who?
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