Day 10 at Ottawa Bluesfest was a long and storied affair. My plan was to start the day with The Beaches. I have been following them for a few years now and had seen them last year at Osheaga. I got in early though and went to Riishi Von Rex and I’m glad I did. They were a great local band and I’ll try to make an effort to see them again.
Next I did make it to The Beaches and I think I could tell a growing maturity and confidence in their stage act from last year. Whatever it was, I thought they were even better this year and if you don’t know them yet you will want to keep your ears open.
Interpol was a band I’ve been wanting to see live for a long time so I was very happy to see them on the schedule for Bluesfest. Going into the festival they were one of the acts I was most looking forward to. Musically they were solid, but I can’t help but think they would be a lot better in a smaller venue than the festival setting. I would love to see them in a club.
Air Supply is one of the most successful pop bands of all time, yet many people would probably never admit to liking them. Despite this they drew a big crowd that enthusiastically sang along to the hits. They have a solid band and the guys still have the vocal chops.
The big surprise for me of the night, and indeed the entire festival was Milky Chance. I knew very little of them going into this festival having only heard one song. Their performance was nothing short of spectacular, and to me was the biggest surprise and among the best performances of this year’s Bluesfest. They made me a fan for sure.
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