Category: Festivals

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 5 – Old Stereo, Kalle Mattson, BlakDenim, Silver Creek, The Split, & Mackenzie Rhythm Section

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 5 – Old Stereo, Kalle Mattson, BlakDenim, Silver Creek, The Split, & Mackenzie Rhythm Section

Plenty of Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today.   Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. The list below is, as always, in chronological order. 1:30 Old Stereo kick off the Saturday edition of Bluesfest with their spirited funk-soul. See them on the River Stage. 2:00 The alt-country and folk tunes of Kalle Mattson will […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 5 – Andrew Bird, The London Souls, and Tift Merritt

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 5 – Andrew Bird, The London Souls, and Tift Merritt

July 5, 2014 will probably be remembered as Lady Gaga night, as thousands of people from Ottawa and area crash the Bell Stage. Well, I’m going to suggest that you see some other artists before and even at the same time as the pop star. Andrew Bird – 9:00 on the River Stage The immensely talented Andrew Bird returns to […]

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RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today (July 4). Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. They all perform at 6:00, so get there early! You can also check out the full list of Ottawa-area bands and musicians here. Enjoy the classic rock ‘n roll tunes of Cold Capital, who will be on the Black Sheep […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 4 – Jeff Tweedy, Bonobo, and Harper & Midwest Kind

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 4 – Jeff Tweedy, Bonobo, and Harper & Midwest Kind

It’s the second day of the festival, and, if you’re like me, you probably struggled out of bed this morning to get to work. Ah, Bluesfest – it’s not just a great musical experience, but it’s a great challenge to see if the body can continue to push the limits. With each year, my body is telling me to stop […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 3 – Fiftymen, James Leclaire, Amos the Transparent, and Scattered Clouds

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 3 – Fiftymen, James Leclaire, Amos the Transparent, and Scattered Clouds

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. 6:00 Fiftymen take to the River Stage in what will likely be a honky tonkying good time. Kick up your heels to their rocking country music. James Leclaire has […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluefest, July 3 – Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart, and Danny Brown

Pick-3 for RBC Bluefest, July 3 – Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart, and Danny Brown

If you’re heading out to Bluesfest, you’ve probably either have conflicts in your “I-must-see-them” schedule or don’t know who to see early on as you wait for the headliner. And that’s where we, at The Revue, step in, offering our suggestions on who to see that night. Now, we’re not listing any Ottawa-based bands because we don’t wish to highlight […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

Six-plus weeks and 32 bands later, we have come to the conclusion of the RBC Bluefest Revue series, just in time for the start of the RBC Bluefest. Woohoo! If you are just catching up or want a lowdown of all the great Ottawa-area acts that will be playing over the course of the next 10 days, we have it […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ukrainia

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ukrainia

Our final RBC Bluesfest Revue is Ukrainia. They’re an extremely unique band – one taking Eastern European folk and mixing it with western rock. The music can be moody at times but then euphoric like much music from the region. The Wakefield lads  will make you think you’re living 4500 miles away. Someone serve up the borscht and varenyky! Ukrania perform at […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Wicked Grin

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Wicked Grin

If you’re looking for blues at the RBC Bluesfest, then look no further than local act, Wicked Grin. Their sound is old-school blues, making you feel like you’re in the deep south and chilling out by the Bayou. But it would be wrong to say that Wicked Grin’s sound is rooted in the blues, as they also master the brooding, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

Remember the 90s? Tindervox sure does. When I hear this band (and especially Kara’s voice), I hear some Joydrop, and some early Sub Pop noise. It’s slowed down Grade A jangle pop with some grungy/punk thrown in for good measure. This is a band to see on any stage, so they’re one of my top picks for the festival this […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

Holy $#!%. That’s all I could say when I heard The Red Rails for the first time. Bluefest indeed, these are the bluesiest guys in town. Just listen to the first minute of this and you’ll know what I mean. There’s something going on here, and I really dig it. Somewhere between AC/DC and Wolfmother, The Red Rails swing the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC BLUESFEST REVUE: THE SPLIT Fans of Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and James Brown should check out The Split when they bring their authentic sounding old school soul music to RBC Bluesfest.  They released an EP, Can’t Get Enough,in March, and it’s fantastic. These guys have a great lineup of very talented musicians and a two-piece horn section! If you […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

With a nice throwback sound, blending catchy melodies and quality musicianship, Still Winter Hills are a band that would feel at home in any decade. Their songs have a good pace that keeps your foot tapping and your head nodding and their on stage camaraderie makes their live shows a joy to watch. They’re reminiscent of the kinds of bands […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

Silver Creek are a pretty phenomenal roots band from Ottawa. They’ve been playing for years, touring around Canada and playing to happy hometown audiences on a regular basis. Some bands seem to pick a style and try to mimic or present their take on the genre…Silver Creek have just naturally gravitated to this mix of blues, roots, folk, etc. It […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

Chill-out pop. A touch of R&B. Brooding bluesy notes. Sprinkle with a bit of trip hop. Add cool beats. Those are the ingredients that make up Sound of Lions, a multi-genres, multi-talented band that creates smooth, groovy, and pleasing music. If you want to play the name game, think of a band that mixes Massive Attack, The xx, Bright Smoke, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silkken Laumann

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silkken Laumann

Silkken Laumann No, I’ve not lost my mind and decided to write about Canadian Olympic Rower Silken Laumann, but about a fantastic band from Ottawa named Silkken Laumann.  Made up of Patrick Johnson, Rolf Klausener, Gary Franks, and Adam Saikaley, Silkken Laumann kick back and groove with some really awesome electronic grooves and gorgeous psychedelic house.  Earlier this year, they […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

Certain music can transport you to places that you feel like you’ve never seen before. Places that hit all your emotional buttons and overwhelm you but keep you transfixed. Scattered Clouds qualify for this distinction. Their music is epic and grand but also simple. It’s three musicians and the singing is meant to suck you in rather than rock you […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

This post has been revised as the band has a new album and has changed its sound. The definitions have been moved to the end of the article. To name a band Pith and The Parenchymas requires great ingenuity, a love of biology, both, or maybe something else. Regardless, it’s a great name. And like the name, Pith and The […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

I’m loving that Bluefest is tapping into so much local blues for the festival this year. Old Whiskey Road don’t just choose evocative band names, they play a crowd-pleasing style of country and blues with some tight musicianship and great vocal harmonies. Kristin St. Pierre on vocals has a laid back style, and fellow vocalist Dave Morrow has a quiet […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Stereo

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Stereo

Ottawa’s Old Stereo are bringing their funky rockin’ soul sound to RBC Bluesfest.  Fans of Gary Clark Jr will love these guys. Their 2012 EP Crossed The Line is fantastic.  It’s got a great classic feel to it, especially on the song “Old Stereo”, which lead singer Phil Dunac’s voice channels his inner Michael Jackson, and reminisces of a time […]

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