It’s the last weekend of Bluesfest, and Mark Monahan and friends have put together a stellar lineup to get the weekend off to a rollicking start.

July Talk – 9:30 on the River Stage

The RBC Bluesfest has a long history of bringing in some of the emerging Canadian indie bands just as they are about to hit their peaks, such as Stars, Mother Mother, and Metric. This year’s addition is July Talk, the five-piece rock band from Toronto that is fronted by Peter Dreimans and Leah Fay. Their combination of electrifying rock mixed with indie pop textures creates an infectious, delirious sound. They are also known for their high-energy shows with Dreimans and Fay inciting the crowd to scream and dance while strutting around the stage. It’s a great way to end (or start) your Friday night.

Yung Lean – 7:15 on the Black Sheep Stage

Yung Lean, whose real name is Jonathan Leandoer Håstad, hails from Stockholm, Sweden, and he’s taken the music world by storm with his electronic-infused hip-hop. Don’t expect the typical hip hop that dominates radio stations, but instead Yung Lean’s approach is darker and more brooding. He has done a lot of work in Japan, including collaborating with DJs there, and not surprisingly has established a massive following in the Asian country. Yung Lean might be the one act that draws the greatest amount of curiosity, as people young and old check to see what the buzz is about. But Yung Lean’s addition wasn’t made on a whim; he was recommended by The Advisory Group, a group of young Ottawans who provided advice to Mark Monahan and the scheduling team.

BadBadNotGood – 6:00 on the Black Sheep Stage

Another young group that is bringing a refreshing, innovative take to music is Toronto’s BadBadNotGood, which comprises of trained musicians Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alexander Sowinski on bass. While they admit to being hip hop fans, their music can be best described as electronic, trippy jazz. It is music that will move you and makes for great listening in all environments. Their music has also caught the notice of several high-profile artists, resulting in the trio collaborating with such notable artists as Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, and Ghostface Killah. Maybe the band will have some special guests when they perform. You never know.


Image of July taken from their Facebook page.

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