Gigs, Ottawa Revue, Photography, Show Reviews, Spotlight, The Revue — October 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

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Ottawa and surrounds is blessed with a lot of music festivals, and I go to almost all of them. Usually my festival season ends with the Folk Festival in September but I have been hearing great things about Beau’s Oktoberfest for the past couple years. Last year’s lineup looked great, but the day I wanted to go sold out before I made up my mind. This year I did not hesitate and bought the festival pass as soon as it was available.

Obviously this is an Oktoberfest, so beer and food are prominent and honestly many people may not even know or care that bands are playing. Beau’s Brewery makes some excellent beer and this was an opportunity to sample some varieties not easily found in the city. The food vendors also concocted a huge variety of tasty food to try, and I did my best to sample as many beer and food dishes I can while still allocating time for the great live music.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the music isn’t strong because Friday night’s lineup was as strong as any festival. The night started with Zeus, who I’ve seen twice before and they always put on a solid rock show. This night was no exception and they also showcased some new music.

Second up was Groenland, who I saw briefly at Osheaga a couple years ago. At the time, I loved their music but found their stage presence a bit green. It was great to see their stage performance elevated to match their music.

The third act was the Rural Alberta Advantage, and it was my first time seeing them live. I recently made an effort to listen to many of their albums before the show because I find it helps me enjoy the live show and they certainly live up to their albums.

The night’s headliner was Halifax’s own Joel Plaskett Emergency. I have a confession to make. Despite the fact I’m from Halifax, for some reason, I had never seen Joel Plaskett live before. It did not take long to see what an error that was. Joel and the band sounded fantastic from the opening song. They continued to wow the crowd through their entire set. At one particularly entertaining moment they went through a medley of cover songs including “Kung Fu Fighting” and Lorde’s “Royals”. It capped off a great first night to the festival.

 

 

Zeus

Zeus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zeus

Zeus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zeus

Zeus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groenland

Groenland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groenland

Groenland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Plaskett Emergency

Joel Plaskett Emergency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Plaskett Emergency

Joel Plaskett Emergency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Plaskett Emergency

Joel Plaskett Emergency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Plaskett Emergency

Joel Plaskett Emergency

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