Gigs, Ottawa Revue, Photography, Show Reviews, Spotlight — October 15, 2014 at 7:15 am

The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

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The second day of Beau’s Oktoberfest was looking like it could be a disaster, at least as far as the weather goes. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, never a good combination when there are thousands of people trouncing around a big open field. I’m sure there was heavy rain in the afternoon but I purposely timed my arrival for the first band and by then there was only a light mist which even that stopped before too long. The field however, was exactly as I expected. It was a giant pit of mud, in some places six inches deep. Good thing I planned ahead and wore old school rubber boots. My feet were dry and clean all night and I was able to enjoy my time at the festival!

The first band of the night was The Strumbellas. I have seen their name around town quite a bit but did not know much about them. In preparation for the concert I had listened to a couple of their albums and was very pleasantly surprised. Their live show did not disappoint either, they were a lot of fun. I will try to catch them again in a smaller intimate club, I bet they’d be even better.

Next up was Radio Radio, a french rap-pop band. I don’t spend a lot of time listening to French music, but as it turns out, I had downloaded a Radio Radio song as a free song of the week of iTunes a year or two ago. Seriously, the thing was so catchy I found myself singing along whenever it came on my iPod. I did check out a couple albums before seeing them live and their music is all fun dancy pop-rap, and their energy on stage matched their music. The crowd loved them, and they were able to brighten the mood of a large crowd standing in mud.

The final act of the night was Tokyo Police Club. I unfortunately had missed most of their set at Bluesfest due to bad weather/traffic so I was looking forward to seeing them at Beau’s. The weather had threatened to ruin their night again but by their time slot it was a clear night. I had supported the band and their new album through PledgeMusic (which I recommend more people check out!) and I just love their new album. It was great to see the band perform some of the new material live, and as usual the band was strong. It was a great cap to the night, and to the festival.

Ok Beau’s, you’ve won me over. My festival season no longer ends with the Folk Festival.

 

The Strumbellas

the Strumbellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strumbellas

the Strumbellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strumbellas

the Strumbellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strumbellas

the Strumbellas

 

 

 

 

 







 

 

Radio Radio

Radio Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Radio

Radio Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

 

 

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