It’s Day 3 of the RBC Bluesfest, otherwise known as Kanye West day. But if you’re not in the mood to see Kanye or Chance the Rapper, we’ve got some recommendations for you. Here are our RBC Bluesfest July 10th Gig Picks, which includes some awesome local acts. For more information on the Ottawa bands, check out the Ottawa Soundmakers series.
One of the hardest working Canadian musicians is Hawksley Workman. Recently, he helped form The Mounties, and he toured extensively with the band last year. Now he’s back with a new solo album, Oh Cheetah. It’s a buzzing, indie pop-rock album that will have people dancing, jumping, and in a boisterous mood.
The Souljazz Orchestra – 8:30 PM, Monster Energy Stage
One of the more eclectic bands around, The Souljazz Orchestra fuse Latin, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, you name it into one cohesive and intoxicating mix. As a result, the sextet have been winning fans all over the world with their unique sound. This gem of a band returns home with a primetime slot. Expect one scintillating dance party to break out.
Langhorne Slim & The Law – 7:00 PM, Canadian Stage
Long a favourite of the festival circuit in the States, Langhorne Slim is heading north with his band The Law. The project of Sean Scolnick, Langhorne Slim has long moved audiences with his imaginative stories and his firebrand approach to Americana and alt-country. With a new album on the way (August 7 via Dualtone Records) that retains his remarkable storytelling, old and new fans will be in for a treat.
Besides The Souljazz Orchestra, there are four other local acts to check out.
Slimmoore and The New Soul Project – 6:00 PM, Monster Energy Stage
A little soul, a little blues, Slimmoore and The New Soul Project are a throwback, playing music that recalls the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Be prepared to be swooned by this collective.
Rydell – 6:00 PM, Claridge Stage
If you’re craving some alternative, grunge rock, then Rydell is your answer. With a sound like Sum-41, the quartet will fire up the evening sky.
Brea Lawrenson – 6:00 PM, Canadian Stage
Another throwback is Brea Lawrenson, whose country and alt-country sound is reminiscent of Loretta Lynn. Enjoy her personal stories and her stripped down approach on this warm evening.
Kaleigh Watts – 6:00 PM, Barney Danson Theatre
Singer-songwriter Kaleigh Watts is another emerging storyteller. Her indie-folk is haunting and lush, much like one of our favourites Marta Pacek and our very own Kristine St-Pierre.
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