A lot of people are probably really excited about today since The Monkees are in town! I’m sure you have heard a few people singing the band’s anthem. But if you are more interested in other acts, here are some selections for you, including the three Ottawa-area bands performing today.


AWOLNATION – Monster Energy Stage, 9:00 PM

For the past five years, AWOLNATION, the project of Aaron Bruno, has skyrocketed to A-list status. As such, it was a such they were not originally given a headline spot, but due to unfortunate (or fortuitous depending on your opinion) circumstances they now have a top spot. So while fans may not be thrashing out, they will surely be jumping, dancing, and just having a great time.


Lindsey Stirling – Claridge Homes Stage, 8:00 PM

There will likely be an explosion when YouTube sensation and violinist extraordinaire Lindsey Stirling takes the stage this evening. When she first strikes her violin, there will be euphoria. Stirling is an unbelievable talent, who has cleverly melded electronic, rock, and pop with her classically trained skills. And she did it all on her own and with very little help. Innovator, entrepreneur, virtuoso – what else can she do? (BTW, if there was a movie made about her, Anna Kendrick should play her.)


Colin Linden – Barney Danson Theatre, 8:00 PM

He may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries, but Colin Linden is a legend in his own right. He has been the guitarist to the stars, such as Bruce Cockburn, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and many more while also taking his hand at producing records for Cockburn, Tom Wilson, and Colin James. The Nashville native now gets to take centre stage and assume control of the microphone, sharing stories of his numerous travels, experiences, and the lessons he learned along the way.


Ottawa-area Artists

The Jesse Greene Band – Black Sheep Stage, 6:00 PM

Teacher, volunteer, musician, Jesse Greene is a multi-talented individual who would make a great role model to all people – young and old. Her zest for life is also exhibited when she grabs her guitars and plays the blues. However, she is not necessarily a traditional blues woman, but one who likes to dabble in the experimental. Like the best teachers, she is practicing what she teaches, pushing the proverbial envelope in order to create and be something great.


Rebelle – Monster Energy Stage, 7:30 PM

Formerly known as The Strain, Wakefield, Quebec’s Rebelle have edged closely to indie-pop stardom within Canada. With the quartet making a return appearance at Bluesfest, maybe this time around their star will explode. Expect to hear some new songs with the band testing material for a possible future release. We hope so anyway.


Cashtro Crosby & Dj Mes – Black Sheep Stage, 8:15 PM

Ottawa isn’t really known as a hotbed for hip hop and rap, yet Cashtro Crosby made the journey north to jumpstar his career. Maybe he knew something many of us didn’t know since the nation’s capital is home to artists like Belly and the great A Tribe Called Red. Teaming up with Dj Mes, the duo have evolved into one of the region’s must see hip hop acts for their combination of playful wordplay and hard-hitting lyrics.


All-Star Blues Revue Hosted By MonkeyJunk – Barney Danson Theatre, 9:30 PM

Juno Award-winning blues-rock / swamp-rock group MonkeyJunk will be tonight’s host of the All-Star Blues Revue, and boy have they put together a heck of a lineup. Joining them for this outing are Paul DesLauriers, Colin Linden, Sue Foley, Jack Broadbent, and The Texas Horns. Holy smokes! This should be an outstanding event.

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