With the arrival of Summer, the annual RBC Bluesfest 2017 gets in full swing. For the 2017 edition, there are 10 days (July 6-16) featuring music spanning the eras and even more genres.

As The Revue has done in previous years, we will be offering suggestions on who to see (avoiding the headliners as much as possible) while also listing the Ottawa bands who will be performing on the respective days. And as before, we’re giving you some suggestions besides the main stage headliners unless that headliner is a really must, must see.

Though the previews will highlight smaller segments of the festival, the full schedule is posted and can be found here. Various passes and tickets are still available:

As a hint, be sure to follow the Ottawa Bluesfest on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes.
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Thursday, July 6th Picks

Sam Roberts Band – 8:00, Claridge Stage

What’s an Ottawa Bluesfest without an appearance from Sam Roberts Band? OK, they don’t share up every year, but there’s a reason why they’ve been invited at least eight times in the past eleven years. Favourites such as “Brother Down”, “Where Have All The Good People Gone”, and “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” hopefully will be on the menu. Their performance could also have some few surprises, as the Montreal rockers have never been bashful to express their opinions concerning the state of the world.

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Pokey LaFarge – 9:00, Bluesville Stage

Under his alter-ego Pokey Lafarge, Andrew Heissler has carved a permanent niche within the US roots and folk season. In Canada, he’s slowly building a similar base, and his appearance at Bluesfest will mark the third straight year he’s been in the capital (although not always at this festival). With a talented backing band, smart lyrics, and a live show that will have you dancing from start to finish, Pokey LaFarge is a must-see performer on this day.

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Local artists performing:

Blast From The Sun – 6:00, Bluesville Stage

  • Blast From The Sun are a throwback band that is mixing soul blues, funk, and reggae into one high-energy sound. Sounds like the perfect band to kick off Bluesfest and be a spark into the crowd.

Taylor Angus – 6:00, Barney Danson Theatre

  • With her partner, guitarist/songwriter Logan Brown, Taylor Angus is spinning catchy and intimate jazz-pop. Think Norah Jones mixed with a bit of Fleetwood Mac, making the duo’s gig the perfect show to start a date.

Tribe Royal – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage

  • Southern-rock infused with a bit of Americana, Tribe Royal will appeal to those who could use a little bit of CCR and Allman Brothers to start their Bluesfest experience. This band could very well achieve stardom a la The Sheepdogs.

Blve Hills – 6:30, Black Sheep Stage

  • Guys like Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin started off playing ’70s psychedelic, garage rock, and Blve Hills could be the national capital’s answer – except trippier and more summery. Bring the sunglasses because Hills surely will be sprouting rainbows from his guitar.

Shawn Tavenier – 7:00, City Stage

  • Veteran singer-songwriter Shawn Tavenier gets his chance to be on the big stage and share his music to an audience that has to discover his talents. It’ll be an intimate affair with his classic country-folk music, but each song will leave you smiling.

Pony Girl – 7:30, Barney Danson Theatre

  • Pony Girl are not just a local favourite, but well-known across Ontario while developing a fan base abroad. This quintet is all over the map when it comes to music – experimental electronica, indie pop, acoustic pop, folk, and indie rock. This is the one event to get your fill of a bit of everything.

Telecomo – 8:00, Black Sheep Stage

  • Looking for a shot of adrenaline and some old-fashion garage-rock? Then catch Telecomo, who have a bit of Japandroids in them. One thing is for certain – the little Black Sheep Stage won’t be able to contain their sound.

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