Day 2 of RBC Bluesfest 2017 is yet again full of country music, but there is plenty of variety. We offer a couple of picks plus preview the local performers. This is just a small sample, but the full schedule is posted and can be found here.

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Melissa Etheridge – M.E. Live – 7:00, City Stage

It’s Melissa Etheridge. What more do we have to say about this living legend of the rock scene? Well, we do have one question to the organizers – why does she have a 7:00 slot and only a 75 minutes to play? This should be one of the highlights of the entire festival.

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Anna Lunoe – 8:00, Black Sheep Stage

Anna Lunoe is more than just a fast-rising DJ and producer from Sydney. She’s also a singer-songwriter who throw down hardcore EDM anthems to sizzling electro-pop numbers like Grimes. We anticipate on this night, though, she will unleash a house party.

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Local artists performing:

Jillian Kerr – 6:00, Barney Danson Theatre

  • Two years ago, Julien Baker became an indie star with her low-key, intimate alt-folk. Jillian Kerr could be Ottawa’s answer, and she will surely capture the audience’s hearts with her beautiful country-folk and indie folk music.

Old Whiskey Road – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage

  • Our friend and former The Revue writer Kristine St.-Pierre and her band Old Whiskey Road are back for another round of Bluesfest. They keep getting asked back because their Canadiana (folk, rock, and a touch of country) is the ideal music for a hot summer day.

Eddie Quotez – 6:30, Black Sheep Stage

  • Those looking for some “Kawai hip hop” – or hip hop infused with electronica and pop and that has a summertime vibe – should check out local rapper Eddie Quotez. It’s not your usual fare, but it is a refreshing take on a genre where the lines are starting to blur.

ERU-ERA – 7:30, Barney Danson Theatre

  • Funk with horns? Sign us up! This seven-piece collective will turn the War Museum’s intimate theatre into an underground, Chicago-style dance club. We’re hoping they might break out a ska tune just to surprise everyone.


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