Day four of RBC Bluesfest 2017 is here. The Festival will be taking a two-day break, so get your fill of music in today and go hard and stay late. Pink is the headliner, but there are plenty of other options to check out, and we’re here to help. In addition, we’ve included quite bits on the local talent on display.
If you’re wondering what else is on tap, check the full schedule here.
JOHNNYSWIM – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage
Soul, folk, pop, Americana – JOHNNYSWIM, the duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, do it all and often bring together to create hand-clapping, foot-tapping music. Their songs, though, are made for dancing, either with a circle of friends or close together with your partner in hand. So be sure to eat dinner early or set it aside for later because you’ll want to feel light on your feet.
Gabrielle Shonk – 7:00, City Stage
Seems like if Gabrielle Shonk is in the area, we’ll be close by. Born in Providence, Rhode Island but now calling Quebec City home, the singer-songwriter had a huge 2016 with tastemakers and music fans across the world gravitating to her music. Her powerful and soulful voice and sound are part of the reasons. Her intimate and personal stories, however, are what stay with you for ages. We’re still buzzing about her song, “Habit”.
Eric Lindell – 8:00, Black Sheep Stage
Eric Lindell last performed at Bluesfest in 2009. Lindell is an American singer-songwriter whose style borrows from blues-rock, soul and R&B. It’s going to be a barn-burner of a show.
Yonatan Gat – 8:30, Bluesville Stage
If you do not know who Yonatan Gat is, make the effort to discover him tonight. The Israeli-born, New York City-based artist is just one of the greatest guitarists alive today. He is a machine. Afro-beat, jazz, blues, rock, psychedelic, free jazz, punk – you name it, he plays it. Gat’s gig could be the highlight of the weekend.
Local artists performing:
Twin Flames – 2:30, Bluesville Stage
- Hailing from different backgrounds, the duo Twin Flames flicker with multilingual talents, singing songs in English, Inuktitut, and French. Warm your folk music senses at their performance.
Sparklesaurus – 3:00, City Stage
- Perfect for a summer afternoon, those early to the Festival will be rewarded with a glitter-dusted swirl cone of dream pop. Ottawa’s foursome Sparklesaurus makes everyone feel cool.
Barbershop Therapy – 3:30, Black Sheep Stage
- The Black Sheep Stage kicks off with four-part harmonies and plenty of fun times. This quartet of talented University of Ottawa students brings the traditional together with some youthful flair.
Malak – 3:30, Barney Danson Theatre
- Her debut EP, Circus (2016), and numerous accompanying videos paraded her aptitude as an artist. A fusion of orchestral and electronic pop, Malak’s powerful voice and range will handily fill the Theatre.
Bella Cat – 4:00, Bluesville Stage
- Bella Cat has been amazing people in the area with her powerhouse vocals for some time. She recently released her second album, so old and new fans alike can share in some discovery of her southern-soul style.
Trevor Alguire – 4:00, Claridge Homes Stage
- Late last year, Trevor Alguire released his sixth album, Perish in The Light, which was recorded out of town in an effort to shake himself out of his comfort zone. His blend of country-rock has often been compared to Wilco and Blue Rodeo. Come see why.
Three Times Lucky – 5:00, Black Sheep Stage
- A roll of the dice at the Black Sheep stage will come up rockin’ blues and old-school soul with Three Times Lucky, Join the winning streak as this local band makes their third Festival appearance. They say the third times the charm!
Rebecca Noelle – 5:00, City Stage
- Rebecca Noelle released her second album, Soulstice, earlier this year, and on it she has defined her own soulful style with elements of funk. Things are heating up for Rebecca Noelle, who is on the verge of being Ottawa’s next big export.
The Clint Everson Band – 6:30, Black Sheep Stage
- Ottawa’s septet The Clint Everson Band recently released their debut EP, Clear to Me, and are eagerly working toward a full-length release. As you can’t beat a healthy dose of blues on a Sunday night, go check it out! Surely it’s the cure for anything that ails you!
Anna Ludlow – 8:00, Barney Danson Theatre
- Though now Ottawa-based, having hailed from the East Coast, you can feel the Maritime traditions mingling with modernity through Ludlow’s music. Accomplished fiddler and vocalist, her sophomore album is anticipated for later this year. Don’t miss out on her talented take on a kitchen ceilidh.
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