After an evening off where the stages remained dark, Day Five of RBC Bluesfest 2017 is here. To help kick of its second week, here’s a couple of ideas of artists to take in on a Tuesday, along with a snapshot of local talent taking to the stages. If you’re wondering what else is on tap, check the full schedule here.

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July Talk – 8:00, Claridge Homes Stage

No strangers to Bluesfest, July Talk returns to the Claridge Homes stage. When they played in 2014, we applauded Bluesfest for having a long history of bringing in some of the emerging Canadian indie bands just as they are about to hit their peaks. July Talk was one such band, and they’ve certainly hit their stride since that time. The five-piece rock band from Toronto, fronted by Peter Dreimans and Leah Fay, have a rapport that creates a storm on stage that whips you up in their whirlwind. With their ultimate energy and frenetic dancing they’ll prove that fun isn’t reserved for the weekend. Tuesday is the new Friday, isn’t it ?

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The Zombies – 9:00, Bluesville Stage

It’s been over five decades since The Zombies released their first song. Repeat that again – FIVE DECADES! This legendary English pop band will undoubtedly share their classics, like “Time Of The Season”, “She’s Not There”, “You Make Me Feel Good”, and much more. For some reason, we think this was on Mark Monahan’s bucket list, and likely thousands of festival goers who have been waiting an age to see them.

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RL Grime – 9:30, Black Sheep Stage

Closing the Black Sheep Stage is the young electronic super-talent that is RL Grime. With his LP Nova to be released and a North American tour on tap for later in the year, see why he’s one of the most sought-after producers, occupying festival lineups across the world, and has astronomical plays of his songs.

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Local artists performing:

Jesse Pascoe – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage

  • If you’re craving a little bit of country, the evening features up-and-coming artist Jesse Pascoe. With his grandparents fostering his love of music and attending arts school solidifying it, see this young man show his joy of music as he kicks the evening off on the Claridge Stage.

Harea Band – 6:00, Bluesville Stage

  • This quintet draws from numerous influences, cooking up a tasty mix of disco and pop with a serving of soul. Feeling fun and familiar, get your groove on with this ensemble of artists.

DJ Acro – 6:30, Black Sheep Stage

  • Dance like nobody’s watching early in the evening with DJ Acro on the Black Sheep Stage. A regular at several venues in the Ottawa area, you may already be familiar with his savvy ways on the turntable.

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