Day Six of RBC Bluesfest 2017 is, in our mind, the best day. Conflicts abound right from the start until the very end. We’re not sure what we’ll be doing, but we’ll definitely try to catch as much as we can. If you’re wondering what else is on tap, check the full schedule here.
LCD Soundsystem – 9:10, City Stage
In the year of the comeback, Bluesfest landed one of the biggest in LCD Soundsystem. After five years away, the Brooklyn-based, super-indie group unexpectedly released new material in May that was accompanied by a lengthy Facebook post by band leader James Murphy. In essence, he explained LCD Soundsystem had returned but were still in the process of finalizing the album. Well, the album has been mastered and now a release date is all that awaits. All this means is that the collective will be sharing a bunch of new tunes, and this event should be one big party.
Gary Clark, Jr. – 9:30, Black Sheep Stage
There is without a doubt that Gary Clark, Jr. is one of the – if not THE – great guitarists of his generation. His talents are a blend of the fiery skills of Jimi Hendrix and the bluesy tones of B.B. King. Everyone who has witnessed the Grammy winner perform live share the same expression, “OMG!”, and the very same should be expected when he makes his second visit to Bluesfest. If you’re planning to see Clark, Jr. perform, get there early because the Black Sheep Stage will be absolutely packed.
Anderson East – 8:00, Black Sheep Stage
With one of the most remarkable voices and a sound that merges soul and R&B with old-school country, Anderson East is making waves throughout Nashville and beyond. His debut album, Deliah, was one of the most impressive LPs of that entire year, including being one of our favorite 50 LPs. If you don’t know his name, this is the opportunity to discover a truly generational talent.
The Shins – 7:55, Claridge Homes Stage
Rock fans of the early 2000s likely had this date circled on their calendar because The Shins are making their debut appearance at Bluesfest. Led by James Mercer, the multi-Grammy nominated band will be rewinding the clocks and reminding us when mainstream rock music not only was addictive but also represented the voice of a generation.
Phantogram – 6:55, City Stage
We remember Phantogram’s early days when they were redefining dream pop and electro-pop, creating textures and memories not heard of at the time. This was 2009. Over the years, they’ve expanded their sound, infusing rock with EDM and then collaborating with Big Boi as Big Grams. There really is no limitation to what Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter can do, which should make their return to Bluesfest an interesting and awe-inspiring one. The only question we have is – why are they playing so early?
Local artists performing:
Fevers – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage
- No strangers to the Bluesfest stage, Fevers help you find your groove with their dance-pop punch. Don’t escape the heat ! Get to their show and get revved up for the release of their 2nd LP Apologia
Slack Bridges – 6:00, Bluesville Stage
- Slack Bridges mixes up Motown/R&B/hip-hop making a tasty tipple under the Bluesville tent. This six-pack of players are sure to propel you over that Wednesday hump.
Julie Corrigan – 6:00, Barney Danson Theatre
- Enter the indoors for the Theatre and listen to this soul/country singer-songwriter share her stories inspired by her life growing up in the rural Ottawa Valley. Her debut album The Language is sure to speak to you.
Angelique Francis – 6:30, Black Sheep Stage
- A winner of Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Artist initiative, Angelique Francis is a young gifted artist with a depth to her voice and prowess for song-writing. Get to the Blacksheep Stage and get a taste of the blues/soul/roots goodness she’s serving.
Emma Lamontagne – 7:45, Bluesville Stage
- Could 17-year old Emma Lamontagne be the city’s – excuse us – the country’s next Grimes or even Lorde? The young Ottawa native turned heads last year when she won the She’s the One competition. After a year of refining her sound and songwriting, she gets a prime time slot to showcase why she could be the city’s next great star.
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