Thursday heralds Day Seven of RBC Bluesfest 2017. By now, you’ve likely figured out the best spot in front of the stage to get a good angle for the show, decided which poutine stand has the best gravy to curd ratio, and which port-a-potty has the least amount of lines at 8:30. However, you may not have decided what to see. Here’s an idea or two to make sure your Thursday is a night well spent. That said, if you want to go off on your own as to what to see and need to know who else is playing, check the full schedule here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be no re-entry today, so be prepared. If you decide to leave the grounds, you won’t be permitted back in.
As always, follow the Ottawa Bluesfest on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes.
Migos – 7:00, City Stage
Migos were already a popular hip hop band, but their achieved immediate legendary status after Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) thanked the band on national television in January. During his acceptance speech after his show Atlanta was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Comedy series, he said, “I’d like to thank the Migos — not for being on the show, but for making ‘Bad and Boujee'”, which was Migos’ hit at the time. Afterwards, he elaborated on his comments, “I think that they’re the Beatles of this generation and they don’t get a lot of respect, I think, outside of Atlanta. Not that they don’t get respect, but there’s a generation, sort of like the YouTube generation that I kind of came up with. There’s a generation of kids that are growing up on something that’s completely separate from a whole group of people.” Now a new generation of hip hop fans have discovered the Atlanta icons, and Ottawa gets to witness them for the first time.
Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies – 9:30, Black Sheep Stage
Perhaps you’re more familiar with Alan Doyle from being a member of the ever-popular Canadian band Great Big Sea, or know him from the work he has authored, or think his face familiar from his guest role acting on CBC’s Republic of Doyle. Though all these claims stand, this recent recipient of the Order of Canada’s talent also shines in his solo work, having released two albums in the past 5 years with a third on the way. Currently on tour with The Beautiful Gypsies, they’re stopping at Bluesfest and closing on the Black Sheep Stage Thursday night. You bring the whiskey and he’ll bring the song. Join the party and let yourself go!
Local artists performing:
Maurice Moore – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage
Ottawa singer-songwriter Maurice Moore is an artist to watch. He’s collaborated with a flurry of notable producers, is a member of Kehlani’s TSNMI Mob collective, and put out his first EP Paramount at the young age of 14. Grab some space at the Claridge Homes stage for some R&B to start your night right.
Wicked Grin – 6:00, Bluesville Stage
If you’re looking for blues at the RBC Bluesfest, then look no further than local act, Wicked Grin. Their sound is old-school blues, making you feel like you’re in the deep south and chilling out by the Bayou. But it would be wrong to say that Wicked Grin’s sound is rooted in the blues, as they also master the brooding, smokey blues
Townes – 6:00, Barney Danson Theatre
Townes is the stage name of synth-pop musician Matt Radich. His music will leave you wanting to dance, and his repartee will invoke some smiles as well. Come inside the theatre and check him out.
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