Day 4 – Saturday, September 16th
Saturday provided us with an incredibly full day of music to take in, and Mother Nature again provided us with exceptional conditions to enjoy the outdoor festival. Things got started with Miss Emily, a five-time Ottawa Bluesfest performer who once again impressed fans with her talents. The Philosopher Kings are set to release their fifth album (Return of the Kings) after a significant hiatus. Their performance gave us a little taste of what is to come, but also reminded us of why we loved them so much through the ’90s. The band’s performance was a highlight of the day, if not festival. Corb Lund joined with Canadian songwriting legend Ian Tyson for some outlaw cowboy storytelling that struck a chord with the crowd.
Closing the evening on the City stage was Father John Misty. In delivering his emotional 16-song set, he danced, fell to his knees, and descended eagerly into the fan-filled crowd. If that wasn’t enough, Matt Mays closed down the evening with a spirited rock show that thrilled the crowd spilling out the doors at the Ravenlaw stage.
Day 5 – Sunday, September 17th
Sunday at the Ravenlaw stage saw the most energetic performance and frenetic crowd. NPR Tiny Desk Concert winners Tank and the Bangas from New Orleans with their funk/rap/rhythm got the room jumpin’, snappin’, clappin’, and shakin’ it like a Polaroid picture to their groove. Scott Helman followed on Ravenlaw while Rodriguez, riding high on his career resurgence due to the award winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, closed the festival at the main stage. The humble Rodriguez appeared to truly appreciate the audience’s adoration, and what better way to end a Folk Festival than by celebrating this emotion.
Five days of incredible weather and performances will ensure this year’s CityFolk will not soon be forgotten!
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