We’re at the home stretch of RBC Bluesfest 2018 

There’s still plenty of good music to come, room for that third slice of pizza, and if you haven’t gotten your ride on the ferris wheel yet, what are you waiting for ?

As The Revue has done in previous years, the following are a few names of artists you should put in your wishlist to see this Saturday night. Also, don’t forget to support local where you can, and to make that easier, we’ve listed the Ottawa bands who will be performing on the respective days.

Though the previews will highlight smaller segments of the festival, the full schedule is posted and can be found here. Various passes and tickets are still available:

Insider tip: be sure to follow the Ottawa Bluesfest on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes.
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Saturday, July 14th Picks

Mr. Sipp – 7:30, Claridge Homes Stage

For those that need a daily dose of Blues, here’s your chance. Mr. Sipp, born Castro Coleman in McComb in Mississippi, has an extensive career in both gospel and the blues. His 20+ years in music have had him involved in numerous Grammy-nominated projects, and garnered an impressive list of awards including the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Blues Album (2016)  and several Jackson Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year (2015). His current and fourth album, The Mississippi Blues Child, is 14 tracks strong of mostly original material sure to strike the right chord. See this gifted guitarist bring his outstanding talent to the Claridge Homes Stage. Dress for the heat as his performance is sure to be on fire !

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Steve Hill – 8:00, Claridge Homes Stage

We said it last time, but we’ll say it again – This should be awesome. Steve Hill is a one-man band from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, but first and foremost he is an old-fashion rocker. Hill has traveled across the globe, and it is not a surprise that his fanbase has swelled over the years where he is now a much sought-after performer. If you are interested in seeing Hill, be prepared to stay for the entire set. Seriously, you won’t want to leave.

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Local artists performing:

Hevve – 3:15, City Stage

  • Active in the local venue scene, this lifetime poet has been working in the music industry for five years now. And working he has, with several mixtapes and five EPs to his credit. Check out this hip-hop/R&B artist setting the tone for Saturday.

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine – 4:15, City Stage

  • This pairing sees instrumentalist/composer Elijah Woods teamed with lyricist/vocalist Jamie Fine. Together they’ll broaden your musical borders, brushing against many music genre boundaries. You like hip-hop? Check. You like jazz? Check. You like dancehall. Check Check. You’re set !

Joe McDonald & The Walkin’ Hawks – 4:30, Claridge Homes Stage

  • This blues revival trio from O-town is made up of Joe McDonald, Zach Legerwood and Matt Aston.This year saw the release of their first album Underground Rattlesnake Party.  This trio is no stranger to festivals;  they are sure to have you up of your feet, dancing in the street. I mean tent !

Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam – 5:00, Black Sheep Stage

  • New to the music scene Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam are a blues band with some fun-lovin’ soul. Check them out and hear their original material meshed in with some classic blues tunes you’re sure to know and love.

LeMeow – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage

  • “Soul-infused indie pop smothered in sass”, that is how Gin Bourgeois and James Rooke describe their project. People will be familiar with the band, as they were a regional finalist in the CBC Music’s Searchlight competition and they play locally regulary.  They have a cinematic sound that is etched in the music of the ’60s and ’70s. Then there is Bourgeois’s voice, which is stunning and unforgettable.

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