Category: Festivals

Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Today’s lineup is full of conflicts. There are at least 8 artists I would like to see today, and this doesn’t include tonight’s headliner Jack White. Ah, what the heck, I’ll list all 8 recommended acts, although those with videos in their profiles could be considered my Pick-3. The Haden Triplets – 11:05 to 11:55 on the Quad Stage – […]

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Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Since 2012, my wife and I have made the annual trek to the Newport Folkfest – the historic and terrific 3-day music gathering held at Fort Adams State Park and one of the few truly green festivals around the world (it operates on solar panel, resulting in the final performance finishing at 7:30). Approximately 10,000 people from around North America […]

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In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

It’s been three days since the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest ended, and like many festival goers withdrawal is in full force. There’s a part of me that wishes the festival would be re-starting tonight, which is quite the opposite of what I was feeling on Sunday night when exhaustion had overcome me. This was my 11th Bluesfest, and every year I […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

It’s the last day with another eclectic array of music. Be sure to catch some of the aspiring young artists at the Black Sheep Stage during Be in the Band and get any last-minute t-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia at the merch tent. The Sam Roberts Band – 8:00 on the Claridge Homes Stage There was a period where Sam […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

It’s the last day, and, if you’re like us, depression might be setting in since it will be another 364 days before Bluesfest returns. But, let’s make the most of it and what a better way to start than to see some emerging, young artists perform. You can commence the day at the Black Sheep Stage to see elementary, junior […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

The folks at Bluesfest are offering a wide range of music today – hip hop, rap, blues, blues-rockk, electronic, rock, punk, you name it. With so much diversity, what do you see and where do you go? Well, hopefully we can assist you with your decisions. Thornetta Davis – 8:00 on the Black Sheep Stage Long-time and celebrated singer-songwriter, Thornetta […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

Two more days left, and there’s a 6-pack of local performers to check out. As usual, they are listed in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list of Ottawa artists here. 1:30 Sound of Lions have the privilege of opening the final Saturday of Bluesfest. Their trip-hop/pop sound is riveting, and […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

It’s the last weekend of Bluesfest, and Mark Monahan and friends have put together a stellar lineup to get the weekend off to a rollicking start. July Talk – 9:30 on the River Stage The RBC Bluesfest has a long history of bringing in some of the emerging Canadian indie bands just as they are about to hit their peaks, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

Just two Ottawa-area performers on the slate for Bluesfest today. It’s an interesting pairing as one is a veteran singer-songwriter who has been recognized among the best in the region and Canada and the other is a young singer-songwriter who is well on her way to becoming a star. Both perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Today, the pick-3 focuses on three bands that have earlier time slots – none are headlining any of the stages. So get to the festival grounds early (and you’ll want to get there early) to hear some fantastic music Royal Canoe – 8:15 on the River Stage Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe is difficult to describe. They’re not exactly a rock band, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

Only four days left of Bluesfest including today, so take every advantage you can to catch some great acts. Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today. They all perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. Firebelly isn’t just another blue-jazz-soul band – they’re an […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 9 – Phantogram, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Bombino

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 9 – Phantogram, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Bombino

In the ongoing goal to promote indie and global music, here are three more to see on this great night. We only list three here, but you may also wish to check out Royal Canoe (6:00 in the Barney Danson Theatre) and The Districts (7:00 on the Black Sheep Stage). More on these two great, young bands tomorrow (both have […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 8 & 9 – Pith & Parenchymas and Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 8 & 9 – Pith & Parenchymas and Average Times

After a day off, we’re back at it. Only two Ottawa-area bands performing over the next two days, so we’re combining the dates. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30 Experimental, psych-folk band Pith and the Parenchymas will haunt the Barney Danson Theatre. It’s the perfect venue to […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 8: Jenny Lewis, Tokyo Police Club, and Made in Heights

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 8: Jenny Lewis, Tokyo Police Club, and Made in Heights

Hopefully people took advantage of the day off and recovered after a terrific first four days of the RBC Bluesfest. Six more days to go. Tonight’s main headliners are retro rock bands, but we’re not going there on this list. Jenny Lewis – 7:00 on the River Stage Jenny Lewis has established herself as one of best leading ladies in […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 6 – Old Whiskey Road, Boyhood, and Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 6 – Old Whiskey Road, Boyhood, and Tindervox

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today in chronological order. It’s a lighter schedule than yesterday. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. 2:00 Are you searching for some blues? Well, you’ve come to the right place with Old Whiskey Road. Their mix of laid-back and saloon-sytle […]

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Pick-4 for RBC Bluesfest, July 6 – St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Drive-by Truckers, and Lucius

Pick-4 for RBC Bluesfest, July 6 – St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Drive-by Truckers, and Lucius

This is my favourite day of the festival bar none. So many great acts to see, and fortunately most of them don’t conflict. I couldn’t just three, so I included four instead (apologies to Shovels & Rope, Violent Femmes, and Vintage Trouble) – three of them released albums this year that were critically acclaimed, including by us here at The Revue, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 5 – Old Stereo, Kalle Mattson, BlakDenim, Silver Creek, The Split, & Mackenzie Rhythm Section

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 5 – Old Stereo, Kalle Mattson, BlakDenim, Silver Creek, The Split, & Mackenzie Rhythm Section

Plenty of Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today.   Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. The list below is, as always, in chronological order. 1:30 Old Stereo kick off the Saturday edition of Bluesfest with their spirited funk-soul. See them on the River Stage. 2:00 The alt-country and folk tunes of Kalle Mattson will […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 5 – Andrew Bird, The London Souls, and Tift Merritt

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 5 – Andrew Bird, The London Souls, and Tift Merritt

July 5, 2014 will probably be remembered as Lady Gaga night, as thousands of people from Ottawa and area crash the Bell Stage. Well, I’m going to suggest that you see some other artists before and even at the same time as the pop star. Andrew Bird – 9:00 on the River Stage The immensely talented Andrew Bird returns to […]

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RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today (July 4). Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. They all perform at 6:00, so get there early! You can also check out the full list of Ottawa-area bands and musicians here. Enjoy the classic rock ‘n roll tunes of Cold Capital, who will be on the Black Sheep […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 4 – Jeff Tweedy, Bonobo, and Harper & Midwest Kind

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 4 – Jeff Tweedy, Bonobo, and Harper & Midwest Kind

It’s the second day of the festival, and, if you’re like me, you probably struggled out of bed this morning to get to work. Ah, Bluesfest – it’s not just a great musical experience, but it’s a great challenge to see if the body can continue to push the limits. With each year, my body is telling me to stop […]

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