Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Bluesfest is No Joke
When I heard the Ottawa Bluesfest was starting up again for the year all I really heard was that Great Big Sea was playing. Don't get me wrong, they are cool, but not worth 30 bucks. Then I picked up a paper at the bus stop and it showed all the bands playing on just the main stage. It turns out that the event spans three weekends and two weeks. There are 5 stages throughout downtown showcasing somewhere around 75 bands. And they aren't your usual Canadian bands playing in front of unenthusiastic old people. Just a glance at the schedule brought to my attention The Stills, Matt Mays, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Live and closing out the show on the final Saturday is one of my favorite bands, Wilco. I didn't even know there where more Wilco fans in Ottawa. And this is only on the main stage. If you wander around to the other stages you could catch Broken Social, Feist, Malajube, Wintersleep, Fiery Furnaces, Metric, The New Pornographers, The Acorn, Controller.Controller and Torngat. This weekend is going to be the biggest night of concerts for Ottawa and I am not going to be there because I will be camping. Oh well, next year I am going to have to plan a little better. A pass for the entire time is just over 100 bucks which seems decent.Yup, definitely going to have to plan better.