Time to get Chicken Fried with a cold beer on a Friday night at Ottawa Bluesfest

July 5, 2013 in Music, Ottawa by hendrikpape

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It’s very unlikely that you’ll have your toes in the water and ass in the sand but you could get chicken fried (the Bluesfest pizza from Gabriel’s has chicken on it) and most definitely you could have a cold beer on a Friday night at RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest tonight.   It’s time for the Ottawa debut of the Zac Brown Band.  I’m actually thrilled to see so many great country acts in the lineup for this year’s Bluesfest, especially since the demise of the Capital Hoedown.  ZBB has been a favourite of mine for many years and there is no question that Ottawa will be in for a treat tonight. But of course it’s Bluesfest and Zac Brown Band is only one of 10 acts scheduled to perform starting at 6pm this evening.

Sarah Jean and the Wild Vines

Sarah Jean and the Wild VinesKicking the night off at 6pm on the Claridge Homes Stage are Sarah Jean and the Wild Vines.  Hot on the heels of a European tour this local group, made up of Sarah Jean McClurg (2011 Country Artist of The Year by The L.A. Indie Music Awards 2011) and Samantha Marie Timmins and if their video of “I’m no Fool” is any indication their going to kick the night off in true form with their powerful vocals and energetic melodies.

Camera Obscura

If you are more into the indie scene on the other side of the Atlantic in the UK then you may want to check out Camera Obscura on the River Stage at 6:30pm.  Considered one the UK’s finest acts this group is currently touring to promote their 5th studio album “Desire Lines” which was released last month.


DawesImmediately following Camera Obscura at 8pm is Dawes a Los Angeles based Rock and Roll band that makes me reminisce about the early days of Canadian rock and roll.  The melodies get your toes tapping and you can hear the influences from bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  I know that they’ll be on my list for tonight.  Their latest single is “From a Window Seat” off the album “Stories Don’t End” which was released this past April.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner kicks off the show on the Bell stage at 7pm.  There is little doubt that this performer turned pop star from the UK will have little trouble continuing the pace set by the Wild Vines in the main stage area he should be at the top of everyone’s list of acts that they must see at this year’s festival.

Flogging Molly

Continuing the entertainment in the main stage area is Flogging Molly on the Claridge Stage at 8pm.  One of my all-time favourite Celtic acts along with Great Big SeaFlogging Molly is what you get when you cross a sailor with a punk rocker.  Think Great Big Sea meets Avril Lavigne and surprisingly the end result is something not short of magical.  It’s kind of like Celtic heavy metal if such a thing would exist and it’s a load of fun and will without any doubt have the crowds whipped into a frenzy just in time for the headline act of the night.  As long as they perform “Seven Deadly Sins” I’ll be a happy camper!

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band

Of course as I mentioned earlier the headline act for tonight needs little introduction.  Over the last 10 years the Zac Brown Band has risen to powerhouse status in the country music world and keep cranking out hit after hit.  Their latest album “Uncaged” was released just shy of one year ago (July 10, 2012) it debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart and has already collected the award for best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.  If you are looking for one heck of a summer party the Bell stage at Ottawa Bluesfest is the place to be tonight!

More Bluesfest Information

For the full line-up, and more artist information, on all stages tonight visit: http://ottawabluesfest.ca/lineup/grid/?date=2013-07-05

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