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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 09:48 AM
Some names have started to leak but it always changes a bit. I had dreamed of a return of the ABB this year. The Festival is back to a much more scenic location than when they played here. A combo of the ABB, Govt Mule and DTB would have been nice. But so far there are some decent names popping up. The best part is that a pass to the whole festival costs about the same as many shows now.

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Sources close to the Cisco Systems Blues Festival are reporting KISS, Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, The Alan Parsons Project, Paul Simon and Jackson Browne are among the acts coming this summer.

Also included in the rumour mill are Grand Funk Railroad, The B-52s, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, Iggy Pop, folkie Chris Smither, Dave Mason, David Lindley, Belle and Sebastian, Stone Temple Pilots, Los Lonely Boys, Michael Jerome Browne and Blue Rodeo.

Bluesfest runs July 9-19 at LeBreton Flats. The full lineup will be announced April 22.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 09:51 AM
so why are they calling it a Blues fest with this lineup?

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 10:05 AM
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so why are they calling it a Blues fest with this lineup?



It started as a blues festival but a much smaller festival and now it is one of the biggest in North America.
Over the years, the festival has opened up to lots of different styles but has centered on the blues. The bigger name acts are brought in to increase sales. This has worked really well in controlling costs and ensuring big crowds. When the ABB played here, it was the biggest crowd I have seen for them in a long time.

Plus that is only a tiny portion of the acts that will play. They usually have at least five stages going solid with lots of emphasis on the blues. Each day there are so many great acts that play and if one stage doesn't do it for you than go to another.

Plus sometimes there are great benefits to bad acts. Last year Snoop Dogg played the Main Stage at 7:00. Widespread Panic followed him. Well 30 000 Dogg fans showed up and then left. I (and some others here) walked straight up to the front while Primus played the other main stage during the break. Usually getting up close involves going early. This night I showed at 8:30 and walked right up. Worked for me.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 10:18 AM
Jeff Beck alone will be worth the price of admission for the festival. Ten nights for the cost of a Beacon ticket. Works for me.

 

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It started as a blues festival but a much smaller festival and now it is one of the biggest in North America.
Over the years, the festival has opened up to lots of different styles but has centered on the blues. The bigger name acts are brought in to increase sales. This has worked really well in controlling costs and ensuring big crowds. When the ABB played here, it was the biggest crowd I have seen for them in a long time.

Plus that is only a tiny portion of the acts that will play. They usually have at least five stages going solid with lots of emphasis on the blues. Each day there are so many great acts that play and if one stage doesn't do it for you than go to another.


Nevertheless, they shouldn't be calling it the Ottawa Blues Festival, perhaps Ottawa Music Festival would be a more apporiate name.

 

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It started as a blues festival but a much smaller festival and now it is one of the biggest in North America.
Over the years, the festival has opened up to lots of different styles but has centered on the blues. The bigger name acts are brought in to increase sales. This has worked really well in controlling costs and ensuring big crowds. When the ABB played here, it was the biggest crowd I have seen for them in a long time.

Plus that is only a tiny portion of the acts that will play. They usually have at least five stages going solid with lots of emphasis on the blues. Each day there are so many great acts that play and if one stage doesn't do it for you than go to another.


Nevertheless, they shouldn't be calling it the Ottawa Blues Festival, perhaps Ottawa Music Festival would be a more apporiate name.


Some people have debated it here also. But as I mentioned there is a strong blues root to the fest and there is always a blues act playing. I think it will be easier to see once the lineup is announced. Ottawa loves the blues.

The rumors are a good indication for others about who will be touring around the North East. I think a Beck show is a great sign for some summer shows by him. To my knowledge he has never played Ottawa at all.

 

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Some people have debated it here also. But as I mentioned there is a strong blues root to the fest and there is always a blues act playing. I think it will be easier to see once the lineup is announced. Ottawa loves the blues.


Understand, but calling something a Blues Festival with "rock acts" (especially acts that don't have strong "blues roots", such as the ABB) is somewhat "watering down" and being disrespectful of the artists that actually go out and play the blues. Better to call it what it is, a music festival or some other name, since the "non-blues" performers are the ones being the primary draw anyway.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 04:07 PM
Tradition is a part of it. Also you will never hear blues artists complain. The festival is a high point for musicians of all levels and exposure is out of this world. How often do some or any blues act get to play to 30000 + ? Beats the hell out of playing a half full bar somewhere.

This festival draws blues acts from around the world both big and small. I have been exposed to artists that I never would have had the chance to see or hear.

The Festival is very respectful of the blues and definitely promotes and exposes it to people. With off shoot programs such as Blues For Schools which brings the Blues to Grade schools. Plus the city has a strong love of the blues and supports it live rather well.

The ABB and Dickey Betts have both played the festival and it is very unlikely that we would see either here without the Fest. Works for me.

Beautiful city, great festival with a great venue for very little money in comparison.

Believe me. The Blues community sees no disrespect from this festival.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 04:09 PM
Well if the Brothers do show up there, they better get to Toronto as well!! Either way, it is a great time in the capital city.

Our good friends Devon, George and the Tribe are playing a the London and Windsor Blues fests this year! These are pure blues fests and for the money great value. A table for 10 in the VIP area for three days of music (about 20 bands) is $675 CDN. Pretty good deal $67.00 each for 20 bands over three days. Over the past fvie years these are some that have graced the stage:

John Mayall, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Koko Taylor, the Yardbirds, Garth Hudson, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Canned Heat, Powder Blues, Edgar Winter, Tea Party, Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, David Knopfler, James Cotton, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnnie Johnson, Junior Wells, Double Trouble, Leon Russell, Little Feat, Levon Helm & the Barnburners, Long John Baldry, Pinetop Perkins, Spencer Davis, Savoy Brown, David Clayton-Thomas, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jay Geils & Magic Dick, Downchild Blues Band, The Holmes Brothers, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Roomful of Blues, Molly Hatchet, Alberta Adams, Johnnie V, Big Bill Morganfield, Rita Chiarelli, Big Sugar, Guy Davis, Sonny Rhodes, Rik Emmett, Eddie Clearwater, Tinsley Ellis, Johnnie Bassette, Mike Welch, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Bob Margolin, Andy J Forest, Colin Linden, Sir Mac Rice, Lazy Lester, Big Rude Jake, Scott Holt, Mudpuppy, Mem Shannon, Shirley King, Harper, Detroit Women, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Terrance Simien, Joe Bonomasso, Commander Cody, Prof. Louie & the Crowmatix, Big Dave McLean, John Lee Hooker Jr., Tom “Bones” Malone, Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, Phil Guy, Amos Garrett, Tony D, Kelley Hunt, Wild Child Butler, Roy Young, Dawn Tyler Watson, Twistin’ Tarantulas, Glamour Puss, Al Hill & The Love Butlers, Jack DeKeyser, Groove Hogs, Chris Chown, Anthony Gomes, Thornetta Davis, Omar & The Howlers, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Katrina Chester, Rev. Robert Jones, Kim Lembo, Starlight Drifters, Mel Brown, Chris Beard, Luther “Badman” Keith,Johnny Reed & The Houserockers, Robert Penn, Bugs Beddow, Wild T, James Anthony, Greg Serrato, Imperial Swing Orchestra, Josh Boyd & The VIP Band, Big Daddy G, Pete “Big Dog” Fetters, Mike Branton, Chef Chris & the Nairobi Trio, Jordan Cook, Rick Steeves Band

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 04:15 PM
I get the festival pass from my wife and kids each year. $140 for ten days of incredible music works for me. Plus the after jams spill over into the clubs. Chris Duarte and Elmer Ferrer tearing it up was nice.

I believe virtually every act Ken mentions has played the festival here also. He is just not as lazy as I am for posting names.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 10:14 AM
Oh I am lazy james, I just cut and paste better.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 05:47 PM
Maybe you will make the trip here for Jeff Beck. Check the schedule when it comes out later this month. Are all the acts announced for London yet?

 

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It started as a blues festival but a much smaller festival and now it is one of the biggest in North America.
Over the years, the festival has opened up to lots of different styles but has centered on the blues. The bigger name acts are brought in to increase sales. This has worked really well in controlling costs and ensuring big crowds. When the ABB played here, it was the biggest crowd I have seen for them in a long time.

Plus that is only a tiny portion of the acts that will play. They usually have at least five stages going solid with lots of emphasis on the blues. Each day there are so many great acts that play and if one stage doesn't do it for you than go to another.


Nevertheless, they shouldn't be calling it the Ottawa Blues Festival, perhaps Ottawa Music Festival would be a more apporiate name.


I agree , its a great festival I have gone to the last two and its great but when I tell people the acts that play they ask the same question , last year there really was'nt that many blues acts . Ottawa Music Festival works for me , either way I will be there .

 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 07:53 PM
Kiss on Capitol Hill - Sweet Dude!!!

 

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It started as a blues festival but a much smaller festival and now it is one of the biggest in North America.
Over the years, the festival has opened up to lots of different styles but has centered on the blues. The bigger name acts are brought in to increase sales. This has worked really well in controlling costs and ensuring big crowds. When the ABB played here, it was the biggest crowd I have seen for them in a long time.

Plus that is only a tiny portion of the acts that will play. They usually have at least five stages going solid with lots of emphasis on the blues. Each day there are so many great acts that play and if one stage doesn't do it for you than go to another.


Nevertheless, they shouldn't be calling it the Ottawa Blues Festival, perhaps Ottawa Music Festival would be a more apporiate name.


I agree , its a great festival I have gone to the last two and its great but when I tell people the acts that play they ask the same question , last year there really was'nt that many blues acts . Ottawa Music Festival works for me , either way I will be there .


Last year Fergie , Donna Summer , Snoop Dog , and Steely Dan were 4 of the big names , hardly the Blues . But like I said its a great festival , lots of room , the only problem is sometimes there are two shows you want to see playing at the same time .

 

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How about the Capital City in The middle of nothing music fest?

 

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How about the Capital City in The middle of nothing music fest?


How about Down By The River Music Festival , I am not sure what you mean but Ottawa is a beautiful city , Ontario is beautiful for that matter.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 10:40 PM
I really need to catch Chris Smither one of these days.

His covers on "Another Way to Find You" are some of my favorite versions of those songs - Down in the Flood, Statesboro Blues, Friend of the Devil, and Tulane, in particular.

Great picker and singer . . . his original stuff, what I've heard, anyway, is a little light for me.

 

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I really need to catch Chris Smither one of these days.

His covers on "Another Way to Find You" are some of my favorite versions of those songs - Down in the Flood, Statesboro Blues, Friend of the Devil, and Tulane, in particular.

Great picker and singer . . . his original stuff, what I've heard, anyway, is a little light for me.



I caught him a few years ago at the Edmonton Folk Fest , really good show , I really enjoy his music , great voice .

 

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Last year Fergie , Donna Summer , Snoop Dog , and Steely Dan were 4 of the big names , hardly the Blues . But like I said its a great festival , lots of room , the only problem is sometimes there are two shows you want to see playing at the same time .


I understand what you guys mean but at the same time very little credit is given for the lesser known (or less popular) blues artists who play everyday. There is plenty of blues there if you want it.

Either way, it doesn't matter what you call it because it is a fun time as you mention. There are a few from here that go annually. Maybe this year we can all meet up.


Example of last years lineup. If you can't find all the blues you want or artist of any style that you want to see then you are not trying. Plus all of that cost $140. Really hard to complain.

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The 15th annual Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, set to take place between July 3 and 13 in downtown Ontario, has revealed its long-awaited lineup 2008 lineup. Along with this year’s headliners, which include the Black Crowes, Steely Dan, Feist, James Taylor, The Tragically Hip, and Brian Wilson, some 150 other artists will be part of the final, overall lineup:

We bolded the highlights for you….

James Taylor; Steely Dan; The Tragically Hip; Feist; Wyclef Jean; The Black Crowes; Fergie; Widespread Panic; Brian Wilson; Great Big Sea; Boz Scaggs; Three Days Grace; TV on the Radio; Akon; Primus; Zappa Plays Zappa; Taj Mahal; Lucinda Williams; Donna Summer; Plain White T’s; Richard Thompson; Matthew Good and His Band; Don McLean; Keb’ Mo’; Robert Randolph and the Family Band; Theory of a Dead Man; Blind Boys of Alabama; Joan Armatrading; Jakob Dylan;

Dr. John; Canned Heat; The Secret Machines; Corb Lund, Metric; Calexico; Sean Kingston; The Weakerthans; The Wailers; Johnny Winter; Cassandra Wilson; Kathleen Edwards; Adrian Belew; Bettye LaVette; Shelby Lynne; Wintersleep; Allen Toussaint; Sam Roberts Band; Ray Davies; Martha Wainwright; Master Musicians of Jajouka; Tony D; JW-Jones; Shawn Tavernier; Jose Gonzalez; Michael Jerome Browne; Fiftymen; Amanda Rheaume; Ball & Chain & The Wreckers; Jim Bryson; The Hammerheads; Alexis O’Hara; Budos Band; Ana Muira; Cooper Brothers; Quarter Life; Steve Marriner; Watters Brothers Rebellion; Royal Wood; Lindsay Ferguson; Samuel James; Jeff Rogers; Evil Farm Children; Anders Drerup; Kid Beyond; Guy Forsyth; Guitar Shorty; Roxanne Potvin; Orchestra Baobab; Sonny Landreth; Guy Davis; Seun Kuti; Dave Bidini Band; Christine Fellows; Trevor Alguire; Anders Osborne; Harper; Angelique Kidjo; Back Door Slam; Justin Rutledge; Jon Amor; Michael Burks; Chuck Prophet; Eric Eggleston;

Brothers Chaffey; Theory of a Dead Man; NQ Arbuckle; Nick Moss & The Flip Tops; Crooked Still; Ladytron; JJ Grey & Mofro; Lil’ Brian Terry & the Zydeco Travelers; Becky Abbott; Hayden; Luke Doucet; Jenn Grant; Krueger Brothers; Elliot Brood; The Holmes Brothers; Nation Beat; Tom Wilson; Otis Taylor Band; The Super Fantastics; Don Vappie; The Bluerunners; Pappy Johns Band; Digging Roots with Hoop Dancer, Jill Buckshot; Sandy Schofield; Billy Joe Green, Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo; The Sauce Boss; Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets; That 1 Guy; David Maxwell; Justin Nozuka; Terry Gillespie; Hollerado; Infected Mushroom; James Blood Ulmer; Terry Evans; The Acorn; HiLoTrons; L’il Ed & The Blues Imperials; Hamell on Trial;

Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band; Chuck Prophet; Catherine Russell; Federico Aubele; Frank Vignola; Rachid Taha; Becky Abbott; Pierre Bensusan; Jully Black; Born Ruffians; Jason Collett; Lil’ Dave Thompson; Tokyo Police Club; The Most Serene Republic; Dorit Chrysler; Jason Ricci & New Blood; Stars; Eric Eggleston; John Nemeth; John Allaire; Harry Manx & Kevin Breit; Lurrie Bell; Nappy Brown; Walter Trout; Rozasia; Hayden; Bernard Allison; Sadie Hell; Ben Cooper; Plants and Animals; Lurrie Bell; Melissa Ferrick; Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed;

The Dynamites; Brights; Brothers Chaffey; Acres; Nikkii Yanofsky; Balkan Beat Box; Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys; The Love Machine; Jesse Stewart; If Then Do; Ryan Montbleu Band; World Gospel Jam with Canton Jones, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale, Sonz of Thunder, Danny Eason, God’s Plan Ministry, New World Son, and Shirley Ceasar; John Kilduff; Porkbelly Futures; Red Volkaert with Cindy Cashdollar; Shakura; Gina Sicilia; Blues in the Schools Performance; Jam Clinic; John Henrys; Grupo Fantasma; The Bush Pilots; Rozasia; Debbie Davies; Harrison Kennedy; Trevor James and Perfect Gentlemen; Lance Anderson; Nihilist Spasm Band; Baobab Tree and Akpokli; Mr Something Something, Jetplanes of Abraham




Some fine moments from previous festivals.

Elmer Ferrer with the Chris Duarte Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8anwxRE-B2E

BluesFest featuring Chris Duarte Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8eimAOv4FM

Steve Rowe at Ottawa Bluesfest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpzGziYT8cE

Robert Randolph does Hendrix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myUi34Bpjbs

 

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