RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – Day 10

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It’s been a good festival Ottawa. What do you say we pack it in? What? One more day? Okay…

This year’s Bluesfest, despite being shortened and dropping a stage, has been one for the books. Every day, about 25,000 fans flocked to Lebreton Flats, located at the Canadian War Museum, to see their favourite artists, whether that was the Dixie Chicks, Wu Tang Clan, Black Keys, Fun, Bjork or the Zac Brown Band, among many, many more.

The final day of the festival brought us two acts that could not be more different, yet still managed to embody the diversity and range of talents the festival brings us every year. The first headliner of the evening was none other than 87 year old blues legend, B.B. King. With one of the largest crowds of the festival yet, the grounds swelled with both young and old fans (albeit the younger ones were probably more excited to see Dog Blood, but more about that in a minute). This crowd brought back memories of the Tegan & Sara show, as King should have been on the larger Bell stage as opposed to the Claridge stage, where the depth of the crowd is a lot less and people tend to get crammed in. Nevertheless, on stage King, despite the man being well past his prime, kept the crowd rocking, with his southern blues sound and his old timey charisma.

Over on the Bell stage, Dog Blood, comprised of EDM superstar Skrillex and German producer Boys Noize brought their hard hitting dubstep sounds and kept the crowd energized right up until the end, spitting out original songs, as well as remixes of artists like the Prodigy and A$AP Rocky. Plus they had lasers.

So thanks for tuning in! We’ll continue to bring you all the latest music news from Eastern Canada and the rest of the world as it comes in. And as for you Bluesfest? See you next year…

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Ryan Matthews

Lover of most music, passionate about all music. Also, some call me a space cowboy.

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