Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Attack of the Killer Bluesfest!

Bluesfest 2007

This year's line-up for Ottawa's Bluesfest is by far the best ever. Hands down.

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, Buddy Guy, Lucky Peterson, George Clinton, Leo Kottke, Béla Fleck, Jimmie Vaughan, Steve Miller, Blue Rodeo, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, and of course moe. And that's just to mention some of the bigger names. If you've ever attended the Bluesfest before you should well know that some of the best acts are the "unknowns" on the smaller stages.

Once again my camping overlapped the opening week of Bluesfest (I may have to start rethinking this arrangement) so I missed out on Van Morrison and Dylan.

The White Stripes2
Photo by Ian David Blüm.

The first show I did catch was The White Stripes on Sunday and what an amazing show that was! It was an unbelievable the wall of sound that Meg and Jack White pump out. I would definitely recommend seeing them live and count me in for the trip.

The White Stripes3
Photo by Ian David Blüm.

The next gig I hit was moe. followed by George Clinton and the P-Funk. The moe. show was great but being slightly less than an hour it was likely the shortest set they've ever played (they're known to play at least 3 hours).

moe. at Bluesfest
Chuck Garvey and Rob Derhak of moe. Al Schnier of moe.

Last show of the evening was George Clinton aka the Funk Founder, the Atomic Dawg Architect, the Ambassador From The Mothership. You just knew from the moment the guy with the diaper jumped on stage that you were going to be funkified. The show was incredibly entertaining.

Parliament Funkadelic
Photo by Rich Anderson.

With 22 musicians and dancers in the line-up it was like a funkified version of Cirque du Soleil. A crazy ass groove with some hilarious commentary from the Funkmeister himself.

The festival runs until this coming Sunday - a total of 12 days - but unfortunately that is it for me this year. But I'm already looking forward to next...

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