The Black Crowes rocked the Ottawa Bluesfest last night. It was also a chance to see and hear Luther Dickinson wail on the guitar as he has joined the Crowes on this tour. For those of you not in the loop, Luther is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi All Stars - yet another awesome blues/rock band that has yet to hit a Bluesfest stage. (hint hint)
Anyhow, Mike and I managed to worm our way through the crowd about half an hour before the show and ended up about 10 people back from the rail. We enjoyed a clear view of the stage as we found ourselves behind a couple of vertically challenged girls that kept their heads bent over their cell phones typing away for nearly the entire show. Yet another example of how technology can control the minds of the weak.
The show started off incredibly loud with the bass providing what I can only describe as a defibrillator like effect. After about the third song Mike and I managed to shuffle closer to the center of the stage where the sound seemed to balance out. Or more likely, we were semi-deaf by that point and didn't care anymore.
The show was filled with a great selection of tunes and plenty of opportunities for Rich and Luther to jam it out. Again my only complaint is that it wasn't an hour longer.