We are off… 4 days into the 24th edition of the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest and what have we got? Here is a very small part of the first 4 days…and well, P!NK certainly showed her counterpart headliners how to do it and do it well.  With 50 Cent picking up the party back up after Justin Moore sorta dropping the party hat if you will… I think he forgot he was in Canada for a few parts of his show and made a few remarks that weren’t the most tolerant or politically correct… followin’ up with some country music from Toby Keith the night prior.

Justin Moore Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Bottom line P!NK was fantastic!

Let’s get the bad outta the way. They changed up one of my favourite stages and I think it was festival go’ers favourite as well. By changing it up I mean making the River Stage covered with a big ol’ tent… and that ferris wheel??

Why there are no photos of some of the headliners is simply due to things like space constraints, agreements, safety, and not all media gets in for all shows… But there is way more to a festival than just its headliners!

Now that that is outta the way, here’s some good. They added a ferris wheel! The line up is pretty crazy and I am sure the view is spectacular.  Can we seriously blame the Bluesfest committee for adding a covered stage with all the rain the region has seen?  With that said, some acts are just better and give a bit more of an intimate feel under the big tent. Bella Cat really shone on the Bluesville Stage (the current new name for the River Stage) Sunday afternoon.

Bella Cat Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Other than a few tweaks, it’s still a great time and a great layout, with lots of incredible talent on all stages. Check out some of my fave shots from the first couple days.

Today is a day off as Bluesfest in its entirety takes a one-day break, but I’ll be right back at it on Tuesday with lots coming up. Be sure to check out the side stages as well with some great acts to check out like Harea band, Julie Corrigan, Coco Montoya , Foy Vance, The Glorious Sons, Pine, Blakdenim, Xavier Rudd, as well as everyone else. Take one day as well and be sure to check out the Blues Revue,

I don’t even need to talk about the headliners that are all gonna kick ass, from the Headstones, Jake Owen, Muse,  to A Tribe Called Red etc.

I’d love to hear all your thoughts on everything from covered stages, ferris wheels, to your favourite artist so far.

More soon….

High Valley Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

50 Cent Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Brandi Carlile Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Gord Bamford Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Sugaray Rayford Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Grace Lachance Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Tegan & Sara Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

The Angelina Hunter Trio Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Matt Andersen Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Madeline Merlo Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Too Slim and the Traildraggers Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Death From Above 1979 Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Sam Roberts Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Shawn Tavenier Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Bill Durst Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Sam Roberts Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Thursday night was extra special, I was invited on the Claridge stage by  Tribe Royal to photograph their set then it got better we where invited on stage for the finale, with Sam  Roberts and the band when they perfomed “Brother Down’….honestly it was amazing.

Thank you Tribe Royal and of course the Sam Roberts Band.

Tribe Royal Photo: Sean Sisk – RBC Bluesfest

Tribe Royal Photo: Sean Sisk – RBC Bluesfest

Tribe Royal Photo: Sean Sisk – RBC Bluesfest

 

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