One.More.Day. Not that I’m not unbelievably ecstatic to be consistently covering music and concerts, and a little sad to see it end; but the long two weeks of Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest have been mildly exhausting at times. Believe it or not, I’m almost sick of beer. Not that I’m a solo lush every night that I’m there, but usually I’m enjoying the show with friends and therefore partaking in a little of their concert beer-drinking, which is necessary on a sticky summer night. I’m definitely sick of teenagers smacking into me without apologies, and without me having the opportunity to tell them to pull their pants up. I’m a little tired of the half-hour walk home at midnight with my sore hip (a little flexor injury from the winter which has aged me 45 years), that usually ends in a near-roll down the last block. But all in all, you can’t trade up this kind of musical beauty; it’s a treat and it’s something we all take advantage of. Our city shines during this festival, and all ages, sexes and personalities come together to take in the sounds. It’s one of those glorious events you’ll look back on far into the future, and remember your countless late nights spent breathing in the magnificient sounds in one of your favourite cities.
Tonight is the last Saturday, so for all attending – here are three of the acts you definitely want to see.
Indie-rock crooner Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea from New Jersey, playing at 8:00 pm on the Subway Stage. (Song: “Brooklyn’s On Fire”)
British Columbian strange rockers Mother Mother, also playing at the Subway Stage at 9:30 pm (Song: “The Stand”)
Famed 1990s alternative-rockers Jane’s Addiction, known for a great show and someone you should see for posterity – playing MBNA at 9:30 pm (Song: “Jane Says)