Bluesfest Day 10: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rock the festival’s final night

On the final night of Bluesfest, many great artists took to the stage, but only one name stood out high above them all: Tom Petty. After solid performances by classic rocker Peter Wolf and Canadian country star Tim Hicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers brought their 40th anniversary tour to the City Stage in front of a massive crowd that extended nearly three-quarters of the way down the main lawn on Lebreton Flats. To say that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have had a great career would be an understatement. Originally from Gainesville, Fla., the band has sold tens of millions of albums, headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2008, and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall […]

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Bluesfest Day Eight: The Glorious Sons, Anderson .Paak, and a lightning storm

Following a miserable evening featuring mobs and numerous medical emergencies, the eighth night of Bluesfest was back with a much more promising and exciting line up until rain forced the later parts of the evening to be cancelled. Before the first concerts began and the major crowds had arrived, festivalgoers shared their stories about what they witnessed the night before. “Last night was definitely the worst experience at not even just Bluesfest, but any concert [or] festival I’ve ever been a part of,” said Matt Morgan, a fan who had arrived much earlier the night before to get a good spot for Migos. Despite what happened the night before, Morgan was back and feeling more optimistic. “I feel like the […]

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Bluesfest Day Six: Fevers, The Shins, and LCD Soundsystem

On a cold Wednesday evening, Bluesfest continued for a sixth night with an electric lineup. At the beginning of the evening, a group of keen local music supporters welcomed Fevers to the Claridge Homes Stage. Led by the melodic vocals of Sarah Bradley, the electro-indie-rock band from Ottawa is coming hot off the recent release of their new album, Apologia. For their third concert at Bluesfest, Fevers performed a fair mix of dark, pleasant-sounding, and upbeat songs, and created a pleasing and ambient tone throughout the crowd. Immediately after on the City Stage was a somewhat stylistically similar performance by Phantogram. The duo from Saragota Springs, N.Y. performed numerous loud and upbeat songs, fully delivering their heavy and intense sound. The filtered […]

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Bluesfest Day Five: Fetty Wap, Jake Owen, RL Grime, and July Talk

After a one-day break, Bluesfest was back with its most diverse single-day lineup yet on July 11. Kicking things off on the Bluesville Stage was Harea Band. The up-and-coming band from Ottawa brought their unique fusion style to the stage, which they describe as “sexy soul and disco infused pop,” using instruments such as synthesizers, electric drums, and keytars. Lead singer Matt Harea made the show even more exciting with his strong, soulful vocals and by leading the rest of the band in choreographed funk dance moves. Opening the City Stage for the evening was a highly-anticipated performance by Fetty Wap and Monty. From the moment the concert began, the hip-hop superstars kept the mostly teenage crowd engaged, as they […]

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