RBC Bluesfest – July 8, 2016

It was certainly a quick turn around in weather conditions compared to the first day of RBC Bluesfest. After the heat-drenched Thursday, Friday night instead proved to be a much cooler and ominously rainy start to the weekend. Raincoats, and cozy sweaters were a fairly common sighting, an odd and unfortunate thing, especially when you remember it is mid-July.

Either way, those at attendance made the most of the evening, enjoying a much more sedate lineup compared to the night before. With a smaller crowd and the grey weather, Bluesfest had a more laid-back aura, as if the festival grounds aimed to match the reserved persona of its festival goers.

Bluesfest July 8 2016

Enjoy the new concert gallery from Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more photos and updates. For more information on the festival, head to the official Bluesfest website.

The Heavy Medicine Band

Ottawa psychedelic outfit The Heavy Medicine Band could not have been happier to be playing on the main stage in their hometown. Frontwoman Keturah Johnson expressed her pride and excitement to be performing at Bluesfest in front of the home crowd, as the band gave it their all for a captivating performance.

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Coeur de Pirate

With a golden backdrop that glistened in the wind, Coeur de Pirate dazzled her fans with an angelic performance Friday evening. Her soft, heart-piercing voice cleared the rainy clouds and brought in a ray of sun for a moment (or so it seemed). Switching effortlessly between French and English, the Montreal native performed songs from her most recent album Roses along with a few older favourites, allowing the music to move through her, dancing like the free spirit that she is.

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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

It’s been seven years since Ben Harper and his band of the Innocent Criminals last toured, including a stop at Ottawa Bluesfest. The American singer-songwriter/guitarist recorded a few solo and collaboration albums in between, but returned to his prior collective for his performance in Ottawa. Cranking out tunes from their most recent album Call It What It Is, Harper and his band played their mix of roots, blues, and alternative rock to a chilly, yet excited crowd.

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Lucas Haneman

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The Revivalists

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Tal Wilkenfeld

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The Tallest Man on Earth

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