Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 15

After a rainy finish to Thursday night, Friday is expected to bounce back with some beautiful, sunny weather and some phenomenal performances. As Day 7 of the outdoor music festival kicks off tonight, audiences are looking forward to the highly anticipated Red Hot Chili Peppers appearance; but before 9:30 hits, there are a handful of other exciting performances to catch this Friday evening.

Check out the festival guide below to discover more artists who should be on your radar as you head into the festival grounds. For more information on the festival and for tickets, head to the official Bluesfest website.

Training Season

Blacksheep Stage: 6:00 – 7:00

Local hip-hop collective Training Season combine R&B, soul, and rap to form their slick, west coast inspired style. Sharing similarities to Odd Future, and ScHoolboy Q, this young crew are definitely one to keep on your radar as they inch closer to hitting something bigger.

Steve Adamyk Band

City Stage: 7:00 – 8:00

The members of Ottawa punk band Steve Adamyk Band have each played in a handful of other bands that ended in quits over the years. Together, their frustration and determination has found a new form of life through their loud, pop-crushing punk tunes. Inspired by the early days of punk and the buzzing energy of the Ottawa underground music scene, Steve Adamyk and his band are ready to take  over the main stage ahead of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Coleman Hell

Monster Energy Stage: 8:00 – 9:15

Originally from Thunder Bay, Coleman Hell headed to Toronto to make a name for himself in the music biz. His debut major label EP was released back in 2015, which included the hit folk-EDM single “2 Heads”, and Hell has since been taking over radio stations and streaming services with his music. With his foot-stomping, dance floor rocking tunes in hand, the pop singer-songwriter will be bringing his endless abundance of energy to Ottawa Friday night.


Blacksheep Stage: 8:15 – 9:15

Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) has been in the music business for almost his entire life. Growing up with a father who worked in radio and concert promotion, Richards would go on to become one of the biggest names in EDM and electronic music promotions. With two full-lengths and one EP in his personal discography, Destructo has one goal in mind with his music: “it better be banging”.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

City Stage: 9:30 – 10:45

With a career spanning back into the 1980s, and with eleven studio albums in their repertoire, Red Hot Chili Peppers are legends in the alternative music world. Their blended style of funk, psychedelic, hard rock, and whatever else works for them has lead them to numerous #1 singles, albums, and six Grammy awards. Although their studio albums have garnered so much success for the band, their true place in this world is while on stage for their insatiable live performances.

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