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RBC Bluesfest

Fri, July 8, 12:00 PM > 1:00 PM

CF Rideau Centre

Tina Wallace

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Tina Wallace is an acoustic-folk soloist from a town you’ve never heard of. She is an expert breakup-song writer who has performed at various music festivals, dive bars, and house basements. In 2007, she won the 2nd Annual Barrie Folk Youth Song-writing Competition, and since then has performed on the BarrieFolk Main Stage and many showcases throughout northern Ontario. She has opened for Valdy, Jon Brooks, The Brights, and the Good Lovelies, to name a few. Don’t miss your chance to catch Tina Wallace this summer, performing at Ottawa’s own RBC Bluesfest. She says she’s very excited about the gig.

Fri, July 8, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Fire Antlers

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Fire Antlers is the jittery, pulsating beat of a half-functioning robot sent to Canada’s Capital to warn us about events that will probably never happen, backed by the sparkling chug of a muted surf guitar and the existential crooning of a thirty-year-old office worker. Fire Antlers is Travis Kinnear, supported by his archaic drum machine, crafting a unique blend of lo-fi pop and sci-folk that is danceable and layered with internal reflections.

Fri, July 8, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

The Lucas Haneman Express

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Lucas is a soulful performer who keeps crowds on their feet with his percussive, definable guitar sound and electrifying rhythmic power. His band, The Express, have been taking the general public/music community by storm with their deep groove and energy that can range from subtle/contained to fiery/ ferocious all in the span of one song. They won OBS’s “Road to Memphis” and will be competing at the International Blues Challenge(January 2016).They released a new EP entitled “No Time To Slow”.

Fri, July 8, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

The Heavy Medicine Band

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The Heavy Medicine Band is a dreamy, psychedelic, electric-rock band, from Ottawa. Driven by a four-person electric ensemble, the swoon and passion of Keturah Johnson’s solo performances command a magnitude of dynamics, with elements of psychedelia, grunge, and heavy soul.

HMB released two singles with b-side tracks, in the winter of 2014/2015, and the ‘Conduit’ EP, fall of 2015. A vinyl release of the ‘Conduit’ EP with bonus material is currently in production, for release in 2016.”

Fri, July 8, 6:30 PM > 7:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Flava Factory

The Flava Factory is the only dance studio in Ottawa dedicated to teaching and promoting the urban dance styles of Popping, Breaking, House, Locking, Hip Hop, Vogue, Waacking, and Dancehall. Keep an eye out for them on-site at this year’s ‘fest July 7, 8, 9, 16 and 17.
http://www.flavafactory.ca/

Fri, July 8, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Harrison Sweettaste Kennedy

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

*This just out—April 2, 2016.: Electro-Fi Artist HARRISON KENNEDY was recognized at the 45th annual Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta with a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for the 2016 “Blues Album of the Year” for his recent release ‘This Is From Here’.

Speaking of his childhood influences in 1940s’ Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy has this to say in the liner-notes of ‘This Is From Here’: “Hearing the music of ‘Kid Douglas’ a.k.a. Memphis Minnie and others as a youth, or when Lonnie Johnson and Billie Holiday visited our home, this fostered my deep love for music. Singing in Hamilton’s Stewart Memorial Church Choir, childhood travels to visit relatives in the hills of Tennessee, or on the streets of Detroit. This is what you can hear in my voice. Likewise the friends, who shared their craft on this recording. I love and respect them for their musical talent. Yes, the Blues is all right!” They sure are – come and hear Harrison perform the blues, in his own distinctive ‘voice’, as only he can, at this year’s RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa . . .

Fri, July 8, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

City Stage

Coeur de Pirate

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Cœur de Pirate is the solo project of award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Béatrice Martin. Since the age of three, Martin has been playing the piano and expressing herself through songs and music. After spending several years singing and playing keyboards in Montreal indie bands, Martin decided to go solo and released her eponymous debut album in 2008 to immediate international acclaim. Her popularity on social media helped her garner millions of new fans, leading to sales of more than one million albums worldwide. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, while building an impressive list of collaborations (Jay Malinowski, Kardinal Offishal, David Usher) and awards.

Martin returned in 2011 with her sophomore album, ‘Blonde’, which she co-produced with Montrealer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dears). ‘Blonde’ found widespread success, leading to more sold-out tours internationally and Diamond Certification in France.

Cœur de Pirate released her third album, ‘Roses’, in 2015. The new album finds Martin boldly expanding her horizons and modernizing her approach. On the intoxicating first single “Carry On”, her beloved piano is cradled within a swirling ensemble of synthesizers and carefully crafted string arrangements, with layers of dynamic drum sounds and samples powerfully propelling the song forward. “Carry On” signals the end of one era and ushers in another.

Fri, July 8, 7:30 PM > 8:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Pandaléon

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Pandaléon was formed in St-Bernardin, Ontario. Working in perfect harmony, the trio has built a distinctive sound. Their stage performance reflects that natural inspiration, ranging from gentle and reflective to powerful and intense. The young trio has already received several awards, notably at the 2015 Trille Or awards gala and at the latest edition of Contact Ontarois: ROSEQ, Granby International Song Festival, Festival Franco-ontarien, and FOE,

Fri, July 8, 7:30 PM > 8:30 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Revivalists

The Revivalists’ combination of danceable rock and soulful songwriting (and ‘brilliantivity’) comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. The band has been instrumental in the growth of New Orleans’ burgeoning indie rock scene, and they have achieved success and notoriety in the city’s uber-competitive musical landscape.

Since forming in 2007, the seven-piece New Orleans roots-driven rock band has logged countless miles on the road, cultivating a high octane live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. Following two independent releases, 2010’s ‘Vital Signs’ and 2014’s ‘City of Sound’, the time and dedication came to a head on the group’s third full-length album, ‘Men Amongst Mountains’ [Wind-Up Records]. As much as it’s the culmination of their work thus far, it opens up a new chapter for the band: David Shaw [vocals], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], George Gekas [bass], Andrew Campanelli [drums], and Michael Girardot [keys, trumpets]. Make sure to catch the Revivalists at this summer’s ‘fest, and be part of this ongoing success story . . .

Fri, July 8, 8:00 PM > 9:15 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

It had been seven years since Ben Harper last played a show with the Innocent Criminals, so when the time came to reunite for a live tour in 2015, the band quickly discovered that Harper had more in mind than simply revisiting the group’s prodigious collection of hits. In fact, Harper had been quietly amassing material for a new record, ‘Call It What It Is’.

The album kicks off with “When Sex Was Dirty,” a song that Harper had earmarked for the Innocent Criminals from the moment he wrote it. It’s classic rock and roll bravado, full of electric guitar swagger, driving percussion, and seductive energy. Harper follows it up by demonstrating that his range is wider than ever with the utterly vulnerable “Deeper and Deeper,” a near-whispered acoustic moment of introspection. The new album is Harper’s second release for Stax Records, a seamless fit for ‘Call It What It Is’, due to its rich Civil Rights-era legacy and its dedication to spreading soul music in all its most powerful forms.

Beginning with his 1994 debut, ‘Welcome To The Cruel World’, Harper released a string of eight studio albums prior to ‘Call It What It Is’. This extraordinary run, established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with a range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The accolades poured in — Rolling Stone hailed his “jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll,” while Entertainment Weekly praised his “casual profundity,” and Billboard said his music “reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity.” Massive, international sold-out tours, Top-10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances have cemented Harper’s status as a genuine global star.

For the legions of Ben Harper fans that have been waiting for a new album with the Innocent Criminals, the wait is over. Now, they can come and see Ben and his band take to the stage and ‘CALL IT WHAT IT IS’ at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.

Fri, July 8, 8:15 PM > 9:15 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Like a muse-lit meteor, Tal blazed upon the scene as a teen, sitting in with the Allman Brothers within months of her 2006 arrival in New York City. By the end of 2007, she had released her acclaimed instrumental debut, “Transformation”, hit the road with Chick Corea, appeared on A&E with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and joined Jeff Beck’s world tour for what culminated in her global breakout moment — her performance at Eric Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated more than 10-million YouTube hits.

Unanimous praise reverberated throughout the industry, leading Tal to relocate to Los Angeles and begin a steady recording pace with such artists as Prince, Macy Gray, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Toto, Todd Rundgren and Ryan Adams. Meanwhile, high-profile tours with Jeff Beck led to her backing guests like Sting, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour and Billy Gibbons (and led to her role anchoring Pharrell and Hanz Zimmer at the 2015 Grammy Awards). Tal’s collaborations with Jackson Browne and encouragement from Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock led to her live vocal debut with their bands, which facilitated
her next path as a singer-songwriter.

Tal has completed recording her debut vocal album which she plans to release in 2016. The music is an intoxicating, intimate re-imagining of the singer-songwriter idiom, comprised of rock energy and intensity and lyrics rich in both realism and symbolism — all delivered via vibrant vocals and world-class musicianship.

Fri, July 8, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Tallest Man On Earth

Kristian Matsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name of The Tallest Man on Earth. His album ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ doesn’t come from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit. If you’re a fan of The Tallest Man On Earth, ‘Dark Bird’ pays real tribute to the old records you fell for, and goes to new places you’re going to love as well. If you’re new to “The Man”, enjoy these songs and know there are more gems waiting on earlier albums and singles.

On ‘Dark Bird Is Home’, toward the end of the opening track, other voices are heard backing Kristian Matsson’s. One of them, later credited in the liner notes with Angel Vocals, shows up several times throughout the record, adding new color to the familiar palette. And so the story grows. That first song has horns and a piano, keyboards, synthesizers, and other modern noisemakers . . . and by track two you’ve got The Tallest Man on Earth as full-throttle rock and roll. And of course, the last song — the title track. As Kristian gently warned on another occassion: “Watch out for this one.” You should expect the loudest and proudest sounds yet from The Tallest Man on Earth on album number four, but also the softest and the lowest. This summer, the ‘Dark Bird’ tour will come to the RBC Bluesfest, and for the first time ‘The Man’ is bringing a band to the stage with him.

Fri, July 8, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

All-Star Blues Revue Hosted By The Split with Special Guests – July 8

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The Split will be hosting a much-anticipated Blues Revue — with a touch of soul — during the first Friday and Saturday of the ‘fest.

For many of us, soul music is a fondness we just can’t shake, and finding “new” soul music often means digging deep into the crates for something fresh. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, might we prescribe checking out The Split. For brothers Curtis and Matt Chaffey and their ensemble, new life is breathed into that soulful sound you’ve been yearning for. The band’s break-out project ‘Can’t Get Enough’ is energetically infused with guitar parts, horns and bass reminiscent of ’60s soul rock and ’70s soul funk.

Featured guests, joining The Split on-stage in the Barney Danson Theatre on July 8 and July 9, will be announced upon confirmation . . .

Fri, July 8, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

City Stage

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher is back — but not as you know him. “I played “The Right Stuff” to a mate of mine,” says Gallagher, mentioning one of the most out-there tracks on an already out-there album. “And he said: ‘finally’. I didn’t know what he meant at first, but then I realised. “The Right Stuff” is space jazz. We used to take the piss out of space jazz in Oasis. When people told us we weren’t adventurous we would say, ‘what do you want, space jazz?’ And now I’ve made a track that is real, actual, spaced-out jazz. And you know what? It’s great.” There are also saxophones.

Fri, July 8, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

John Németh

Boise, Idaho is hardly known as a hotbed of soul-blues. But for John Németh, it’s where his love for the genre began . . . with his first gigs fronting a teenage blues band to five Blues Music Award nominations, in 2013 alone. It’s where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of blues heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Around the turn of the millennium — after opening a show for Junior Watson — Németh was tapped as tour opener for the iconic jump-blues guitarist, a gig that took him around the world, and eventually into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, ‘Come And Get It’, featuring Watson. Németh soon moved to California, and shortly after arriving in San Francisco, he was performing at Biscuit and Blues, when Blind Pig Records signed him to a three-album deal. Opportunities abounded; from the phone call Németh got from Anson Funderburgh — who was looking for a front-man to fill in for ailing blues legend Sam Myers — to a gig opening for Elvin Bishop, which led to Németh’s role as featured vocalist on Bishop’s Grammy nominated album ‘The Blues Rolls’.
June 08 2016

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Date: June 8, 2016
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