Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Busy Blues

Bluesfest 2011

...But a great kind of busy blues. I'll be reviewing Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest all week for Ottawa Life Magazine, which means a gig in the photo pit, hopefully some good interviews and a week spent as workin' woman during by day and then a music-watching, music-loving, music-writing woman by night. It will be busy, but you know what - it will also be glorious. Not an ounce of my sleepy little self is going to mind this magical experience of constant music, words and friends. Bring on the sights, sounds and smells of the festival - it's two of the greatest weeks of the year.

I'll check in when I can with some videos of my favourite performances - but in the mean time, please visit Ottawa Life Magazine to check out detailed recollections of this fantastic festival.

The performances that drove me wild last night at 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest were:

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - Bluesfest 2011

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (lead Alex Ebert admits to still not knowing what a "magnetic zero" is, saying that any clever scientists should contact him immediately) performing "Fire and Water" - a gorgeously mellow performance in the setting sun by female lead Jade Castrinos. No version other than the live one does her vocals justice, but the on-stage nuttiness can be seen here:

            

The Flaming Lips - Bluesfest 2011

The Flaming Lips performing their classic finale, "Do You Realize??", the psychedelic ballad that after all of these years still drives the crowd wild at the onset of the first pretty strums. Kooky lead Wayne Coyne's famously bouncy curls also went wild as soon as stock footage of Tiffani Thiesen introducing the band began to roll on the wide screen, cuing him to ask the famous first line and lyrical question, "Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face?"

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