Thursday, July 14, 2011

One Big Holiday

My Morning Jacket - 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

....Is a great way to describe this week, if we're talking enjoyment (and not free time) of this lovely music-filled event! Also, it's the title of one the most popular songs by alternative-rock geniuses My Morning Jacket, who undeniably owned the Bluesfest stage last night. Even with a surprisingly medium-sized crowd, it didn't matter - if you read my review in Ottawa Life Magazine, you'll get a glimpse of exactly how explosive this rock show was. In fact, I don't know if I've ever seen anything like it; it was breathtaking, fiery hot and the most entertaining live music on a vocal and instrumental level. The veteran band was absolutely bang-on in everything they did, and the chemistry between each skilled musician was evident from the first bumping note. It looked as if they've never performed any of those songs before, and were therefore having the time of their lives up there together, just taking it for an improvised test drive. When really, the 15 year-old group has been at the steering wheel of indie Americana music for almost as long as I can remember. Modestly one of the most talented bands I've ever heard, the guitar solos and hammering drums were enough to burn the stage around them. Jim James, who I've praised before in reviews of their latest CD "Circuital," is not musically of this world, if you ask me; and all of those who attended will remember this show, and what he's founded, for years to come.

Listen from the 3-minute mark onwards if you're in a rush, to get the right effect. This performance of "Dondante" BLEW my mind last night:

My Morning Jacket - 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

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