Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bluesfest: Electro-fied

Bluesfest, what up?

I have just received the coveted 2012 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Media Kit and am over the moon; which many of you could expect if you followed my coverage last year, when I was definition Cisco Bluesfest fanatic. Writing for Ottawa Life Magazine, I reviewed almost every single night of the coveted capital festival - filing 11 reviews of the 13 night festival. And nearly dying of malnourishment and exhaustion. On top of going to work for a productive and busy eight hours of the day, squeezing in a work-out and managing to slide in those things called "meals" - somehow, my adrenaline and innate love of music allowed me to muster up the creative juices to file eleven 700+ word stories before 8am each morning, for almost two weeks.

How I did that? Is beyond me. I think I was running on some youthful fuel that at the ripe age of 23, I might have run out of. Kidding, I'm sure I've still got a little stored away - yet, something tells me I won't have the entire stamina - or vacation time - to make it back for the full two weeks this year. But don't get me wrong - I will most definitely be back for a chunk of it. Because between Beirut, Arkells, AWOLNATION, David Gray, Snoop-a-Loop, Skrillex, Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, The Wooden Sky, Sam Roberts, Grace Potter, Blitzen Trapper, Metric, The Sheepdogs and The Weeknd - I've got some serious concert-going to do. It's amazing to see how the line-up shapes each year; this year festival Director Mark Monahahan said the undeniable surge of electro and house onto the airwaves would obviously lead to a techno-filled festival - something that is, so far, heavily represented from within the laptops and turntables of Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Skrillex and MSTRKRFT. It should be an interesting scene, and one that will inevitably breed plenty of words, critiques and praises when all is said and done. So, who are you going to see?

2012 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Line-Up so far...10cc; A Tribe Called Red; A$AP Rocky; A-Trak; Adam K; Akron/Family; Alan Doyle; Alice Cooper; Amalgamation; Amanda Bon; André M. Bluteau; Ariyan; Arkells; Arty; Ashley Crnic; Autumn's Canon; AWOLNATION; The Balconies; Become the Sun; Beirut; Bettye Lavette; Big Wreck; Billy Bragg; Birthday Girls; Blitzen Trapper; Blue Rodeo; Brea Lawrenson; Bright Light Social Hour; Building 429; The Bush Pilots; BzRK; Carolyn Wonderland; Cassie Taylor; Chains of Love; Chali 2na; Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires; Chromeo; City and Colour; The City Harmonic; The Claytones; Cody Allen Band; Cole; Conor Oberst; Current Swell; Damon Fowler; David Gray; David Maxwell; Deep Dark Woods; Deltron 3030; Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi; Detroit Cobras; Dirty Heads; Dirty Projectors; DJ Illo; Down With Webster; Downchild Blues Band; Downhere; Drastik; Drop the Lime; Dry River Caravan; The Ethics; Felix Cartal; Fet.Nat; FEVERS; Fire and Neon; Fishbone; The Flats; Flight Distance; Freelance Whales; Good Old War; Grace Potter; Grandtheft; Grimes; Handsome Furs; Hellbros; Hey Rosetta!; The Hold Steady; I Mother Earth; Iron Maiden; James Vincent McMorrow; Jeff Rogers; Jesse Greene Band; John Mellencamp; John Mills; Johnny Sansone; Jordan Cook; Josef Pollock; July Talk; Just For Laughs featuring The Nasty Show (Ari Shaffir and Paula Bel), The Canadian Show (Mark Forward and Darrin Rose), and The Relationship Show (Godfrey and Ryan Hamilton); K'Naan; Kalle Mattson; Karen Lovely; Keek; Kelly Richey; Keturah Johnson; Kid SL; Lake Street Dive; Lazybones; LMFAO; Loon Choir; The Love Machine; Lucas Haneman; Lukas Nelson; Lynn Drury; Marcia Ball; Mark Kazanoff; Mastodon; Matt Dorgan Project; The Melvins; Metric; Mister Parker; MonkeyJunk; Monophonics; Monster Truck; Mother's Children; Ms. Lauryn Hill; MSTRKRFT; Mustard Pimp; My Darkest Days; Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas; NEWWORLDSON; Nickelback; Norah Jones; Oliver Mtukudzi; Orgone; Our Lady Peace; The Pack A.D.; Paul Oakenfold; The PepTides; Philly Moves; Plants and Animals; Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys; Rich Aucoin; Riot Police; Rory Gardiner; The Royal Southern Brotherhood; Rudeboy; Sam Roberts Band; Seal; The Sheepdogs; Shemekia Copeland; Shred Kelly; Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars; Skrillex; Snoop Dogg; The Souljazz Orchestra; Sound of Lions; Sparrows; Spencer Scharf; The Strain; Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; Tangerine Dream; Terry Gillespie; Thievery Corporation; Tiesto; TJ Wheeler and Hat Rack Gallagher; Tommy Lee and DJ Aero; Toronzo Cannon; The Trews; TYGA; Tyler Kealy; Victor Nesrallah; Walk Off the Earth; The Weeknd; The White Wires; Winchester Warm; Wolfgang Gartner; The Wooden Sky; Young Empires; Young the Giant; Youth Lagoon; Zeus; Zoo Legacy; !!! (pronounced “chk, chk, chk”) and many more.

My best friend and I, taking a spin to Mr. John Fogerty.

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