Bluesfest 2013 Must-See Acts: Scharf Edition


With Bluesfest kicking off tonight I thought I would share the one or two acts a day I consider must-see performers. I avoided naming headliners and went with lesser known acts, hidden gems and good alternatives to hopefully introduce our readers to some new talents. Agree/Disagree? Who do I need to see that I did not list?

Day 1, Thursday July 4: Bahamas

Is a solo singer-songwriter who I discovered when he opened for Wilco a few years ago.  He is a very talented Canadian musician who will also have you laughing between songs. 7 PM, Black Sheep Stage.

Day 2, Friday July 5: Frank Turner

One of my favourite modern day lyricists.  This Brit can certainly paint a beautiful picture while strummin his guitar. Punk rock mentality with a folk sound 7 PM, Bell Stage

Day 3, Saturday July 6: Neko Case

What a voice! Oh her voice! You will hear it once and fall in love, I promise. If not the voice then her rocking alt-country stylings will woo you. 7 PM, Bell Stage

Day 4, Sunday July 7: Other than Wu Tang, check out the locals, Steve Adamyk Band, FEVERS and Her Harbour.

Supporting local acts is always great and these three all offer something a little different. Adamyk with their rock, Fevers with their electro-synth-pop and Her Harbour with her dark and soulful songs. Adamyk, 1 PM Bell Stage, Fevers, 2 PM Claridge Stage, Her Harbour 4:30 PM Barney Danson Theatre.

Day 5, Monday July 8: THE SPECIALS!

Just one of, if not the, most influential Ska bands of all time! This is not only my must-see of the day, but my must-see of the entire festival! I am so excited to dance like no one is watching. 7:15 PM, Claridge Stage

Day 6, Wednesday July 10: A Tribe Called Red

One of Ottawa’s most popular exports right now. The Polaris nominated Pow-wow step DJs will get you moving. 9:30 Black Sheep Stage

Day 7, Thursday July 11: Jack Pine and the Fire

One of the most talented, soulful acts Ottawa has to offer, Jack Pine & The Fire brings foot-stomping roots music that bleeds originality. 6 PM River Stage

Day 8, Friday July 12: The Waterboys

Let their tales of fishermen blues carry you off into the night. Great Big Sea, before Great Big Sea existed.  8 PM, Claridge Stage

Day 9, Saturday July 13: Other than Bjork, go see Roberta Bondar and Mehdi Cayene Club

More locals being plugged. Roberta Bondar have a dark space rock sound to them, while Mehdi Cayenne Club can only be defined as a lot of energy and a lot of fun, no genre can handle them. Roberta Bondar, 1 PM Bell Stage, Medhi 2:45 PM River Stage.

Day 10:Alejandro Escovedo and Dog Blood

Alejandro is an excellent guitarist and writer who has been doing it for quite some time. Perfect for fans of Bruce Springsteen, The Hold Steady and Bob Mould. Dog Blood on the other hand is something completely different. It is the combination of two of the biggest names in dubstep, Skrillex and Boys Noize.  Things will get loud and your heart will pound. Escovedo, 5:45 PM River Stage. Dog Blood, 9:15 Bell Stage.