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Thursday, July 3
 

6:00pm

Fiftymen
Welcome to the world of Fiftymen! It's a place where the twangs of whisky-soaked country spirits sidle up to rock and roll recklessness, and the story-telling traditions of honest roots music are belted out with a dose of brash punk-rock irreverence. With two well received-albums, ‘After Darkfall’ and ‘Balances and Sums’, already in their frayed back pocket, November 2013 saw Fiftymen release their eponymous third album.

Their single "Wedding Band" is a raucous celebratory tune stuffed with full-throttle blues licks, yet the album is often a more patient affair. While it still includes the up-tempo riffing teased on "Wedding Band," songs like "Laureen" and "I Always Get What I Want" rely more on honky-tonk than rock and roll, telling mournful tales of addiction, yearning, and loss. 

Whether rocking out or imparting their inimitable wisdom, Fiftymen demonstrate ample songwriting chops and the kind of patience and mastery of subtlety that only comes with years of experience. Having shared the stage with legends like Jim Cuddy, Gord Downie and Kathleen Edwards, Fiftymen have garnered serious respect from bands and fans alike by consistently delivering, sweat-drenched, jaw-dropping performances that have prompted apt comparisons to The Replacements, Wilco, Kings of Leon, and The Band. 


Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
River Stage

6:00pm

Danny Brown
Detroit rapper Danny Brown initially surfaced during the mid-2000s as a member of Reser’vor Dogs. Dubbed the Hybrid as soon as he came onto the scene, Danny Brown offers manic and mighty hype tracks (with his patented and chirpy "high voice") along with deeper, more meaningful tales of the hood (delivered in his "low voice"). Embracing his unique hood/hipster personality, Danny took full advantage of social media, and — fuelled by his wicked sense of humour — delivered some of the most vivid and side-splitting rhymes of his era.  

After topping multiple best-of-2013 year end lists, Danny Brown embarked on his first official tour in support of his critically acclaimed studio debut, 'Old'. “The Old Danny Brown Tour” will see the Fool’s Gold MC kick off dates in Europe, stopping over at SXSW and then embarking on a 28-date-run across North America, with a much-anticipated stop in Ottawa to perform at the RBC Bluesfest. In recent years, Danny has shared the stage with everyone from Sleigh Bells and Baauer to Trash Talk and Action Bronson, along with a special appearance from Megan James of Purity Ring, when he made his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:00pm

James Leclaire
James Leclaire grew up in the small town of Renfrew Ontario 45mins west of the nations capital and now resides in Manotick Ontario. His second full length album, 'Until it Passes By', was released in Sept. 2012, and his third album is scheduled to be out towards the end of June of this year.

From fist pumping, stomp your feet working-man anthems to soulful ballads of love, heartache and loss, James' songs are all about storytelling.  Intensely thought-out lyrics grind through James' raspy vocal chords with powerful emotion to produce rich, dark imagery, that can really punch you in the heart.  The experience escalates even further when backed by his band, bassist Chris McLean and drummer Michael Hunter.

Highway #9 (from “Until It Passes By”), by James Leclaire listed as one of the top Ottawa songs/bands in 2012: Enter stage left, the spirit of Steve Earle. The gravely voice, the porch-friendly beat—it makes you want to wheel the pickup out onto a hillbilly highway. -Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen


Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:00pm

Amos The Transparent
Amos the Transparent began as a studio project in 2006. Lead singer, Jon Chandler, was sitting on a landmine of tunes with no intention of recording them. A long-time friend and collaborator drummer, Chris Wilson, convinced Jon step into the studio and track his songs. This led to a 13-song record entitled 'Everything I've Forgotten to Forget' and was released on Pop Culture Records/Fontana North in August of 2007. The album was well received and put Amos on the Canadian music charts. Notably, the song "After All That, It's Come to This", was a duet featuring artist Amy Millan. Before long, the groups popularity became apparent and Amos began, and continues, to develop a strong following. The next album brought on new members and new sounds. With the bands addition of guitarist, Dan Hay, and bassist, James Nicol, Amos five song EP My, 'What Big Teeth You Have' was recorded in a mere two weeks in Ottawa, Ontario. Soon after its release, the group created an animated video for the single "Lemons" with the help of Ottawa artist Digital Henchmen. The EP hit the Canadian music charts and gained a strong appreciation from music followers alike. This lead to Amos performing at SXSW and at Big Sound Festival in Australia. The single "Greater Than Consequence" landed airtime on MTVs show, Degrassi.

In 2011, new members joined the group including cellist, Mike Yates, and female vocalist, Kate Sargent. The album 'Goodnight, My Dear I'm Falling Apart", was recorded as two separate EPs. Individually, the two EPs showcased both the light and dark side of Amos the Transparent lyrically and instrumentally demonstrated their artistic abilities in all realm of the folk rock scene.

Sirius XM radio made Amos the featured artist for a month and the band was showcased in the previews for Famous Players theatres across Canada. Other notable moments include their nomination for artist of the year at the Verge awards, and being hosted on CBCs radio show Q with Jian Ghomeshi wherein Amos was referred to as the Canadian Wilco. In 2013, Amos began to write a new record. Prior to recording the new tracks, Amos took on and welcomed their newest female addition, Olenka Reshitnyk. Amos the Transparent anxiously anticipate finalizing and releasing their next album scheduled for the Spring 2014.


Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Dean Brody

'Crop Circles', Dean Brody says, is an album he hopes will take listeners away from the cares of daily life for a while. “When we listen to music, we don’t necessarily want to think about what’s going on in the here and now, we want to go on a journey, and I hope that’s what happens for my fans with this record. ” Job done – On songs like ‘The Old Sandbar’ and ‘Mountain Man’, the Jaffray, BC-born, Nova Scotia-based singer/songwriter celebrates his love of the East Coast and his childhood home at the foot of the Rockies. And, with his Civil War era love story ‘Kansas Cried,’ Dean Brody transports listeners through time and space without missing a beat.

'Crop Circles'
covers a lot of miles and nowhere more so than on Brody’s lead single, ‘Bounty,’ a fiery, turn of the century, murder ballad that finds Brody’s characters running from the law on a late night train to Mexico and features a standout performance by fellow Canadian country singer, Lindi Ortega. In its first week of release, ‘Bounty’ held the #1 Most Added song overall and #1 Most Added spot at Country radio for two consecutive weeks and displays Brody’s growth as a writer, lyricist and storyteller in equal measure, with a story that has both substantial emotional weight and a certain amount of levity. ‘Bounty’ recently reached #1 on the Canadian Country singles chart!

Regardless of the topic or whether a song is purely observational or drawn from his personal experience, Brody’s music has a cinematic quality that makes it easy for listeners to put themselves into his songs and to feel as if they’re traveling along with his characters. “I see the world in pictures and I love stories and creating worlds, either using my own background, or by putting myself in other people’s shoes, because I’m fascinated by other people’s perspectives on life.”

Don't miss Dean Brody at this year's RBC Bluesfest!



Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Shane Dwight
Over the past 10 years, Shane Dwight has performed more than 2,000 live shows, released seven CDs with over 60,000 units sold, been a repeat performer on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, headlined and performed at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, including the RBC Bluesfest. He has performed with and/or shared the stage with a wide variety of some of the biggest names in music: B.B. King, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, The Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Winter, Etta James, The Doobie Brothers and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few.

Within six months of moving to Nashville from his home in California, Shane quickly earned a reputation as a guitar slinger. The Nashville City Paper called him: “One of Music City’s prime guitar warriors, Shane Dwight excels in numerous situations from story songs and laments to explosive workouts and fiery duels. Shane Dwight’s playing and singing is consistently stellar, and frequently magnificent.”

It doesn’t seem to matter where Shane lives or performs, the critics always seem to agree -- he plays a mean guitar, whether he’s rocking, delving into roots, alt-country, R&B, or hitting you in the gut with searing, straight-ahead blues.

“Shane Dwight is a talented musician and an impressive songwriter. Dwight’s guitar playing is as substantial as his songwriting.” ~ Blues Revue Magazine

“Tough, lean guitar work and commanding vocals, Shane is is a tour de force” ~ San Jose Mercury News 

“. . . a music sensation!" ~ San Francisco Chronicle


Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
River Stage

7:00pm

Cabaal
Coaxing the breath out of machines, Cabaal drifts between oozing pre-dawn ambience and frenetic rhythms. Using a variety of synthesizers and drum machines along with a library of field recordings, the sound drips with a familiarity of forgotten landscapes. It feels like eating a bowl of a Sugar Crisp in a wormhole. Expect to experience pounding drums with breaks to lose yourself in synthetic winds and feedback loops.


Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds' sound is dark, experiential and post apocalyptic. It layers artificial enstasy with bouts of unsteady euphoria and romanticism. Brooding rhythms and precise noise from this experimental 3-piece underline film noir imagery and auto-fictional narratives. 


Thursday July 3, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Tegan and Sara
Folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 1998, when they earned the highest score ever, at Calgary's Garage Warz competition. Their quick rise didn't stop there. Tegan and Sara’s melodic acoustics and charming stage personas led to a slew of dates with Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair and a record deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records in 2000.  

Natives of Calgary, these twin sisters began playing piano at age eight and in their teens were skanking around in their own punk bands. This Business of Art, which was produced by singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman, marked their debut in mid-2000, and a summer tour with Neil Young and the Pretenders followed in July. Two years later, Tegan and Sara released If It Was You, and So Jealous hit shelves in 2004. In 2007, Tegan sang backup on a song on new Sire label-mate Against Me!'s album New Wave, and the twins—who had by now moved far from the singer/songwriter mold and were more interested in exploring pop, punk, and indie rock—came out with the Christopher Walla (of Death Cab) produced ‘The Con’, followed by ‘Sainthood’ (2009), 5 (2011), and more recently, ‘Heartthrob’ (2013). 


Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:15pm

Beth Hart
ALSO PERFORMING July 4

The story of Beth Hart is one of extreme highs and extreme lows, and there are two particular factors that illustrate this. First, her voice: when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling. The second is her rollercoaster story: in the late '90s, she was on the cusp of a promising music career, signed to a major U.S. label, national television bookings, hit singles, and great press, but her career careened off the tracks at its peak due to her drug and alcohol addiction. Beth Hart’s story is one of incredible opportunity, heartbreaking loss, and now, with her recent show-stopping Kennedy Center Honors performance with Jeff Beck that honored blues great Buddy Guy, and the April 2, 2013 North American release of 'Bang Bang Boom Boom' (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group), REDEMPTION! 

See http://bethhart.com/bio/ for complete story 


Thursday July 3, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
River Stage

8:15pm

RL Grime
He's known as Clockwork on his electro releases, but when New York City-based DJ/producer Henry Steinway combines hip-hop and electro for the genre known as "trap" he dons the moniker RL Grime. After debuting the project in 2011 with a series of Internet uploads, RL Grime became official with the EP 'Grapes', released in 2012 by Wedidit Collective. More free uploads followed, including bootleg remixes of Rihanna's "Pour It Up," Chief Keef's "Sosa," and Kanye West's "Mercy," then in 2013 the Fool's Gold label released the 'High Beams' EP with a guest appearance from rapper Problem.


Thursday July 3, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:30pm

Bearshark
Bearshark are a Canadian duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Jeff Coghill and drummer Hamish Robertson. The band formed in Ottawa in July 2011 when the two longtime friends started playing delta blues together on a old drumset and a guitar in a cold, cement basement. The sound that came out of that jam, and the sound that has continued with the band, is one that combines a mutual love of delta blues, garage rock, and live performance. Bearshark is a band that likes to jam the dance floor before they hit the first chorus and keep it running until they walk off the stage.

Their shows are loud and spontaneous. The feel in the room dictates the direction of the music.They never use a setlist. Everything is live! 

One thing is for certain: if you want to hear the blues as heavy as it gets -- this is your band.


Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am
Offsite at Casino Lac-Leamy

9:00pm

Noah Gundersen
At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a veteran; he recorded his first album on his dad’s Tascam Studio 8 reel-to-reel tape machine at 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, WA Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby, an expert string player) and with their band The Courage. He’s already placed songs on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries, and One Tree Hill.  

His latest album, 'Ledges' is self-produced and was recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle. It represents the latest stop in a journey that began in his strictly conservative, religious home where he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists. “I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music,” Noah explains.  

An impressive personal work, 'Ledges' co-mingles the sensual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery, like Leonard Cohen, to plumb the depths of everyday emotions. And while major labels have come sniffing around, Noah is determined to maintain his independence as a musician and artist. Having built up a following through touring and social media, Gundersen is determined to maintain the kind of creative control that makes 'Ledges' such a powerful, intimate work. On 'Ledges', Noah Gundersen goes from a boy to a man before our very ears. It’s a journey well worth taking with him. 


Thursday July 3, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:30pm

Adventure Club
Adventure Club is Montreal dub-step duo, Christian Srigley and Leighton James. Formed as a hardcore pop-punk band, they later decided to move onto the more electronic sound of dub-step. The first song to put the duo on the map was their remix of the song 'Daisy' by the American alt-rock band Brand New. Some of their major influences include Tiesto, Flux Pavillion, Bring Me the Horizon, and Skrillex. The duo's signature sound includes high-pitched female vocals with electronic sounds and heavy drops. Through online social network sites, Adventure Club has reached new levels of exposure and got their first music video on the UKF Dubstep's YouTube channel. By November of 2012, the remix of ‘Everything to Me’ by Lips had over 1.5 million views.  Adventure Club have toured across North America, as well as parts of Europe and Australia and have played various music festivals including the American Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The duo's remix of 'Crave You' by the Flight Facilities was featured in the episode, Restraint (2012), of the MTV television series Teen Wolf


Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:30pm

Blake Shelton
Few country artists have ever known the kind of success Blake Shelton has earned. Fewer still have done it with the openness and honesty he brings to the table. More than a decade into a career whose opening salvo was the chart-topping "Austin," that transparency has helped Blake become one of the best ambassadors the country music genre has ever had — in a league with Glen Campbell and Roger Miller. His wit, intelligence and, above all, his irreverent sense of fun have endeared him to his peers on NBC's megahit "The Voice" just as surely as it has to the millions of fans he is introducing to country music. He is, says wife Miranda Lambert, "the life of every party he goes to," and these days, the world is his party. Make sure to join Blake Shelton for the party he'll be throwing, at this year's RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa!   


Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. is a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter and an engagingly soulful singer. With his debut album ‘Blak And Blu’ he has become the first artist ever recognized with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home” from the ‘Blak And Blu’. And the day after claiming those honours he provided one of the highlights of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” with sparks flying as he duelled with Joe Walsh on an incendiary “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with Dave Grohl behind them pounding the drums.  

The album’s a rocket ride from the Mississippi Delta to multiple points beyond the horizon. Rock and R&B for sure, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are also in Clark’s expansive musical embrace, not to mention his two acoustic blues performances on the soundtrack album for the acclaimed movie '12 Years a Slave'.  

That, in turn, has been inspirational to others — including some who inspired him. Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Jimmy Page, Alicia Keys, the Roots, Buddy Guy, Dave Matthews, Roger Waters, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Jeff Beck are among the many that hail his arrival as a major talent and have cherished chances to perform with him. It’s no accident that he was invited to make more “special guest” appearances on the Stones’ 50th anniversary tour than any other artist, including the concluding Hyde Park blowout in which he and his band were also the opening act.  

President Barak Obama himself, who upon seeing Clark command the stage of the PBS White House concert honouring the blues — alongside Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and Buddy Guy — declared of the young man, “He is the future!” Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed Clark “The King of the Summer Festivals” as he captivated audiences from Coachella to Glastonbury, and of course his hometown Austin City Limits Festival, where he his band set a daytime attendance record. Rolling Stone also proclaimed him no less than “The Chosen One.” Absolutely a must-act to see, at this year’s RBC Bluesfest!   


Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
River Stage
 
Friday, July 4
 

6:00pm

Cold Capital
Cold Capital first burst onto the Ottawa music scene in 2011. Blending classic blues techniques with modern rock, they’ve harnessed a rock revivalist sound comparable to The Black Crowes and The Sheepdogs. On stage, this translates into a raw rock n’ roll tour-de-force that gets audiences moving more with every riff. Matt and Erik’s smooth, but in-your-face guitar styles are accented by Erik's distinctively raw vocal stylings and the thunderous rhythm section of Andrew and Jay, as Nick’s organ work and vocal harmonies tie the ensemble together. Past performances have garnered them a solid fan base, allowing them to share the stage with acts such as Head of The Herd and The Glorious Sons, and landed them in featured artist showcases at Canadian Music Week in 2013 and 2014.


Friday July 4, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Angelique Francis
Angelique Francis is a singer song writer, composer and multi-instrumentalist (including Piano, Drums, Key board, Harmonica, Upright Bass, Acoustic guitar, electric guitar and the electric Bass) Angelique is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, folk, Rock, and reggae. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions. Angelique first took to the stage at age seven and ever since, she's been wowing audiences across North America with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals.

In July of 2011, after a nationwide search, Angelique was selected by the RBCBluesfest as one of three 'next emerging' female Canadian Artists (The She’s The One Competition). She was 13 years old at the time! Also in 2011, Angelique made her American national television debut by video appearance on the (Oprah's OWN) 'Gayle King Show', for writing and composing an original theme song for the show.

After another nationwide search in 2012 by Honey Jam Canada, Angelique was selected to perform in the biggest all-female variety show in Canada, (The Honey Jam Show in Toronto). Among her many other accomplishments, aside from her performances at the RBC Bluesfest, are opening for Canadian rock legend Trooper, performing at the Museum of the City of New York, the Library and Archives of Canada, and The Quebec-Ontario Youth Music festival.  


Friday July 4, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Silkken Laumann
Silkken Laumann cut its teeth playing sweat-parties for Ottawa's architecture students in 2011, playing hour-long improv sets of pounding live, psych-house. The band spent two years immersing themselves in Ottawa's DJ scene, which has gone on to produce international artists like A Tribe Called Red. Their first two videos: “On The Mend” and “House Of Common Problems” cemented them as deep and dark force in Ottawa's electro underground.


Friday July 4, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River Stage

6:45pm

Darius Rucker
“When I heard the playback of what would become the lead single and title song for my CD, 'True Believers,' I thought, 'Wow, I've never done anything like that before!'" 'True Believers,' was the first song recorded for Rucker's third and most ambitious country studio album. And like his previous two albums, which topped the Billboard Country Album chart and produced five Number One singles, 'True Believers’ also debuted at No. 1. 

Rucker, who first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, wrote ten of the twelve tracks on 'True Believers' and expresses a special pride in the raw and realistic sentiments of his songs. The singer is also quick to give credit to Frank Rogers, who served as producer for Darius, along with co-writing three songs. "Frank's the guy," says Rucker.  

Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, Rucker has had a truly remarkable few years. In 2008, he released ‘Learn to Live’ — the album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African American with a Number One country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart and earned him the New Artist award from the Country Music Association. His 2010 follow-up ‘Charleston, SC 1966’ included two more Number Ones.  

In October 2012, Rucker realized a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Asked if he could believe the unprecedented success of his second career, Rucker just laughs and says, "From where I was five years ago to the Grand Ole Opry, ‘who would believe that?" 


Friday July 4, 2014 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

7:00pm

Harper & Midwest Kind
ALSO PERFORMING July 5

An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and Aboriginal music, Harper & Midwest Kind has created a highly original take on the roots genre that is sometimes labelled 'World Blues'. Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feed back breaks the traditional boundaries of the blues harp, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s Rod Ames, says Harper "has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues-rock filled music I've heard in quite sometime".  

Harper has become a huge favourite on the world wide festival scene with an average of 20 to 30 festivals and 200 club dates per year. It was during one of these festival appearances that Chip Eagle, Publisher for Blues Revue/ Blueswax enthusiastically offered "Harper is one of the most exciting acts on the live scene today".  Harper recently took home a 2014 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist.


Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Dj Emmett
Coming Soon!

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:15pm

Bonobo
Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his significant powers. His album ‘Black Sands’ was the high watermark of his career to date; a masterful record, marrying Green’s inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.‘Black Sands’ went on to sell over 160,000 copies worldwide, and since its release, Bonobo has toured the world with his live band, wowing audiences with the hypnotic, extended live versions of the album’s tracks. He's amassed more than 50-million recorded plays on LastFM and over 300,000 likes on Facebook. All this comes as the result of more than ten years hard work, and five albums that have honed Green’s skills. A born musician, Green expresses himself most articulately viahis music. The result is that his work is always keenly felt and always feels relevant.There are no wasted moments, and always myriad great ones. Don’t miss Bonobo at this year’s ‘fest!


Friday July 4, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
River Stage

7:30pm

Beth Hart
ALSO PERFORMING July 3

The story of Beth Hart is one of extreme highs and extreme lows, and there are two particular factors that illustrate this. First, her voice: when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling. The second is her rollercoaster story: in the late '90s, she was on the cusp of a promising music career, signed to a major U.S. label, national television bookings, hit singles, and great press, but her career careened off the tracks at its peak due to her drug and alcohol addiction. Beth Hart’s story is one of incredible opportunity, heartbreaking loss, and now, with her recent show-stopping Kennedy Center Honors performance with Jeff Beck that honored blues great Buddy Guy, and the April 2, 2013 North American release of 'Bang Bang Boom Boom' (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group), REDEMPTION!

See http://bethhart.com/bio/ for complete story


Friday July 4, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Journey
JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time. Theirs is a rock 'n' roll saga that started more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Guitarist Neal Schon left home at 15 years old to join Santana. In early 1973, Walter "Herbie" Herbert, a guitar tech for Santana, floated the idea about forming a new band around Schon, whom he called "the quintessential guitar expressionist of the time." By the early 1980s, Journey had become bona fide superstars, known as much for their music and MTV videos as their visually spectacular concerts that revolutionized the use of big screens and computerized lighting systems.  

Thankfully, they continue to tour and record into the 21st century. Since the group's formation, the band has earned 19 top-40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. The band's 'Greatest Hits' album — featuring many of their chart-topping hits like "Don't Stop Believin'", "Any Way You Want It", "Open Arms", and "Girl Can't Help It" — is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. Journey returned with a blast in 2011 when they unleashed 'Eclipse', an album of brand new material, featuring the line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).  

Pineda's arrival on the scene entails a rock odyssey that most kids only dream of. In 2006, lead vocalist Steve Augeri's eight years with the band came to an end. Journey began looking for a singer that could help them recapture their signature sound when, late one night, Schon came across a YouTube clip featuring then-unknown Arnel Pineda performing with a cover band at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Philippines. Pineda's tone, power and ability to sing a wide variety of material, including a couple of Journey classics, impressed Schon greatly. Six weeks later, after spontaneously singing a Journey song for Philippines immigrations officers to prove the reason for his trip, Pineda arrived in San Francisco to meet with Journey. Within a few songs, he had secured the job. The rest is the most recent and important chapter in what has become one incredible JOURNEY.  


Friday July 4, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Bell Stage

8:15pm

Honey Island Swamp Band
The Honey Island Swamp Band came together after Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans There they had a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals) at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street. They knew each other from having played together from time to time in New Orleans bands, so they decided to put together a band and get some gigs going. Fortunately, the Boom Boom Room’s owner Alex Andreas offered the band a weekly gig on the spot.

Two months into the residency, sound engineer Robert Gatley approached the bandwith a rare opportunity — he wanted to record a Honey Island Swamp Band album at the legendary Record Plant studios in Sausalito, where he worked. The seven-song eponymous debut came together so beautifully that they decided to continue playing together upon moving back to New Orleans in 2007.

Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé’s searing guitar, Wilkinson’s sure-handed mandolin, and four-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price's and Paul’s Louisiana stomp rhythm section. The addition of Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ in 2010 has rounded out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences including artists such as Little Feat, The Band, Taj Mahal, Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, and New Orleans’ own Earl King and Dr. John.

In 2013, the band released their first nationally-distributed studio recording, 'Cane Sugar', on Louisiana Red Hot Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer JohnPorter, the 12 new songs illuminate the mix of country-inflected rock, New Orleans funky blues and infectious songwriting that makes Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music so familiar yet so unique.


Friday July 4, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:45pm

Sly & Robbie
Sly & Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever. One staggering estimate is that they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs. Sly & Robbie are reggae’s longest lasting production team. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene.

Before joining forces, Sly was drumming for the Skin Flesh and Bones band and Robbie was the bass player for the Aggrovators. They also used to play in clubs (Sly at Tit for Tat and Robbie at Evil People), and used to check each other out. They found out that they had the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of motown, philly sound and country & Western, in addition to Jamaican legendary labels Studio One and Treasure Isle), and reggae production in particular. They first worked together for the newly created Channel One label and studio, operated by the Hoo Kim brothers.

They changed the face of reggae several times: in 1976, they introduced a harder beat called “Rockers”, which quickly replaced the then prevalent “One drop” style, then introduced the “rub a dub” sound in the early 1980s. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer assisted music and programmming in the mid 1980s.

Also in the early 1990s they introduced a novel sound with the hits “Bam Bam” and “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers. Chaka Demus’ rough DJ vocals were matched with Pliers’ sweet, melodic, soul-influenced singing; this unusal vocal pairing was championed by Sly and Robbie. This formula has since been used with great success by the likes of Shaggy (who teamed up with singers Rayvon or Rik Rok), Shabba Ranks, Maxi Priest and others. This predates and may have influenced the recent trend in some rap music where a song’s “hook” or chorus is sung by a guest, while the verses are rapped.

Sly & Robbie continued to innovate during the 1990s and early 2000s, fusing Dancehall and Latin music sounds (La Trenggae) or Dancehall and hip hop/R&B (their 2004 Big Up riddim). In 2001, their “Strip to the Bone” album paired them with electro producer Howie B, and together they explored new dub territories.

Far from restricting themselves to the Jamaican scene, (in which they have played for virtually every prominent Jamaican musical artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and others), they have been one of pop music’s most sought after rhythm sections, playing for and producing superstars such as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading, Gilberto Gil, Joe Cocker, Serge Gainsbourg, Simply Red, Michael Franti, Sting, Khaled, Tricky, Doug E. Fresh, Carlos Santana, Sinéad O’Connor, and many more.

They have produced No Doubt’s hits ‘Hey Baby’ and ‘Underneath it All’. They also produced some tracks off Suggs first album ‘The Lone Ranger’ including the hit version of Cecilia featuring Louchie Lou and Michie One which sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone.

After 30 years together, they still tour and record relentlessly. Their last US tour was with Tony Rebel and Half Pint, during the Spring of 2005. During the Summer of 2005, they toured Europe and the UK with Bunny Rugs, lead singer for Third World. During the Fall of 2005 they were on the road with Sinéad O’Connor and in August 2006, they appeared with Don Carlos at the Reggae on the River Festival, while they backed Cherine and Queen Ifrica in 2007 and early 2008.


Friday July 4, 2014 8:45pm - 10:00pm
River Stage

9:00pm

The Claudettes
*This just in: The Claudettes' Yellow Dog Records debut, "Infernal Piano Plot . . . HATCHED!," has won Best Instrumental Album at the 2014 Independent Music Awards. 

House bands are almost an extinct species, but there are still a few club owners that are willing to shell out dough every week to make sure that their customers have consistently good entertainment while in their establishments. Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey are fortunate enough to have a regular house gig, but there is no house anymore. In 2010 Miss Claudette hired them to play at her bar and grill in Illinois, but after it closed down in 2011 she kept them on the payroll to keep the entertainment going. 

She keeps this piano and drums duo, known as The Claudettes, busy by booking them in clubs and off-beat locations such as video rental outlets and office supply stores. Often she will set-up her own bar within the club and sling bizarre drink specials that the guys advertise from the stage, sometimes with lighted signs around their necks. It would be hard to make this stuff up!

Despite this bizarre back story, do not write this project off as shtick as both men are accomplished musicians. Iguana (born as Brian Berkowitz) and Caskey have played and recorded alongside artists that include Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Chuck Mangione, and Koko Taylor. After getting to know each other through countless performances, The Claudettes have finally hunkered down in the studio and cranked out their debut album, "Infernal Piano Plot Hatched!" 

And what you get with this disc is 13 high-octane tracks, 12 of which are originals that were penned by Iguana (Berkowitz), with nothing but piano and drum instrumentals. That is all: no vocals, horns, guitar, or guest artists – not even a Howlin’ Wolf cover. They describe their music as a blend of jazz, blues, punk, soul and space echo, or what they define as “Cosmic Cartoon Music.” 

The Claudettes took a chance by going their own way with "Infernal Piano Plot Hatched!", and their ambition and hard work have been rewarded with a fabulous album. This is not easy-listening by any stretch of the imagination, but it is terrific music that is unquestionably danceable and refreshingly unique. This is 40 minutes of high-energy fun, and if Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey can maintain their momentum, Miss Claudette will have to start booking them into larger clubs, and maybe even shopping malls, or possibly the RBC Bluesfest!


Friday July 4, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:30pm

Jeff Tweedy
In the early 1980s, guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer, Jeff Tweedy joined a rockabilly band called The Plebes. The Plebes changed their name to The Primitives in 1984, and subsequently to Uncle Tupelo. After releasing four albums, the band broke up in 1994. Later that year, Tweedy formed Wilco with John Stirratt, Max Johnston, and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released eight albums, including 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', 'A Ghost Is Born', 'Sky Blue Sky' and 'Wilco (The Album)', all of which received major critical praise and commercial success. The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.  

Jeff Tweedy has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album for 'A Ghost Is Born'. Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, published a book of poems, and released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has more recently reflected more cutting-edge experimental themes in his music. He puts on a terrific live act - one not to be missed at this year's RBC Bluesfest. 


Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

10:00pm

Zedd
Zedd is a German electronic dance music producer and DJ. He primarily produces in the electro house genre, but has branched out, drawing influences from progressive house, complextro and dubstep. He’s a classically trained musician who began playing the piano and drums at the age of four. In 2002 he began playing for the German band, Dioramic. He began producing electronic music in 2009.  

Zedd first made waves in the scene when he won two different Beatport remix contests. His first original release, “The Anthem,” broke into the Beatport Electro house Top 20. His remix of Skrillex's “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” broke into the Beatport Electro House Top 10 chart, coming to rest at #2.  

He has since produced remixes of well-known artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Skrillex, and more. In 2011, Zedd's remixes of Lady Gaga's tracks “Born This Way” and “Marry the Night” appeared on the special edition of her second studio album, ‘Born This Way’. In September, Zedd's single “Shave It Up” premiered as a 30-second teaser on Skrillex's YouTube page.  

In 2012, Zedd released his debut single, “Spectrum,” with vocals by Matthew Koma. He then produced the Eva Simons song, “I Don't Like You.” He also co-produced the track “Beauty and a Beat” with Max Martin for Justin Bieber's third studio album, “Believe.”  His debut studio album, “Clarity,” was released by Interscope in 2012. Guests who appeared on the record included Bright Lights, Ellie Goulding, Lucky Date, Foxes, Ryan Tedder, Matthew Koma and LIZ. 


Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Bell Stage
 
Saturday, July 5
 

TBA

Abby Stewart (She's the One Finalist)
Abby Stewart has been singing to live audiences since first hitting the stage at her school talent show when she was six years old. Don’t let the fact that she just turned 13 fool you, this young lady has a list of accomplishments that many artists could only dream of, so early in their career. From winning 2nd place at Toronto’s CNE Rising Star competition at the age of 10, to making the final 8 in last summer’s Boots and Hearts Sirius XM Emerging Artist Showcase, Abby is in her comfort zone in front of an audience. In February Abby joined Country Star Dean Brody on stage at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston to perform his song “Bounty“. This summer Abby can be found in the lineup at the upcoming Calabogie Country Music Festival opening for Michelle Wright and Western Swing Authority, among other concerts that are scheduled for this summer, including her 'She's the One performance at this year's RBC Bluesfest.  

Whether you hear her at an intimate cafe or a massive music festival of thousands, you'll be amazed at the perfect pitch and powerful voice coming from such a young and rising star. 

***For more, please visit www.abbystewartmusic.com and Abby's YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Reverbnation pages.


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Angelique Francis (She's the One Finalist)
Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. At only 16 years old this multi-talented, multi genre, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across the country.  Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and ever since then, she's been wowing audiences across North America with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. Angelique has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, folk, Rock, and reggae.  Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.In 2011 Angelique  made her American national television debut by video appearance on the (Oprah's OWN) Gayle King show, for writing and composing an original theme song for the show.  

Among her many accomplishments are performances at the Ottawa Bluesfest, Toronto Honey Jam, Museum of the City of New York, Library Archive of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Toronto Youth day Festival, and Opening for Canadian rock legends Trooper. At the Quebec Ontario Music festival, Angelique won 16 awards over a two-year period. She was awarded one of the festival's highest awards “most promising” both years.  Angelique has also been featured in various radio, television and print media, such as Much Music, CTV, Own, Huffington Post, Boom 997, CKCU and the Ottawa Citizen.



Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Emma Peckford (She's the One Finalist)
Emma Peckford is a 15 year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Emma began singing at four years old and started playing guitar when she was seven. Her first public performance outside of her church was at the Trails, Tales and Tunes folk festival in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park in 2012, and she has been a regular ever since. She has opened for a number of Newfoundland artists, co-starred in her own show and has appeared on local television and CBC Radio’s West Coast Morning Show. Emma regularly plays at charity events and hosts a monthly open mic night for youth. 

In November of 2013 Emma won first place in the St. John’s NewFound Talent Contest and was invited to the Music NL Conference and Awards Gala. At the conference she performed at various show cases and an industry brunch. This year Emma was nominated for Corner Brook's Achievement in Community Excellence Emerging Artist Award. She recently recorded her two-song demo in GrooveDen Studio and is looking forward to shooting her music video with Heavyweather.ca. Emma is thrilled to be a part of the She's the One Competition at this year's RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa.


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Ezra (She's the One Finalist)
Hi my name is Ezra Lewis. I’m 16 years old from Montreal, Quebec and I go to Lakeside Academy. I have been singing since the age of seven. I’ve participated in many events such as shows, anniversaries, weddings and funerals. Not only do I sing but I also dance and play sports. I’ve done African and hip hop dancing. I was also on a track and field and basketball team. My family, friends and teachers are the ones who have encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional artist. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have made it this far. I’m looking forward to participating in the She's the One competition at the RBC Bluesfest. Now, it’s up to me to show what I have to bring to the table!
 


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Jheo (She's the One Finalist)
Jheo Navarro is a 14-year-old pop and R&B singer/musician and song writer from Mississauga, Ontario. Jheo started performing at the age of six and continues to perform at various functions and events around the Greater Toronto Area.  Her biggest break came when she won Grand Champion of the 2013 Long & McQuade singing contest in the juvenile category. Recently, Jheo performed at the “Talent Nation Toronto” in front of a sold-out  Danforth Music Hall.  She was also a second-place winner at the 2012 “Hidden Talent Toronto” singing contest in the all-ages category. Jheo was honoured to sing the Canadian Anthem, as well as an inspirational song at the “Damon Allen” quarterback challenge. She was one of the performers at Toronto Youth Day 2013. These are just a few of the results of Jheo's hard-work and dedication. She hopes to continue her ultimate dream to perform and share her music with the world.



Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Justice Tremblay (She's the One Finalist)
Justice Tremblay is an 18-year-old-girl living in Ottawa, Ontario. She studied vocal performance at Canterbury High School and loves to be on stage. Most of her performance history has consisted of musical theater, however she looks forward to making this transition and beginning her journey into new artistic endeavors. Justice would like to thank everyone involved with "She's The One" for this incredible opportunity. She would also like to thank her family for their ongoing support. 




Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Olivia (She's the One Finalist)
As a finalist in the 'International Songwriting Competition' with her original song “Fight for You,” 14-year-old singer/songwriter Olivia has been making quite an impression. She scored a top-20 hit with her debut single “Christmas for Two” and has earned over 40 thousand views on YouTube in the past year. With a voice that blends old-school charm with pop sensibilities... Olivia's soulful compositions and endearing personality are definitely turning heads.


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Ria Jade (She's the One Finalist)
Ria Jade is a 16-yr-old singer/songwriter/musician/motivational speaker who wants to inspire many to be the best that they can be through her music, example, and motivational speeches. Also a very talented host, Ria opened for the Miss World Canada 2014 Coronation Pageant gala last May, performed, and hosted the Question-and-Answer portion for the Top 16 semi-finalists, making her one of the youngest (if not the youngest) national pageant hosts in Canadian history. Among Ria’s achievements are: being featured on MuchMusic TV for her song, "Give Your Heart a Break" (2013), being featured on the One Direction website as one of their favorite covers (2012);  being one of only four Wild Card Auditions from more than 4,000 contestants across Canada for The Next Star; winning the Ridgemeadows Got Talent Youth Championship (2012); being featured on SHAW Channel 4’s The Express as one of B.C.’s Brightest Stars (2012) and receiving the Young Composer's Award, from the PS98 Music Ministry in Surrey (2009).

A passionate artist who wants to make a huge difference in the community, Ria spearheaded the Breaking Barriers fundraiser concert that raised close to $5000 for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims in Dec. 2013 (with the help of the Canadian Red Cross). She also spoke before the Pitt Meadows Municipal Council last April 2014 to endorse the official declaration of Youth Week and was recently nominated for the Youth Leadership Awards for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Ria currently hosts her own TV show on SHAW Multicultural Channel 116. 



Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Stephanie La Rochelle (She's the One Finalist)
Stephanie’s parents say that she started singing before she could speak. At age five, Stephanie made her way to the Quebec-Ontario Youth Music Festival, taking 1st place in her category. At eight, she recorded her first demo then went to Disney World and Sea World, entertaining thousands of people with her big voice and charismatic personality. After that came a string of shows in and around the Ottawa area for Giant Tiger, the Hudson Bay Company, and the Central Canada Exhibition. 

Stephanie has been very active in her community and has done multiple shows with the Greely Players, including Annie Warbucks, Cinderella, Willy Wonka, The Sound of Music, as well as the 2009 production of "Anne of Green Gables", where Stephanie played the lead role of "Anne Shirley". Stephanie also lent her talents to the recording of a CD single for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario in memory of Hannah Elizabeth Walker, which has sold many copies in the Ottawa area. Recently, Stephanie placed 1st runner Up on a CBC Reality TV show called “Over the Rainbow”, which was Andrew Lloyd Weber’s search for a new Dorothy to play in the Ed Mirvish Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz in Toronto. Since then, Stephanie has appeared on TV shows and movies including Satisfaction (CTV) and Copper (BBC) as well as the stage production of The Sound of Music at Theatre Aquarius. Stephanie plans to start working on an original album and continues to perform for many events in and around the Ottawa and Toronto area. 


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Taylor Angus (She's the One Finalist)
Hello, my name is Taylor Angus, I am a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from Ottawa, ON. Ever since I was two years old, I have been interested in music. I used to sing all the time; my mom told me that even at two years old she knew I would be into music. At age seven, I got my first guitar and have been playing ever since. My mom and dad took me out of school to pursue my music in grade 2, and I have been home schooled since. I've taught myself nine instruments including, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Mandolin, Harp, Auto Harp, Dulcimer, Drums, and the Ukelele. And, I have been writing my own songs since August of last year. I currently have 12 original songs. Music means everything to me! 


Saturday July 5, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

1:00pm

She's The One Emerging Female Artists Competition Presented By JUMP! 106.9
She’s the One, and she'll launch her career at the RBC Bluesfest!
 
The finalists for the 20th anniversary edition of the She's the One Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by JUMP! 106.9 have been announced. Chosen from as far afield as Newfoundland and B.C., the finalists are: Jheo Navarro, Emma Peckford, Abby Stewart, Angelique Francis, Ezra Lewis, Justice Tremblay, Olivia Penalva, Ria Jade, Stephanie La Rochelle, and Taylor Angus. 

The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. With the help of JUMP! 106.9, Bluesfest has found 10 promising young female Canadian singers. As part of this year’s special 20th Anniversary edition, organizers zeroed in on the best emerging ‘teenage’ female singers in Canada.   

The First Prize Package: One of the finalists will “Be the ONE” to win this year’s incredible grand prize!  RBC Bluesfest is providing the She’s the One winner with a whirl-wind, career-building trip to Los Angeles to work with top LA-based music producer Barrett Yeretsian (Jar of Hearts, Christina Perri). They’ll record a song at the legendary Sunset Sound Recording Studio and take part in a star makeover photo-shoot and music tutorial prior to filming a Hollywood-style music video, courtesy of Popmania! In addition to the opportunity of a lifetime, the winner will walk away with a guitar from Daisy Rock Girl Guitars.

The 10 finalists will perform at the RBC Bluesfest on Saturday July 5, 2014 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Barney Danson Theatre. One winner (Canadian female singer between the ages of 13 and 19 years) will be selected.  


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

1:30pm

Old Stereo
Old Stereo combines the powerful and passionate vocals of Michael Jackson, 80's melodies of Hall & Oates, R&B/soul vibes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye with some Jimi Hendrix guitar pyrotechnics. The sound that results is undeniably Old Stereo.

Their debut EP entitled Crossed the Line was recorded with Eric Eggleston at Johnny Hall Productions and released to critical acclaim in the Fall of 2012.

A yet to be titled sophomore EP is scheduled for a summer 2014 release.

An Old Stereo performance is an energetically and emotionally charged groove session that has coaxed even the most reserved audience members to get up and get their groove on.

Come groove with us.


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
River Stage

2:00pm

BlakDenim
BlakDenim is a vanguard nine-piece hip-hop act that brings together clever lyricism and smooth vocal harmonies with a banging rhythm section and funkified horns. They infuse hip-hop, funk, rock, soul and jazz with lyrical content that ranges from the serious to the absurd, their tone from sweet to heavy, all connected by head-nodding melodies. The band’s line-up includes drums, bass guitar, piano, turntables, electric guitar, trumpet, tuba, congas, cello, flut, female vocalist and an emcee. BlakDenim puts on a high energy live performance of compelling originals executed with BlakDenim’s unique full sound. Their first EP is set to be released in May 2014


Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

2:00pm

Kalle Mattson
In the short time since Kalle Mattson began writing songs, he and his band have grown from a Dylan-influenced solo act into a full on experimental folk-rock quintet. The video for “Thick As Thieves” from the album ‘Anchors’, went viral, with over 1,000,000 views. The video depicts the history of the world using stop-motion animation. Created for a mere $250, it was covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Much Music, Yahoo, and CBS News, amongst others, and led The National Post to highlight Kalle Mattson as one of five musicians poised to breakout in 2012. And breakout he did, in 2012 and beyond! When you see Kalle Mattson perform at this year’s RBC Bluesfest, you’ll know why.

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

3:00pm

DJ Philthebeat
DJ Philthebeat has been mixing for four years now! Hard to believe but this born and raised in Gatineau teen started at the age of 10. He specializes in Electro House and Dubstep while keeping abreast of the latest trends of these styles. For this session at the RBC Bluesfest, DJ Philthebeat promises to bring this experience one step further and offer you a performance that will give you shivers worthy of all great DJs.


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

3:00pm

Silver Creek
The evasive sound of Silver Creek has been described as " . . . strongly reminiscent of certain influences such as The Band, The Allman Brothers and Neil Young, but never coming even close to sounding like an imitation." 

Ottawa based Silver Creek is one of Ontario’s hardest working bands. Having toured Canada continually since their formation seven years ago, they have released three albums and have played alongside the likes of Lucinda Williams, Further, Tom Cochrane, Kevin Costner, and Blue Rodeo.

Silver Creek’s diverse lineup combines the experience of some of Ottawa's most talented players. Known for their exciting and powerful live show that features the strength of three vocalists, against the backdrop of a thundering rhythm section, Silver Creek is a band born for the festival stage!


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bell Stage

3:00pm

The Digs
Coming Soon!

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
River Stage

3:30pm

The Split
The Split are one of the newest and most expressive original soul groups to hit Ottawa's live music scene. They are a hard-hitting, bass driven, neo-soul band. 2013 was the real debut for these fellas. After a few years of fine tuning their sound, the Split are now recording. They have been dropping their soon-to-be hits such as, “Doo Wop”, “Spaceship”, “Tried To Be Your Man”, and “I Can’t Stand It”, all over the region to sold out crowds busting their feet all night long. If you have not yet seen the Split in the flesh you need to catch them at this year's RBC Bluesfest. Their live performances are an experience that will take you to a better place, cleanse your soul, and free your mind!



Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

4:00pm

Harper & Midwest Kind
ALSO PERFORMING July 4

An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and Aboriginal music, Harper & Midwest Kind has created a highly original take on the roots genre that is sometimes labelled 'World Blues'. Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feed back breaks the traditional boundaries of the blues harp, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s Rod Ames, says Harper "has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues-rock filled music I've heard in quite sometime".  

Harper has become a huge favourite on the world wide festival scene with an average of 20 to 30 festivals and 200 club dates per year. It was during one of these festival appearances that Chip Eagle, Publisher for Blues Revue/ Blueswax enthusiastically offered "Harper is one of the most exciting acts on the live scene today".  Harper recently took home a 2014 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist.


Saturday July 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

4:30pm

Langhorne Slim and The Law
There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion through touring, and Langhorne Slim is a great example; he releases his wild soul in ways that come out of the discipline of live performance. 

The 13 songs that compose Langhorne Slim & The Law’s new 'The Way We Move' are road-tested and rollicking rock ‘n’ rolling tunes that the songwriter perfected with his loyal band; they come out of the kind of good times and bad experiences that songwriters of Langhorne’s lofty stature can turn into life-affirming rock ‘n’ roll. You could also call what Langhorne Slim does folk music, but then there’s his sly, charming and open-hearted feel for pop music — those summertime melodies that nudge you into a grin even when the song is about something bad. 

Road-tested as the band is, the new music also shows just how far Langhorne Slim has come as a singer. He croons, exults, and sings the blues throughout 'The Way We Move'. And there are his lyrics, which are about strange dreams featuring women who want him dead even as he desires them, the pressures of small-town life, ambition, and how much he appreciates his mother’s love and support.

From time to time, Langhorne's singing puts you in mind of John Lennon’s — it’s not exact, but it’s something in the timbre, and the openness of his vocals. It’s worth repeating here that Langhorne learned Nirvana songs as he began to explore the guitar and songwriting, and Kurt Cobain’s intense singing is another reference point.

But these guys like to keep it raw. The new record moves in ways that are fresh for Langhorne Slim & The Law, and demonstrates many ways to go forward while keeping an eye on the mirror. They’re laying down the law. And when Langhorne Slim contemplates whether or not he fits in to any narrow-cast definition of America's music, he replies with a perfect, laconic joke: “I think we fit in most places that would take us.” 

~ Summarized version of a BIO by Ed Hurt


Saturday July 5, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
River Stage

5:00pm

Miami in Heat
Having started his producing career at the age of 15, Miami In Heat has experimented with many genres; most recently, producing Hip-Hop and Trap with an Electronic twist. Bordering on three years of production experience, Miami In Heat wows fans with a consistent output of high quality bangers.


Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

5:00pm

Black Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis hails from Austin, TX — where Southern soul meets mid-western blues and vagabond punk. Unable to keep away from the infectious music scene Austin is infamous for, Joe Lewis soaked it all in, purchasing his first guitar while working in a pawnshop. The rest is history.  Once compared to "The Godfather of Soul," Black Joe Lewis is now letting his punk-flag fly, alongside his gritty shouting and raw guitar riffs on his group's third studio album ‘Electric Slave’. The recording showcases Joe howling in true Joe-Lewis-fashion all the while highlighting just how ballsy Lewis can really get. Of the album title, Lewis says, "Electric Slave is what people are today with their faces buried in their iPhones and the only way to hold a conversation is through text."

Much like not wanting to be a slave to cell phones, Black Joe Lewis refuses to be confined by genre-defining boundaries. On his third LP, Lewis still has plenty of women-chasing, hard-knocks and all around good-time tales and, as always, tracks full of horns and blues riffs.

'Electric Slave' was produced in large part by Grammy award winner Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) and recorded at Church House Studios in Austin. 

 


Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bell Stage

5:00pm

The Claudettes
*This just in: The Claudettes' Yellow Dog Records debut, "Infernal Piano Plot . . . HATCHED!," has won Best Instrumental Album at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.

House bands are almost an extinct species, but there are still a few club owners that are willing to shell out dough every week to make sure that their customers have consistently good entertainment while in their establishments. Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey are fortunate enough to have a regular house gig, but there is no house anymore. In 2010 Miss Claudette hired them to play at her bar and grill in Illinois, but after it closed down in 2011 she kept them on the payroll to keep the entertainment going.

She keeps this piano and drums duo, known as The Claudettes, busy by booking them in clubs and off-beat locations such as video rental outlets and office supply stores. Often she will set-up her own bar within the club and sling bizarre drink specials that the guys advertise from the stage, sometimes with lighted signs around their necks. It would be hard to make this stuff up!

Despite this bizarre back story, do not write this project off as shtick as both men are accomplished musicians. Iguana (born as Brian Berkowitz) and Caskey have played and recorded alongside artists that include Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Chuck Mangione, and Koko Taylor. After getting to know each other through countless performances, The Claudettes have finally hunkered down in the studio and cranked out their debut album, "Infernal Piano Plot Hatched!"

And what you get with this disc is 13 high-octane tracks, 12 of which are originals that were penned by Iguana (Berkowitz), with nothing but piano and drum instrumentals. That is all: no vocals, horns, guitar, or guest artists – not even a Howlin’ Wolf cover. They describe their music as a blend of jazz, blues, punk, soul and space echo, or what they define as “Cosmic Cartoon Music.”

The Claudettes took a chance by going their own way with "Infernal Piano Plot Hatched!", and their ambition and hard work have been rewarded with a fabulous album. This is not easy-listening by any stretch of the imagination, but it is terrific music that is unquestionably danceable and refreshingly unique. This is 40 minutes of high-energy fun, and if Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey can maintain their momentum, Miss Claudette will have to start booking them into larger clubs, and maybe even shopping malls, or possibly the RBC Bluesfest!


Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Deer Tick
‘Negativity’, Deer Tick's fifth full-length studio release represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded in 2013 with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos), the album is Deer Tick guitarist/vocalist/writer John McCauley’s most personal work thus far. It is also the Deer Tick's most universal, with their famously freewheeling musical approach refined into one gloriously cohesive whole.  

“I guess I’ll catch you on the other side,” McCauley sings in the album’s final moment; a promise that he’s here for the long haul. Heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and ultimately life-affirming, ‘Negativity’ stands as an indisputable high-water mark for Deer Tick — a defining collection from a rock ‘n’ roll band driven by an undying faith in the power of redemption and transcendence. 


Saturday July 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River Stage

6:00pm

Mackenzie Rhythm Section
Ottawa's Mackenzie Rhythm Section offers a show where rhythm and energy dominate. MRS gives a new meaning to the expression "Sweat on the dance Floor" with a unique style of music - The "Soul Step" - Soul sang from the heart and Rock Solid Funk. The original material found on Mackenzie's first full album "The Big Break" was written as an ode to the ones who came before. It's about catching the live sound and trapping it on a record. It's about love when they play, It's about Soul when you sing. It's about Funk the way it feels. It's about Rock n'Roll the way it was when it first set the world on fire. Channel, Love and Create. "The Big Break".


Saturday July 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Matt Andersen and The Mellotones
Matt Andersen and The Mellotones

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Matt Andersen took up guitar at age 14, and before long was playing classic rock and Top 40 covers in pub bands. Things changed dramatically, however, when he discovered the blues.  “Through Eric Clapton I got into B.B. King, which led me to the Chicago electric stuff and eventually back to the Mississippi Delta guys,” says the 30-something singer. Matt began to build his name on the Canadian Blues circuit, with his imposing voice and slashing slide guitar making a monolithic impression on audiences. Matt’s following grew when he began appearing with Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat, and others.

By 2009 Matt had completed his fourth tour of the UK, where The London Times called him “Canada’s greatest guitarist.” In 2010 he became the first Canadian to win Memphis’s famed International Blues Challenge, which led to festival dates in Europe and the US, where he toured with Old Crow Medicine Show. Matt performs over 200 shows a year and, in 2011, won two Maple Blues Awards: one for Entertainer of the Year and one for Acoustic Act of the Year.

For his 2014 RBC Bluesfest performance, Matt will be performing with his band, The Mellotones 
 


Saturday July 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:30pm

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound bring forth a funky, lyrically-charged racket that is explosive, yet intimate. Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture. His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview. At the core is gifted songwriting, and the company Paul keeps bears it out: Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Chris Smither, John Hiatt and Cesar Rosas are among his friends and admirers.

Tomorrow Sound are an elite crew. Drummer Reggie Bordeaux, New Orleans native percussionist Mac Perkins, and bassist Mike Fredrickson, throw down some of the best dance grooves in the business. Multi-instrumentalist Bob Jennings adds the luxury of implying a much larger ensemble with his multi-hued contributions on keys and reeds.  Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound's recent album, ‘Fine Rude Thing’ was released in 2013.  


Saturday July 5, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Lady Starlight
Coming Soon!

Saturday July 5, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Dj Illo
Music is Illo’s life -- It's almost as if he had no choice. Drawn to the bass guitar at an early age, he eventually upgraded to keyboards and piano and then finally discovered turntables at the age of 14. Years later he has easily become one of the top Djs in the country and a go to Remixer/Producer for up and coming artists. He is part of the 2 most established Dj crews in the country - The Eh! Team & The Stylusts - and brings a uniquely Canadian party-rocking experience to every show he plays. Well known for his original remixes and finesse when conceptualizing mixes, his skills have brought him to the best clubs in the world, and covered by the best blogs on the internet. Come see why Dj Illo has been added to every parties Eh list!!!

Saturday July 5, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

Tift Merritt
"Tift Merritt is the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” ~ The New Yorker

I’ve always had a taste for traveling alone,” Tift Merritt sings in the title track of her fifth album. This time around, she got to prove it, “calling the shots myself and letting myself go wherever I needed to go” at a point in time when she was a free agent without label or manager. Then Merritt put together her “dream cast” of fellow travellers to play on 'Traveling Alone', which found its happy home at her new label, Yep Roc. The road less taken doesn’t preclude good company.

For 'Traveling Alone' Merritt knew, and got, exactly the journeymen she wanted. The sound is both spare and luxurious. “Maybe I was bored with bells and whistles and wanted to go without them. It might have been that I didn’t have enough money for bells and whistles,” she quips. “But once you get in that sweet spot where things feel real and right, you just want to burrow down in that feeling. There’s a beautiful economy of motion in that place.” Who wouldn’t want to tag along? 




Saturday July 5, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:30pm

Twin Forks
"I use my gut, and my gut don't lie to me" is more than just a lyric in Twin Forks' exuberant "Something We Just Know," it is a kind of mission statement for the quartet. If you've ever been to a musical performance that made you lose all sense of time and place and give in to the cathartic feeling of clapping and dancing and singing along, you've already visited the sweet spot where Twin Forks have made it their mission to reside. "Whatever makes the audience stomp their feet and sing at the top of their lungs, that's what I want to be doing," says singer/guitarist Chris Carrabba. "I want to be generating that spirit from the stage. And there's gotta be a way to do that whether the audience knows the songs yet or not." Carrabba, mandolin player Suzie Zeldin, bassist Jonathan Clark and drummer Ben Homola are already well on their way, rousing crowds with their electrifying chemistry and anthemic folk-rock.


Saturday July 5, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
River Stage

7:45pm

JJ Grey & Mofro
"Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp-funk and sly Memphis soul . . ." ~ The New York Times  

Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.  

JJ has played countless festivals, including of course the RBC Bluesfest, as well as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Montreal Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock (Japan). Over the course of his career, Grey has shared stages with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples and many others. In 2011 the band extensively toured the UK. That same year, back in the USA Grey embarked on his first-ever solo tour, playing packed-to-capacity clubs. The band returned to Europe in 2012, playing multiple dates in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. Grey and his band, who continue to play over 125 shows a year, will return to Ottawa to play at the RBC Bluesfest in 2014. 


Saturday July 5, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:00pm

The London Souls
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among others.


Saturday July 5, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:00pm

Andrew Bird
Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums 'Thrills' and 'Oh! the Grandeur'. Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film 'The Cradle Will Rock'.


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
River Stage

9:00pm

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Acoustic
For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records.

The brothers, from Downey, Calif., debuted their most recent collaboration at SXSW in March and will tour North America and Europe throughout 2014. “The whole idea is to showcase the breadth of Broonzy's songwriting,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Alvin. “On the couple of songs I sing, I took some liberties, but I am always playing Bill Broonzy chords.

The Alvins’ performances together since Dave’s departure from the Blasters in 1986 have been mostly limited to a reunion tour in 2003, tracks on the John Mellencamp-Stephen King musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’and Dave’s last album, 'Eleven Eleven'. Famous for not always getting always, they joked that doing Broonzy songs would eliminate the arguing. “We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave.

The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend. And now, the time has come, so don't miss it; whether as an acoustic duo or with the band The Guilty Ones, by all accounts it's a terrific show!


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:00pm

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: THE ARTPOP BALL will make a very special festival appearance at this year’s Bluesfest on July 5th. The multi-month tour which has been called a “lavish arena spectacle” with “a dazzling array of wigs and costumes” by the Hollywood Reporter has sold over 775,000 tickets to date and comes complete with latex, tentacles, sequins and more.

Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: THE ARTPOP BALL tour is supporting the multi-platinum-selling artist’s latest album ARTPOP which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and on May 13, 2014 Lady Gaga became the first female artist in history to achieve the prestigious “Digital Diamond Award” by the Recording Industry Association of American in recognition of her song “Bad Romance” hitting the 10 million sales plateau (for song sales & streams).

The tour will visit 35 cities and festivals, including our very own RBC Bluesfest, throughout North America before it moves to Asia and Australia prior to its arrival in Europe.  For complete tour information visit: www.ladygaga.com

 



Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

Vintage Trouble
ALSO PERFORMING July 6

Vintage Trouble present live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth'd, pelvis-pushing juke music!

Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album's worth of material in three days, which was intended to be demos and ended up being pressed into CDs. The 'Bomb Shelter Sessions' became Vintage Trouble’s first album. Selling it at their gigs was easy and their fans became known as the "TroubleMakers."

The next order of business became breaking the band in England, right away. Their first venture overseas resulted in a similar groundswell with Music Weekly naming them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailing them as their "Next Big Thing.” Their return to the U.S. was nothing short of epic. Vintage Trouble saw the homecoming as a true testament to their fans’ dedication to spreading the word and sharing their music.

Vintage Trouble then went on a world tour that saw them open for Lenny Kravitz, The Cranberries, Joss Stone and recently, The Who. Their world tour continued in 2013 with performances at Coachella, Glastonbury and Rock In Rio, a Japanese headlining run and The Who’s European Tour.

As a band, Vintage Troubler is made up of a quartet of sincere musicians whose combination of hard work, talent, and good fortune are undoubtedly going to take them right where they deserve to be: on our radios, our headphones, our televisions, and at major venues like the RBC Bluesfest, where we go to see our favourite bands, as well as on the soundtrack of our favourite moments in life.

Summarized from a piece by Nick Faigen


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage
 
Sunday, July 6
 

1:30pm

Young Rival
Young Rival is an Indie Rock band out of Hamilton, Ontario. The band includes Aron D’Alesio on vox and lead guitar, Noah Fralick on drums, and John Smith playing the bass. They have toured with Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians. They used to go under the name The Ride Theory, with two albums under that name. Their sound recalls the Beatles mixed with some Zombies and the newer sounds of bands like Voxtrot and Arctic Monkeys.

Sunday July 6, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
River Stage

2:00pm

Boyhood
"Boyhood, experimental pop project of Ottawa’s Caylie Runciman, plays sludgy, noisy songs that flit between chaos and singalong melodies. Her debut full-length LP, When I’m Hungry, consists of 10 short songs that come together in fits and spurts like a fever dream"- AUX


Sunday July 6, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

2:00pm

Old Whiskey Road
Old Whiskey Road is an alt-country outfit based in Ottawa, Ontario. A co-ed, six-piece band, OWR combines traditional country with folk, rock, and the blues to create an original and captivating sound. Led by frontman Dave Morrow and featuring the sweet harmonies of Kristine St-Pierre, OWR’s melodious tunes will stay in your head all day. 


Sunday July 6, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

3:00pm

SteveCarle
At just 18 years old, SteveCarle is the new best thing in Ottawa’s EDM Festival scene. Producing for three years and DJ’ing for four, SteveCarle delivers the best up-to-date bangers and throws in his own remixes/edits in his unforgettable DJ sets. Prepare yourselves Ottawa for SteveCarle's killer session at this year's RBC Bluesfest!

Sunday July 6, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

3:00pm

Langhorne Slim and The Law
There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion through touring, and Langhorne Slim is a great example; he releases his wild soul in ways that come out of the discipline of live performance.

The 13 songs that compose Langhorne Slim & The Law’s new 'The Way We Move' are road-tested and rollicking rock ‘n’ rolling tunes that the songwriter perfected with his loyal band; they come out of the kind of good times and bad experiences that songwriters of Langhorne’s lofty stature can turn into life-affirming rock ‘n’ roll. You could also call what Langhorne Slim does folk music, but then there’s his sly, charming and open-hearted feel for pop music — those summertime melodies that nudge you into a grin even when the song is about something bad. 

Road-tested as the band is, the new music also shows just how far Langhorne Slim has come as a singer. He croons, exults, and sings the blues throughout 'The Way We Move'. And there are his lyrics, which are about strange dreams featuring women who want him dead even as he desires them, the pressures of small-town life, ambition, and how much he appreciates his mother’s love and support.

From time to time, Langhorne's singing puts you in mind of John Lennon’s — it’s not exact, but it’s something in the timbre, and the openness of his vocals. It’s worth repeating here that Langhorne learned Nirvana songs as he began to explore the guitar and songwriting, and Kurt Cobain’s intense singing is another reference point.

But these guys like to keep it raw. The new record moves in ways that are fresh for Langhorne Slim & The Law, and demonstrates many ways to go forward while keeping an eye on the mirror. They’re laying down the law. And when Langhorne Slim contemplates whether or not he fits in to any narrow-cast definition of America's music, he replies with a perfect, laconic joke: “I think we fit in most places that would take us.”

~ Summarized version of a BIO by Ed Hurt


Sunday July 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bell Stage

3:00pm

Lucius
Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Revolving around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into a dynamic quintet whose 2013 debut LP 'WILDEWOMAN' (Mom + Pop) is lauded by The New York Times as “an art school take on girl-group soul.”  Fresh off a year of acclaimed performances and rave reviews, Lucius’ steady ascent shows no signs of retreat. 2014 brings Lucius to a worldwide audience with WILDEWOMAN’s release in Europe, the UK, Australia and Japan, plus tour dates throughout the UK and Europe and appearances on some of the biggest North American summer festival stages including, of course, the RBC Bluesfest – don’t miss this act! 


Sunday July 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
River Stage

3:30pm

Joyce Manor
Based out of Torrance, California, Joyce Manor got its start in late 2008 as the acoustic pop-punk duo of Barry Johnson (vocals, guitar) and Chase Knobbe (guitar). However the band ultimately expanded, with friends coming and going until the lineup settled down a year later with the addition of Kurt Walcher (drums) and Matt Ebert (bass, vocals).

Joyce Manor released a split 7" with fellow Californians, Summer Vacation, in the fall of 2010 via Muy Autentico Records; that same year the five-song "Constant Headache" demo surfaced as well. It was easy to hear the influence of Jawbreaker in Joyce Manor's music, and the group claimed other influences like early Weezer and Guided by Voices. Their raw yet accessible nature helped to build their name among punk fans. 6131 Records soon took notice thanks to the band's friends in Touché Amoré, who passed their music along to the label. It then only took seeing the group live to get them totally hooked, and in the summer of 2010, Joyce Manor became an official part of the 6131 family. Their self-titled, full-length debut was released in 2011 to a host of critical and fan praise, and it landed the band on many year-end best-of lists. A split with Oakland's Big Kids followed, as did a bunch of nationwide touring. Joyce Manor moved over to Asian Man Records for their next album, "Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired", which appeared in April 2012.

Sunday July 6, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

3:30pm

Tindervox
Female-fronted dynamic rock featuring sweeping ethereal melodies moving hauntingly through towering sonic peaks and valleys. Looming, yet precarious -- walls of sound come crashing down to lush textures and gripping counter-melody. Like the Pixies and Arcade Fire had a baby -- a baby that screams and coos, and stares at her shoes.


Sunday July 6, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

4:00pm

Sam Hunt
Hailing from rural Cedartown, Georgia - Sam Hunt is quickly becoming oneof Nashville's most talked about young talents.After finishing his football career as quarterback for the University ofAlabama Birmingham - Sam made the move to Nashville to try his hand atsongwriting.

Shortly after settling into the Nashville scene, he was giventhe opportunity to write full-time for a publisher. Using the work ethic anddiscipline he accrued as a ball player, Sam began to develop his craft andquickly gained recognition as a gifted songwriter.Sam made a name for himself in the country music community co-writingKenny Chesney's #1 single "Come Over", as well as upcoming singles"Cop Car"/Keith Urban and "We Are Tonight"/Billy Currington.

He is currently writing/recording songs for his debut album - due out in2014.Samʼs sound owes itʼs roots to country music but has an eclectic stylethatʼs based on pop, urban, folk and R&B influences.He's currently bringing his high-energy live show to eager fans on a fall/winter tour and his hometown anthem "Raised On It" is giving the world ataste of what's to come!


Sunday July 6, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

4:30pm

Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar

In his new song All the Glamour Has Gone, Shantel asks:
“What’s wrong with action,
what’s wrong with fashion,
what’s wrong with passion?”

We ask: What’s wrong with Shantel? And discover the latest metamorphosis by this fascinating artist and producer. In the nineties, he was arguably the most in-demand downbeat act, a master and connoisseur of exotica/electronica fusion. In the early years of the new millennium he almost single-handedly invented a new musical genre with global reach that spawned a whole slew of copycats. Shantel’s most successful album to date, Disko Partizani spent weeks at the number 1 spot in Turkey, went platinum throughout southern Europe and entered the top 20 in many other European charts. He has written film scores for Fatih Akin and Sasha Baron Cohen, played at the Cannes Film Festival and was one of the first German musicians to perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, as well as at Montreux (to the evident delight of Prince & Quincy Jones, who were in the audience), at the Milan Fashion Week, the Cerventino Festival in Mexico, the Tim Festival in Rio de Janeiro (co-headlining with Daft Punk and the Beastie Boys) and other major festivals around the world. Shantel’s well-earned international success follows years of tireless graft in Europe, playing more than 1000 gigs with his Bucovina Club Orkestar, connecting effortlessly with his audiences to deliver a spectacularly unforgettable atmosphere. He could easily have rested on his laurels and continued in the same vein. But now we see him reinvent himself once more and are left wondering where it all fits in. Actually, it’s quite simple: Shantel creates a hybrid, bringing together subculture, music history and social history, mixing them with his own creative energy. The end result is an album that reflects his own personal experience and wanders, as he puts it, between pop culture, high culture and street cred. Music history or more precisely the early history of a popular music form that spread internationally, was the thematic focus of the album Kosher Nostra – Jewish Gangsters’ Greatest Hits, an adventurous and ambitious journey through the clubs, cabarets and casinos of the 20s to 60s. Meticulously researched and compiled by Shantel and Oz Almog, the album was highly acclaimed by Martin Scorcese.



Sunday July 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
River Stage

5:00pm

Schroedz
In his final months of high school, Schroedz released a number of tracks and mixes on his soundcloud gaining a number of followers. Schroedz believes in pushing the BPM boundaries in his sets, which will give the audience a wide variety of electronic genres to enjoy! Be excited to see Schroedz hit the DJ Fort at the RBC Bluesfest, dropping some new "Hype" remixes of his own.

Sunday July 6, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

5:00pm

Caitlin Rose
At her core, Nashville’s Caitlin Rose is a storyteller and a song-crafter who is more interested in what’s being produced than how it helps her along the way. Though much of her acclaimed debut 'Own Side Now' was personally-inspired, what stood out most was its ability to paint a picture and tell a near-cinematic story. With her follow-up, 'The Stand-In', Rose seems more interested in telling tales than spilling confessionals. 'The Stand-In' seamlessly melds pedal-steel guitar with restless pop beats, creating lush instrumentals that build on the more spare construction of 'Own Side Now'. ”These songs are all based in sentiment. We wrote the stories to convey a feeling,” says Rose. The result is infinitely more universal.

It’s fitting that Rose wrote her first song at sixteen as a substitution for a high school paper. Even as a means to an end, she recognized the power of music and melody. Growing up in Nashville to music industry parents (her mother, Liz Rose, is a songwriter who found success working with artists like Taylor Swift, Leann Womack and others), Rose inherited her mother’s “inclination towards melody. She references a long list of influences -- from Hank Williams to The Rolling Stones -- many of which would be easily found in her parents' record collections.

 “I’ve always been inspired by what others have done. she says.” This is evident in her penchant for covers. She considers herself not just a writer, but an interpreter of song, eager to take works she admires and expose others to their brilliance and also reinvent them in a way that upon listening, you might catch something you missed before. “For me the intention behind any song is writing a good one,” Rose says “and to create something worthy enough to share with other people.” Rose’s songs, however, are way beyond worthy. They’re downright necessary!

Sunday July 6, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

5:00pm

David Nail
Since his debut in 2009, Grammy-nominated artist David Nail has made a career of singing songs that few new artists in contemporary country music dare touch; i.e. sad songs. He has had hits with singles about cheating (“Let It Rain”), breakups (“Red Light”) and failed dreams (“Turning Home”) and he has owned every one, singing as if from personal experience. David’s ability to make such tales of heartbreak and loss his own is what defines him as an artist—one capable of recording songs that are deeply relatable to him and to listeners. And his cathartic new album continues that trend, albeit with a series of decidedly upbeat songs.

After scoring his first No. 1 single with “Let It Rain” from 2011’s critically lauded ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams,’ the bourbon-smooth singer spent an inordinate amount of time on tour, giving his entire being to country fans. But more recently, David has a refreshed mindset, which he has used to shape his trail-blazing third album, ‘I’m a Fire’; an album that reflects an artist in control of his craft, a man fulfilled.

But turning in a more up-tempo album after a career of sober material is a challenge, as well as a departure that could take long-time fans by surprise. Tracks like “Broke My Heart,” and “Burnin’ Bed” are truly infectious, with deliberate grooves that carry the listener along. “Broke My Heart” has the vibe of a Tom Petty song and “Burnin’ Bed” features a unique staccato delivery. As always, the ACM Award-nominated singer’s voice is peerless on his latest recording and pleasingly so, whenever and wherever he performs LIVE!


Sunday July 6, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bell Stage

5:00pm

TJ Wheeler
For close to four decades—to roughly a half-a-million children across five continents—this Blues, Jazz and overall Roots musician and educator extraordinaire has been rockin' the world with the message of Hope, Heroes' & the Blues. As well as being an internationally acclaimed music educator, TJ Wheeler is equally respected as a multi instrumentalist, with incredible proficiency on the seven-string & National Steel guitar, Swing Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin and his signature one-string slide, Diddley Bow! All ofthis combined with his charismatic, whiskey coated, Bluesy vocals, and tap shoes, make TJ one of the most formidable roots artists on the scene today.

Sunday July 6, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Drive By Truckers
Since forming in 1998, Drive-By Truckers has carved out an amazing following worldwide. Fans and critics alike have embraced their take-no-prisoners approach — a style that recalls the heyday of Southern rock while also being firmly rooted in the band’s contemporary sounds and influences. Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s.The excitement generated by their first three indie-released CDs took a major leap with the release of their 2001 opus, ‘Southern Rock Opera’, which garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone and wound up on many Best of 2001 CD lists.  

More recently, along with years of relentless touring, the Truckers found time to release a second concert album, ‘Live from Austin TX’ (2009), as well as a collection of unreleased material entitled ‘The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities’. Frontman Patterson Hood rounded out the year by recording his second solo record, ‘Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)’, and gathering his band mates back together after its release for another round of recording sessions. Two albums resulted from those sessions, 2010's ‘The Big To-Do’ and 2011's ‘Go-Go Boots’. Returning to the studio in 2013 with long-time producer David Barbe, the group opted for a stripped-back sound for its 12th album, 2014's exceptional 'English Oceans' on ATO. 


Sunday July 6, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:00pm

Vintage Trouble
ALSO PERFORMING July 5

Vintage Trouble present live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth'd, pelvis-pushing juke music!

Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album's worth of material in three days, which was intended to be demos and ended up being pressed into CDs. The'Bomb Shelter Sessions' became Vintage Trouble’s first album. Selling it at their gigs was easy and their fans became known as the "TroubleMakers." 

The next order of business became breaking the band in England, right away. Their first venture overseas resulted in a similar groundswell with Music Weekly naming them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailing them as their "Next Big Thing.” Their return to the U.S. was nothing short of epic. Vintage Trouble saw the homecoming as a true testament to their fans’ dedication to spreading the word and sharing their music. 

Vintage Trouble then went on a world tour that saw them open for Lenny Kravitz, The Cranberries, Joss Stone and recently, The Who. Their world tour continued in 2013 with performances at Coachella, Glastonbury and Rock In Rio, a Japanese headlining run and The Who’s European Tour. 

As a band, Vintage Troubler is made up of a quartet of sincere musicians whose combination of hard work, talent, and good fortune are undoubtedly going to take them right where they deserve to be: on our radios, our headphones, our televisions, and at major venues like the RBC Bluesfest, where we go to see our favourite bands, as well as on the soundtrack of our favourite moments in life. 

Summarized from a piece by Nick Faigen


Sunday July 6, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River Stage

6:30pm

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records. 

The brothers, from Downey, Calif., debuted their most recent collaboration at SXSW in March and will tour North America and Europe throughout 2014. “The whole idea is to showcase the breadth of Broonzy's songwriting,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Alvin. “On the couple of songs I sing, I took some liberties, but I am always playing Bill Broonzy chords. 

The Alvins’ performances together since Dave’s departure from the Blasters in 1986 have been mostly limited to a reunion tour in 2003, tracks on the John Mellencamp-Stephen King musical‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’and Dave’s last album, 'Eleven Eleven'. Famous for not always getting always, they joked that doing Broonzy songs would eliminate the arguing. “We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave. 

The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend. And now, the time has come, so don't miss it; whether as an acoustic duo or with the band The Guilty Ones, by all accounts it's a terrific show!


Sunday July 6, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:30pm

New Country Rehab
New Country Rehab offers a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab’s powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy. The group blends lyrical sensibility and musical focus to produce exceptional original songs. Their 2011 debut, self-titled album was received with glowing and international praise by reviewers.

Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman joined by Anthony da Costa on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tomé on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is ”poised to be the next big thing in Canadian music” ~ Tom Power - CBC Radio

”Successfully merging the old and new in a rambunctious way”and describes the band as having”their feet planted firmly on the ground, this Canadian band has the right intentions and there is to be no stopping them.”  ~ Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine 

Growing audiences in Canada, the U.S. And Europe are responding to New Country Rehab’s infectious love and enthusiasm for the music they are playing. The band make it, ”super accessible, not only to fans of roots/folk/country, but even to the broader, less country inclined audience” ~ Josef Jensen - Indie Artist Podcast

" . . . like Canada’s answer to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons” ~ Nigel Williamson - UNCUT 

Sunday July 6, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:00pm

Tim Hicks
Recognized as a hard-working family man who is embedded with his fans, Juno nominated country artist Tim Hicks soared into the hearts and minds of Country music fans with his debut single “Get By” (2013) – a Top 10 hit on Country Radio in less than eight weeks and certified GOLD. Hicks ruled the digital charts with the #1 selling single for more than 17 weeks – a noteworthy number for any musician, let alone a new Country artist.

“Throw Down”, the critically praised debut from Hicks was released in August (2013) by Open Road Recordings/ Universal Music Canada and debuted as the #1 selling Canadian album overall and #1 Canadian Country album on the Nielsen SoundScan Album Chart. The album follows Hicks’ #1 selling self-titled digital EP and four radio hits, including his latest single “Got A Feeling” featuring Blackjack Billy – landing most-added of all genres on radio. In February of 2014, Hicks garnered two Juno nominations – Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for "Throw Down".

Hicks’ fast-rising success story is noteworthy – garnering a lot of attention from the industry and fans alike. With over 90 million audience impressions on radio and over 1.5 million views online, Tim Hicks has dominated Canadian Country radio and video airplay and continues to set the pace for a new wave of Country artists in Canada.

A crowd pleasing live performer, Hicks’ music is accessible, energetic and ambitious, reflecting how he wants his songs to reach people. Hicks’ solid identity as the ‘one to watch’ separates him from the rest of the crowd and puts him at the forefront – poised for major success in Country’s breathtaking rise to the top of all genres of music.


Sunday July 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Dj Acro

DJ ACRO hails from Timmins, Ontario, where he got his start in the music industry. ACRO moved to Ottawa in 2004, quickly infiltrating the local scene by connecting with DJs and gaining a reputation as a keen and versatile artist. His raw talent was noticed and soon he was playing at major clubs in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.  

DJ ACRO has opened and DJ’d for a number of major Canadian hip hop artists including Kardinall Offishall, Choclair, and Michie Mee. He’s also opened for a slew of legendary and up-and-coming American artists, including XZIBIT, MAC MILLER, BIG K.R.I.T, M.O.P, DAMFUNK, THE BEATNUTS, YELAWOLF, SMOKE DZA, and DJ PREMIER, among others.

 


Sunday July 6, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

Mac DeMarco
When the then 21-year old Mac DeMarco released his debut 'Rock and Roll Night Club' 12" in the Spring of 2012, it was accompanied by a barrage of bizarrely funny promo videos, wildly unhinged live performances and a not-so-subtle disparate range of promo photos. The glam facade was purely that—an image that was manufactured for fun to confuse the stiff world of indie music journalists. But it wasn’t all a jest, as that EP covered a whole range of music styles that were latent in the former Makeout Videotape front-man’s already impressive array of cassette-only releases. The sincere and warm Mac who sang “Only You” was the same lipstick-wearing character that crooned “Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans,” and that suited him and his listeners just fine.  

Six months later, Mac returned with his first full length, 'Mac DeMarco 2', a concerted effort to produce a cohesive work that showcases Mac’s natural ability as a songwriter, singer and producer. The results were immediately rewarding and presented Mac's music in the most sincere way possible, no matter how much fun he has in his wild videos or live shows.  

DeMarco's second full-length LP ‘Salad Days’ is the follow up to Mac DeMarco 2. Amongst the familiar croon and lilting guitar, the opening title track sets the tone for an LP of that features a maturing singer/songwriter/producer — someone impressively self-aware at the ripe old age of 23. It just keeps getting better! Come see for yourself when Mac takes the stage at this year's RBC Bluesfest.  


Sunday July 6, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
River Stage

8:00pm

Pokey LaFarge
Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album, "Pokey LaFarge" (2013), he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland’s RTÉ One Network

Pokey’s rendition of “Lovesick Blues” with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series’ official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disney’s The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s World Cafe, and he recorded a song for ATO Records’ 'Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War', produced by Randall Poster.

Pokey LaFarge is on a mission, encouraging fans worldwide to think differently about what it means to celebrate musical traditions. Simply put, Pokey explains, “It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died.”


Sunday July 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Shovels & Rope
Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags. The songs are the deadliest arrows in this bands quiver. Raw and imagined, effortless and insightful, the pair's panoramic songwriting and raucous performances drive Shovels & Rope's newest release "O' Be Joyful". Recorded in the twosome's house, backyard and van, as well as various motel rooms across America, the 11-song set offers a compelling encapsulation of Hearst and Trent's unique approach, channeling their creative chemistry.

While Hearst and Trent are both songwriters individually, "O' Be Joyful" finds them still discovering new strengths as a collaborative unit. "The songs on this album," points out Michael, "are the most we've ever written together. Many of them were birthed on the road. One of us would come up with a verse and say, 'I'm gonna drive for awhile, why don't you try to put a chorus on this?' And then we'd switch . . . kind of like our live shows."


Sunday July 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:00pm

Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet.  

They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night's show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost that led to them being invited to play in NYC supporting Richard Hell. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.  

Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release. The Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theatres in more than 30 countries worldwide in the ensuing three decades.  

MTV's "Unplugged" show was inspired by the Femmes, although they never actually appeared on it. Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Pink, Keith Urban, The Smiths, Nirvana, Lou Reed, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders.  


Sunday July 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

9:00pm

St. Vincent
Annie Erin Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who currently resides in Manhattan. Clark began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Her debut album, 'Marry Me', was followed by ‘Actor’ (2009). Her third album, 'Strange Mercy', was released in 2011. On September 10, 2012, she released a collaborative album with David Byrne entitled 'Love This Giant'. Clark also worked with Bon Iver on the song “Rosyln,” which appeared on the film soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: New Moon


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
River Stage

9:15pm

Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum's album 'Golden' (Capitol-Nashville, 2013) was born on the move. The harmony-based trio — Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood — and its sizeable and ever-growing fan base bonded heavily during the band’s ‘Own The Night World Tour’ in 2012. The shows themselves were inspirational. But so was the time offstage. Lady A made a point of experimenting and creating with its road band as the one-nighters and the miles of travel piled up. That behind-the-scenes interaction inspired much of the music on 'Golden'; an instantly infectious collection of music in which Lady A discovered new edges for its already-successful foundation. The band picked up an audience beyond the typical Country core listener, it hit the road playing arenas and stadiums, and the group performed on all the major television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Oprah, The Grammys, and The Voice, among others. 

“Golden,” the last song they wrote for the project, has a sense of innocence and rediscovery and embraces the collaborative and creative beauty of the album. “It’s exciting to say that at record four, we can still find that,” Scott says.  The magic remains because they have kept the focus on the music. In the end the mix of their road experience adds a brightness and freshness to the album that’s reflected in the Golden title. “’Golden' depicts a kind of a special time for us in our career,” Haywood says. “We’re really are in a golden time.” 


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

Joe Louis Walker
Award-winning blues master and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker released his newest album, 'Hornet’s Nest', in February of 2014. Walker is among the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD, Walker’s music is equal parts rock &’ roll fire and blistering, passionate blues. 

In 2013, The Blues Foundation inducted Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame. Joining the ranks of previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues greats while still at the peak of his musical powers is, as Walker says, “a dream come true."

With each subsequent release, Walker’s audience continues to grow, as his touring schedule continues to expand. He’s played all over the U.S. and Canada, major European festivals including Glastonbury, Notodden and Montreux, as well as festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil. Now, with 'Hornet’s Nest', Walker is bringing even more people to his music. “Blues is a big tent,” he says. “And it's morphing into a bigger tent. Young folks like good blues when they hear it, and I’m here to make sure they want to listen." 


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:30pm

Lucius
Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Revolving around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into a dynamic quintet whose 2013 debut LP 'WILDEWOMAN' (Mom + Pop) is lauded by The New York Times as “an art school take on girl-group soul.” Fresh off a year of acclaimed performances and rave reviews, Lucius’ steady ascent shows no signs of retreat. 2014 brings Lucius to a worldwide audience with WILDEWOMAN’s release in Europe, the UK, Australia and Japan, plus tour dates throughout the UK and Europe and appearances on some of the biggest North American summer festival stages including, of course, the RBC Bluesfest – don’t miss them!


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Barney Danson Theatre
 
Tuesday, July 8
 

6:00pm

Tokyo Police Club
Toronto's quirky, high-energy indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club features vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright, guitarist/percussionist Josh Hook, and drummer/percussionist Greg Alsop. The band formed in the wake of the breakup of the foursome's previous project; after taking a break for several months, the musicians regrouped as Tokyo Police Club in 2005. They began performing live that summer and played the Montreal Pop Festival that fall. The audience's rousing reception convinced the group to make Tokyo Police Club a full-time venture. Early in 2006 the band signed with local label Paper Bag Records and began recording their debut EP, 'A Lesson in Crime', which was released that spring. Buoyed by blog and MySpace buzz, Tokyo Police Club embarked on their largest tour yet, that fall.

2008 saw the release of the band's full-length debut, 'Elephant Shell'. By the end of the year, Tokyo Police Club had toured in support of the album and already begun working on a follow-up record, 'Champ', which they ultimately released in 2010. After touring the album heavily they began writing songs in 2011. That year, they also embarked on the 'Ten Days, Ten Covers, Ten Years' project, which found them cranking out covers of songs from the 2000s from artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Queens of the Stone Age in just ten days.

The band supported Foster the People on tour in 2012, and amidst all this activity, Monks relocated to New York and Alsop to Boston. In 2013 they returned to the studio with co-producer Doug Boehm. Late that year, the first taste of their third album surfaced with "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)". Early in 2014, the summery single "It's Hot Tonight" arrived just before the March release of 'Forcefield'.


Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:15pm

Made In Heights
Comprised of producer/DJ Sabzi of Blue Scholars fame and singer Kelsey Bulkin, Made In Heights work extremely well together. The warmth and vivacity of Kelsey’s vocals, as she roller coasters over the electronic beat by Sabzi is astounding, while the ethereal chorals they employ take their music to a whole other level.


Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Jenny Lewis
Singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis is one of indie rock's most popular ingénues, known for her work as the primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley as well as her solo albums, guest appearances, and duo with her boyfriend, Johnathan Rice. A former child actress, she helped launch Rilo Kiley in 1998. Lewis steadily developed her own vocal style, drawing from the sly country twang of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline while remaining faithful to pop music. Collaborations with the Good Life, Cursive, and the Postal Service helped expand her audience, and Lewis began working on her debut solo effort in the midst of Rilo Kiley's third full-length release, "More Adventurous".

"Rabbit Fur Coat", Lewis' first solo record, was released in 2006, featuring background vocals by the Kentucky-born Watson Twins and additional contributions from M. Ward, Ben Gibbard, Jason Boesel, and Conor Oberst (who released the record on his own Team Love label). Lewis then made the jump to Warner Bros. for the release of Rilo Kiley's "Under the Blacklight", which gave the band an unprecedented amount of chart success in the U.S. and overseas. Following a tour in support of that album, Lewis announced the release of her sophomore solo effort, "Acid Tongue", in September of 2008. The record featured collaborations with Elvis Costello, She & Him, Chris Robinson, and Lewis' own family members. Johnathan Rice also worked on the album as Lewis' producer, and the two continued working together in Jenny and Johnny, a lighthearted pop duo whose debut album appeared in 2010.

Jenny Lewis has released, “Just One of the Guys”. The song was produced by Beck and it’s the first single from her new album, 'The Voyager', which comes out on July 29, but fans can pre-order it here: http://smarturl.it/thevoyager 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
River Stage

7:00pm

Styx
STYX has performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, and Bad Company, among others . . . and with no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet one venue at a time.  

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. The band decided that their first release of the '80s would be a concept album, 1981's 'Paradise Theater', which was loosely based on the rise and fall of a once-beautiful theater. 'Paradise Theater' became Styx's biggest hit of their career, as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands". It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.  

Other hit songs Styx is best-known for include "Lady" (#6, 1973), "Come Sail Away" (#8, 1977), "Babe" (#1, 1979), "The Best of Times" (#3, 1981), "Too Much Time on My Hands" (#9, 1981) and "Mr. Roboto" (#3, 1983). The band has had four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as sixteen top 40 singles in the US.  


Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Dj Soulcial
DJ Soulcial has been DJing special events and promoting his own shows across Canada and South East Asia, since 1980. Regardless of genre, DJ Soulcial plays tracks that get your head boppin' and hips shaking, without you realizing it. His sets typically include Acid Jazz, Soul, Funk and rare grooves, and mixing familiar grooves with new funky beats. You will also hear various samples from Blue Note, Verve, Savoy, Motown and Staxx Labels. DJ Soulcial's set at the RBC Bluesfest will appeal to Hipsters and Groovaholics alike.


Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:15pm

Brody Dalle
Brody Dalle (born Bree Joanna Alice Robinson on Jan. 1st, 1979 in Melbourne, Australia) is former lead vocalist and guitarist of Sourpuss (1993– 1996), defunct punk rock band The Distillers (1998-2006) and Spinnerette (2007 – 2012). Shortly after Dalle had turned eighteen, she moved to Los Angeles, where she founded The Distillers. She is currently married to musician Josh Homme, a member of Queens of the Stone Age.

In November 2012, Dalle announced on Twitter that she was working on a solo album, featuring Alain Johannes and Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age and Shirley Manson of Garbage. By November 2013 Dalle announced that she had signed to Caroline Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Brody Dalle released her debut solo album, 'Diploid Love', in early 2014. Song titles include “Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy”, "Rat Race", “I Don’t Need Your Love”, "Don't Mess With Me", “Dressed In Dreams”, "Parties For Prostitutes", and “Carry On” among others.

Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:30pm

Pith and the Parenchymas
"Pith and the Parenchymas is a three-member, psych folk band. Their songs vary from short to long, loud to quiet, bleak to celebratory. The sounds are fat evil bass, intricate drum webs, nylon string abuse and pedal choirs. The lyrics are variably sexual, yelled, mumbled, and/or about dead dogs. These things are knotted together into grooves . . .


Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:15pm

David Heartbreak
Globally known, Brooklyn-born, David Heartbreak is widely-known as an innovative leader in electronic dance music. He began his musical journey in hip-hop, but his eclectic evolution of sound translates from his love of travelling and his interest in different cultures. He has performed in over 30 countries, to date. His Inspiration comes from listening to different genres of music from across the globe. Some of his direct influences include world-renowned producers such as Timbaland, Afrojack, Skrillex, Dada Life, and Burial.

Heartbreak goes knee-deep into the world of electronic music by weaving a wide range of elements including dutch house, future bass, kuduro, electro house, and dancehall. He proves to be a mastermind by always producing groundbreaking tracks, taking risks and adding his own unique Midas touch of genius to anything he gets his hands on.

“Heartbreak is definitely innovative,” ~ Skrillex.

“Heartbreak is an originator,” ~ Diplo.

“Heartbreak is amazing, so refreshing! I love his music; he is one of my favorites; he makes me travel into the groove!” ~ Brodinski

Tuesday July 8, 2014 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:15pm

Queens of the Stone Age
It’s still a matter of debate. Are Queens of The Stone Age a band; an association; a concept? Whatever came out of the irradiated California wasteland in 1996, it's evidently still around. It lives. It breathes. It can't be stopped.  

'Like Clockwork' (2013) is the first QOTSA album since 2007's 'Era Vulgaris' and, according to its founder and most identifiable constant, Josh Homme, "'Like Clockwork' was the only thing that didn't happen."  

After a lot of "personal ups and downs and a manic year,” Homme and the current iteration of the Queens — along with returning associate Dave Grohl — would decide to embrace the beast and, instead of shying away from uncomfortable or painful subject matter, face it head-on. Along the way, they picked up known associates Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri, Jon Theodore (now drumming full-time in the current live incarnation), along with Sir Elton John, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and Jake Shears.  

Whatever happened-out there, in whatever desert arroyo, former meth lab, decommissioned missile silo, nuclear test site, underground laboratory, convergence of brain waves and gamma rays, QOTSA emerged with not only their best work to date, but one of the most ambitious, fully realized rock albums in recent memory.  

Summarized version of a piece by Anthony Bourdain 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:30pm

Don Felder
Don Felder is renowned as former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of all time. The band's record-setting compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” sold over 29 million copies in the U.S. alone and was awarded the top-selling album of the 20th century by the RIAA. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones. Felder co-wrote The Eagles' biggest hit — the iconic, Grammy-studded smash "Hotel California" — along with fan favourites like "Victim of Love" and "Those Shoes." He became immediately celebrated for his lyrical, signature guitar work on legendary songs like "One of These Nights," and "New Kid In Town," as well as "Hotel California."

After leaving the group in 2001, Felder also became a New York Times bestselling author when his riveting confessional memoir Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles proved a major commercial triumph upon publication in 2008. Putting all the tumult and glory he'd experienced to that point into perspective gave new urgency to the creation of 'Road to Forever' , Felder's second solo effort in a storied, four-decade-plus sojourn through rock history. 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
River Stage

8:30pm

The Kingmakers
The Kingmakers have been performing their high-energy mix of retro-inspired swing, jump-jive and rockabilly since 2007 and have ventured to Memphis, Nashville and Chicago to record their four albums. They put on a captivating show, full of upright bass acrobatics and musically diverse offerings, while including originals and covers that span several decades. While their show is mesmerizing on its own, the band invites their audience to dress to impress and get out on the dance floor to fully immerse themselves in the swinging rockabilly groove. 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 8:30pm - Wednesday July 9, 2014 12:00am
Offsite at Casino Lac-Leamy

9:00pm

Wagons
ALSO PERFORMING July 9

Wagons are led by the unique swagger of renaissance man Henry Wagons, they are a bunch of facial-hair-wielding tall timber, reminiscent of decades past; when bands gave their audience back bucket loads of charm and were always shrouded in a little enigmatic mystery. Unanimously lauded as one of one of Australia's great live bands, they relentlessly provide a stomping floor fracturing show, no matter which stage they take over. 

Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, the Wagons show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit-era Elvis to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. They can touch on the tenderness of a recently-heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave. 

The past few years have seen Wagons share stages around the world with Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s, Calexico, Okkervil River, and John Hiatt among others. They've been featured at SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Americana showcases, and made numerous international festival appearances. 

The band have just completed their sixth studio album (due June '14), which is destined to be of very broad scope and reach, produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and mixed by Matt Linesch, famous for his work with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. 

". . . sounding like the lovechild of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, Wagons proves his mettle as a songwriter" ~ Rolling Stone

“Wagons: the new Prince of Country noir” ~ Canadian Broadcasting Corp  


Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:30pm

Foreigner
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, “Head Games”, “Say You Will”, “Cold as Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is”, Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.  


Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Bell Stage

9:45pm

Gareth Emery
Gareth Emery is one of dance music’s most influential and innovative DJs, voted no.7 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll making him the UK’s highest ranked DJ and one of the youngest DJs ever to crack the top ten. In 2010, he released his debut artist album ‘Northern Lights’ on his own label, Garuda, to stunning reactions from fans and critics alike, hitting no.1 on the US iTunes dance chart within hours of release. He also celebrated 100 episodes and four years of his award winning podcast, collaborated with Above & Beyond for the crossover international radio hit ‘On A Good Day' (Metropolis). He penned the theme tune for the Global Gathering festival whilst also finding time to play 130 shows, selling out clubs and rocking festivals in 40 countries to over 2 million people. This will be a ‘fest show not to be missed! 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:45pm

Jake Bugg
Raised on a steady diet of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg blends the melodious, working-class swagger of the La's and the primal, bluesy simplicity of the White Stripes with the wry, weathered romanticism of Jens Lekman. Born in Nottingham, Bugg picked up the guitar at the age of 12, and within a year he was composing his own songs. Disinterested in the hip-hop and grime that dominated the listening habits of his peers, he turned to the classics for inspiration. Bugg's first brush with recognition came at the age of 17, when a local DJ began spinning one of the cuts he uploaded to 'BBC Introducing', a program that supports "unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar musicians." An invitation to play Glastonbury arrived shortly thereafter, and before he knew it, he was supporting acts like Lana Del Ray, Example, and Michael Kiwanuka, and had inked a deal with Mercury. His first single, "Lightning Bolt," arrived in early 2012, while his eponymous debut album appeared in October of the same year and featured production work from former Snow Patrol collaborator Iain Archer.  

In a whirlwind year, Bugg went on to tour extensively across the U.K. while receiving nominations for awards, including a Brit Award for Best British Newcomer and also the coveted Mercury Music Prize. In the summer of 2013, Bugg travelled to Malibu to record sessions for his sophomore record, 'Shangri La', with legendary producer Rick Rubin. The record again featured contributions from Archer and was released in November of 2013. 


Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:45pm - 11:00pm
River Stage
 
Wednesday, July 9
 

6:00pm

Wagons
ALSO PERFORMING July 8

Wagons are led by the unique swagger of renaissance man Henry Wagons, they are a bunch of facial-hair-wielding tall timber, reminiscent of decades past; when bands gave their audience back bucket loads of charm and were always shrouded in a little enigmatic mystery. Unanimously lauded as one of one of Australia's great live bands, they relentlessly provide a stomping floor fracturing show, no matter which stage they take over.

Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, the Wagons show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit-era Elvis to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. They can touch on the tenderness of a recently-heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave.

The past few years have seen Wagons share stages around the world with Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s, Calexico, Okkervil River, and John Hiatt among others. They've been featured at SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Americana showcases, and made numerous international festival appearances.

The band have just completed their sixth studio album (due June '14), which is destined to be of very broad scope and reach, produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and mixed by Matt Linesch, famous for his work with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

". . . sounding like the lovechild of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, Wagons proves his mettle as a songwriter" ~ Rolling Stone

“Wagons: the new Prince of Country noir” ~ Canadian Broadcasting Corp  


Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Royal Canoe
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive -- something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.

Royal Canoe's dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, they’d rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent than rely on lengthy backing tracks. They actually play every part, every time. And while their van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded in a decisive confidence.

If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally eases into spring, and you feel some actual warmth on those pasty, vitamin-D deprived limbs, and all they want to do, suddenly, is move.


Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Tyler, the Creator
The RZA—and maybe even GZA — of Odd Future (short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) Tyler, the Creator is the alternative hip-hop crew's main rapper, producer, and source of inspiration. He got his first taste of fame when The Los Angeles Times ran a "teen on the street"-type story on the then 16-year-old skateboarding enthusiast, who was also interested in music and fashion.  In 2007 he began making music with Odd Future's core members —Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats — and by the summer of 2010 their vivid and surreal material had earned them a loyal following. It was during that year that a video Tyler directed for the Odd Future track "French" took off, topping a million views by December and drawing attention to the slew of crew-related mixtapes that followed, including Tyler's own, ‘Bastard’. He was signed to the XL label in 2010 for a one-album deal. When Tyler's XL album ‘Goblin’ arrived in 2011, it became the first Odd Future-related product to be released through the usual music industry channels. ‘Wolf’ followed in 2013, with Left Brain and Frank Ocean returning as guests. 


Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:15pm

Average Times
Average Times deliver a sweet yet nasty set of short poppy garage-punk tunes. A mix of catchy vocal and guitar hooks that will ring in your ears for days, backed by an arsenal of hard slamming drums that will keep your feet moving.

Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:15pm - 7:15pm
River Stage

7:00pm

Holy Ghost!
Friends since attending elementary school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser were members of rap group Automato. After Automato dissolved Frankel and Millhiser began pushing toward dance music, with much success. Frankel and Millhiser co-produced the warm and melodic “Hold On” and released it on the DFA label in October 2007. "I Will Come Back," their second single, didn’t come out until 2009 but made an impact with its video -- a remake of the indelible clip for New Order's “Confusion,” a snapshot of New York’s clubbing scene (with producer Arthur Baker reprising his role). The four-track "Static on the Wire" EP followed in 2010, continuing the duo’s uncanny ability to evoke the colourful, layered sound of early- to mid-‘80s club music. In 2011, Holy Ghost! released a self-titled album that included some of their previously released songs, as well as a guest appearance from the Michael McDonald on the closing "Some Children." By that point, Holy Ghost! had also become one of the more prolific remix teams; they had re-worked tracks by MGMT, Moby, Cut Copy, Phoenix, the Juan MacLean, and Murphy's LCD Soundsystem. Their second album, "Dynamics", was released on DFA in 2013.


Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

The Districts
ALSO PERFORMING JULY 10

The Districts are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were all still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, 'Kitchen Songs', in 2011 followed by 'Telephone', their debut full-length, the following year. Their second EP, the more acoustic-leaning 'While You Were in Honesdale', was released in late 2012 and the band continued to perform regionally. Their mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock caught the attention of Mississippi's Fat Possum Records, which signed the Districts in 2013. In January 2014 Fat Possum issued the band's self-titled third EP, which contained three remastered songs from their 'Telephone' album along with two newly recorded tracks.

Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Matt Tamblyn
Matt Tamblyn is one of Ottawa's premiere DJs. He runs a monthly R 'n' B party called SILK and a weekly outdoor dance party called Open Air Social Club.


Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

David Maxwell & Friends
Multiple music-awards winner David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years. He has played piano with some of the greatest and most well known musicians in the blues and has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists alive.  David’s style encompasses elements of blues and jazz, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to tap into the heart of Chicago Blues. In fact, he is often compared to Otis Spann thanks to his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues piano.  

But David is no mere imitation; he has his own unique style and sound. He has played with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Hubert Sumlin and has been in the studio with dozens of artists including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Levon Helm.

If you like piano, you'll love David Maxwell! So join David and a few of his hand-picked special guests for a set to remember at this year's 'fest  

"Any list of the most important blues pianists of the last half century would have to include David Maxwell." ~ The Patriot Ledger  

"David Maxwell is known as one of the best blues pianists on the planet, having put in long stints with James Cotton, Otis Rush and Bonnie Raitt." ~ The Boston Phoenix


Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:30pm

No BS! Brass Band
No BS! Brass Band takes the New Orleans brass band into uncharted territory, fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Trained in the conservatory and hardened in the garage, No BS! Brass has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Festival of New Trumpet Music, and on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert. Equally at home in the club or on the parade route, in the concert hall or on a festival stage, No BS! Brass creates new believers wherever it goes.

"From Virginia comes a storm of a brass ensemble that has decided it can do what it wants as long as it does it very, very well.” ~ Jim Fusilli, NPR - All Things Considered

Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
River Stage

8:00pm

Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill is a hip hop group from South Gate, California. Originally called DVX, the group formed in 1986 when Cuban-born brothers Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace hooked up with fellow Los Angeles residents Muggs and B Real. The group began pioneering a fusion of Latin and hip-hop slang, developing their own style and becoming the first such act to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. By the time Mellow Man Ace left the group in 1988, DVX was renamed Cypress Hill, after a local street. The group continued to perform around L.A., eventually signing with Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1991.  

With its stoned beats and B Real's exaggerated nasal whine, the group's eponymous debut became a sensation in early 1992. In 2000, the group released the double-disc set 'Skull & Bones', which featured a disc of hip-hop and a disc of their more rock-inspired material. Appropriately, the album also included rock and rap versions of the single "Superstar," bringing Cypress Hill's quest for credibility and crossover hits full circle. The ensuing videos for both versions featured many famous rap and rock musicians talking about their profession, and the song was a smash on MTV because of it. In the winter of 2001, the group came back with 'Stoned Raiders', another album to heavily incorporate rock music. Three years later, the band issued 'Till Death Do Us Part', which included several styles of Jamaican music. In 2010 they announced their signing to Priority Records thanks to the label’s creative director, Snoop Dogg. The label released their eighth studio album, 'Rise Up', that same year. 


Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:15pm

Bombino
Bombino’s album 'Nomad' has been named among NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013. He and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced the album, “turned out to be a fabulous team,” says Bob Boilen, host of NPR's All Songs Considered. “What you hear on 'Nomad'  is Bombino’s already vigorous sound with a bit more bite.”

 'Nomad'  was also recently named to Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 and to Uncut's list of the Best World Music Albums. “For this raw cross-cultural jam, Omara 'Bombino' Moctar — a hot-shot Tuareg guitarist from Niger — hooked up with Black Key Dan Auerbach, who produced the LP with a crate-digging R&B/psych vibe,” says Rolling Stone. “It’s full of hypnotic fuzz, and the cosmic country of ‘Tamiditine’ conjures Workingman’s Dead, if it’d been made in the Sahara desert.”

Bombino and his band recently concluded their 2013 tours of Europe and North America. This summer they'll be making a return visit to Ottawa to perform at the RBC Bluesfest, following last year's terrific performance at the 2013 Ottawa Folkfest.


Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:30pm

Airliner Blues Band
Drawing on diverse influences such as blues, southern rock, country, soul, and funk, the Airliner Blues Band is not your typical blues band. Formed in early 2011 by singer-songwriter and keyboardist Mubarak Farah, the Airliner Blues Band spent the better part of three years perfecting their live shows in venues both in and out of the Ottawa area. The energy put out at an Airliner Blues Band performance is incredible. They know how to interact with their fans, from witty banter to their ability to keep folks dancing. Their music reaches beyond generations. Old and young, there is always something for everyone at an Airliner Blues Band show.


Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:30pm - Thursday July 10, 2014 12:00am
Offsite at Casino Lac-Leamy

9:00pm

Selwyn Birchwood
Selwyn Birchwood continuously wows audiences with high-energy performances rooted deeply in the traditions of the blues greats. Selwyn took top honours at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, winning the band competition and also taking home the prestigious Albert King Award for “Best Guitarist” in the competition finals.  

Selwyn got his start with Texas blues legend Sonny Rhodes touring throughout the U.S. and Canada at the age of 19. Selwyn’s drummer, Curtis Nutall, travelled internationally with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Joe Louis Walker. Bass player Huff Wright and saxophonist Regi Oliver spent time backing several notable blues artists including, Lucky Peterson — top-notch talent promising a top-notch performance at this year’s ‘fest. Don’t miss it! 


Wednesday July 9, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:00pm

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and toured worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble, Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated ‘Backatown’, followed by ‘For True’ in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, ‘Say That to This’ was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.  

Trombone Shorty has appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At the Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.    


Wednesday July 9, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
River Stage

9:30pm

Phantogram
Phantogram's second full-length album, ‘Voices’ catches the ear quickly, melding hazy dream pop, dark atmospheres, and head-knocking rhythms into a compelling, original sound. Since 2007, the New York duo’s music has evolved organically, and the band's career has mirrored that development. Formed in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, longtime friends Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel crafted music untroubled by outside interference. With each new release and tour since their 2009 debut ‘Eyelid Movies’ (Barsuk), their sound has progressed—and so has their popularity. Yet ‘Voices’ makes no concessions to commercialism. From inception to execution, ‘Voices’ stays true to the aesthetic that has won them a wide, disparate fan base.  

Although hip-hop is a key influence on their music, the division of labour in Phantogram doesn't neatly split into clear cut old school roles of DJ and MC. The two members share creative responsibilities. Carter sings lead on two new tunes and Barthel assumed a bigger role in production on ‘Voices’.  

Meanwhile, working with Big Boi on three tracks for his 2012 solo album, ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors’ did more than just broaden Phantogram's listening audience. The Outkast veteran also dispensed sage advice as they graduated to a larger record label and bigger crowds. “He told us not to worry and to stay true to what we were already doing,” says Barthel. Lend an ear to ‘Voices’ and it is clear Phantogram took that advice to heart.   


Wednesday July 9, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:30pm

The Killers
Despite a tour hiatus a few years back, The Killers are back in action and have been confirmed to perform at the 2014 RBC Bluesfest.  The Killers were formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. completed the current line-up of the band in 2002. The four band mates had been apart for almost five years, with the Flowers and Vannucci both testing the waters with solo albums. While their records were received very positively, it is difficult to match the popular gusto of The Killers music as a band. By the response of fans buying tickets to recent concerts, it appears as if The Killers are as popular as ever, if not more so. Concerts for most of their 2013 tour dates sold out immediately, even when playing at the most popular venue in world, Madison Square Garden. Any band or musician that can sell out MSG, is certainly trending in the right direction.  Their newest album 'Battle Born' has received high praise and for good reason – it’s terrific! And, The Killers promise to integrate songs from it into their set at this year’s 'fest. The word is that this concert will match the popularity of their last tour, which was an unequivocal success. 


Wednesday July 9, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Bell Stage
 
Thursday, July 10
 

6:00pm

Firebelly

Firebelly is a modern Canadian Blues & Soul band formed in 2012 and driven by a passion to create fresh Blues music, while respecting its rich and timeless traditions. Lead singer, harp player and frontman, Mathieu Gagnon, is a captivating storyteller with the rare ability to make you live the song, using his sweet, powerful voice and electrifying harp playing. The smooth and funky bass guitar of Dan Grewal combines seamlessly with the lively drums of Mike McNeil. Add the intense, but fearlessly tasteful, guitar playing of Fredy Carriere and you have a stripped-down, exciting blues sound that is “just right”. In only two years, they have garnered major festival, television and commercial radio exposure. Their hit song “Father to Your Son” has appeared on over 40 Radio stations across five continents.



Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Ukrainia
Leaping out of the urban landscape with the ferocity of a group of inebriated dancers, Ukrainia is a band with the hearts of giants. Their traditionally-based Ukrainian music has been pumped up and electrified. Jangly guitars punctuate the arrangements with metal-pop power, ranging from power chords to expedited strumming, to warbly twang-bar flexing – often sounding like a soundtrack to a frenetic Tarantino film. These four men make a big sound with guitar, bass, drums and no banduras.

Ukrainia aren’t your grandmother’s wedding dance band. Their music holds the old-country passions, but their sound is clearly 21st century. Songs, fuelled by the sweet breath of vodka, are intense to the edge of mania. Their music will light your spirit, lift your body and transport you to another time in a surreal place – have your passports stamped, you are entering Ukrainia.


Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
River Stage

6:00pm

Bella Cat

Bella Cat blues vocalist! A flower child born in a new era. Here, she will change the world with her music and positive vibrations.  Bella writes her lyrics passionately about her personal experiences. Outrageous performances, psychedelic band, dancing rhythms and a huge vocal range is what she is well known for. Bella released her first album January 10th 2014, she has a raw original voice and is highly influenced by the GREAT Etta James. Bella has great respect for the past, but her evovling personal style is unique and modern. Expect an outstanding blues show!



Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Gogol Bordello
Combining elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret, Gogol Bordello tell the story of New York's immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humour, and surreal costumes. Leader and singer Eugene Hütz's taste in music was spun out of black market tapes of the Birthday Party and Einstürzande Neubauten, in his native Ukraine. After being evacuated to western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, Hütz became enamored with the mystical, outsider qualities of Gypsy music. Living as a refugee in Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Italy before moving to the United States in 1993, he experienced life as an outsider himself.

After arriving in New York, he teamed up with guitarist Vlad Solofar and squeezebox player Sasha Kazatchkoff. American Eliot Fergusen added a strong rock sound on the drums, and the band was also augmented by Sergey Rjabtzev on fiddle, a former theater director from Moscow whose past experience would prove helpful in crafting Gogol Bordello's bizarre and riveting stage shows (like the one RBC Bluesfest fans enjoyed during their inaugural visit to the 'fest in 2007).


Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

7:00pm

Long Tall Deb
About.com’s Reverend Keith A. Gordon described Long Tall Deb as “the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’ soul.”

Along with her honey and molasses-soaked voice and her keen, nuanced songwriting, Long Tall Deb blends her vast experience with a hint of mysticism. Deb’s Texas/Mexico border roots are never far away from her songs. What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage is nothing short of one-of-a-kind. She goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to tell stories that are deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is. The fact that she assembled a virtual who’s who of BMA and Grammy-worthy talent to showcase her songs on her VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands” is just icing on the cake. The result is generating serious buzz, worthy of an artist on the rise.

2013 tour highlights included opening for B.B. King at the Midland Theater in Newark, Ohio, a headlining date at Buddy Guy’s Legends, a guest appearance with the Colin John Band at a party for the Allman Brothers at Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, and a tour of India and Nepal with Colin John culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival in November.

This is an act any blues fan will want to see!


Thursday July 10, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:00pm

Procol Harum With The NAC Orchestra
Neither the monumental success of Procol Harum’s first smash hit ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ nor their recently awarded accolade of ‘most played single of the past seventy-five years’ has stopped them from moving forward. The quality of their writing and live performance has remained Procol Harum’s gold standard throughout the years. They have recorded with ‘In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra’ to wide acclaim and will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest with the NAC Orchestra.

Singer/pianist/composer Gary Brooker is most famous as the founding member of Procol Harum, yet music fans have also appreciated his excellent work with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Kate Bush, and Wings, among others. Within Procol Harum’s current line-up lies a purring engine of a rhythm section in the hands of bassist Matt Pegg. Geoff Dunn on drums is ‘the new boy’ in the hot seat– having been the driving force with such luminaries as Jimmy Page, Van Morrison and Manfred Mann. Josh Phillips is in on the Hammond organ —h is career started in 1979 with Pete Townsend. Last but never least is twenty-year veteran Geoff Whitehorn, who has supplied lead guitar by appointment to the British rock aristocracy such Roger Daltrey, among others.

In recent years, Procol have released 10 re-mastered CD albums, and the two-CD anthology ‘Secrets of the Hive’. “We don’t do pop songs as such,” says Brooker. “Procol Harum is a soul- and blues-based band with other influences. ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ or many of our other songs wouldn’t have been such big hits unless they’d had soul.” Brooker is still happy performing Procol’s classic hits and crowd-pleasers, yet there is always a mix of new or rare songs on the set-list to titillate the ever-growing legion of fans that follow the band. Procol Harum continues to rock on in all their splendour, a galleon in full sail!


Thursday July 10, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

The Paper Kites
The Paper Kites success to this point has been due to the traditional route of hard work on the road combined with of plenty of talent and the power of online “word of mouth”. The band have developed a very solid live audience by making sure each and every show holds nothing back in terms of honesty and emotion. They have toured extensively throughout Australia having sold out two national headline tours while also winning over audiences as the support for the likes of Boy & Bear and Josh Pyke. Online the band have proven to be somewhat of a phenomena. Fans from all over the world have embraced them via social media and their DYI style videos for the songs "Featherstone" and "Bloom", which have had over 3 million combined views on Youtube thus far.  

The band have also come to the attention of a number of prominent international film and television makers. The song “Featherstone” was featured in the series final episode of Grey’s Anatomy, resulting in their music now being on the radar of several important film directors.  

The Paper Kites' 5-track EP “Young North” was co-produced by ARIA Award winning Producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Josh Pyke, Silverchair) at Melbourne’s Sing-Sing Studio. The material has a more energetic and dynamic feel to it than their previous work, while still maintaining the emotional intensity heard in the tracks from their debut EP “Woodland”".


Thursday July 10, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
River Stage

7:00pm

Ceremony Djs
"Just three wholesome dudes, spinning some of the best and dirtiest booty shaking music."



Thursday July 10, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

The Districts
ALSO PERFORMING JULY 9

The Districts are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were all still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, 'Kitchen Songs', in 2011 followed by 'Telephone', their debut full-length, the following year. Their second EP, the more acoustic-leaning 'While You Were in Honesdale', was released in late 2012 and the band continued to perform regionally. Their mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock caught the attention of Mississippi's Fat Possum Records, which signed the Districts in 2013. In January 2014 Fat Possum issued the band's self-titled third EP, which contained three remastered songs from their 'Telephone' album along with two newly recorded tracks.

Thursday July 10, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Blondie
Blondie’s ninth studio album ‘Panic Of Girls’ glances backward but resolutely moves forward, remaining keenly observant of street-level pop culture and the roiling musical melting pot of New York City. The core trio of vocalist Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke have embraced younger band-mates, collaborated with up-and-coming producers and discovered new songwriting partners, yet have eschewed chasing trends.  “We’re part of the future as well as the past,” declares Harry. “When we first got back together in 1997, one of the stipulations I had was that it not be just a review of Blondie’s greatest hits. I really felt convinced of and dedicated to the idea that we had to move ahead and do new music. I’m really happy that this CD is coming out and represents the Blondie tradition, yet it also has a statement that is part of today.”  

Blondie has come a long way from CBGB’s and the Bowery, having sold more than 40 million albums globally and repeatedly reaching the top of the charts over the course of four decades with such hits as “One Way Or Another,” “Heart Of Glass,” “Rapture” and “Maria.” In 2006, Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Burke notes, the band’s plaque is situated right below the Beatles — deservedly in good company! Blondie continues to be a powerhouse live act, attracting huge audiences around the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them when they appear at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.       


Thursday July 10, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:15pm

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience, Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic for an evening of music history as Dave retraces his earliest days with Traffic and the works that launched his amazing solo career.  

Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, and Mama Cass Elliot. This is one ‘fest act you don’t want to miss! 


Thursday July 10, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:15pm

Royal Canoe
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.

Royal Canoe's dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, they’d rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent (very much like a voyager canoe, in fact) than rely on lengthy backing tracks. They actually play every part, every time. And while their van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is, in turn, crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded, not in recklessness, but in a decisive confidence.

If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally eases into light, and you feel some actual warmth on those pasty, vitamin-D deprived limbs and all they want to do, suddenly, is move. 


Thursday July 10, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
River Stage

8:30pm

Three Times Lucky
As many RBC Bluesfest regulars will attest, a Three Times Lucky show combines the thrill of exceptional, improvised live music, paired with TTL's unique brand of original good time, rockin' blues selected from their two releases. Backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections in town, expect mind boggling keyboard work, gritty slide guitar with earthy tones, juxtaposed with the voice of an angel;  bringing you a truly unique musical experience like no other. It's no wonder Three Times Lucky are one the capital's hardest working bands. If you plan on catching Three Times Lucky's show at this years RBC Bluesfest, do yourself a favour and don't forget your dancing shoes!


Thursday July 10, 2014 8:30pm - Friday July 11, 2014 12:00am
Offsite at Casino Lac-Leamy

9:00pm

TJ Wheeler
For close to four decades—to roughly a half-a-million children across five continents—this Blues, Jazz and overall Roots musician and educator extraordinaire has been rockin' the world with the message of Hope, Heroes' & the Blues. As well as being an internationally acclaimed music educator, TJ Wheeler is equally respected as a multi instrumentalist, with incredible proficiency on the seven-string & National Steel guitar, Swing Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin and his signature one-string slide, Diddley Bow! All ofthis combined with his charismatic, whiskey coated, Bluesy vocals, and tap shoes, make TJ one of the most formidable roots artists on the scene today.

Thursday July 10, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:30pm

John Mayall
Although John Mayall doesn’t refer to himself as the “Godfather of British blues,” many fans and pundits do — and with good reason. Along with his band, The Bluesbreakers, John started out in the late 1950s in England, using Chicago blues as a starting point for a sound that evolved from album to album. And in an avuncular way, John Mayall harnessed and launched a “who’s who” list of former Bluesbreakers onto the music scene in the ’60 and ‘70s. Iconic names of past members include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Mick Taylor, (who went on to a five -year stint with the Stones.) The studio album entitled ‘John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers', recorded with Clapton, was released in 1966 and is widely considered to be one of the great classic blues albums of all time, on either side of the Atlantic.  

In recent years, Mayall released several live recordings on his own online label, Private Stash Records. But back in October 2008, the years of heavy touring were beginning to take their toll on John and he reluctantly announced his decision to take an indefinite break and permanently retire the name "Bluesbreakers." This caused quite a stir in blues circles and led to rumours about total retirement. Happily for John's fans, early in 2009 Eagle Records called upon John to come up with a new album. Feeling much revived after months away from music, he put together a new band for the project and a terrific album entitled 'Tough' was recorded.  

As 2013 came to a close and with his 80th birthday mere weeks away, John Mayall entered a North Hollywood Studio with his band and special guest C.J. Chenier. He walked out with one of the finest and most personal records of his career, 'A Special Life'. The album is scheduled for release in 2014 on Forty Below Records with extensive tours of North America, Europe and the UK all set to commemorate John's 80th Birthday Celebration Tour, including a much anticipated stop at the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa.       


Thursday July 10, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:30pm

The Band Perry
The Band Perry is a country music band from Greeneville, Tennessee, composed of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals), and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals). They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their self-titled debut album on October 12, 2010. Their second album, 'Pioneer', was released April 2, 2013. "If I Die Young" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts and has been certified quadruple platinum.  

The songs on 'Pioneer' are tailor-made for arena and big festival shows. "We needed songs that could fill large spaces,” says Kimberly Perry. “Our show is very aggressive; there are a lot of electric guitars and hard-hitting drums, and the music on 'Pioneer' captures that."  

"Playing the new songs has given our live show a new burst of energy and the crowd feels it, too,” adds Neil Perry. “They’re as excited to have new music as we are.” 


Thursday July 10, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

Young the Giant
Formerly known as the Jakes, Young the Giant began making eclectic indie rock in Irvine, CA, where band mates Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Francois Comtois (drummer) all met during high school. Following graduation, the guys ditched their respective bands and formed their own outfit, drawing upon their European and Middle Eastern roots to forge a worldly, summery sound. Although the boys left Orange County shortly thereafter to attend different colleges, they continued making music together, eventually deciding to put school on hold and focus on the group instead. The decision wasn’t in vain—by early 2009, they were opening for Kings of Leon and playing shows at South by Southwest. Several months later, they were signed to Roadrunner Records.  

The Jakes changed their names to Young the Giant in January 2010 and began working on an album with producer Joe Chiccarelli, tracking most of the songs at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring cameos by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster and Jellyfish’s Roger Manning, the self-titled debut was released in early-2011.  Sessions for a second full-length began with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen in summer 2013. The resulting album, the heavier ‘Mind Over Matter’, arrived in January 2014.  


Thursday July 10, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
River Stage
 
Friday, July 11
 

TBA

Kelly Prescott (Songwriter Showcase)
Kelly Prescott hails from two musically renowned family lines, spanning three generations from Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Ottawa Valley. She has naturally inhered the foundation to follow her musical heart, drawing inspiration from her great Canadian roots. Kelly is one of the lead singers of the alt-country band, The Claytones with Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and Pat McLaughlin. Together they have a musical chemistry few groups can match with tight, three-part harmonies, beautiful arrangements and a warm stage presence.


Friday July 11, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Kelly Sloan (Songwriter Showcase)
As a classically trained singer from the musically lush Ottawa Valley who spent a third of her life in the eclectic Halifax music scene, Kelly Sloan’s music is undoubtedly hard to label.  Her music has been described as “soul-infused folk,” “Canadiana flare,” and “country-roots rock.”  Her two studio albums, Always Changes (2008) and Kelly Sloan (2010), offer a unique balance of old-time simplicity and a unique and earnest depth of emotion. Since replanting her roots in the Ottawa music scene, Kelly has been showcased at the Ottawa Bluesfest and the Ottawa Folk Festival. She has opened for Jim Bryson, Josh Ritter, and Justin Rutledge and was the recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award in 2012. 


Friday July 11, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

TBA

Shannon Rose (Songwriter Showcase)
Drawing on influences of classic pop, soul, country, punk, and rock music, Shannon Rose & the Thorns focus on melody and songcraft. Rose’s voice is rich and captivating, and she and her band perform with soulful conviction.Rose has released two full-length albums, and is set to release a third in September 2014. She has toured across Canada and in the U.K., including performances at NXNE, and the Ottawa Folk Festival, and her music has been regularly featured on CBC Radio and community radio stations. She has received recording grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.


Friday July 11, 2014 TBA
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Amanda Rheaume
Métis singer/songwriter Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Rheaume has distinguished herself as one of the Ottawa’s, if not the Canada’s, most selflessly giving musicians. She organizes Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases, she participated in the Babes for Breasts tour to raise money for breast cancer, she recorded a charity Christmas EP for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa—selling 6500 copies in Ottawa alone—she donated a dollar from each album sold during her last tour to a fund for the families of military personnel, and she’s even performed for the troops in Afghanistan . . . more than once. 


Friday July 11, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
River Stage

6:00pm

BADBADNOTGOOD
BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.

With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler, The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional "standard" applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.

The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. Since then, they've won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, and Danny Brown among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.

Now, the inseparable friends are prepping to release their biggest project to date, III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group's newest explorations which are proving to be limitless


Friday July 11, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Brett Dennen
In 2004 Brett Dennen, a folk/pop singer and songwriter from Northern California, released his eponymous first album. His second album, 'So Much More', includes the much-heralded singles "Ain't No Reason", "She's Mine" and "Darlin' Do Not Fear".  

In an interview with American Songwriter Magazine, Dennen acknowledged Paul Simon's significant influence on his music as well as commenting that Paul Simon's "'Graceland' is my all-time favourite album.”  

Dennen was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as an “Artist to Watch” in 2008, and opened for John Mayer on his tour the same year. Entertainment Weekly called him one of its eight "Guys on the Rise". He has performed at numerous festivals and, in the fall of 2008, Dennen toured Australia with Pete Murray. In late October of that year, 'Hope for the Hopeless', Dennen's third album, was released on the Downtown/Dualtone label. The song "Ain't Gonna Lose You" was featured on Grey's Anatomy and topped the iTunes folk charts. The record reached #6 in the digital charts, and was followed by a successful mini-tour.  

In 2010 Dennen played at the Oulipo Ballroom in Kentucky. By all accounts it was a terrific show featuring a mixture of Paul Simon covers along with unreleased tracks from his then upcoming fourth album, 'Loverboy'. In 2009, Dennen's song "She's Mine" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie According to Greta and, in 2010, Dennen's song "Darlin' Do Not Fear" was featured on the soundtrack for the TV show Parenthood.  

Dennen's fifth album, 'Smoke and Mirrors', was released in October of 2013, to vast critical acclaim. 


Friday July 11, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:00pm

Keturah Johnson
Keturah Johnson is a songwriter and performing artist who has gained a growing reputation for her strong and dynamic vocal presence and a guitar style that references blues and roots music. Presently driven by a four person ensemble, the swoon and passion evident in Keturah's solo performances now commands a higher magnitude of attention and suggests elements of psychedelia, heavy soul, and a groove that could be dubbed "folk 'n roll".  


Friday July 11, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:00pm

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
In a much-anticipated performance, Slash will appear on-stage at the 'fest with his touring act The Conspiracy featuring Myles Kennedy as lead vocalist. Kennedy is known for his ability as both a guitarist and a vocalist, possessing a tenor vocal range that spans four octaves. As one of the music industry’s most enduring guitar icons, Slash’s performance at the festival will show why he is listed along with the top guitarists in the world, regardless of genre. Acclaimed guitarist Steven "Luke" Lukather, best known for his work with the rock band Toto, called Slash the "Keith Richards of our generation." His undeniable talent will demonstrate why he was considered the driving instrumental force behind the uber-popular rock band Guns N’ Roses.


Friday July 11, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Thornetta Davis
ALSO PERFORMING JULY 12

Thornetta Davis is a multi-talented native of Detroit. She has graced and dominated events around the world, performing more than two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. With a voice that is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth, Thornetta tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. 

In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album "Sunday Morning Music" and received a rave revue in the national magazine, Entertainment Weekly. The song "Cry" from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama "The Sopranos"

Thornetta has shared the bill with legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more. In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the"Lillith Fair" at Michigan's Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan; that same evening she attended the Detroit Music Awards where she proudly accepted two of the more than 20 Music Awards that she has won over the last 15 years -- this time for "Best R&B/Blues vocalist" and "Best R&B Group". 

In 2001 Thornetta Davis was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! She has appeared on the covers of Living Blues Magazine and Big City Blues Magazine. Thornetta also performed on the sound track for the film "Osmosis Jones" starring Bill Murray. Her powerful singing voice has been heard on the hit television show Xena Warrior Princess. Her work on a Cadillac commercial aired for the first time during the 2001 Academy Awards.

Fans in Michigan have seen Thornetta in the Michigan State Lottery commercials. She was also chosen to represent the Detroit Pistons in 2001-2002.  Coca-Cola selected Thornetta to revive the late 1960's "I'd Like to teach the world to sing" commercial. Clearly, more and more blues and R&B fans throughout the U.S. are getting to know who Thornetta Davis is. And now it's time the rest of the world found out. So this year, the RBC Bluesfest would like to introduce to you -- in all her splendor -- a Detroit talent as original as her name, ladies and gentlemen, THORNETTA DAVIS!

Friday July 11, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
River Stage

7:00pm

Dj Emmett
Coming Soon!

Friday July 11, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:15pm

Yung Lean
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, 17-year-old Yung Lean (real name Jonatan Leandoer Håstad) has worked with producers Yung Sherman and Yung Gud as 'The Sad Boys'. Influenced by artists such as Lil B, Future, and Main Attrakionz their sound incorporates cloud ambient beats and auto-tune, while Lean raps about his love of Pokémon, Nintendo and bucket hats, often sipping on an Arizona Ice Tea. Though new on the scene, Young Lean has been turning what were once ripples of interest into huge waves of hype, celebrity, and immense international fan support!


Friday July 11, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:30pm

Canadian Women’s Songwriter Showcase featuring: Kelly Sloan, Kelly Prescott and Shannon Rose
Kelly Sloan, Kelly Prescott and Shannon Rose are three of Ottawa’s finest singer-songwriters. In recent years, they have have been busy making a name for themselves in Ottawa, throughout Canada, and abroad. At this year’s RBC Bluesfest they will take to the stage with their backing bands to showcase some of their own work, and will also pay homage to their female Canadian influences by covering a few of their favourites.

About Kelly Sloan: As a classically trained singer from the musically lush Ottawa Valley who spent a third of her life in the eclectic Halifax music scene, Kelly Sloan’s music is undoubtedly hard to label.  Her music has been described as “soul-infused folk,” “Canadiana flare,” and “country-roots rock.”  Her two studio albums, Always Changes (2008) and Kelly Sloan (2010), offer a unique balance of old-time simplicity and a unique and earnest depth of emotion. Since replanting her roots in the Ottawa music scene, Kelly has showcased at the Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa Folk Festival, she opened for Jim Bryson, Josh Ritter & Justin Rutledge & was the recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award in 2012. 

About Kelly Prescott: Kelly Prescott hails from two musically renowned family lines, spanning three generations from Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Ottawa Valley. She has naturally inhered the foundation to follow her musical heart, drawing inspiration from her great Canadian roots. Kelly is one of the lead singers of the alt-country band, The Claytones with Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and Pat McLaughlin. Together they have a musical chemistry few groups can match with tight, three-part harmonies, beautiful arrangements and a warm stage presence.  

About Shannon Rose: Drawing on influences of classic pop, soul, country, punk, and rock music, Shannon Rose & the Thorns focus on melody and songcraft. Rose’s voice is rich and captivating and she and her band perform with soulful conviction.Rose has released two full-length albums, and is set to release a third in September 2014. She has toured across Canada and in the U.K., including performances at NXNE, and the Ottawa Folk Festival, and her music has been regularly featured on CBC and community radio stations. She has received recording grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.

Friday July 11, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Third Eye Blind
Although sometimes lumped into the post-grunge category, Third Eye Blind sports a brighter sound than many of their late-'90s peers, taking as much influence from classic pop/rock traditions as the angst-ridden music that dominated the decade. The group scored its first hit in 1997, when the debut single "Semi-Charmed Life" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and was #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks for eight weeks. The album sold over seven million copies in the U.S. alone.

Third Eye Blind built upon that success throughout the following three years, releasing a number of singles (three of which cracked the Top 10) while touring with the likes of U2 and Oasis. After taking a break during the early 2000s, the band returned in 2009 with its long-awaited fourth studio album, 'Ursa Major', preceded one year earlier by the digital EP 'Red Star'.


Friday July 11, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:15pm

John Németh & The Bo-Keys Featuring Percy Wiggins

"I remember telling friends up North in 1980 that they should go see Stevie Ray Vaughan, but they weren't impressed because he wasn't famous yet. It will give me great pleasure to say, 'I told you so!' about John Németh. You'll see." ~ Bob Margolin, Blues Revue Magazine 

John Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker -- his voice is that good -- and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. Performing major music festivals around the world has brought him critical acclaim. His burgeoning career has found him sharing the bill with Robert Cray, Keb Mo', and Earl Thomas among others. 

Intrepid Artists International recently announced that their very own, John Németh, took home the 2014 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year at the 35th Annual BMA's in Memphis, TN.  We are proud to present John at the RBC Bluesfest and are thrilled to see him claim what is sure to be his first of many Blues Music Awards.  Congratulations John!!! 

"Either John Németh is one of the greatest vocalists in the world or this was the best performance of his life, or both." ~ Bob Horn, Washington Blues Society 

“Boy, John Németh can really belt it out!" ~ Charlie Musslewhite 

"There aren't many soul men left in the world.  John Németh is one of 'em!” ~ Esquire Magazine



Friday July 11, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
River Stage

8:30pm

Jacques Greene
In less than three years, this enigmatic young house producer and songwriter from Montreal has given the current musical landscape progressively deeper ideas of what house music can mean. Beyond the sparkling original releases, eps and remixes, Jacques Greene has collaborated across various styles from everyone from Jimmy Edgar to Tenashe, to The XX, to Radiohead.

In a culture of new artists competing for digital real estate, Greene anchored his career in the physical. He's toured, playing top European venues such as Fabric Live, Plastic People, Panoramabar, as well as major festivals like Sonar, MUTEK, the Bloc Weekender and Bozar Electronic Weekender. Along the way, he has steadily conquered each crowd with his undeniably potent songs and infectious demeanor. With “Another Girl”, much well-deserved hype followed. Tearing down the gate with two EPs on LuckyMe and Nightslugs, and nothing short of an anthem on the latter’s Allstar compilation, he grew as the best artists do -- with quality releases and unforgettable live shows.

New original music, limited run white labels, a jaw-dropping analog live show, and the launch of his own imprint, Vase, have further established his vision leading towards his debut full length.


Friday July 11, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:30pm

Barenaked Ladies
"If I Had a Million Dollars" - even if I didn't have a million dollars - I'd go see the Barenaked Ladies at this year's RBC Bluesfest. What more is there to say . . . !


Friday July 11, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

July Talk
July Talk isn't easy to characterize. Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by Crazy Horse and you'd have a start. Striking a balance between Americana and indie-rock, July Talk's Beauty & the Beast aesthetic burns a little going down, but will leave you wanting more. 


Friday July 11, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
River Stage

9:30pm

Texas Horns
It's always a pleasure to have The Texas Horns performing at the RBC Bluesfest. For most music lovers there’s nothing like the full sound of a great blues band with horns. But, for many touring acts it’s not always feasible to bring in a horn section. With the Texas Horns as perennial guest stars at the festival, many of the performers have the luxury of a set with the 'House Horns'. This unit has the ability to adapt on the fly, often minutes before the performance. This is what leads us to offer Kaz and The Texas Horns a permanent 'residency' at the RBC Bluesfest.

Aside from stage-hopping and sitting in for impromptu performances with a wide variety of bands throughout the festival, the Texas Horns—featuring Kaz Kazanoff on tenor sax, Al Gomez on trumpet, and John Mills on baritone sax—will also be fronting their very own set, while hosting a stellar cast of 'fest favourites on drums, bass, strings and keys.

Friday July 11, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:45pm

Ryan Hemsworth

Ryan Hemsworth is a young Canadian producer with a remarkably productive output in recent years and a totally unique approach to hip hop and R&B production. With an early background as a singer and guitarist, he quickly weaned off rock into hip hop and more software oriented music, diving whole-heartedly into drum loops and samples. In 2011, his first release 'No Plans' was featured on SPIN magazine’s Top 20 R&B albums.

Hemsworth has worked with the likes of Sole, Lana Del Rey, Shady Blaze, and Quadron while maintaining a solo career. In 2012 his solo career took off with the release of his 'Last Words' EP on the Wedidit label. A year later, he dropped his debut album, 'Guilt Trips', on the label Last Gang. The album featured guest appearances from Baths, Lofty305, and others.



Friday July 11, 2014 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Black Sheep Stage
 
Saturday, July 12
 

1:30pm

Sound of Lions
If you haven’t yet heard Sound of Lions, now is high time to get acquainted. Millennial Canadian songwriting partners Whitney Delion and Christian Awad are a contrast of velvet and grit, of heaven and concrete. A virtuosic female crooner and an introspective emcee somehow meet at the windswept crossroads, and the effect is electric. Writing with lead guitarist Will Assaad, drummer Marco Campagna, and bassist Joel Soucy, Sound of Lions combines psych and hip-hop with trance-beat-pop effortlessly and luxuriously, with lots of space to fall into. 


Saturday July 12, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
River Stage

2:00pm

Atherton
Atherton is a Hip-Hop musician from Ottawa, ON. who draws influences from all genres. Priding himself on an energetic even theatrical live performance his persona on stage borders on the absurd providing comic relief to the thoughtful and sobering themes in his music. Atherton released his third and most ambitious full length, 'No Threat', May 19th 2012


Saturday July 12, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

2:00pm

Wicked Grin

Blues With Bite!

Since 2003, Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin have been rockin' festivals and clubs throughout Ontario and Quebec with their distinctive hard-driving, in your face blues.  Murray has a fresh take on gritty blues and killer guitar, and Rod Williams’ harp is raucous and wailing in all the right places; they’re backed up by super-tight bassist Leigh-Anne Stanton and hot young drummer Liam Melville.  Together they deliver full-tilt blues with a groove that just won't quit, “memorable as one of the city’s most upbeat blues acts.”

Wicked Grin won the 2013 Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis Competition and represented Ottawa at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.

Their latest record, “Shame On Me,” was released in December 2013. The album is getting widespread airplay and favourable reviews in North America, Europe and in the U.K. 

They have a full slate of festival dates this summer and will be touring Western Canada in the fall.



Saturday July 12, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

2:00pm

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey co-presented by RBC Bluesfest & Ottawa International Film Festival
“Well-chronicled and fascinating, Don’t Stop Believin’ is a cinematic journey well worth taking.”
~ USA Today

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.


Saturday July 12, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

3:00pm

KODEK
Coming Soon!

Saturday July 12, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

3:00pm

John Allaire & The Campistas
Playing an average of 120+ shows per year around the world and selling over 30,000 units of his music over his career, John Allaire is easily one of Canada’s top independent road warriors. He has won many awards, including the American Songwriters’ Association award in Nashville for best songwriter in 2009 and the Toronto Independent Music Award for “best live show” in the same year. Penguin Eggs magazine has called John "the next Canadian music legend" and "a new Neil Young".  His storytelling and quick wit make him a perennial festival favourite and a stalwart club-land institution.  With his backing band, The Campistas, the energy level is turned up even higher, delivering a post-punk, alt-country attack that would make Crazy Horse and Elvis Costello proud.

John was a founding member of the ‘80s and ‘90s alt-rock band, The Town Cryers, and has shared the stage with hundreds of popular acts, including The Black Crowes, Steve Earle, Three Days Grace, City and Colour, Blue Rodeo, Alejandro Escovedo, David Lindley, Donovan, HooDoo Gurus, BoDeans, Alanis Morrisette, Drive-By Truckers and many more . . .


Saturday July 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bell Stage

3:00pm

Jonathan Becker & The North Fields
"Jonathan Becker has been performing and touring as a singer-songwriter since 2009 and under other monikers since 2005. Working with The North Fields has allowed a significant collaboration in his background as a musician to fuse post-punk with rock and roll, roots, alt-folk, and country. The North Fields self-released their first studio EP in January, 2014.

The Scene Magazine calls his live show "crass yet cathartic . . ." "The North Fields wields a traditional rock and roll ensemble, along with driven piano, some grit, and intensity carried out of [Jonathan's] history in the punk rock community."


Saturday July 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
River Stage

3:30pm

The Iguanas
New Orleans band The Iguanas are: Rod Hodges on guitar & accordion, Joe Cabral on sax & guitar, Rene Coman on bass, Doug Garrison on drums, and Eric Lucero on trumptet. 

Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades -- save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin -- the Iguanas define a sound of Americana that crosses cultures, styles, eras, and even language. Vocalist and guitarist Rod Hodges combines his Mexican heritage with Americana and New Orleans-rooted music, singing many of his songs and vocal parts in Spanish. These Latin influences shape the music and live performances of the Iguanas in a way only a New Orleans act can pull off. The Iguanas pursue a wide array of musical influences in various aspects of blues, New Orleans music, roots, and rock ‘n’ roll. For roots fans, this show should be included on your must-see list!

Saturday July 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

4:00pm

Action Bronson
He may sound like Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, but when rapper Action Bronson calls upon his past life as a chef and spits heavy culinary knowledge, you certainly wouldn’t confuse the two. Born and raised in Flushing, Queens, Bronson wasn’t even ten when an illicit copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album ‘36 Chambers’ landed in the tape deck at a friend’s sleepover party. His life was changed forever, and soon he discovered another idol, Kool G Rap. Bronson later studied at the Art Institute of New York City’s culinary program and went on to join the restaurant business as a chef, but in 2009 he exited the kitchen and entered the studio. In 2011 he would release his debut album, ‘Dr. Lecter’. That same year he appeared beside Ghostface as a guest artist on the Wu-Tang collection ‘Legendary Weapons’. In 2012, the Fools Gold label released ‘Blue Chips’, a collaborative album with Brooklyn-based producer Party Supplies, while the Alchemist-helmed mixtape ‘Rare Chandeliers’ followed later in the year. His 2013 EP ‘Saaab Stories’ was produced by Harry Fraud and launched his major-label deal with Warner Bros. via the Vice imprint. 


Saturday July 12, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

4:15pm

Grace Lachance
From Stittsville, Ontario, Grace Lachance is a 13-year-old singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a solo or live band act, she has been performing her widely eclectic repertoire by her favourite artists from Carrie Underwood to the Jackson 5 to Dixie Chicks to Kings Of Leon, including a full albums worth of her own original music. Since her debut performance at the age of 10, Grace has stood on stages from Ottawa to Montreal and Toronto, from small clubs to larger ones, such as numerous performances at Ottawa’s Greenfields, to weddings, private parties, community arenas, fair stages, and large stage events such as major’s hill park.

Grace is honoured and feels privileged for the opportunity to grace the Barney Danson stage at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.


Saturday July 12, 2014 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

4:30pm

Bluesfest Revue
Coming Soon!

Saturday July 12, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
River Stage

4:45pm

Ariane Boudreau
Ariane Boudreau is a gorgeous, silky-voiced young lady who began singing at a very young age. She loves to sing, and the world is her stage!

Ariane's first foray into formal music training began with guitar and voice lessons from renowned Ottawa singer-songwriter Trevor Finlay, who now resides in Nashville. It was obvious that Ariane was gifted. With the encouragement of her family, Ariane entered the Be in the Band program, under the tutelage of multi-talented Ben Russell. Ben will provide piano and/or guitar accompaniment during Ariane's performance. This promises to be an outstanding showcase of a wonderful emerging female artist.


Saturday July 12, 2014 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

5:00pm

Bob Saget - FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
*FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

Expect the unexpected from one of the world's most outrageous comics. Bob Saget has starred in many successful family-friendly television shows, including "Full House" and "Americas Funniest Home Videos", but he's also an out-of-his-mind, stand-up comedian. He's been getting rave reviews as well, on his new book "Dirty Daddy".  From his HBO special "That Ain't Right" to his scene-stealing cameos playing himself in "Entourage" and in "The Aristocrats", it's always hilarious as Bob Saget embraces his dark side.


Saturday July 12, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bell Stage

5:00pm

NMA
After nearly 10 years of playing and touring with bands, Alex Serre turned to the electronic software based platform for making music. In late December of 2013 he secretively released his three-song “HECTOR EP” to his friends under the alias NMA. This year he will be bringing the project to the public eye, with RBC Bluesfest 2014 being the launch of a set of vibe-filled live shows planned for the summer. 

"For me, music is about emotion, good vibes and well-being. In a lot of situations it can get overly complicated and I’m trying to stay away from that. That’s why I love electronic music culture; it’s all about having fun and being open minded.” ~ NMA


Saturday July 12, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

5:00pm

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia's career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and has stayed there ever since. Norcia has appeared on nearly 50 albums including discs with the Bluetones, Earl, Otis Grand, Ann Peebles, Michelle Willson, Sax Gordon, Duke Robillard, and his 1999 "Best Traditional Blues" Grammy nominated collaboration with fellow harmonica virtuosos James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch called 'SUPERHARPS'.

In the '90s Norcia spent seven high-profile years with the legendary Roomful of Blues. He cut five albums with the group including 1996's 'TURN IT ON, TURN IT UP', which received a "Best Traditional Blues" Grammy nod. Today Norcia's elan and robust tone makes his voice one of the most distinctive, well-defined and recognizable instruments in modern blues.

Sugar Ray continues to tour the world with his durable Bluetones and make acclaimed albums like his fourth Severn release 'MY LIFE, MY FRIENDS, MY MUSIC', which drew Blues Music Award nominations for "Album of the Year," "Instrumentalist — Harmonica," " Instrumentalist — Bass" and "Song of the Year" (for "Last Words of a Fool").


Saturday July 12, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

5:15pm

Catriona Sturton
Sings like an angel, plays like a beast. As a young teenager, Catriona learned harmonica where she could (mostly in bars and back alleys). Her late teens and early 20s were spent touring the country with beloved Canadian all-girl indie-rock band Plumtree. After a stint playing in a Japanese punk rock band, Catriona returned to her roots and the heavy harmonica music of her youth, pairing disarming and delicate songwriting with gut-wrenching deep blues music.


Saturday July 12, 2014 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 is composed of a trinity of alt-rap all-stars: Rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala and producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura. Individually, they stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together as Deltron 3030, they warp space, bend time, transcend genre and blow minds. Their album 'Deltron 3030', still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hiphop.

Now, after keeping the world waiting 13 long years, they’ve released the long-awaited follow-up to their debut — an album titled 'Deltron 3030: Event II' — and the trio isn’t shy about what they think it represents. “There isn’t another record that’s like this — it’s different from anything else I’ve done and anything else that’s out there,” says Nakamura. “So I’m just going to say it: This is going to sound incredibly pompous, but to me, this is the greatest rap record of all time.” Considering the talents that are involved, Nakamura should have every reason to be confident.


Saturday July 12, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:00pm

Long Shen Dao
Think reggae is exclusively the purview of Rastafarians? Think again. All six members of Long Shen Dao, a stellar ensemble from Beijing, China have earned solo success across various genres. But, in their Northern American debut, they come together to embrace the reggae spirit in a distinctly vibrant way that draws together East and West.

Long Shen Dao’s lead singer compares reggae music to a warm breeze -- accessible to everyone no matter his or her origins. Lyrically, the band is fond of references to love and spiritual freedom, including aspects of Taoism. Musically, while its core source is reggae, the group finds inspiration in contemporary urban sounds like rock, dub, hip-hop, world music, ska, and electronica. Long Shen Dao also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like the guzheng (zither). But rather than playing an exotic part that attempts to the making of "reggae with Chinese characteristics" the guzheng functions no differently here than the guitar in any Western rock band, resulting in great sounds from a terrific band!

Saturday July 12, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River Stage

6:30pm

Little Freddie King
If you want the real blues - and I'm not talkin about some long-haired hippy beatin' on a National Resonator guitar or a mustachiod, Italian-suited slickster blowin' on a chromatic harmonica - baby, you'd better call Little Freddie King. But it's a rare treat to catch him outside of N'awlins. Typically, he's only seen once a month at BJ's Lounge, located in the lowest bowels of the mighty Ninth Ward, where he shares floor space with a pool table and various carpet remnants. But don't think for a second that his band won't be able to create the proper mood without their usual scrappy surroundings. The minute Freddie straps on his guitar and strikes up his gnarled chord and drummer "Wacko" Wade makes his presence known with a definative cymbal crash, this lean, mean, swampy aggregation of gut-bucket wild men transforms the poshest of venues -- or festivals -- into a back-of-town beer joint. So join the party, with Little Freedie King and his band, at this year's RBC Bluesfest. You'll be happy you did!



Saturday July 12, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:30pm

Paul Oscher
Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp), first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature.

In the mid-l960s Paul met Muddy Waters back stage at the Apollo Theatre and in 1967, when Muddy came to New York without a harp player, Paul sat in with the band. He played two numbers: "Baby Please Don’t Go" and "Blow Winds Blow." Muddy hired him on the spot. Working alongside blues greats like Muddy Waters and Otis Spann, Paul learned the deep Blues phrasing and timing, characteristic of his music today.

Saturday July 12, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:00pm

AWOLNATION
Hit singles are great, but for every real artist the dream when they go into the studio is to make music that reaches people, songs that strike a deep chord and resonates with audiences well after the track ends. For Aaron Bruno, the architect of white-hot new rockers AWOLNATION, hearing that his brilliant 'Megalithic Symphony' has achieved that lofty ambition with anyone is the greatest reward of the success the band is enjoying now.

And keep in mind, Bruno can't be pigeonholed into one style of music. “I like so much music. I love old country music, I love a lot of kind of silly pop stuff, I love all hip hop, all different eras, obviously metal, punk rock, indie rock, there’s no one genre that I love more than another one. So I think that comes through in our music,” he says.

That often leads to some memorable, occasionally confusing, and very flattering descriptions. “I’ll talk to one person and they’ll go, ‘I hear Nine Inch Nails meets Aretha Franklin.’ I’m like, ‘That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. How does that even make sense?’” he asks. “I’ve heard the Nirvana comparisons, Nirvana meets Outkast meets Prince, that’s a comparison I love obviously.” All of those artists have achieved the dream that Bruno has been striving for since he started making music. “It’s always been a goal of mine to make that special record people remember as sort of like a landmark in time.” With 'Megalithic Symphony' Aaron Bruno has proven that he is the unique talent that can make that dream come true.


Saturday July 12, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Memetic
Born and raised in the west end of the Greater Toronto Area, Memetic whas been steeped in the tradition of the city's great DeeJays, music knowledgists and Hiphop culturattis. While deeply influenced by his Caribbean background and Toronto's international-but-perennially-mixed-up culture, it was Hiphop that originally helped him connect the dots between styles, sounds and people on the dance floor. Now, whether in his DJ sets or in the studio cooking up his original creations, Memetic brings together the strangest inluences in a way that only he can. From James Blake to James Brown, or Deerhoof to Daft Punk, or Mariah Carey to Movado, Memetic's sets and sounds are a journey of discovery and delight. 

Saturday July 12, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:30pm

Nostalghia
Nostalghia music is best described in palate form— a vulnerable outpour of an elemental, emotional landscape married to a cinema of sound, birthing what is now coined by fans as "post-apocalyptic gypsy punk." The vulnerable-behind-the-veil, intimate and yet expansive sound of Nostalghia draws comparisons to artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Bjork, yet it is unique unto itself. Buzz is building around the performative artistry of this three-piece musical vision. On recording and in a live-setting, Nostalghia transports its audience into a cathartic dimension; it is a journey that not only leads its audience into a spiritual state of feeling, intensity, and passion, but also directly into the face of the unknown.

In 2013, the band played several shows as direct support for Gogol Bordello, performed at Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, British Columbia and toured with the Orb in California. Nostalghia closed an exciting year with a compelling performance on the Main Stage at Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City. In January, 2014, Nostalghia took the stage again in Mexico as an opener for Thirty Seconds to Mars and then toured throughout Australia on the Soundwave Festival. On April 8, 2014, Nostalghia released “Chrysalis”, its new studio album, mixed by multi-platinum producer and mixer Dave Fortman. The band continues to forge an undeniable personal connection with fans, the future burns bright for Nostalghia.


Saturday July 12, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
River Stage

8:00pm

Darrell Nulisch
ALSO PERFORMING July 13

Darrell Nulisch is a first-class bluesman with more natural soul in reserve than many singers can summon up at the peak of their powers. For a taste, just listen as he testifies with stirring authority on his classic album 'I Like It That Way', his second Severn Records release. It's a terrific recording and presents the big-voiced Dallas native dipping into a varied soul-streaked R&B bag. From the infectious opener, "You Tore My Playhouse Down", which he adapted from the Ann Peebles' classic "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", to ebullient offerings like "Getaway Place" and "Love Changes Things", he mines a motherlode of deep-blue feeling. Elsewhere, Nulisch wraps his distinctive pipes around faithful covers of Lee Shot Williams' "I Like Your Style"and Otis Redding's "Trick Or Treat." and showcases his blues harp chops on the rootsy shuffle,"Once in a Lifetime." 

From the beginning, Darrell Nulisch has exhibited a natural flair for phrasing a lyric, a quality that underscores his relaxed, soulful performances. Today, Nulisch continues to deliver bluesy and sweet soul music with an authoritative and refreshingly unaffected voice. Music fans in general, and Blues and soul fans in particular, will have a 'ton of fun' when Darrell Nulisch takes the stage at this year's RBC Bluesfest.

Saturday July 12, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

8:00pm

Thornetta Davis
ALSO PERFORMING JULY 11

Thornetta Davis is a multi-talented native of Detroit. She has graced and dominated events around the world, performing more than two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. With a voice that is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth, Thornetta tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. 

In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album "Sunday Morning Music" and received a rave revue in the national magazine, Entertainment Weekly. The song "Cry" from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama "The Sopranos"

Thornetta has shared the bill with legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more. In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the"Lillith Fair" at Michigan's Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan; that same evening she attended the Detroit Music Awards where she proudly accepted two of the more than 20 Music Awards that she has won over the last 15 years -- this time for "Best R&B/Blues vocalist" and "Best R&B Group". 

In 2001 Thornetta Davis was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! She has appeared on the covers of Living Blues Magazine and Big City Blues Magazine. Thornetta also performed on the sound track for the film "Osmosis Jones" starring Bill Murray. Her powerful singing voice has been heard on the hit television show Xena Warrior Princess. Her work on a Cadillac commercial aired for the first time during the 2001 Academy Awards.

Fans in Michigan have seen Thornetta in the Michigan State Lottery commercials. She was also chosen to represent the Detroit Pistons in 2001-2002.  Coca-Cola selected Thornetta to revive the late 1960's "I'd Like to teach the world to sing" commercial. Clearly, more and more blues and R&B fans throughout the U.S. are getting to know who Thornetta Davis is. And now it's time the rest of the world found out. So this year, the RBC Bluesfest would like to introduce to you -- in all her splendor -- a Detroit talent as original as her name, ladies and gentlemen, THORNETTA DAVIS!

Saturday July 12, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

8:00pm

Childish Gambino
‘BECAUSE THE INTERNET’ is Childish Gambino’s follow up to his Glassnote Records debut album ‘CAMP’, which was released in 2011. Childish Gambino emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in music, landing at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts. ‘CAMP’ has received critical acclaim from publications such as The Source, XXL, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, NPR and more. Childish Gambino, with his unique blend of hip-hop genres and lyrical genius, has gone from a viral cult following to a mega sensation. The New Yorker praises, “With a vocal attack reminiscent of Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown, Childish Gambino delivers rapid-fire stream-of-consciousness one-liners, along with in-depth and intelligent assessments of the recording industry, fame, and fortune.


Saturday July 12, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

9:00pm

The Mavericks
The Mavericks are a rare gem — a country-steeped garage band with a Cuban-American lead singer. They emerged from Miami in 1989 with a sultry debut that was equal parts innocence and intensity with vintage influences. More than two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-modern country gave the world “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes The Rain,” and “Dance The Night Away.”  

With their new album, the band that has defied definitions, blurred genres, and made everybody feel good is back. Sometimes referred to as “the most interesting band in the world” the Mavericks have captured the infectious energy and robust sound from their live shows on their new Valory Music release ‘In Time’. Songs like “Dance In The Moonlight,” the Orbison-esque “Born To Be Blue,” the horn-punctuated retro noir “Back In Your Arms Again,” and the Tejano-tinged “All Over Again” show that the Mavericks have once again found the way to make genre-defying soul music. Get a taste of it at this year's RBC Bluesfest!


Saturday July 12, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
River Stage

9:15pm

Johnny Nicholas
ALSO PERFORMING July 13

Raised in Rhode Island, during the '60s, Johnny Nicholas began early, singing and playing guitar in R&B bands, including his own The Vikings. He played in blues clubs throughout the Midwest, gaining acceptance and a small but dedicated following. In the mid-'60s he heard Howlin’ Wolf live and the experience turned him more firmly towards the blues. He formed a new group, the Black Cat Blues Band, with guitarist Duke Robillard, drummer Fran Christina, harmonica player Steve Nardella and others. He and Nardella later formed the Boogie Brothers, working mainly in Michigan. Nicholas was then with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen for a while before forming the Rhythm Rockers in the early '70s. This band included bass player and songwriter Sarah Brown, drummer Terry Bingham, guitarist Ronnie Earland, and saxophonist and RBC Bluesfest "House Horns" leader Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff of the Texas Horns. By the end of the decade Nicholas had settled in Texas where he played in various bands and showed himself to be adept in several genres apart from the blues, including Cajun music and western swing. 

Among leaders and bands with whom Nicholas played in Texas were Asleep At The Wheel and the great Link Davis. He also worked in Chicago with harmonica player Big Walter Horton and slide guitarist Johnny Shines.Nicholas spent most of the '80s working outside music, but during the 90s he re-emerged as a band leader. Playing contemporary blues with fervent enthusiasm, Nicholas also plays piano. His understandable decision to spend a part of his life with his family rather than fully embrace the potentially disruptive lifestyle of the touring musician has kept him from the widespread attention his skilful playing deserves. But those who have caught him perform live will attest to his brilliance - come see for yourself at this year's RBC Bluesfest. 

Saturday July 12, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:15pm

Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion)
Too often these days, while our biggest stars may be omnipresent in our lives, we feel no genuine connection to them or their artistry. Yet, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, is different. While, he’s everywhere, all of the time—from The View to Sportscenter and from commercials with Adidas to Pepsi Max—Snoop’s continuing appeal to his fans stems from a true bond that they have built with him through his music. And like Bigg Snoop, the music’s been everywhere. Whether it’s a stadium stage or the screen on your mobile phone, Snoop has most likely rocked it.  

His ability to stay at the forefront of popular culture and connect with his fans has resulted in unwavering relevance. In fact, a firm grip on the various social networking platforms makes him more accessible than ever. With all eyes on the hip kingpin from Long Beach, his 2011 recording, ‘Doggumentary’, was the perfect title for the man who continues to occupy the throne as the world’s most famous rapper.  

In recent years, Snoop Dogg continues to enhance his connection with fans through his music. After a trip to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg returned as Snoop Lion, a reggae singer/dancehall rapper who had seen the Rastafarian light. Violence was now something to fight against, with biblical, vegetarian, and other bits of Ital living holding sway on Snoop's first reggae album, 'Reincarnated'. The recording sent tidal waves crashing upon the musical landscape. Indeed, there’s never a dull moment with Snoop, so make sure to catch up with him at this year’s ‘fest! 


Saturday July 12, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Bell Stage

9:30pm

Dr. Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer
Ray Sawyer is the spirited, eye-patched lead singer of the group Dr. Hook, renown for the breakthrough song, "Cover of the Rolling Stone", a tune that reached international superstar status in the '70s and '80s. Ray has been touring the world, since the break-up of the original band in 1984, with a new band and a new twist to his familiar sound. His current style is harder edged and more soulful than his previous country-rock and pop efforts, yet the humour is still there.  

Born and raised in Alabama, Ray's style is indelibly marked by blending the black and white Southern music that kept Alabama dance halls and clubs hopping. His trademark eye patch was acquired following an auto accident in 1967 that left him without his right eye and kept him laid up for two years. When he was back on his feet, Ray set out for Los Angeles in 1968, working his way back east to New York where the nucleus of Dr. Hook was formed in time to record the score to a Dustin Hoffman film "Who is Harry Kellerman (and why is he saying those terrible things about me)".

Accumulating 60 Gold & Platinum Records worldwide with Dr. Hook, Ray still travels the world with his band. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in April 2005. With an abundance of on-stage energy and a prankish sense of humour, an unmistakable voice and image, and a unique ability to reflect his good times in good music, Ray Sawyer is definitely a song stylist of the first order. 


Saturday July 12, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Black Sheep Stage
 
Sunday, July 13
 

12:30pm

Blues in the Schools Presentation
Coming Soon!

Sunday July 13, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Black Sheep Stage

12:45pm

Be In The Band Presentation
Coming Soon!

Sunday July 13, 2014 12:45pm - 6:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

1:30pm

Farewell Davidson
Farewell Davidson is an evolving band of four hard-working and ambitious Ottawa musicians. The band released their debut EP entitled “Hometown Lights”, containing six original tracks ranging from ambient indie to straight up Rock & Roll. The band is known for its versatile yet distinct sound, and will lift you up with their energetic style and memorable hooks.

“Hometown Lights” was recorded at Studio 169 with producer Bryan Ruckstuhl (who recorded and produced the likes of YouTube sensation Julia Dales). The EP draws influences from artists such as Tokyo Police Club and Jack White. It has received recognition from local and commercial radio stations across North America and Europe. The bands single, “Late Night News”, was reblogged by Alan Cross, a notable Canadian radio broadcaster, in a segment called “I Like This”.

Farewell Davidson have played at well-known venues such as The Divan Orange in Montreal, and The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, sharing the stage with artists such as Toronto-based band Teenage Kicks and Big Money Shot winners The Strain and Autumns Cannon. The band gets behind causes they believe in, such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), by playing benefits and raising awareness about the issue. The band is working on their second EP, and are continuously present energetic performances, meaningful songs and, most importantly, they engage and surprise fans, while challenging themselves artistically.


Sunday July 13, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
River Stage

3:00pm

Khaus
Khaus, an upcoming EDM duo, is composed of two Ottawa-based DJs, Cole Rechan and Parker Aimers. Both being seniors at Ashbury College, they seek to bring a high level of energy to their electro-sounding sets. Hailing from the nation's capital, they know what it takes to bring a party to the next level and look forward to doing so at the 20th Anniversary of the RBC Bluesfest!


Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

3:00pm

Groenland
'The Chase' is the debut album from Montreal’s orchestral indie pop band Groenland, led by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque. With 18,000 copies sold and counting since it's release and 45,000 downloads of their single "Immune" as free-single of the week on iTunes Canada, the opus received several nominations such as Album of the Year - Anglophone and Album Design at L'Autre Gala de l'ADISQ.

In 2013, Groenland toured across Canada, giving unforgettable performances at Osheaga and at 'M' for Montreal. They were also invited to play at the Festival Off-Courts in Trouville-sur-mer (France), while their song "Daydreaming" was used as the closing track for the season premiere of The Good Wife (CBS) and the song 'The Chase' was used for an online British Airways ad.

"'The Chase' is the pursuit of an ideal, the desire to be in constant evolution. Our tendency is to put ourselves in danger to understand what we're made of," explains Sabrina. "It's all about taking risks."

Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
River Stage

3:00pm

Still Winter Hills
Still Winter Hills is a rock band that has found a common language to tie together their diverse musical influences. Whether delivering a fuzzed-out rocker or a quieter introspective song, they bring an intensity to their music that shines on record and in their live show. As a band they come across not as a group of musicians, but as a collective force. Roaring guitars, complex harmonies, shimmering pedal steel and a throbbing rhythm section work together so seamlessly that they make what they do sound easy, but it isn't - this is the result of a band that puts the songs above all else.

NXEW.ca writes: “The band clearly has rock and roll in all its early to mid period influences nailed down” with a “wide range of musical expression, and the ability to incorporate those disparate sounds into these songs”. 


Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bell Stage

3:00pm

The Red Rails
From the nation’s capital comes a power trio that combines potent, groove-laden music and impressive musicianship with an energizing live show that leaves audiences breathless after rockin’ all night long.

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kim Vincent, bassist Chris Slaney and drummer Steve Brogno, The Red Rails began in early 2012, and over the past two years, the band has generated a fervent buzz throughout the region and beyond, with their dynamic shows and unique blend of old-school 1970s vibes with 21st century flair. With a new full length album ready to release, the band will be embarking on a five-week tour throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the East Coast.

"We love The Red Rails! This power trio plays gritty and bold, blues-based rock and roll that rattled the timbers of this tinytown jukejoint. Without one millisecond of hesitation, I'd say these guys are ready for primetime. Hopefully soon, we will have one more chance to see them perform here again, and we can't wait." -Paul Symes, The Blacksheep Inn, Owner


Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

4:00pm

AJ Ghent Band
AJ Ghent attended a performing arts school where he studied music, drama, and dance. His experiences and education at this school influenced who he is as a performer. AJ was also a student of multiple instruments including drums, steel drums, and saxophone. In his quest for “the sound” AJ would later discover his passion for the steel guitar.  By the age of 18, AJ had rapidly transformed into an artist influenced by the sounds surrounding him, adopting multiple styles into his playing. “Overall I’m a soulful kind of guy although I tend to blend other sounds into my playing.” AJ makes it clear though, that the main thing that he truly aims to capture is the heart and soul — his music speaks of love, life, relationships, changes, hardship and trouble, and through it all he aspires to inspire. 

Sunday July 13, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

4:30pm

Billy Gibson
2006 Blues Music Award nominee - Best New Debut Artist. The heart & soul of a new generation of Memphis blues can be heard on Beale Street at the Rum Boogie Café where The Billy Gibson Band performs. Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world's greatest harmonica players. Ottawa blues fans will be delighted that Billy was able to make the trip north to perform at this year's RBC Bluesfest!

Sunday July 13, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
River Stage

4:30pm

David Maxwell
Coming Soon!

Sunday July 13, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

5:00pm

Said The Whale
An indie rock outfit based in Vancouver, Said the Whale was formed by Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. Former members of such bands as My Buddy Dave, the Millionaires, and WordsOverMusic, the two soon expanded the group's membership to five, adding Jeff LaForge (bass), Spencer Schoening (drums), and Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards). After stabilizing the roster, the band quickly got to work on EP projects, two of which would see release as free online downloads. Their first album, 'Taking Abalonia', was released in 2007. and 'Islands Disappear' arrived in 2009. Said the Whale took home the prize for New Group of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. After replacing Jeff LaForge with Nathan Shaw, the band released its third studio album, 'Little Mountain', in 2012, followed by 'Hawaiii' in 2013.


Sunday July 13, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bell Stage

5:00pm

Substant
When seeing Substant live you can expect to experience a sonic roller coaster ride through a vast array of electronic music and bass-infused beats. Don't miss Substant LIVE at this year's RBC Bluesfest! 


Sunday July 13, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

6:00pm

Be In The Band Instructors Presentation
Coming Soon!

Sunday July 13, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Black Sheep Stage

6:00pm

Little Freddie King
ALSO PERFORMING July 12

If you want the real blues - and I'm not talkin about some long-haired hippy beatin' on a National Resonator guitar or a mustachiod, Italian-suited slickster blowin' on a chromatic harmonica - baby, you'd better call Little Freddie King. But it's a rare treat to catch him outside of N'awlins. Typically, he's only seen once a month at BJ's Lounge, located in the lowest bowels of the mighty Ninth Ward, where he shares floor space with a pool table and various carpet remnants. But don't think for a second that his band won't be able to create the proper mood without their usual scrappy surroundings. The minute Freddie straps on his guitar and strikes up his gnarled chord and drummer "Wacko" Wade makes his presence known with a definative cymbal crash, this lean, mean, swampy aggregation of gut-bucket wild men transforms the poshest of venues -- or festivals -- into a back-of-town beer joint. So join the party, with Little Freedie King and his band, at this year's RBC Bluesfest. You'll be happy you did!




Sunday July 13, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Barney Danson Theatre

6:00pm

Lord Huron
Lord Huron began as a solo project by Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider in the spring of 2010. On a trip home to Michigan, Schneider recorded three songs inspired by communing with nature. These songs were later released as the 'Into the Sun' EP, and Lord Huron was born. The songs quickly gained recognition and a live band was assembled to flesh out the songs in a live setting. Lord Huron began performing as a band in August of 2010 and quickly began touring, developing their live show as they went.

In November of 2010 a second EP, entitled 'Mighty', was released and complemented with a video for the standout track "The Stranger." The year 2011 saw relentless touring, with appearances at larger festivals like South by Southwest, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. At this point Schneider solidified his band line-up with childhood friends Mark Barry on drums, Brett Farkas on guitar, Miguel Briseno on bass, and Tom Renaud on guitar. In January of 2012, Lord Huron signed with independent label IAMSOUND Records and began work on their debut full-length, 'Lonesome Dreams', which was released later that year.


Sunday July 13, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Claridge Homes Stage

6:00pm

The Darcys
THE DARCYS are an art rock band from Toronto comprised of Jason Couse [vocals, guitar, keys], Wes Marskell [drums], Michael le Riche [guitar, synth, vocals] and Dave Hurlow [bass]. The band's 2013 studio album, 'Warring', represents its third release on Arts & Crafts and the final installment in a trilogy of albums that includes 'The Darcys' [2011] and 'AJA' [2012]. 'Warring' was produced by Tom Mcfall and mixed by Dave Schiffman. The album was written over three years and recorded in Toronto during the final six months of 2012 with a focus on sonic detail inspired by studio opuses of the 1970s. Of the album and title, the band says: "Warring is moving forward. It's learning in motion. Competition and survival, letting go to persevere. It is anxiety about the future and the triumph of life in the moment. It's victory on will alone, the force that eradicates failure as an option."

Sunday July 13, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River Stage

7:00pm

MOIST
MOIST Is Back! Citing unfinished business, bassist Jeff Pearce, keyboardist Kevin Young, guitarist Mark Makoway and singer David Usher have reunited as MOIST and are rolling out new tour dates and plans for new music.  

From 1993 to 2001, over the course of three multiplatinum albums, MOIST led the vanguard of the Canadian alt-rock scene, sold over a million records and toured relentlessly from sea to sea, headlining shows for thousands of fans across the country. Of course MOIST’s impact was felt beyond Canada. The band made its mark internationally, touring extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia, and appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops’ in the UK, and as the musical guest on a pilot for Jon Stewart's Daily Show. They were even lampooned by Beavis and Butthead.  

With chart-topping hits such as ‘Push’, ‘Silver’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Breathe’, MOIST dominated rock radio throughout the '90s, won multiple Juno awards, and received numerous accolades for both their music and their exceptional live shows. An incendiary live act, MOIST has shared stages with a veritable pantheon of international superstars including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Collective Soul, and Neil Young, among many others.  

After an exhausting decade, the band went on hiatus in 2001. Now, twenty years after the start of it all and with renewed vigour and an irrepressible urge to rock, MOIST is back . . . and “The Resurrection” is upon us! 


Sunday July 13, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bell Stage

7:00pm

Zattar
Coming Soon!

Sunday July 13, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DJ @ "The Fort"

7:15pm

Darrell Nulisch
ALSO PERFORMING July 12

Darrell Nulisch is a first-class bluesman with more natural soul in reserve than many singers can summon up at the peak of their powers. For a taste, just listen as he testifies with stirring authority on his classic album 'I Like It That Way', his second Severn Records release. It's a terrific recording and presents the big-voiced Dallas native dipping into a varied soul-streaked R&B bag. From the infectious opener, "You Tore My Playhouse Down", which he adapted from the Ann Peebles' classic "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", to ebullient offerings like "Getaway Place" and "Love Changes Things", he mines a motherlode of deep-blue feeling. Elsewhere, Nulisch wraps his distinctive pipes around faithful covers of Lee Shot Williams' "I Like Your Style" and Otis Redding's "Trick Or Treat." and showcases his blues harp chops on the rootsy shuffle, "Once in a Lifetime."

From the beginning, Darrell Nulisch has exhibited a natural flair for phrasing a lyric, a quality that underscores his relaxed, soulful performances. Today, Nulisch continues to deliver bluesy and sweet soul music with an authoritative and refreshingly unaffected voice. Music fans in general, and Blues and soul fans in particular, will have a 'ton of fun' when Darrell Nulisch takes the stage at this year's RBC Bluesfest.

Sunday July 13, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Black Sheep Stage

7:30pm

Paul Oscher
Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp), first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature. 

In the mid-l960s Paul met Muddy Waters back stage at the Apollo Theatre and in 1967, when Muddy came to New York without a harp player, Paul sat in with the band. He played two numbers: "Baby Please Don’t Go" and "Blow Winds Blow." Muddy hired him on the spot. Working alongside blues greats like Muddy Waters and Otis Spann, Paul learned the deep Blues phrasing and timing, characteristic of his music today.

Sunday July 13, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barney Danson Theatre

7:30pm

USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
It’s hard to put your thumb on Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS). When something comes along that won’t be put under a thumb, what then? No, chaos doesn’t consume the earth, but it does often leave people wondering where to place a duo like USS, with a sound that is equal parts science and art, a convergence of gentle melody and driving beat. Like a science experiment set to music, what they do melts down acoustic rock, EDM, Dub, Hip-Hop, Orchestral, and Pop, transforming it into an entirely new element. It explodes, it implodes, and it is a pure chemical reaction!


Sunday July 13, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
River Stage

8:00pm

Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts was living in a hobbit hole on a mountain in Spain, watching the sun set on the hills of Andalucia when the lyrics of “Golden Hour” came to him. If that were the only unusual thing about the making of ‘Lo-Fantasy,’ his fifth studio album, it would still be remarkably strange, but this is no ordinary Sam Roberts Band record.

One year earlier: New songs were taking shape in the dim glow of Sam’s Montreal basement studio. “It might have taken less time if my kids had respected my privacy a little more,” says Roberts. “Once I put a lock on the door, things started to move faster.” The songs were calling on a broad spectrum of influences, from the Clash to Fela Kuti, from electronic-gurus Underworld to Etienne De Crecy, from Gordon Lightfoot to Ray Davies. What the music needed was a producer and a visionary who could help sculpt these different directions into a focused, living whole. The band took a shot in the dark and sent rough demos across the pond… Who they got was Youth. Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) boasted an incredible resume, with production credits ranging from The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ to Crowded House, as well as stints performing with Paul McCartney, ambient-techno kings The Orb, and post-punk outfit Killing Joke. “His musical background hit every note, all the colours we were trying to put on the record,” says Roberts. They met in Montreal for a freezing February week of pre-production, Youth swearing it had to be “Hell on Earth!” He pored over Roberts’ new tracks with an irreverent and unrelenting eye. “He’d say, ‘Where’s the chorus, man?’” Roberts laughs in his best British accent. “‘That’s not a chorus. THIS is the chorus.’ He was unapologetically ripping the songs to pieces, putting songwriter and band to the test. I had to defend my music, know when to dig in my heels, know when to try a different approach. You have to be elastic enough that you’re open to the new possibilities, and our bond grew stronger through that.”

At the end of the week, Youth returned to England, leaving Roberts and his band—guitarist Dave Nugent, bassist James Hall, keyboardist Eric Fares, and drummer Josh Trager—to make sense of it all. Songs were shuffled, jettisoned, and reassembled, verses became choruses and choruses became verses. While Sam and the band might normally spend twelve months recording an album, Youth returned to Montreal in May and informed them that they’d be recording ‘Lo-Fantasy’ live-off the studio floor in twelve days. “The weather,” he said, “was much better…” “We worked insanely long hours – after three days of that you’re almost in a hallucinogenic state, like an ayahuasca journey – or so I’ve heard,” Roberts laughs. “Youth would be in the control room with his Hawaiian shirt unbuttoned, dancing and doing oil painting interpretations of the songs while we were recording, and we’re thinking, ‘My God we’ve got a madman at the helm!’”

The combination of sleep deprivation, excitement, uncertainty, and adrenaline pushed the band outside any notion of comfort, generating their most dynamic and inventive arrangements to date. It also helped capture the fiery spirit and urgency that have made their live shows so legendary, earning them spots performing everywhere from Letterman and Conan to Bonnaroo, ACL, Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot, and alongside heroes like the Rolling Stones and AC/DC. “Youth would be very encouraging and constructive, and then sometimes he’d be ruthless,” Sam explains. “You’d be sweating over a guitar part or a vocal take and you’d hear Youth say, ‘Lame!’ in the headphones. Devastatingly direct… It became this real psychological trip. He’s there to create an atmosphere in which a record is going to be made, to shake you right out of your boots as a musician and hold your feet to the fire. And after a while you adapt to being in that frame of mind where you have to think on your feet and be ready to try everything completely differently. If you got Youth up on his feet dancing, you knew you were on the right track.”

It’s only fitting, then, that ‘Lo-Fantasy’ opens with the slithery groove of “Shapeshifters,” an ode to fluid identity and flexible self-image. “That song is a gateway to a lot of what happens on the rest of the record,” Roberts says. “It was one of the first I wrote for the album, an all-out dance track, and I felt that with a song like this under my belt, I wasn’t going to be pigeonholed into making any one specific kind of record.” From the anthemic call for solidarity of “We’re All In This Together” to the electro-thump of “Chasing The Light,” ‘Lo-Fantasy’ is indeed the most wide-ranging collection Roberts has ever written, infusing his particularly rousing brand of rock and roll with elements of funk, house, electronic, and African music. Throughout it all, his lyrics grapple with greater questions of identity and self-discovery in the modern age. “That’s the test of a rock and roll song or a pop song to me,” Roberts says. “It’s to confront those issues in three or four minutes, to get to a place where the music itself helps bring you towards some enlightenment, or at least some resolution to those big questions.”

Once tracking was completed, Roberts and Nugent headed to Spain for the final touches at El Mirador Studio, a beautiful mountaintop retreat Youth had constructed overlooking olive orchards and modeled after sketches of hobbits’ homes in Middle Earth from the ‘Lord Of The Rings.’ It was there, in his own personal hobbit hole, that Roberts completed work on the album’s final songs, a fittingly strange end to a particularly surreal and mystical recording process.

A remix studio was set up just outside the control room, where Youth and Eddie Banda would take the newly-minted tracks and twist them into electronic incarnations ready for the dance-floors of the world. “We were going through a heavy ‘Tears for Fears’ phase on our last tour,” Roberts explains, so for the final phase of the record, mixing duties were given to Dave Bascombe, renowned UK mixer and engineer on ‘Songs From The Big Chair.’

“Low fantasy is a literary genre that takes place in a world very much like our own, but in which magic – or the possibility of magic – exists,” Roberts says. “It’s grounded in reality, but it’s an altered reality. You can still ride a train to Alberta, but there’s a place for the supernatural in this otherwise rational world – it’s out there and we haven’t tapped into it yet.” Maybe music is the bridge.


Sunday July 13, 2014 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Claridge Homes Stage

8:30pm

Johnny Nicholas
ALSO PERFORMING July 12

Raised in Rhode Island, during the '60s, Johnny Nicholas began early, singing and playing guitar in R&B bands, including his own The Vikings. He played in blues clubs throughout the Midwest, gaining acceptance and a small but dedicated following. In the mid-'60s he heard Howlin’ Wolf live and the experience turned him more firmly towards the blues. He formed a new group, the Black Cat Blues Band, with guitarist Duke Robillard, drummer Fran Christina, harmonica player Steve Nardella and others. He and Nardella later formed the Boogie Brothers, working mainly in Michigan. Nicholas was then with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen for a while before forming the Rhythm Rockers in the early '70s. This band included bass player and songwriter Sarah Brown, drummer Terry Bingham, guitarist Ronnie Earland, and saxophonist and RBC Bluesfest "House Horns" leader Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff of the Texas Horns. By the end of the decade Nicholas had settled in Texas where he played in various bands and showed himself to be adept in several genres apart from the blues, including Cajun music and western swing. 

Among leaders and bands with whom Nicholas played in Texas were Asleep At The Wheel and the great Link Davis. He also worked in Chicago with harmonica player Big Walter Horton and slide guitarist Johnny Shines.Nicholas spent most of the '80s working outside music, but during the 90s he re-emerged as a band leader. Playing contemporary blues with fervent enthusiasm, Nicholas also plays piano. His understandable decision to spend a part of his life with his family rather than fully embrace the potentially disruptive lifestyle of the touring musician has kept him from the widespread attention his skilful playing deserves. But those who have caught him perform live will attest to his brilliance - come see for yourself at this year's RBC Bluesfest. 

Sunday July 13, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Black Sheep Stage

9:00pm

Billy Gibson
2006 Blues Music Award nominee - Best New Debut Artist. The heart & soul of a new generation of Memphis blues can be heard on Beale Street at the Rum Boogie Café where The Billy Gibson Band performs. Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world's greatest harmonica players. Ottawa blues fans will be delighted that Billy was able to make the trip north to perform at this year's RBC Bluesfest!

Sunday July 13, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Barney Danson Theatre

9:00pm

Goddo
History Part 1
  • 1975 - Greg Godovitz, after years of success with the Canadian band ’Fludd’, left the band and formed his own dream version. He recruited guitarist Gino Scarpelli (Brutus) and drummer Marty Morin (Truck).
  • 1976 - Marty, having become a father, quit the rock’n’roll lifestyle for something more stable. Enter Doug Inglis (Powerhouse).
  • 1977 - With management and a record deal in place, the debut album “Goddo” was released on Polydor Records. The first single, “Under My Hat” was a radio hit.
  • 1978 - The second album, “Who Cares”, featured the second single, “Sweet Thing” and other Goddo classics.
  • 1979 - “An Act Of Goddo” – the third album, which led to the ground-breaking CITY-TV simulcast, filmed in St. Paul’s Church in Toronto.
  • 1980 - The band signed with Attic Records and recorded a live album, entitled “Goddo Lighve – Best Seat In The House”.
  • 1981 - The fourth studio album, “Pretty Bad Boys”. The lead-off track, “Pretty Bad Boy”, became a certified Top-40 hit and garnered the band a 1982 Juno Award nomination for ’Band Of The Year’.
  • 1983 - After years of touring, the band collapsed under the weight of its own excesses and debt. A five piece reconfiguration called GODO later emerged with Godovitz leading the brigade through the mid-80s.
History Part 2
  • 1989 - The trio got back together and BEI/Justin Entertainment released a ’best of’ package in 1990 called “12 Gauge Goddo” to stir the pot of interest. With the critical re-evaluation of Goddo’s historical place in the Canadian Rock pantheon, the band decided to fully reunite for 1992’s “King Of Broken Hearts”. The album spawned what would be the band’s only official music video - “Was It Something I Said?” - giving Goddo recognition across Canada on Much Music and, soon, overseas through a distribution deal with Germany’s Mausoleum Records.
  • With the year 2000 marking Goddo’s 25th anniversary, Godovitz plotted a massive tour backed by new label Bullseye Records who re-issued the band’s first three Polydor releases and later that year a follow-up live album called “2nd Best Seat In The House”. Godovitz would spend the following year mining the success of his autobiography, “Travels With My Amp”. The new studio album in 2004 was called “Kings Of The Stoned Age” and spawned several radio singles, including “Rock Star”.
  • 2008 - Bullseye Records released a collection of live rarities called “Under My Hat: Anthology Volume 1”.
  • 2010 - John Power of All Access Productions approached the band with the concept of making a documentary on the story of Goddo. This led to another reunion of the trio for a sold out concert at Toronto’s Sound Academy. It was a celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary and was filmed for the documentary.


Sunday July 13, 2014 9:00pm - 10:15pm
River Stage

9:15pm

Collective Soul
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Collective Soul. The band released ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ in 1994 as their first studio album. The LP included the rock anthem "Shine", which shot to international recognition and double-platinum status. Over the past twenty years, the band has released seven #1 radio hits and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.  The long-awaited 9th studio album ‘See What You Started By Continuing’ fully embodies the musical journey that Collective Soul has taken throughout the last two decades. "Collectively, we have experienced and developed so much as musicians and people in the last twenty years," says Collective Soul front man, Ed Roland. "This album represents a full circle, coming back to the roots of Collective Soul." 

Sunday July 13, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Bell Stage

9:45pm

Elvin Bishop
Remembered by many these days as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop also tasted pop success with his 1976 smash hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love". Bishop's long and varied career has included other musical stops along the way, from deep down gutbucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to rollicking good time rock & roll. And at every stage along the way, he's imbued all of his music with deep passion, a uniquely creative spirit, and more than a little bit of sly humour.  

Elvin not only makes great music, but also makes sure everyone on stage, in the studio, or in the audience has a great time along with him. What more can we ask?  

". . . Careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit." ~ Rolling Stone Magazine  

"Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is to entertain to the best of his ability." ~ Downbeat Magazine 


Sunday July 13, 2014 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Black Sheep Stage