Day 8 was a ball..
Got to see Matthew Good! The significance of that is he was my first Bluesfest show about 10 years ago!
It was super nostalgic..
Finally, we saw locals TJ Wheeler and then Balkan Beat Box.
TJ was a nice reminder of when Bluesfest was blues. It was also a nice break from all the packed shows on the main stages.
I know I’ve said a lot about who my favorite acts were – Balkan Beat Box were amazing! It was the most dance friendly and intimate show of the whole festival so far.
They had incredible energy live! Below is a video I found on YouTube that demonstrates why they were one of my favourites of the festival!
The evening ended with a dance circle amongst friends and a wood-fired rib break.
This year’s Bluesfest has had some amazing shows. Two of which are also playing this year at Osheaga (August 2nd – 4th in Montreal, Quebec).
The first was Diamond Rings, whom I have seen twice before. The thing about the show at Bluesfest was the incredible stage presence the singer had! I was so into it I didn’t even think to go to another show and see an artist I hadn’t seen before. Try to check them out in Montreal August 2nd at Osheaga! That 90s dance vibe is really addictive.
The second show was A Tribe Called Red.
They do a beautiful fusion of First Nations music as well as heavy electro beats. Coupled with some amazing background visuals, I highly recommend checking them out at Osheaga.. I never thought that they’d be the perfect outdoor festival act but in Montreal it would make even more sense!
Finally, the thing about going to Osheaga (I know, I’m already thinking about other festivals before Bluesfest is over) is the incredible food scene. I’m looking forward to checking out Chuck Hughes‘ food truck – been there before, will be there this year! Mmm!
What more can I say.. Azealia Banks has been my new love this past year and Beach House + Hot Chip never disappoint.
Now, to Bluesfest!
A cloudy day here at the festival but Steve Adamyk Band and Fevers are getting me out to play. Oh and also the other amazing artists – Wu Tang, Lily Frost, Diamond Rings..
I’m a tad under the weather today so warm and spicy food is what I’m needing.
I was disappointed that Green Papaya didn’t have warm dishes that were gluten free. I appreciated how knowledgeable they were about what had gluten and what didn’t.
I wish I had these summer rolls on a hotter day. The lemongrass iced tea was amazing though. A little too sweet for me but it hit the spot after I scarfed down the rolls with a ton of chili sauce.
The best meal I’ve had so far is the Indian tandoori chicken with lentils and the butter chicken.
The tandoori chicken is the most affordable full meal at the festival and the healthiest. The only issue is that you have to eat it sitting down. This ain’t no burger and fries.
Today is my first day ‘reporting’ – if you will – and it’s a HOT sunny day!
As lovely as I’m sure the festival food is, being gluten intolerant poses some problems. Just to be sure I’ll have something to eat (and to be kind to my pocket), I’m packing myself a lunch of dinner leftovers made into a sandwich on home made bread.
Pictured is my garam masala seared tofu with homemade mustard, lettuce and kosher pickles.
One trick to beat the heat is to eat cooling crisp veggies.. So think cucumber, lettuce and fresh green herbs such as parsley and cilantro. Others may find that eating spicy food may help! It all depends on your body type.
Local bands today are The Gallop, NDMA and Camp Radio.
Baringer rose and Amadou & Miriam
Fitz and the Tantrums
$5 cookie and coffee break between acts.
See you there!!
Eva Bee here fresh from editing our latest episode with The Balconies. Preparing for two weeks of music to come feels daunting but it will be full of in depth discovery on the connection between food and music – festival style!
Can $100 get me through 10 evenings of festivals??
This year’s Bluesfest has many Ottawa bands.. And food options! Keep coming back for updates on my festival food recommendations (gluten-free of course).
See you there!
Hydration and prep.