Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Preview

Ever since 1984 the Ottawa Bluesfest has been a can't-miss event on the Canadian music scene. It is a widely attended and great vibe kinda festival in which such big names as Sting, Etta James, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Little Richard, Nelly Furtado, Black Eyed Peas, James Brown, and Melissa Etheridge have played at through the years. This year the acts will be no less legendary as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison will be headlining the first two nights. These are certainly once-in-a-lifetime type shows! Continuing on with evenings of established headliners The White Stripes, The Steve Miller Band, Los Lobos, Sarah Harmer, INXS, Kanye West, and festival favourites Blue Rodeo will all be playing. The festival is also a place to discover new and up-and-coming acts. You can check out such acts as Canadian rockers Hedley, Rockstar: INXS participant Suzie McNeil, Montrealer Patrick Watson, and New Orleans natives Mute Math. Canadian musicians are really represented at the festival as Hawksley Workman, Sam Roberts Band, In-Flight Safety, and Leahy will all perform. The four corners of the globe will also be showcased as Australian native Xavier Rudd, native Cuban Candida Cruz, Spanish native Manu Chao, and native Malian Toumani Diabete will bring their native music to us. If you think that this is already an impressive line-up then as they say, you haven't seen anything yet! With five stages there are plenty more acts waiting to be checked out.

For something they could really charge a lot of money for the organizers have kept ticket prices really reasonable. Individual nights range in price from $25-$50 and passes (weekend or the entire festival) are from $85-$209. Take the short drive over to Ottawa and stay a few days, you certainly won't regret it as you are always guaranteed a good time and great music at the Ottawa Bluesfest.

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