Bluesfest 2016 – Day 2 highlights

July 11th, 2016 by  |  Published in Concerts  |  2 Comments

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Some of the bigger names for day 2 included Noel Gallagher, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Tallest Man on Earth and Coeur de Pirate. I was only familiar with Noel and Ben, so it made for an interesting mix of music and a night of discovery.

While the skies looked threatening for most of the evening, luckily the rain pretty much held off until Noel had about 3 or 4 songs left in his set. Despite the lack of rain, the crowd was quite a bit smaller than I was expecting. This was a bonus for me as I was able to get fairly close to the stage for Noel without having to fight through the crowd.

I love Noel’s solo stuff and was very familiar with his music before the set started. Highlights for me included Ballad of the Mighty I, Riverman, You Know We Can’t Go Back and The Death of You and Me. He also included more Oasis covers than I was expecting. A couple of the big crowd pleasers included Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to gain access to the photo pit for the start of Noel’s set.
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Touring for their latest release Call It What It Is, Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals delivered an upbeat set of the genre defying music he’s become known for over the years. The crowd was packed in and eager for more, clearly enjoying the spectacle on display in front of them. As I made my way out of the photo pit, there were plenty of bodies grooving and swaying along to his infectious rhythms.
Coeur de Pirate at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Coeur de Pirate and The Tallest Man on Earth were both new to me and I enjoyed what I caught of both their sets. Béatrice Martin’s vocals were great and suited her indie pop style well.
The Tallest Man on Earth at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Haling from Sweden, Kristian Matsson belted out his set of folk songs backed by a full band, a style of music I have been getting more into in recent years. He pranced around on stage while not at his mic singing, clearly enjoying himself and feeding off the energy of the crowd.

You can also see photos for locals The Heavy Medicine Band and Pandaléon in separate posts.

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Coeur de Pirate at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Coeur de Pirate at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

The Tallest Man on Earth at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

The Tallest Man on Earth at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

The Tallest Man on Earth at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016


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  1. Brian Cooke says:

    July 12th, 2016at 2:01 pm(#)

    Curious? Did you miss local band, The Heavy Medicine Band on the Claridge Stage?

  2. Scott Martin says:

    July 12th, 2016at 4:44 pm(#)

    One of the other writers is submitting a separate writeup for them. I will add a link to it once it’s available.