Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sergent's mess

After wandering away from Van der Graaf Generator I paused for a few moments to see Jeff Beck at the MBNA Stage (too distant to have much appeal) and Eric Lindell at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage before going over to the Black Sheep Stage. If you don't have any particular plans at Bluesfest it's usually your best bet. That goes double for the world music acts, which always seem to punch far above their weight. Sergent Garcia was no exception. Mainman Bruno Garcia used to be in French drum machine punks Ludwig von 88. Now he's gone Cubanismo with his new combo, named, not surprisingly, Sergent Garcia.

Sergent Garcia!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

He tried to get keyboardist Aldo Santiago Medina Caballero up to the microphone ... it wasn't easy!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

The beauteous Yaite Ramos Rodriguez is more persuasive.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Lino Michel Belet Fernandez rocks the nylon strings.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Yaite also plays the flute.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Singalong action!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Jumping action!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Hector Gomez Guilbeaux, right, injects some rap vocals

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Bruno breaks out the guitar.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

The whole lot! Yes, there's a brass section and a couple of percussionists as well.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Brassy action! With trumpeteer Philippe Anicaux and trombonist Pierre Dandin.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Zaf the bassist handles the low end.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Lino plays some hot guitar!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Garcia mikes the audience.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Can percussionist Ivan Darroman Montoya have this dance!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009


Apparently so.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Extra Hector!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Thank you and goodnight!

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

Everyone take a bow! Drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera, of whom I did not get a good photo, is on the left, obscuring Zaf.

Sergent Garcia at Ottawa Bluesfest 2009

They played the next night as well in the Byward Market ... I missed all those shows, but will try to make up for it next year (why I skipped on Peter Murphy I'll never know).
  • Show reminder: Doll, Hemi-Loco, Botched Suicides and Whiskey Trench rock Cafe Dekcuf; Mountanaka, Alaskan and Army of Saint Joan, Did You Just Hex Me? and possibly Get Wrecked play Babylon for Army guitarist Justin Gobeil's birthday); Latefallen and Smaller on You perform at Zaphod's.

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