Friday, July 16, 2010

A beginning and an end

My day began listening to a two-guitar-and drums trio and ended the exact same way, though no one is likely to confuse Detroit's legendary Gories with Calgary's Grown-Ups. I got to Ottawa Bluesfest just as The Gories were cranking things up. Apart from producing three of my favourite albums and influencing hordes of bands that I listen to, The Gories also bequeathed the world the musical genius of Mick Collins (The Dirtbombs, Voltaire Brothers, Screws, etc.) and Danny Kroha of The Demolition Dollrods.

Mick and Danny face off below. On this occasion Montreal psychobilly genius Bloodshot Bill was filling in on drums. There set was pretty bluesy, with covers of Mona and Boogie Chillun.

The Gories at Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
The Gories at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15, 2010

They were quickly followed by Old Crow Medicine Show on the main stage. The trad-sounding country combo eschews the drummer, and are well suited for my Fujifilm's 16:9 scale photos. They have a couple of other members off to the right.

Old Crow Medicine Show at Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Old Crow Medicine Show at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15, 2010

I then zipped off to see  Matt Anderson, a sizable chap from the East Coast who sounds like Leslie West (at least vocally) and plays some heavy duty acoustic blues.

Matt Andersen at Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Matt Andersen at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15, 2010

I've already seen Woodhands a bunch of times - the electro-dance duo of Paul Banwatt and Dan Werb are always entertaining, and even though I suspect a hefty chunk of the crowd were actually there to see Marianas Trench they were soon waving their hands along enthusiastically. There sound was particularly tight on this occasion, and Werb's banter was also pretty sharp.

Woodhands at Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Woodhands at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15, 2010

That done, I hopped over to the main stage again to see Crowded House. I've always thought Neil Finn was an ace tunesmith. I didn't stay long, since I was preternaturally (and incorrectly) worried about the weather, but the handful of tunes I stuck around for were as pleasant as anything I remember watching on MuchMusic back when I was a speckled teen.

Crowded House at Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Crowded House at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15, 2010

However, my evening didn't end there ... my next stop, after picking up my SLR at home, was the Rock'N'Roll Pizza Party, where Young Stalin and The Grown-Ups were entertaining a few dozen folks.

I've wanted to see Young Stalin, but two previous opportunities - at the Gaga Weekend and a house show with Libyans - fell through. They ripped through a bevy of hardcore tunes with some pushing and shouting in what seemed like 10 minutes. You may recognize Maverick from his previous appearance on the blog as a member of Germ Attak back when they opened for The Kids at The Bayou.

Young Stalin at Nine
Young Stalin at Nine, July 15, 2010

Next up, Grown-Ups, who promised they wouldn't be running out into the crowd. Instead they pummelled it with noise.

Grown-Ups at Nine
Grown-Ups at Nine, July 15, 2010

A diverse evening, to say the least.


Spencer said...

Hey I sing in Young Stalin and have been following your blog for a while. Thanks for taking some awesome pics!

A.C. said...

Thanks Spencer ... dang, I was going to get names from you and plum forgot.