Friday, 24 June 2011


Well if you were here last night to see Robert Plant you know how awesome it was. His band is simply incredible no matter what your style preference is. The vibe in the park was simply magical. There are a lot of concerts today so I will keep it brief and you can check out the rest in the program. Here is what's coming up today:

Caridad Cruz and Lucas Haneman are playing on our OLG Noon series and Rideau Center respectively. They are both incredible. Caridad is a powerful Cuban singer and Lucas is an incredible young guitarist that is able to cross many boundaries.

Laila Biali is on the Great Canadian Series. Laila was nominated for a Juno this year and has a nice command of the piano as well as an amazing voice. She has a great band featuring George Koller on bass, who is appearing on a great number of amazing records as both a bassist and a producer.

If you are starving for european improvised music... tonight is one of the best nights. The Thing features the great Mats Gustaffson. He gave us a really great interview about how he thinks about music. Here is the Mats Gustaffson Interview. If you haven't had enough, stay for Jonas Kullhammer, the tenor saxophonist from Sweeden with a big sound, and very energetic quartet rooted in late-Coltrane sound but with a fresh outlook on improvised music.

ELVIS COSTELLO & The Imposters will of course be on the main stage tonight starting at 8:30pm. Come to be  comfortable, the show is going on come rain or shine and it should be just as magical as last night. Elvis is bringing a great four-piece band with:

One of the things I noticed yesterday and it's of course true for all bands: what makes them good besides the individual musicians of course being really great, is when the band is a true band, used to each other, because that is when and where the magic happens. Well talk about musicians that have played together for a long time: both Steve Nieve, the keyboardist and Pete Thomas, the drummer have been with Costell since 1977 - that's 34 years. Basist Davey Faragher is no slouch either so that's bound to be a great show!

If you feel like a party come out to the OLG stage at 10:30 with ELLIOT BROOD will be performing and that will no doubt be an adventure.
Also if you feel like getting off the park and are in more of club vibe, head on down to the The Mercury Lounge where the great Toronto-based band DRUMHAND is playing a lat show starting around 10:30 as well.

DRUMHAND Video Collage 2010

DRUMHAND | Myspace Music Videos

And of course if you didn't have enough head on down to ARC The Hotel for the Jam Session with John Geggie's band.

If you need ticket information please don't hesitate to go to the Ottawa Jazz Festival website.

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