Day 4 of the 2013 Ottawa Bluesfest brought eclectic acts to festival-goers who had a choice between hip-hop, folk-rock, country, electro-pop and indie styles of music.
Not surprisingly, this variety attracted all sorts of patrons who showed up in large numbers to check out the Wu Tang Clan, Hannah Georgas, Tegan and Sara, Diamond Rings and Fun. among others.
A big crowd gathered at the Bell Stage for a chance to see Wu Tang Clan, the legendary hip-hop group from Staten Island, NY perform live under a rainy sky. It was pleasantly surprising to see that all members of the Wu (with the exception of Inspektah Deck) had united for the occasion as previous internal conflicts resulted in a rocky past decade for the group. Although it rained for most of the set, fans didn’t shy away and brought the ruckus in demonstration of their true Wu-affiliate spirit. As blunts were being passed left to right, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa and childhood friend and quasi-member Cappadonna spit verses from their classic album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). 10 minutes behind schedule, the Clan opened their set with Bring The Ruckus and followed with Shame On a N***a, Clan In Da Front, Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin to F’Wit, Protect Ya Neck, and C.R.E.A.M. Things got rowdy the minute Method Man performed his title track after which Raekwon kept the energy going with Ice Cream. Although the Wu primarily performed tracks from the debut album that put them on the map, they also included Triumph and Gravel Pit. Pushing their set over an hour to the crowd’s delight, the charismatic and goofy Method Man finished things off with Da Rockwilder as he literally stood over the audience as fans held him up. The group ended their performance by thanking the crowd for their love and support clearly leaving Wu fans wanting more.
Meanwhile, on the River Stage, the adorable Hannah Georgas was charming festival-goers with her pop/rock tunes. A sizable audience listened to the Canadian singer-songwriter as she performed songs from her latest self-titled album including the catchy Shortie, Robotic, and the popular hit Somebody. She seemed happy to be in Ottawa and gave a great performance despite the relentless rain that kept coming down on festival-goers.
Over on the Claridge Stage, an impressive group of festival-goers squeezed together to catch a glimpse of twin sisters Tegan and Sara. The performance, which should’ve been programmed on the Main Stage based on the crammed crowd, started 35 minutes behind schedule due to some delays initially caused by Wu-Tang. After a long wait, the Canadian indie pop/rock duo, took the stage and kicked things off with opening song Drove Me Wild from their latest album Heartthrob. They soon followed with Goodbye Goodbye, Back in Your Head, Walking With a Ghost, and Alligator. They offered a nice range of songs from newly released material to older tunes from their repertoire which everyone could enjoy. Tegan and Sara made sure to interact with the crowd between each piece and gave an all-around great performance.
Back on the River Stage, it was Diamond Rings‘ turn to take the stage in front of an intimate but receptive crowd. True to his style, Diamond Rings wore white with a black leather vest as he sported his signature hairstyle. The Toronto-based electro pop/rock musician was in great shape and it certainly showed. He projected great on stage energy as he danced around the space and rocked out with his electric guitar. The set opened with All The Time and continued with Runaway Love, Put Me On, A To Z, Hand Over My Heart and I’m Just Me. It was a fun high-powered performance to which festival-goers could simply not stand still.
Over on the Bell Stage, headlining-group Fun. closed the night with the opening song Some Nights – the intro version – as fans screamed and cheered them on despite their delayed start time. They continued with One Foot and based on the crowd’s reaction, it’s safe to say that the American “indie” pop trio brought fun to Ottawa.
Eventful Capital gives the top performance of Day 4 to none other than the Wu Thang Clan for the legendary performance that left many wanting more.
The 2013 RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest continues until Sunday, July 14 with performances by Animal Collective, El-P, Solange, Weezer, Passion Pit, A Tribe Called Red, The Tragically Hip, Balkan Beat Box, Tommy Trash, Serena Ryder, Skrillex and many many more.