Posted: June 17, 2015 Filed under: 1979, 2013, anniversary, Canada, Live, Memoir, open salon, Uncategorized | Tags: concerts, fear of music, live, music, My Life -- In Concert!, talking heads, third anniversary, three is a magic number, variousartists
No “Fear of Music” … a fear of OS’s obsolescence, perhaps … (Mock-up by VA)
(This piece originally published on Open Salon on June 3, 2013)
NOTE TO READERS: Owing to the March 2015 closure of opensalon.com — which was my primary publishing platform, where I initiated this blog and concert series project, and was where most of my pieces were accessed — I need to plug up a few blog-holes (i.e., post up here a clutch of early Open Salon blog entries that I never transferred over to this WordPress version).
Also note that the OS closing also affected some of the cross-linked images here across entries which I will also be fixing piecemeal. Finally, I am also going to try and transport all OS user comments over here to be amalgamated for posterity.
Join me over the next few months on a journey into the Ghost of Blogging Past as those missing posts, covering a variety of topics and years, re-debut over here. Meanwhile, new entries of past gigs are on their way as well.
This month marks my 5th blogging anniversary. I am going to be republishing my previous anniversary posts which never made it over here, one per day, with this year’s (delayed) celebratory post appearing on Friday.
June 3rd marks my third anniversary of hitting the “publish” button here on OS — an anniversary that, round about six or so months ago, I really didn’t think would happen. While there have been plenty of “sky is falling”-type predictions about the demise of OS during the several years I’ve been here either writing or reading, I never paid much attention to them … until the site started to full-on atrophy in every sense sometime around the middle of last autumn.
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Posted: November 28, 2014 Filed under: 1979, 1980, 1980s, 2010s, 2013, alternative, Canada, Concerts, electronic, Festivals, folk, funk, indie rock, Live, Memoir, Music, New Wave, Ontario, Ottawa, pop, R&B, ska, ticket | Tags: animal collective, balkan beat box, july 2013, live, music, My Life -- In Concert!, ottawa bluesfest, solange, specials, variousartists, waterboys
Oooh looky, there’s a curmudgeon onstage …
178b. Enjoy Yourself: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Pt. 1) with The Specials, The Waterboys, Animal Collective, Solange, Balkan Beat Box, and more, July 8-12, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday was Bluesfest-free owing to the small matter of my visiting nephew — known here as Fast & Bulbous — and I going to see the surprisingly still fab Paul McCartney (that entry is eventually coming too, even with my re-focus back on the past). Had “The Cute Beatle”™ not come to town on said night, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 12, 2014 Filed under: 2000s, 2010s, 2013, afrobeat, alcohol, americana, Canada, Concerts, Festivals, Live, Memoir, Music, Ontario, Ottawa, rockabilly, roots, ticket | Tags: bahamas, Canada, concert, femi kuti, grand funk railroad, july 2013, lebreton flats, live, magic chords, music festival, My Life -- In Concert!, neko case, Ontario, ottawa, ottawa bluesfest 2013 (pt. 1) with the black keys, sharon van etten, ticket, various artists
“Summer’s here and the time is right for …”
178a. Magic Chords: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Pt. 1) with The Black Keys, Sharon Van Etten, Femi Kuti, Neko Case, Bahamas, and more, July 4-6, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Black Keys, Femi Kuti
Thursday July 4, 2013
For over a decade now, Ottawa Bluesfest has been the musical centrepiece of my summer here in the National Capital Region — it’s one of the geography’s positives. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 23, 2013 Filed under: 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, 1996, 2010s, 2013, alternative, Canada, Concerts, Festivals, folk, indie rock, Live, Memoir, Music, Ontario, Ottawa, pop, Uncategorized | Tags: 2013, Belle & Sebastian, Canada, indie, lebreton flats, live, mosquito bites, music, My Life -- In Concert!, Ontario, ottawa, ottawa bluesfest, Saturday July 6, We Rule the School
This year’s much-used Ottawa Bluesfest full fest passes featuring their mascot, Leadbelly. He waved at me on Day One. I think he looks like a blue version of the Just For Laughs gremlin.
177. We Rule the School: Belle & Sebastian, Saturday July 6, 2013, Ottawa Bluesfest, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $19.50 (as part of 10-day pass)
I first heard of Belle & Sebastian shortly after their mid-‘90s emergence but didn’t get to actually hear them until just after the turn of this century. A younger friend of ours from that time was over one night when Donovan came on a CD compilation that we were listening to. “Who is this?,” he asked. “It sounds like Belle & Sebastian.” Read the rest of this entry »