Concerts Concerts Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 11

Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 11

Death From Above 1979 at Ottawa Bluesfest 2011
Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 11
Amos The Transparent, Death From Above 1979, Mother Mother
Ottawa, ON
July 16, 2011

Review by: Jordan David
Photos by: Jamie Kronick

The second last day of Bluesfest was the last day of the fun for Sticky guest contributors Jamie and Jordan. The festival is unusually long and these two decided to finish off their Bluesfest 2011 with Amos The Transparent, Death From Above 1979, and Mother Mother.

Amos The Transparent

Sticky Magazine favorites, Amos The Transparent, took to the stage on this Saturday afternoon with a bigger lineup then ever before. The band who has previously performed as a five, six, and even seven members were ten strong at this year's Bluesfest. Amos has become known for their high energy performances and this show was no different — the crowd was engaged with Jon Chandler (vocals, guitar, keys) to no end.

A good selection of new material was played (which the band expects to have out in recorded form before year end) as well as now seemingly cult classics like "Greater Than Consequence" and "Lemons". The band also threw down their best Queen impersonation and belted out a clever rendition of the famous hit "Killer Queen".

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Death From Above 1979

Fresh off their first string of shows in 5 years since the band announced their break up in 2006, Death From Above 1979 played their eighth "reunion" show in Ottawa. The crowd grew anxious as the time came for DFA1979 to hit the stage. Playing through almost the entirety of the band's discography in their 1.5 hour timeslot, the crowd erupted for their singles including "Romantic Rights" and "Black History Month". Despite rumors of tension between the bands two members, Jesse Keeler (bass, vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (drums, vocals), they plowed through their set making it look easy.

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Mother Mother

Mother Mother rolled into Ottawa to headline the Subway Stage on the second to last night at this year's Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. Supporting their most recent release, Eureka, the band hit the stage to a hoard of screaming fans. Ryan Guldemond (vocals, guitar) gave a high energy performance that the crowd was feeding off of. Mother Mother tailored their set to have each song flow one into the next making the experience that much more engaging. Despite playing predominantly new material, the band mixed in some crowd favorites from their breakout release Oh My Heart.

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