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Ottawa Bluesfest 2010

It's nighttime in the Gatineau, and I am almost certain if the wind was blowing the right way, I might even hear the sounds of cheers & song coming from Le Breton Flats, home to the legendary Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, not quite a twenty minute drive out of these here Hills. What a week it's been, and there is still one more left! Between band rehearsals, interviews with CTV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZN1MIRXSVY with the A channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i96cwf8A1SQ and performances at the festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NDHyKiyiJI&feature=related this week has been STELLAR!! On Thursday night we, the band and I, opened with a set ahead of The Moody Blues... they were great, and I was surprised at how many of their songs I actually knew, most of them bringing back memories from the good ole days when Saturday's were spent listening to music with my Mum. In any case, the show was a BLAST and we had it all recorded, with hopes that I can put a compilation of live sounds together for YOU kind readers out there... time will tell! On Friday, perhaps the most interesting night of performers (to me anyway) The John Butler Trio, Gord Downie & his new band, Courney Love & Joan Jett... what a NIGHT! Fortunately I had a SOLO gig in the Theatre in the War Museum, but unfortunately I missed one of my all time favourite music makers and lyricists, Mr. Downie and missed dancing with John Butler, but one can't be everywhere and luckily there is still a week left! So, tonight, I think I will finally sleep WELL. All this heat has made it almost unbearable to be anywhere that doesn't have a water source to jump into...here's thanking the Universe for creating that wonderful Gatineau River. And cheers to the music Lovers, I shall see YOU at The Bluesfest!! (One last thing, the "Be in the Band" performances are on Sunday the 18th. I, along with Mike Dubue from Ottawa's "Hilotrons" have been teaching some kids at Patro Community Centre on how to be in a BAND!! Wait til you hear the song they wrote and will perform on the 18th!! Exciting project indeed! There will also be other performances from other school and community centres around Ottawa, all courtesy of Mark Monahan & The Ottawa Bluesfest.. COME ONE COME ALL and see these kids realizing their musical dreams for the first time!!!)