Ottawa Bluesfest Days 8-9 feat. Feat. Cat Power, Tagaq, The Steve Miller Band, and Xavier Rudd
As we hit mid-week and the middle of the festival itself, it was inevitable that fatigue would begin to set in. Weariness? Exhaustion? Time to call in Cat Power!
Ottawa Bluesfest Days 8-9 feat. Feat. Cat Power, Tagaq, The Steve Miller Band, and Xavier RuddCity: Ottawa, ON
Venue: LeBreton Flats
11 July 2007 As we hit mid-week and the middle of the festival itself, it was inevitable that fatigue would begin to set in. Stuck with the formidable task of entertaining an exhausted crowd in search of a second wind, Cat Power (the artistic alter-ego of indie singer/songwriter Chan Marshall) was first up on the Rogers Stage on Wednesday. Marshall was backed by a bluesy four-piece band featuring keyboards, bass, drums, and guitar. Suffering from a cold, the singer’s usually smoky voice took on an extra layer of husk. Though famous for bouts of stage fright and onstage tantrums, the Marshall we encountered appeared a consummate professional. The singer seemed to draw strength from her band, as she ran through an excellent set of originals and covers which included the Stones’ "Satisfaction", Gram Parsons' "Dark End of the Street", and a keyboard-heavy take on "New York, New York". Marshall tends to wear her influences on her sleeve, and her inspiration has never been more evident than in her covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin. The song to the Queen of Soul was particularly poignant, as Franklin is a critical influence on Marshall -- in terms of both music and ethos. Although it might have been a bit over the top in any other context, Marshall's tribute offered a fitting climax to the performance, capping her inspired indie-soul set with a feminist edge.
12 July 2007