by Micayla Bussieres

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Day 3 of Bluesfest began with me getting to the venue around 4pm and not really having a game plan until 6 when Matt Andersen was set to go on, so I decided to check out a band I hadn’t previously heard of. Langhorne Slim and The Law started out with the most energy I’ve ever seen a band produce, in 30 degree weather no less. The vocals were raw and had everyone on their feet, clapping and singing along. When they started playing “The Way We Move” I was surprised to realize that I had actually heard it before. This alt-country band had me so pumped up for the rest of the night.

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I wandered over to the Claridge stage to see Matt Andersen and the Mellotones doing soundcheck, and was able to stand in the front row. This was also an act that I hadn’t really heard of much before hand, other than the odd youtube video, but boy was I blown away. Andersen’s vocals are out of this world and he didn’t even let the fact that he broke a string on stage stop him from belting it out. He replaced it with a new string as he sang the next tune without a single falter. The Mellotones added so much to each and every song, and I couldn’t get over how perfect the horn section was. You’d never guess that was only their 4th gig with Matt Andersen. They closed the set with a cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends” and it left me in complete awe.

 

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

Next up on my list for the night was Twin Forks. I didn’t stick around long since I knew it would be impossible to find a good spot for Lady Gaga, but from the few songs I did hear, they didn’t disappoint. Along with songs from their self-titled album, Twin Forks did a few covers, including “Blisters in The Sun” by Violent Femmes, and lead-singer, Chris Carrabba, even played an old Dashboard Confessional song. I’m sure this pleased many in the crowd who were teens in the 2000’s.

 

Photo by Kevin Mazur

Photo by Kevin Mazur

As you may have expected, tons of Lady Gaga’s fans, or Little Monsters, had gotten to the Bell stage ahead of time (and I’m talking hours ahead of time) so my friends and I had no way of getting anywhere near the stage. She started fashionably late but made up for it with enough costume changes and dance numbers to last a lifetime. Gaga mentioned that she wanted to focus mainly on her new album ARTPOP, since that what the #artRAVE tour was all about, but for those of us who weren’t diehard fans, she played her radio hits and got everyone jumping and dancing. The number of older folks participating in the crowd was pretty awesome. Pulling girls in costumes out of the front rows to join her on stage was just one of the many ways Lady Gaga showed her appreciation for her fans and made it known just how much she loved Canada.