Finally have a bit of time to write a small review of the show, so here goes.
After going out to dinner at Swiss Chalet for chicken, Kathy, Tom, Angela, and I arrived at the Bluesfest venue in time to catch the tail end of the Carolyn Wonderland performance after getting a decent vantage point to watch the show at 9:00 pm. I rather liked what I heard of her musically, though I'm not that familiar with her stuff. In any event, the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band took to the stage without a lot of fanfare, the First Couple of the Guitar (as others have dubbed them) announcing their arrival without any preamble with a bluesy version of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'". This is a piece that is to all intents and purposes a sampler, that tells you this is a mere sample of what's coming. And what was coming was absolutely *good*. The second item in the set list, "Don't Let Me Slide", was a magnificent rendition that brought the horns to full force, and showed the audience (who really got into it, including me) the slide guitar technique of Derek Trucks. Lovely, and nice piece. "Midnight in Harlem" provided the fans with another amazing, hypnotising run from Trucks on the guitar, and I suspect sounded a lot easier than it looks. The intro to "Bound for Glory" had Tedeschi belting out the first couple of verses with her trademark voice, before being joined by the rest of the band for a sort of mini-jam that sounded really terrific. I could go on and on about the show, but I'm not going to.
Overall, I found the show to be well-paced, full of good tunes that had a wonderful, live feel to them, and to be honest, the Rivers Stage was the perfect venue for them, a more laid-back, more sound-friendly part of the Ottawa Bluesfest set-up this year. Yes, there was some sound bleed from the other stages, but it only marred the concert for me a little bit. But the sheer power of Susan Tedeschi's voice and the joy of listening to Derek Trucks playing those marvellous guitar riffs made it all worthwhile.