Live music galleries

Live music galleries: Sam Roberts Band [2014]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts page.)

Sam Roberts of The Sam Roberts Band

The Sam Roberts Band
When: July 13th, 2014
Where: Claridge Homes stage, Ottawa Bluesfest, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Context: Just a few days ago, I posted about an incredible early single by a singer/songwriter that since the time of its release has become something of a Canadian institution. Montreal-based, Sam Roberts started things off as a solo artist but these days leads a pretty solid rock band that releases music that is pretty universal in terms of fan base, at least here in Canada. I feel like I’ve seen him perform live a bunch a times but in reality it was only twice, at least twice in full, though I’ve had a plethora of opportunities. The first of these opportunities was in 2009, the first year I attended Ottawa’s Bluesfest, and his set overlapped with that of Okkervil River and so only caught a few tunes from it. The first full set I attended was five years later at the same festival and he had just released his fifth album (the second as a band) called “Lo-fantasy”. The crowd was large and pumped and when the energy is that great, you’re bound to have a blast. I spent the whole time jumping up and down, fist pumping in the air, screaming along to lyrics of songs* I’d heard many times over on the radio with people I’d never before met and will likely never do again. Good times indeed.
Point of reference song: We’re all in this together

The Sam Roberts Band!
Eric Fares and Dave Nugent of the Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts and James Hall of the Sam Roberts Band
(The sax player)
Dave Nugent
Eric Fares, Dave Nugent, and a sax player
Sam Roberts

*With the magic of the internet, I was able to go back to rewatch the same concert recently on YouTube and sang (not screamed) along with it all over again.

11 replies on “Live music galleries: Sam Roberts Band [2014]”

No! Never tried that one. Is it good?

I did get try try the California Common collaboration between July Talk and Mill Street Brewing on the same night that I saw July Talk perform at Mill Street’s Hopped and Confused festival. That was a pretty good pairing as well.

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It’s deelish! Alas it’s being discontinued though later this year – apparently they’ll still be doing different features together but that particular ale won’t be in the regular rotation anymore.

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Do you know if it’s available at the LCBO? Perhaps I should try it before it disappears for good.


Yeah. Some don’t. And some just prefer you don’t haul in professional grade cameras. I’ve even been to some shows where they make an announcement beforehand that photos are prohibited and then send security out searching for people breaking this edict.

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I’ve seen Jack White twice and we had to put our phones in this locked pouch. They unlock it when the show is over. My buddy had one of those Samsung watches and was still able to access his phone.

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