(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.)
Artist: Hey Rosetta!
When: July 13th, 2012
Where: Claridge Homes stage, Ottawa Bluesfest, Lebreton Flats Park, Ottawa
Context: Friday the 13th was perhaps the hottest evening at Ottawa Bluesfest 2012. While waiting for the first band at the Claridge Homes stage with not a lick of shade to be found, all the crowd could do was hope for a breeze or the next droplet of perspiration. A couple of drunkards behind me started shouting at those setting up the stage, “Come out early and I’ll give you eight bucks!” When Hey Rosetta! burst on to the stage in a blaze of multi-colored maple leafs (shot from cannons), it was made apparent that the wait was worth it. Newfoundland flags were proudly waving to the sweet sounds made by the St. John’s exports in an impressive crowd for an early 6:00pm set time. And I think the whole crowd was fancying themselves honourary Newfoundlanders throughout the duration of the one hour set. For my part, I wasn’t disappointed at all. Hey Rosetta! sported an energetic indie rock sound made immense by a combination of violin and cello embellishments and by throwing in some mandolin and glockenspiel for good measure. Unfortunately, their set ran long and they were cut off before they could play their last song. While setting out for another stage, I could hear the honourary Newfoundlanders still shouting for “one more song”.
Point of reference song: “Seeds”