By Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Sun
Photo by Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun
Think you don’t love Bluesfest anymore just because they’ve added a few DJs and electronic music?
The big blue show kicks off tonight for the next 12 days as it has for the last 18 years, but this time, instead of looking back into arena rock’s glorious past, executive producer Mark Monahan is looking forward.
The festival still has those hose iconic bands that defined arena rock a generation or two ago — Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper are two examples.
But they’re also tapping into the future by turning to electro.
We sat down with Bluesfest director Mark Monahan to talk about Bluesfest.
Q: Why the Bluesfest Electro-fied theme, and why does electronic music work on a big, outdoor stage?
Read more: Bluesfest 2012 goes electro