Published Jul 09, 2014Night five of Ottawa's sprawling ten-night Bluesfest was as close as you could get to being a literal wash out as wild flood-like rain descended upon the city's picturesque LeBreton Flats. Delaying her set by 40 minutes, Jenny Lewis graciously welcomed the few valiant fans who braved the foot-deep puddles and ceaseless mud-fields as the rain began to downgrade itself from torrential to a light downpour. Informing the crowd that she didn't have time to set up her electric guitar, Lewis opted to perform the shortened set with a gorgeously rainbow-painted acoustic.
Backed by her five-piece band, Lewis looked composed and comfortable on stage, opening the show with "Just One of the Guys" from her upcoming LP, The Voyager, while strutting out from under the tarp to allow the skies to rain down upon her. Playing just six tracks, Lewis nonetheless offered the crowd a cross-section of her musical career, performing solo material alongside tracks like "Rise Up with Fists!!" from her album with the Watson Twins, and a pair of Rilo Kiley numbers ("Silver Lining" and "A Man/Me/Then Jim"). Bringing her band to centre stage to provide backup vocals on a dazzling rendition of "Acid Tongue," the crowd proceeded to give Lewis much adoration, proving that they were just as happy to see her perform as she was happy to see them make it out.
Read our recent Questionnaire with Lewis here.