If you like Earl Sweatshirt and getting caught in the rain, day three at Ottawa Bluesfest was the perfect setting for you. Another young crowd, similar to ScHoolboy Q on day one, packed themselves in to see the LA-based rapper and former member of Odd Future. The bass pumped so loud from the DJ’s decks that it sent droplets of water on the amplifiers into a 3 foot frenzy. Rolling out onto the stage with a towel on his head and in his hand, Earl denounced the “shitty” weather but kept the show pushing like a real one does. Known to not typically favour the outside or stage performances, he gave the fans a good, albeit a pretty mellow set focused on bars over antics. Despite his calm demeanour, he seemed to gravitate toward the more turned up side of the obvious split-personality crowd that was in attendance; One side rowdy and the other side rather docile for a show of this calibre. Regardless, the fans were into it no matter which side you picked. Earl performed crowd favourites like “Molasses” and “Pre” followed by his unreleased “Swamp Vermin” track and other new material.
Photo by: Chizzle Photography
Opening for Earl Sweatshirt was Ottawa’s own Yusso, whom we’ve previously mentioned in our ‘Dope Canadian Talent You Should Support At Ottawa Bluesfest 2016‘ list. Although we regretfully missed his set, we did catch up with him afterward during Earl’s set. He commented on how humbled he was by how many people showed up and vibed with him for his first Ottawa Bluesfest performance. Yusso also mentioned that he didn’t mind the rain because it let him shake his hair around on stage. We look forward to seeing him on more big stages in the future.
Photos by: Chizzle Photography
* Yusso Photos by: Scott Penner
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