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RBC Bluesfest 2013: B.B. King, Dixie Chicks, Rush

01:01 PM Wednesday 2/27/13 | |

Weather.com says it’s 33 degrees (F) in Ottawa as of the time of this post but it feels like 21. Let’s think warm thoughts for the capital of Canada and dream about July, which will bring highs around 79 and the RBC Bluesfest, featuring Björk, B.B. King, Dixie Chicks, Rush, fun., and Skrillex.  

The eclectic festival returns to Ottawa’s Lebreton Flats Park July 4-14.

So far, RBC Bluesfest has revealed the daily lineups for six dozen acts. Zac Brown Band takes the stage July 5, along with She & Him, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Flogging Molly and Dawes.

  • Dixie Chicks

    "Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas," Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
    October 17, 2011

    (Roy Mata)


Dixie Chicks play July 6. Saturday’s lineup also includes Belle & Sebastian, Fitz and The Tantrums, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Zeds Dead and Justin Townes Earle.

On July 7 you’ve got fun.,Wu-Tang Clan, Tegan and Sara, The Joy Formidable and Hunter Hayes.

Rush, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals and Baauer are signed on for July 8.

July 10 features Weezer, Passion Pit, Animal Collective and more. The next day has sets from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solange and The Tragically Hip. Björk plays July 13, in addition to Ra Ra Riot and Jon Cleary.

  • B.B. King

    House Of Blues, Atlantic City, N.J.
    November 23, 2012

    (Owen Sweeney / OwenSweeneyPhoto.com)


B.B. King closes out the festival July 14, along with the Skrillex Full Flex Express Tour, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Mitch Ryder, W.C. Clark and more.

The complete festival schedule will be finalized in April.

Tickets for the 11-day extravaganza go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Ottawa time.

Early bird tickets (available until March 1 at midnight or while quantities last) are priced at $195 for the adult full-festival wristband and $99 for the youth wristband.

The price will go up to $249 for adults and $199 for youth.

Fan can also choose any three festival dates for $99 or any five festival dates for $149.

For more information and to check out the full lineup visit OttawaBluesFest.CA.