Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 lineup: Snoop Dogg headlines final weekend

For the 20th anniversary of Bluesfest, Executive Director Mark Monahan tapped the brains of local teens to help vary the lineup.

Queens of the Stone Age, Blake Shelton, Blondie and Cypress Hill among other big names

Lady Gaga will be one of the headliners at the 20th annual Bluesfest music festival. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/Associated Press)


  • Note: This story has been updated to reflect acts added to the lineup since the March announcement.

Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age headline the lineup of this year's RBC Bluesfest, the 20th year of the annual music festival.

Bluesfest Executive Director Mark Monahan said organizers tried to bring a fair amount of nostalgia to the lineup to mark the 20th anniversary, but he said they also tapped the brains of Ottawa teens to help bring in a variety of young and emerging artists for the festival.

Crowds gather to watch live music at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa in the summer of 2013. (Canadian Press)
As usual, the festival draws from a variety of genres.

For lovers of classic rock the festival has Journey, Foreigner, STYX and Procol Harum, who are playing with the NAC Symphony Orchestra, while a fan of '80s music might be more excited by the additions of Blondie and the Violent Femmes.

Country and roots music is also well represented with trio Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Drive-by truckers, The Mavericks and Jenny Lewis scheduled to play, in addition to Shelton.

Hip-hop acts include Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator, while a number of DJs will also be playing, including R.L. Grime and Zedd.

As for rhythm and blues performers, the genre that gave the festival its name is represented by acts such as Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty and John Mayall.

Canadian performers include Tegan and Sara, Barenaked Ladies, Moist, Tokyo Police Club and Sam Roberts Band.​

RBC Bluesfest runs from July 3 to 13, 2014 at LeBreton Flats Park.

Bluesfest by the day

Thursday, July 3

Blake Shelton, Dean Brody, RL Grime, Tegan and Sara, Adventure Club, Gary Clark Jr., Danny Brown

Friday, July 4

Journey, Zedd, Darius Rucker, Bonobo, Jeff Tweedy, Honey Island Swamp Band

Saturday, July 5

Lady Gaga, Matt Andersen, JJ Grey and Mofro, Twin Forks, Vintage Trouble, Andrew Bird, Black Joe Lewis, Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim

Sunday, July 6

Lady Antebellum, Violent Femmes, St. Vincent, Drive By Truckers, Mac Demarco, Shovels & Rope, Lucius, Pokey Lafarge, Shantel

​Monday, July 7

Off day

Tuesday, July 8

Queens of the Stone Age, Foreigner, STYX, Jake Bugg, Jenny Lewis, Tokyo Police Club, Gareth Emery

Wednesday, July 9

The Killers, Cypress Hill, Tyler, the Creator, Bombino, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Phantogram, Royal Canoe

Thursday, July 10

The Band Perry, Young the Giant, Blondie, John Mayall, Gogol Bordello, Procol Harum and the NAC Symphony Orchestra, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

Friday, July 11

Barenaked Ladies, Third Eye Blind, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, July Talk, Ryan Hemsworth, BADBADNOTGOOD

Saturday, July 12

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion, AWOLNATION, Deltron 3030, Bob Saget, Childish Gambino, Action Bronson, Dr. Hook feat. Ray Sawyer, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Mavericks

Sunday, July 13

Collective Soul, Moist, Sam Roberts Band, USS, Said the Whale, Lord Huron, Pink Mountaintops, Charli XCX

Confirmed acts for Bluesfest 2014

  • Las Vegas band the Killers, from left: Mark Stoermer, David Keuning, Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci. (Universal Music Group)
    Lady Gaga
  • The Killers
  • Blake Shelton
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Journey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Zedd
  • Blake Shelton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/Invision/Associated Press)
    The Band Perry
  • R.L. Grime
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Phantogram
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Young the Giant
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Blondie
  • Members of Lady Antebellum are, from left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, shown Jan. 19, 2013 in Nashville. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)
    Tyler, the Creator
  • Jake Bugg
  • St. Vincent
  • Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
  • Childish Gambino
  • ​Bonobo
  • Foreigner
  • John Mayall
  • Gareth Emery
  • STYX
  • Jeff Tweedy
  • Darius Rucker
  • ​Dean Brody
  • Sly & Robbie
  • Drive By Truckers
  • Dr. Hook feat. Ray Sawyer
  • Danny Brown
  • Snoop Dogg returns to Bluesfest. He performed at the annual music festival in 2012. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
    July Talk
  • Cypress Hill
  • Collective Soul
  • Brody Dalle
  • Violent Femmes
  • ​Twin Forks
  • Brett Dennen
  • Moist
  • Mac Demarco
  • Adventure Club
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Andrew Bird
  • Deltron 3030
  • A 1987 photo of Journey, from left, Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon. (Associated Press)
    ​JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Sound of Lions
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Procol Harum with the NAC Symphony Orchestra
  • The Mavericks
  • Lord Huron
  • Sam Roberts Band
  • Black Joe Lewis
  • Lucius
  • Ed Robertson and the Barenaked Ladies are among a number of Canadian acts playing the festival.
    Pink Mountaintops
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Royal Canoe
  • Ryan Hemsworth
  • ​Silkken Laumann
  • Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  • Matt Andersen
  • Deer Tick
  • Action Bronson
  • Charli XcX
  • Bombino
  • Langhorne Slim
  • Still Winter Hills
  • USS
  • Pokey Lafarge
  • ​DJ Acro
  • Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Kalle Mattson
  • Nostalghia
  • Shantel
  • ​Fiftymen
  • Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
  • Young Rival
  • Elvin Bishop
  • David Heartbreak
  • Tim Hicks
  • Singer -songwriter Anne Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent.
    Paul Cebar
  • ​DJ Illo
  • Zattar
  • The Claudettes
  • ​Tindervox
  • ​Memetic
  • Don Felder
  • ​Silver Creek
  • The Iguanas
  • Farewell Davidson
  • Paul Oscher
  • ​The Darcys
  • ​Schroedz
  • Airliner Blues Band
  • Matt Tamblyn
  • DJ Emmett
  • John Allaire and the Campistas
  • Grace Lachance
  • Little Freddie King
  • Stevecarle
  • Long Shen Dao
  • ​James Leclaire
  • TJ Wheeler
  • ​Blakdenim
  • Joyce Manor
  • ​Thornetta Davis
  • DJ Philthebeat
  • Long Tall Deb
  • Dave & Phil Alvin
  • Firebelly
  • Billy Gibson
  • Sam Hunt
  • The Band Perry is another country music performer slated to play Bluesfest. (
    Harper and Midwest Kind
  • Johnny Nicholas
  • The Texas Horns
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Cabaal
  • Average Times
  • Shane Dwight
  • Selwyn Birchwood
  • ​The Digs
  • Ukrainia
  • The Kingmakers
  • John Németh & The Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins
  • AJ Ghent Band
  • Made in Heights
  • The London Souls
  • The Split
  • Noah Gundersen
  • ​Bearshark
  • Wagons
  • David Nail
  • DJ Soulcial
  • Ariane Boudreau​
  • Mackenzie Rhythym Section
  • Keturah Johnson
  • ​Atherton
  • NMA
  • Paper Kites
  • Substant
  • David Maxwell
  • Beth Hart
  • Khaus
  • Ceremony DJs
  • Darrell Nulisch
  • Johnny Nicholas
  • Boyhood
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Caitlin Rose
  • Holy Ghost!
  • The Red Rails
  • Bella Cat
  • Jonathan Becker & the North Fields
  • The Districts
  • Three Times Lucky
  • Goddo
  • ​Kodek
  • Miami in Heat
  • Catriona Sturton
  • ​Old Stereo
  • Wicked Grin
  • Old Whiskey Road
  • ​New Country Rehab
  • ​Groenland
  • John Power
  • Pith and the Parenchymas
  • Cold Capital
  • Tift Merritt
  • No BS! Brass Band
  • Jacques Greene
  • Yung Lean