Metro Moncton hosts holiday happenings

If you’re looking for a little live entertainment to take in during the week stretch between Christmas Day and New Years Day, there are plenty of options for you taking place throughout Metro Moncton.

After having made it through another Christmas holiday, are you thinking you’ll need to get out of the house to unwind on Boxing Day? If so, you have a couple of live music options available to you.

While An Acoustic Sin will bring down the house at Moncton’s Oxygen Nightclub that evening, a more relaxed atmosphere will be offered at Vie, located in Robinson Court in downtown Moncton.

There, Les Improbables, featuring an ensemble of some of Moncton’s finest musicians including Les Paiens members Denis Surette and Marc “Chops” Arsenault, along with Brian Coughlan, Charles Goguen, Joel Robichaud and Glen Deveau will be performing starting at 4 p.m.

New Brunswick roots artist Jens Jeppesen will be playing at Wize Guyz in Riverview (710 Coverdale Road) on Thursday, Dec. 29, while Moncton rockers The Nuclear will be taking to the stage at the Manhattan Bar & Grill (125 Westmorland Street), on Friday, Dec. 30.

Nuclear guitarist-vocalist Marco Rocca says the group will be entering the studio in the spring to record their long-awaited sophomore record.

“We are hoping to have the record completed by March or April and are hoping to have it released in May or June,” Rocca says. “We have 12 songs ready for this record and so far, it is sounding a little heavier than our last record did.”

In terms of New Year’s Eve celebrations, let’s start by looking what is happening on the outskirts of the city. The Hillsborough Kiwanis Club, located at 47 Legion St. in Hillsborough, is hosting Loaded Dice on the last evening of 2011.

The group, fronted by Don Coleman, has opened for the likes of Nazareth and Helix and offers a wide array of songs geared towards the classic rock fan. Tickets to the show are $20 and are available at the Hillsborough Irving and Cooke’s Clover Farm. Ticket price includes a selection of assorted finger foods.

In downtown Moncton on New Year’s Eve, Oxygen Nightclub is hosting DJ Matty J. In the complex’s Manhattan Bar & Grill, local acts including Shevil, Shortsleeve, The Swiftkicks and Secondsdown will be taking to the stage to cover the likes of Rancid, Bloodhound Gang, The Misfits and more. The $10 cover charge includes admission to both venues in the complex.

Also on New Year’s Eve in the downtown, The Old Cosmo has DJ Hypnotik on the main floor while the venue’s basement is hosting live acts including Urban Myth and Quarter Past Five. Tickets to the Old Cosmo’s New Year’s Eve celebration are $10 in advance with the action getting underway at 10 p.m.

Entrance to the Tide & Boar’s New Year’s Eve celebration (700 Main St.) is free, and the evening will feature champagne martinis and live music from The Tarantinos.

Continuing on with New Year’s Eve festivities, The Igloo (300 Elmwood Dr.) is hosting local bluegrass heroes The BackYard Devils with special guests Phil Flowers and Lisa Leblanc. Admission to the show is $15.

At Plan B on St. George Street, the club is hosting live entertainment from Les Hotesses d’Hillaire as well as Sebastien Leblanc and The Squirts. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

In the north end of the city, Casino New Brunswick’s New Year’s Eve Club Party boasts a massive sound, light and video system and will be hosting live music from Angry Candy, The Big Bad Marty Band and DJ Element. The event is already sold out so if you don’t already have tickets, we are sorry to say you are out of luck.

Whatever options you happen to seek out for entertainment this holiday season, stay safe!

Article published in December 23, 2011 edition of The Times & Transcript