The MusicNerd Files Edition #30

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Shaun Leblanc performs at Moncton’s Empress Theatre in February

Considering that the month of February is right in the thick of winter, there is no shortage of acts pulling through the Hub City between now and February 28.

Casino New Brunswick is hosting a wide array of acts including Blue Rodeo (Feb. 6), Buckcherry (Feb. 11), Foreigner (Feb. 14), Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on Feb. 16 and Chicago on Feb. 22.

Electro-pop duo USS performs at the Tide & Boar on Feb. 20 while Moncton’s DJ Bones takes the venue’s stage on Feb. 21.

Here are a few other show highlights that will be worth venturing out into the cold for:

Old Man Luedecke performs at Moncton’s Tide and Boar on Saturday February 8. His special guest is Australian singer-songwriter Jordie Lane. Advance tickets are available by calling The Tide & Boar at (506) 857-9117 or online at

Just a little over one year ago, Nova Scotia’s Old Man Ludecke (born Chris Ludecke) released his fifth full-length album, Tender Is The Night. To help tide fans over until the release of his next record, Luedecke is preparing for the release of a new EP.

The Chester resident boasts a skillful precision with the banjo while also boasting a storyteller’s heart. His upcoming show in Moncton is one of 29 dates that he will be performing between now and mid-March right across Canada.

Along with Kevin McIntyre, Moncton’s Shaun Leblanc performs at Moncton’s Empress Theatre on Thursday February 13. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office (811 Main St., Moncton), by phone at (506) 856-4379 and online at

Since the release of his debut record Kaleidoscope last spring, Moncton pop singer-songwriter Shaun Leblanc has been a busy man.

In addition to having performed at a number of festivals throughout Atlantic Canada over the last eight months, Shaun walked away the big winner at this past September’s 10×10 Emerging Artist Award at Halifax’s Atlantic Film Festival. Less than a month later, he brought home a pair of Music New Brunswick Awards.

Although the past couple of months have been on the quiet side for Shaun, he is performing a number of shows in the next two months leading up to the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown.

“I am very excited to be a part of ECMA Week in Charlottetown,” Shaun says. “I am slated to perform on the Rising Star stage and also just found out that my next single, ‘Move Together’ is going to be featured on an ECMA compilation disc.”

While he continues to get good mileage out of Kaleidoscope, Shaun is already laying out plans for what 2014 will hold for him:

“In the coming months, I want to play as much as I can. I also want to look at collaborating and creating with others before I go back into the studio to begin work on my next project. Ultimately, I just want to continue growing and learns to become a better singer, musician and songwriter.”

Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case perform at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge (212 St. George St.) on Thursday Feb. 20. The show starts at 10:00 p.m. Cover charge is $10.

It has been a good year for Newfoundland roots-rock band Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case. The group released their second album The Sun In Your Eyes and had their song “Thick As Thieves” walk away as the Grand Prize Winners of CBC’s Searchlight Competition.

The album’s second single “The Right Idea” is currently in rotation on CBC Radio 2, recently debuting in the Radio 2 Top 20 Songs.

The group’s February stop in Moncton at Plan b is one of 17 shows that will take the group from their home base to Ontario and back again.