The MusicNerd Files Edition #34

Bryan Potvin performs at Plan b Lounge on Sat. Aug. 9. Photo by Heather Pollock
Bryan Potvin performs at Plan b Lounge on Sat. Aug. 9. Photo by Heather Pollock

We are officially past the half-way point of the summer so if you haven’t had the opportunity to get out and catch some live music at one of the city’s many venues, I would highly recommend fixing that pronto. Fortunately, there is no lack of great options passing through Moncton in the month of August.

Here are a few show highlights I recommend checking out:

Bryan Potvin plays Plan b Lounge (212 St. George St., Moncton) on Saturday Aug. 9. Show time is 9:00 p.m.

Arguably best known as the voice behind the Northern Pikes massive hit “She Ain’t Pretty,” that group’s Bryan Potvin has stepped out on his own with a stellar new solo record.

Released earlier this year, Heartbledwhite is a classic pop record in virtually all senses of the word. Potvin’s knack for melody and pop sensibilities take the stage throughout his new record.

Accompanied by the Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane, Potvin recently completed a Western Canadian tour. His August 9 show in Moncton is one of four that the singer-songwriter will undertake in Atlantic Canada.

The Devin Cuddy Band performs at Plan b Lounge (212 St. George St., Moncton) on Friday Aug. 22 at 9:00 p.m.

One of the last times The Devin Cuddy Band was in Moncton, they were opening for Blue Rodeo at Casino New Brunswick. But if you didn’t happen to catch their impressive show that night, you had best catch the band when they play Plan b Lounge in late August.

Musically, the band has more in common with the jazz and blues music emanating from New Orleans. Considering Devin’s relatively young age, Devin and his band have an incredible amount of soul and passion for the music they play.

The group just released their second full-length record, Kitchen Knife, which expands rather nicely upon the avenues they travelled on their debut effort, Volume 1. They are a force to be reckoned with live as well. I highly recommend checking The Devin Cuddy Band out when they pull through Moncton later this month.

Alice In Chains take over Casino New Brunswick (21 Casino Dr., Moncton) on Tuesday Aug. 26. Limited tickets are still available by phone at 1-866-843-8849 and online at casinonb.ca.

If you had told me 20 years ago when I was in high school that Alice In Chains would be playing Moncton, I probably would have laughed. And while I may not be laughing now, I am positively giddy with excitement.

Let’s get this out in the open now: Alice In Chains is no oldies act. One of the most vital bands to emerge from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 90’s, Alice In Chains have seen their share of challenges over the last two and a half decades, most namely addiction and the passing of original vocalist Layne Staley.

Fortunately for AIC fans, the group recruited a dynamic new vocalist, William DuVall, who has filled some mighty big shoes with resounding success. Nowhere is the group’s relevancy evident than on last year’s excellent The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.