The MusicNerd Files Edition #7

As bears all over the Canadian wilderness prepare to come out of hibernation, so are musicians coming out of their winter touring hibernation. March looks like a promising month for music fans throughout Metro. Here are some of the highlights I recommend checking out:

■ Zeus performs at Moncton’s Oxygen Nightclub on Thursday, March 8, as the special guests of Sam Roberts Band. Advance tickets are $32.99, available at Cut Throat Pizza and online at www.sonicconcerts.com On the day of the show, tickets are $37.99.

Acclaimed indie rock band Zeus is getting set to release their new record Busting Visions on March 27. Their show in Moncton comes just before the Toronto-based quartet heads south to the United States to support The Sheepdogs on a pair of shows. Next month, the band is heading overseas to Europe to perform a series of shows with fellow Canadian Dan Mangan. Zeus, currently signed to the influential Arts & Crafts record label, is currently offering a free download of their song Are You Gonna Waste My Time on their website located at www.themusicofzeus.com

■ Bolivia performs at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge, located at 212 St. George Street on Saturday, March 10. Also slated to perform is Ol’ Savannah and The Regal Beagle Band.

If you’re a fan of roots, bluegrass and impeccable vocal harmonies, Sackville band Bolivia will be right up your alley. Despite being a relatively young band, they can arguably make music worthy of a group twice their age. The band’s show last month at Parkindale Hall was scuttled due to inclement weather so if you had planned on attending that show, this is your next opportunity to catch this terrific up-and-coming band.

■Frack Off, a benefit concert with proceeds raised going towards Sustainable Energy NB, will be taking place at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, March 21, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21.50 plus service charge. Advance tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office and at Frank’s Music, 245 Carson Drive, Moncton.

An eclectic line-up of musicians representing New Brunswick’s Acadian, Anglophone and Aboriginal heritages will be taking the stage at this show. Artists slated to perform include The Divorcees, Glamour Puss, Lovestorm, Hubert Francis and Angele Arsenault. The show is being put together to raise awareness of natural gas hydraulic fracking and to help raise funds to invest in the research, development and implementation of various green technologies in the province of New Brunswick.

Article published in the March 2, 2012 edition of The Times & Transcript