The MusicNerd Files Edition #10

As Metro Moncton prepares for what will certainly prove to be an unforgettable summer filled with music for all tastes, the heat is on within the various stages of Metro Moncton clubs.

Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer and The Stampeders will be taking to the stage at Casino New Brunswick tomorrow evening while Great Big Sea member Alan Doyle stops in at the Capitol Theatre on Monday night.

Here are some in-depth highlights for other shows taking place this month:

Monster Truck performs at the Manhattan Bar & Grill, 125 Westmorland Street, Moncton on Friday June 1. Special guests are Moncton band The Motorleague. The show starts at 10:00 p.m.

2012 just might be the year of Ontario rock band Monster Truck. In addition to having toured with The Sheepdogs last year, the group found themselves supporting classic rock legends Deep Purple on their recent Canadian tour. The group’s latest EP, the Brown EP, helped win them the Rock Recording of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards at the Hamilton Music Awards.

The last time that the band performed in Moncton, they were playing in support of retro rockers The Sheepdogs at Oxygen. After their show tonight at the Manhattan Bar & Grill, the band will be returning to Moncton at the end of July when they support former Guns N Roses member Slash at his sold out show at Casino New Brunswick.

If you’re in the mood for a good dose of rock n roll, bring yourself down to the Manhattan tonight.

Steven Bowers performs at Plan B, 212 St. George Street, on Monday June 4. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia’s Steven Bowers is a traveling man. Earlier this year, Bowers left his Nova Scotia home behind and took up residence with his wife in Edmonton. Now, just days prior to starting his latest Cross-Canada tour in support of last year’s record Beothuk Words, Bowers is packing things up and getting ready to settle down in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Bower’s last cross-country tour was with fellow Maritime musician Christina Martin in 2009. It was during that tour that Bowers met Martin’s husband Dale Murray who ended up producing Beothuk Words.

Asked if the prospect of picking up from Atlantic Canada and needing to work to essentially start from scratch in building a fan base on the opposite end of the country, Bowers says that in some ways, he is anticipating the challenge.

“I think that it will be nice to get out of my comfort zone and need to play as often as I can to build a fan base,” Bowers says. “It is like I am starting from scratch with the benefit of 10 years of experience behind me.”

Leeroy Stagger performs at Plan B Lounge on Sunday June 3. The show is an afternoon matinee, starting at 4:00 p.m. Also performing is PEI singer-songwriter Dennis Ellsworth.

Having freshly released his seventh record, Radiant Land, via Gold Lake Records, Leeroy Stagger is gearing up for a busy year ahead.

A musician that has shared the stage with the likes of Los Lobos, Ron Sexsmith and the Maritimes own Joel Plaskett, Stagger has also secured himself an impressive amount of song placements in television shows including Gray’s Anatomy and Sons of Anarchy.

Radiant Land was cut over the course of a three-day break in his tour schedule at a Nashville recording studio. Radiant Land finds Stagger delivering one of the most reflective records of his career while still being a champion for rebels and underdogs everywhere.

Stagger’s unique brand of roots rock n roll has been earning him rave reviews from all over the globe and it won’t be long before his name and his music are synonymous with other roots-rock heavyweights like Steve Earle and Ryan Adams.