The MusicNerd Files Edition #23

Whitney Rose performs at Plan B on July 10
Whitney Rose performs at Plan B on July 10

Summer is in full swing in Metro Moncton. There is no better time to get out and take in some live music at one of the city’s musical venues.

Halifax rock band In-Flight Safety return to the Tide & Boar on July 25 while on that same night at Moncton’s Plan B, Toronto garage-rockers July Talk will take the stage. July Talk was last in town this past April and is a band that you should be checking out before they blow up in a huge way. On July 6, Plan B will be hosting rocktastic Nova Scotian duo The Town Heroes while on July 12, Moncton outlaws The Divorcees will storm Plan B’s stage.

One of the season’s most diverse musical offerings will be the Mosaiq Multicultural Music Festival, being held Downtown Moncton on July 19 and 20. Some of the artists performing include Moncton’s Samantha Robichaud, Senegal native Elage Diouf among many others.

Here are some other show highlights that are worth considering as a good way to spend that hard-earned cash.

Lyle Lovett performs at Casino New Brunswick on Wednesday July 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 (plus service fee). Advance tickets are available at the Casino Gift Shop, by phone at 1-866-943-8849 and online at

When it was announced that Lyle Lovett would at long last find his way to Moncton, I was ridiculously excited. Although I had always been vaguely familiar with his work, it was his 1998 set Step Inside This House that made a bonafide fan of me.

For a lack of a better definition of the music he plays, Lovett has long been considered a country artist. Truth be told though, his songs and style encompass so much more. Since his 1986 debut record, Lovett has pursued many different musical whims including jazz, big band, country and pop all while not sacrificing his singer-songwriter sensibilities.

Lovett’s show will arguably be one of the best to visit Moncton this year. Get your tickets now.

Whitney Rose performs at Plan B, located at 212 St. George Street, Moncton on Wednesday July 10.

She may only be 26 years old but there is an old musical soul at the heart of Toronto-based country sweetheart Whitney Rose. If Taylor Swift’s music makes you cringe and you yearn for the simpler music (and times) of Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells, Rose will be right up your alley. The Prince Edward Island-born Rose released her self-titled debut record via Toronto’s Cameron House Records and it is a killer listen. Produced by David Baxter and Blue Rodeo’s Bazil Donovan, you won’t regret taking the time to hear Rose’s dynamic songs and powerful vocals.

Moncton native Julie Doiron performs at Café Aberdeen, located in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre (140 Botsford Street), on Thursday July 11 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket information can be obtained by calling Café Aberdeen at (506) 853-3377. This show is open to all ages.

Since the October 2012 release of her latest record, So Many Days, Julie Doiron has certainly had her hands full. And frankly, they aren’t about to empty anytime soon.

Over the past six months, Doiron has toured Canada, Japan and Europe, performing 17 shows in May in the latter territory.

With a new baby due at the start of August, Doiron’s upcoming show at Café Aberdeen on July 11 will most likely be one of her final Moncton-area shows for the foreseeable future.