Summer is in full swing in Metro Moncton and aside from your beverage of choice, nothing goes better with summer than music. If you happened to have missed July Talk and Lyle Lovett when they passed through town last month, you have a few chances to redeem yourself with some equally talented acts.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the likes of Trooper (Aug. 5 at Casino N.B.), Steve Earle (Aug. 12 at Casino N.B.), Vince Gill (Aug, 23 and 24 at Casino N.B.), Matchbox Twenty (Aug. 28 at the Moncton Coliseum) and more will all visit Moncton in August.
Here are some show highlights that I feel will be worth taking in over the course of the next month:
■ The inaugural Codiac Music Festival takes place this weekend at various venues throughout Metro Moncton. For a complete festival lineup and other details, visit codiacfest.ca.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend your free time this long weekend, you will have little trouble finding something to appeal to your ears at the Codiac Music Festival. Banjo master extraordinaire Old Man Luedecke, Moncton rock band The Motorleague, Halifax’s Thom Swift, Chris Colepaugh, Joseph Edgar and Phil Flowers are among the dozen-plus acts that will be performing at venues including Plan B Lounge, the Tide & Boar and Moncton City Hall. The festival wraps up at Moncton Farmer’s Market (Westmorland Street, Downtown Moncton) with a free show on Sunday evening starting at 6 p.m.
■ On Thursday, Aug. 15, Australian musician Harley Young and Quebec’s Simon Paradis bring their “Two Man Wolf Pack Tour” to Moncton’s Plan B Lounge, located at 212 St. George Street.
Neither Harley Young nor Simon Paradis are strangers to the Canadian musical landscape, performing a total of five shows in Atlantic Canada in the month of August alone. Aside from their show at Plan B on Thursday Aug. 15, the duo is also performing in Alma as well as at Messtival.
The lo-fi, pop-influenced Young has supported the likes of Julie Doiron and Rob Moir while promoting the first two instalments in a series of releases called Suburb On Tape. In early 2012, the prolific and musically like-minded Paradis, dubbed the indie darling of Quebec City, launched his third album and tenth release overall, Chasing Birds.
■ Vibonics perform at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge (212 St. George Street) on Saturday, Aug. 17. Showtime is 9 p.m.
Could Toronto hip-hop group Vibonics have named their newest album Kitchen Sink any more appropriately? The eclectic six-piece rock, pop and hip-hop group is comprised of an R&B vocalist, a heavy metal drummer, a jazz-influenced keyboardist, a punk-funk guitarist and a bassist with indie-rock roots. Accordingly, Kitchen Sink as well as the group’s live show, reflects those diverse influences.
Recorded in a church-turned-recording studio in Hamilton, Vibonics vocalist Tacha Pelley says the experience of recording in a church had a profound effect upon the final result:
“The fact that the studio was once a church had a certain effect on me,” she says. “Knowing that people had been in the very same room baring their soul is powerful. The connection to the studio, for me, was instant and the overall vibe was surreal.”
■ Dayglo Abortions perform at The OC (700 Main St., Moncton) on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Spin It Records (467 Main Street, Moncton)
Formed in 1979, the Dayglo Abortions are one of Canada’s longest-running bands. Over the course of 10 releases, the politically-aware punk band has seen their fair share of controversy. While I won’t get into those specifics here, the band is an institution of sorts in Canada. Expect some controlled chaos when the band takes to the stage at Moncton’s OC at the end of August.
Article published in the August 2, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript