The MusicNerd Files Edition #4

As the Christmas season approaches, the amount of musical acts touring through the Maritimes tends to dwindle significantly. But there is still some great talent taking the many stages throughout Metro Moncton in the month of December though.

Here is a sample of what music fans can expect:

* The Sheepdogs perform at Oxygen Nightclub on Friday, Dec. 2. Advance tickets may be purchased online for $15 at

2011 will be known as the year of Saskatchewan band The Sheepdogs. The group has risen to international fame and acclaim after having landed the cover of influential magazine Rolling Stone, the first unsigned band to do so.

With a sound that owes much to the Allman Brothers and other classic rock bands, reviews of The Sheepdogs tour dates have been nothing less than stellar. Their Moncton show was originally scheduled to take place at The Tide & Boar but due to demand, the show was eventually moved to Oxygen Nightclub. The band’s Moncton show is currently the only city in the Maritimes where Sheepdogs tickets remain.

Be sure to catch The Sheepdogs in the relative cozy confines of the Oxygen. I have a feeling the next time they pull through town, the Coliseum will be the venue of choice.

* Current Swell performs at the Manhattan Bar & Grill on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Victoria band Current Swell’s pockets are a little heavier these days. Last week, the band was awarded $100,500 as the winners of radio station The Peak’s Performance Project. The Peak Performance Project was designed to aid in the development of new and emerging talent from British Columbia.

Current Swell are no strangers to the road, having toured throughout Canada, the United States and Australia, playing alongside the likes of Xavier Rudd, Bedouin Soundclash and Ron Sexsmith in the process.

* Noel avec Les Muses, Belivo and Roland Gauvin takes over Moncton’s Capitol Theatre from Wednesday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 17. Ticket prices start at $19 and may be purchased from the Capitol Theatre Box Office and Frank’s Music, 245 Carson Dr., Moncton.

By now, Metro residents have come to expect the annual Christmas shows from Acadian favourites Les Muses, Belivo and Roland Gauvin. 2011 marks the tenth year of such performances, giving fans a chance to see these incredible musicians on stage together.

At press time, a limited amount of tickets remained for some of the five performances that will take place over five days in mid-December. If you are hoping to take in one of the performances, I would recommend picking up your tickets as quickly as possible!

Article published in November 25, 2011 edition of the Times & Transcript