Fredericton’s nightlife is springing with new energy!
The city is abundant with festivals and weekly live music events just waiting for you! Often people tell me they just aren’t aware of what’s going on in Fredericton so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some info on Fredericton’s upcoming music scene.
Take a look and see what interests you and be sure to share with friends and neighbours!
Flourish Festival – April 20-23 (various venues)
FLOURISH Festival is a celebration and presentation of independent art, music, film and more. This annual festival is happening April 20-23rd. The festival is coordinated by Jane Blanchard and Stefan Westner and relies greatly on the support of the entire interdisciplinary arts community, local community and community partners (i.e. they are all about community!).
Some of this year’s musical performers are Torero, The Hypochondriacs, Beard Springsteen, Cedric Noel, Cellarghost, Hum & Hollow, Little You Little Me, Sentimentals and many more! You will find them performing at these locations around town: Read's Café, Shiftwork Studio, The Fredericton Arts Building, Bellweather, Backstreet Records, The Capital Complex , Yoga Grow & more.
Silent Disco - April 29 (Fredericton Convention Centre)
The Silent Disco (April 29, 9pm-1am) is the loudest part you'll never hear! A trend at festivals and events around the world, the Fredericton Convention Centre is proud to present Fredericton's first ever Silent Disco! Just grab a pair of headphones, tune them to the channel of your choice (top 40s hits, 80s/90s/2000s throwbacks, or Hip-Hop/R&B), and get dancing!
For more information click here! Tickets at $20 in advance, or $25 at the door and can be purchased at the Fredericton Convention Centre and Reads Newsstand and Cafe!
Living Roots Music Festival – May 24-27 (various venues)
The Living Roots Music Festival is returning for its second year presenting 43 bands over 4 days in 8 venues. Their intention is to have musicians playing multiple shows at different venues throughout the weekend. Focusing mostly on acoustic, roots and folk music but remaining open to all styles.
The shows will take place between May 24-27 at various venues in Fredericton as well as a satellite venue in Harvey. This year’s festival will include performances by many familiar Maritime artists including Ben Caplan, Pretty Archie, Kill Chicago, The Crossroad Devils and Jessica Rhaye, with acts from across the country including The Steady Swagger (Montreal), Brooklyn Doran (Toronto), and Hamilton, Ontario’s, The Vaudervillian.
Click here for all details and the full schedule
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (May 11 festival launch – Dolan’s Pub)
The 27th edition of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is taking place September 12-17 and announcements have already been made for some of the artists who will be taking to the stages. It’s already an impressive showing with Colin James, Steve Earle, The Revivalists, Lettuce, The Marcus King Band, Bruce Cockburn, Martha Wainwright, Sloan Music, and Terra Lightfoot.
You are invited to attend an event on Thursday, May 11 at 11am at Dolan’s Pub where they will announce the FULL line-up to include a number of exciting regional, national, and international headline acts to add to their already exciting line-up.
You can find even more information on the festival’s website
Lots more live music!
Outside of these great festivals, Fredericton has ongoing live music events happening on a regular basis. We want to highlight a few for you here:
The Music Runs Through It music series presenting mostly singer/songwriters - local and touring - works in partnership with Corked Wine Bar. This intimate space offers an up-close-&-personal experience and lends itself well to the listening room atmosphere. The next show takes place on Thursday, April 20th featuring Norma MacDonald, from Nova Scotia, serving up her skills as a natural, musical storyteller with a voice of gold.
Click here for a complete list of upcoming shows.
Roots & Soul Music Promotions presents weekly live music primarily in two locations – Grimross Brewing Co. and Ringo’s Bar & Grill. Their programming includes a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz, acoustic duos to full bands. April 26th at Grimross Taproom they’ll be presenting Ali McCormick from Ontario and local musician Michelle Morrison.
Check the complete list of upcoming shows by clicking here.
The Capital Complex, located in the downtown Tannery area, features three rooms - The Capital Bar (1st floor), Wilser’s Room (2nd floor) and The Phoenix (2nd floor). Each room generally has its own vibe: The Capital Bar will present a variety of music ranging from heavy metal, indie to rock. Wilser’s Room will have mostly the roots-folk and singer/songwriters. The Phoenix features a variety of DJs often spinning to themes such as 80s/90s. Beyond these rooms they also present special shows at various locations throughout the city including the Boyce Farmers’ Market. The next show being presented there is JulyTalk on April 18th.
Click here for a complete list of upcoming shows
Lansdowne House Concerts offers "listening" events where the audience has a chance to hear every note and every word the artists produce in a relaxed and casual atmosphere where you are sure to experience lots of interaction between the artists and the audience. Their next show features Mike Biggar of Saint John on Saturday, April 22nd as he launches his latest CD “Goin’ All Out”.
For more information on their upcoming shows click here
So where will we find you?