Been a busy couple of weeks but it’s nice to be back in the swing of things. The shows haven’t been holding off though, with this weekend kick starting the summer season with shows on both the bar and all ages fronts.
Saturday marks the release of Caper Radio’s Live at Caper Radio compilation CD. Showcasing live tracks from many of the artists who have performed on air over the last year, the CD is one of the many efforts Caper Radio is fostering to increase their presense in the community as they strive towards FM broadcasting.
Saturday’s launch will be celebrated with a full day of live music by many of the artists featured on the CD. From 2-10pm, Caper Radio hosts an all ages show at Christ Church Hall with more than a dozen performances on both main and side stages. Some of the more notable performances will be held by local mainstays Ricochet and Static in Action as well as rising stars Heartwood Slacks and Stygian Sky.
After the rock’n’roll fades into the night, Caper Radio keeps the night going strong with a dance party at The Upstairs Club. Some of the best local DJs will be spinning beats to keep the bodies moving. Admission for the all ages show is $8, the afterparty $5, or you can get both and a CD for a special price of $20.
Governors Pub is also busy this week with their usual Thursday-Saturday lineup. On Thursday night, Winnipeg’s The Details hit town alongside Halifax’s The Quiet Parade. Rounding out the lineup is Seek Out Ships, a local indie rock trio that plays far too infrequently.
Friday has Fredericton’s Hungry Hearts, who are on tour with fellow New Brunswickers Oh No, Theodore! The gem of this lineup are local bluegrass/indie folk group Heartwood Slacks, who are making waves after a strong debut this past winter. The six piece band, lead by local songwriter John Gill, mixes enjoyable instrumentation with stellar arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to create a standout sound within the local music scene.
Saturday night’s Governors offering is ECMA nominees Alert the Medic. It’s been a while since the Halifax based band has been in town, but they continue to roll in support of their latest effort “We, The Weapon”. The group is sure to keep you awake and rocking, with their heavy hitting sound.
Track of the Week: “Mine’s Been Closed” by Heartwood Slacks. The Stanfest hopefuls recently released a live video of this tune to the YouTube universe, performing fittingly in a rustic barn with their acoustic instrumentation. Everything can be heard beautifully and the video captures all of the endearing elements of the band well. Make sure to look them up on the Stanfest website and give them your vote to play on the festival mainstage.