Summer is winding down, but let’s not let on that there is nothing happening. With Frosh Week winding up out at CBU, NSCC getting ready for their kick off, and the usual suspects Caper Radio, Governors Pub, and The Upstairs Club in full gear, there’s music aplenty around town.
Next Wednesday, September 21, we see NSCC Marconi’s Student Association get ready to Rock the Vote as they present Slowcoaster at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. Meaning to involve the student body on the election of VP of Services and VP of Communications, the show will also feature a group of Marconi students and faculty called The Marcones playing from 8-9pm.
Back to the weekend, Governors Pub hosts Juno Award winner Julie Doiron on Saturday night. The esteemed songwriter, who began her career in seminal indie rockers Eric’s Trip and has also appeared in Shotgun & Jaybird and the trio Daniel, Fred & Julie, will be appearing alongside Moonsocket (fellow Eric’s Trip alumnus Chris Thompson), Construction & Destruction, and local act Moving Arms. This is a seated event with limited tickets being sold, so pick one up early to ensure you can get in. For a preview, check out Caper Radio from 6:30-7:30pm that evening to hear a live at Caper Radio event with Construction & Destruction.
Also on Saturday, the Savoy Theatre hosts the 3rd Annual Benefit Concert for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. There is something for everyone in this lineup, which features everyone from established acts like J.P. Cormier and Andrew Doyle to rising stars Carleton Stone and Colin Grant Band.
On Friday night over at Governors Pub, the Jon Hines Trio returns to town alongside Northsiders The Pranks. Having checked them out last weekend at The Upstairs, I can honestly say that anytime The Pranks play is a can’t miss. The band is heavily blues influenced with a definite nod to classic rock, but without falling into an indie rock trap. The songwriting is exceptional and Russell Sullivan is as endearing a frontman as I have seen locally.
Track of the Week: “Your Love” by Daniel, Fred & Julie. With Julie Doiron rolling into town, I finally had the opportunity to throw this tune in the column. It’s no secret that I am a huge Daniel Romano fan, and this has been the best way for me to appreciate Julie’s work. The harmonies are brilliant, the songwriter equally so. Check it out and perhaps Julie might hit one or two of these at Governors.