Fri, Jun 20, 2014.
Lots of concert news for music fans in Fredericton the past couple of days. Both the FredRock festival and River Jam have started announcing their lineups, with more acts coming in the next few days as well.
FredRock 2014 is going to be held Aug. 22 and 23, and this year there are some major changes in the festival's structure. It's moving to a new location, behind city hall in the large open parking lot along the river. That will be familiar to Harvest Jazz and Blues festival goers, as the home of the Blues tent. However, FredRock is keeping their options, and venue, open. It will be a combo structure, part enclosed, part open-air, in case of rain, or sun.
The schedule will be different as well. There will now be four separate shows, Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday afternoon and evening. Each will require separate tickets (or overall passes). The Friday afternoon event will feature one artist doing both a full acoustic and full electric sets. Friday night will feature three different acts. Saturday afternoon has two groups scheduled, and there are three more for Saturday night.
The first names are also out. One of Nova Scotia's, and Canada's favourite rock groups, The Trews, are doing the acoustic/electric sets on Friday. A couple of up-and-coming rock groups have been named as well, but the slots haven't been announced as yet. From Ontario comes The Glorious Sons, joining Halifax's Alert the Medic. And on Saturday night, the headliner is going to be Billy Talent, certainly one of the country's top names the past decade or so. Full tickets for each show or combo passes go on sale July 5, and early-bird two day passes go on sale Saturday, June 28.
River Jam 2014 will be happening Friday, July 4 at the Delta in Fredericton. This long-running charity event is now in its 14th year, and will feature 20 bands in various spots in the hotel. As always, everyone, including the groups, are giving their time for free, with the proceeds going to benefit music-related projects in the community. This year there will be four stages, starting on the patio at 4:30 PM, and going until the late-night jam. Performers include Kathleen Gorey-McSorley, Mark Roberts, The Downtown Blues Band (pictured), Jenn Russell, Tumba Sound and more. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).