This weekend’s roundup includes comedy at the Playhouse, guided tours at the BAG and as always, a ton of live music to enjoy.
Jenn Russell Big Band Bonanza CD Launch at the Delta Fredericton. Let the sounds of big band music warm you up as you heat up the dance floor! Join us as Jenn Russell releases her second original big band album filled with twists from other genres – everything from 40s style jazz and swing to the blues. There will be a bar on site and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. This event proudly supports Liberty Lane, which offers second-stage housing to women and children seeking to escape domestic abuse. 8 p.m. $45.
James Mullinger at The Playhouse. Comedian James Mullinger has taken Canada by storm since moving to Saint John in 2014. He’s appeared on CBC’s The Debaters and has been nominated for both a Canadian Comedy Award and a Just for Laughs Award. He has sold out hundreds of venues across Canada, and produced three seasons of his own television series. A movie titled The Comedian’s Guide to Survival has been made about Mullinger’s life, and he was the subject of a CBC documentary called City on Fire, about his record-breaking sold-out show at Saint John’s Harbour Station in 2016. 7:30 p.m. $16-$32
Mandy Silk at The Muse. Mandy Silk is a country music singer songwriter from Fredericton with a warm, powerful voice. At this intimate, acoustic performance Mandy is excited to be sharing some of her new originals, covering some of her favourite new country artists, as well as performing a tribute to fellow Canadian female country singer songwriters. 7 p.m. $10
Ceeb Dread CD release show at The Capital. Three hours of local hip hop hit the Capital stage when guests Wiggz, Johnny Manic and Monark join Ceeb Dread in celebrating his two new albums. Doors at 9. Show at 10 p.m.
Wicked Vices, Jessie Brown & Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire at Grimross Brewing. A rock show in the taproom with two of the east’s strongest female voices, and Fredericton’s blues rockers. Luring you in with her powerful and expressive voice, Jessie Brown is a siren perched atop the rocky shores of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Wicked Vices set out on a musical expedition to inject a fresh energy of rockin’ melody to the city of Fredericton and surrounding area. 8 p.m.
Adam Washburn at The Muse. In the past two years, Adam Washburn has performed with maritime artists Matt Minglewood, Christina Martin, and Gypsophilia. His EP, Beautiful Things, was produced by Dale Murray at Come Undone Records. 7 p.m. $10
The Mellotones at the Crowne Plaza. For over a decade, The Mellotones have been bringing their high-octane party to stages around the world. Lighting up dance floors wherever they go, the R&B Funk band is an 8-piece powerhouse. From weddings to festivals, or from sweaty late-night clubs to corporate events, their in-demand, energetic show provides the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.
Combining powerful vocals, dynamic horns, and a groovy rhythm section with a catalogue that dives deep into the history of soul, funk, disco, and R&B music, The Mellotones recall an era dominated by the classics of Motown, Stax, and Chess Records. Doors at 7. Show at 8 p.m. $20
Messtival Capital Takeover. With performances on the main stage as well as in The Phoenix, Messtival bring you sets from Chillteens, Winter’s Howl, Joyful Noise, Lewcid, Moon Druid and Hank of the Hill. Doors at 9. Show at 10 p.m.
Chinese New Year Gala at the Fredericton Playhouse. Chinese New Year is an ancient holiday, most of its traditions date back to thousands of years ago. But as times change, it’s not surprising that new traditions are formed. The most prominent is the Chinese New Year Gala. Along with “The River” theme, the exciting performance of 2019 Chinese New Year Gala will be presented with traditional and contemporary dances, rich and lively music, Kong Fu show and the exciting lion dance to usher in the Year of the Pig! 6:30 p.m. $14.47 – $24.47
The Don Bossé Jazz Quartet at Grimross Brewing. The quartet will be joined by special guest jazz vocalist Mary Milliken and jazz pianist Jorian Hapeman. Also featuring Garry Hansen on guitar, Chad Ball on bass, Craig Woodcock on saxophone, and Don Bossé on drums. 8 p.m. $10.
Guided tours of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Guided tours of the International Wing and New Pavilion at 2 p.m. (English), 3 p.m. (French), 4 p.m. (English) will be free with admission.
odd sundays at the Tipsy Muse Café presents Phil Hall, Gwen Martin & Jennifer Houle. This will mark the first afternoon for odd sundays the Tipsy Muse Café. Celebrate all things winter by hearing local writers read selections of wintry poems and stories, as well as the launch of the latest issue of The Fiddlehead. Reading their work about winter will be Phil Hall, Gwen Martin and Jennifer Houle. Sue Sinclair will represent The Fiddlehead and will introduce Rebecca Salazar, Nancy Bauer, Jenna Lyn Albert, Lynn Davies and Clarissa Hurley who will read selections from the Winter 2019 issue. 2 p.m.
Steven Page with Symphony New Brunswick at the Fredericton Playhouse. A former lead singer and songwriter with Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page is known for his dynamic, physically exuberant performances, his powerful tenor, quick wit, and an arsenal of songs that span the gamut between humour and pathos. Page left the band in 2008 to pursue a solo and theatrical career, and has gone on to release several critically acclaimed albums. In this special show with Symphony New Brunswick, Page will perform both Barenaked Ladies hits, as well as his own original music, all accompanied by the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $33-$66.
This post was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton.