10+ arts, music and community events you should check out in Fredericton this weekend

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This weekend’s roundup includes outdoor concerts & films, a hand drumming workshop, a patio party and a new recital series at the CSAC. All this and more!

Jennah Barry plays a free show on Saturday night in Officer’s Square – 7:30 p.m. (photo: Fredericton Tourism)

Friday

Mile Twelve at The Tipsy Muse Café. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, they write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. 7 p.m. $15.

Alexander and the Great Ones + Adam Washburn at Capital Complex. Alex MacNeil is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, arranger and noted roving stray from Nova Scotia’s industrial northern mainland.  Armed with his electiveness, hushed confessional tones, swathes of lush orchestration and guitar riffs that crackle to the delight of audiences, Alex is a pop music weapon. 9 p.m.

Patrick Reynolds + Kalyna Rakel at Grimross Brewing Co. At 16 Kalyna Rakel walked away from a pop record deal in Europe to teach herself guitar and play music on the street. Since then she has recorded four independent albums and played her songs for thousands of people all around the world. 8 p.m. $10.

Summer Concert Series at Christ Church Cathedral: 12:10 p.m. No charge. Donations welcome.

Saturday

Branch Out Productions presents From the Page to the Stage at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Joinmembers of Branch Out Productions as they share beautiful music from musicals that were inspired by books, and have delicious desserts and drinks. Tickets are extremely limited and are $25 (includes dessert). To purchase, email ben@branchoutproductions.ca

West African Drumming Workshop with Bruno Allard at The Ville. This workshop is designed to support both beginner and more advanced players. Drums will be available to those that don’t have their own.The workshop will be led by Bruno Allard, who hails from Wolfville NS. Bruno was first introduced to drumming in 2002 by Doug Rigaux, a local favourite, and spent much time playing in Fredericton in the early days of our djembe scene. Since then, he has been learning, playing, sharing and performing West African percussion pretty much constantly. 12:30 – 3 p.m. $40. To register, email RiverValleyRhythms@gmail.com.

Jennah Barry in Officer’s Square. The first in a new concert series from Fredericton Tourism, Jennah Barry (Forward Music Group) kicks off the Next2Now Concert Series with a free show in Officers’ Square. 7:30 p.m.

Melanie O’Brien at The Tipsy Muse Cafe. Imagine the spliced DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlisle fused to create a dramatic fiery haired chanteuse….That’s Melanie O’Brien. 7 p.m. $10. 

Under the Stars Film Series’ Saturday Night Modern Favourites: American Graffiti (1973). Comedy/Drama PG. Officer’s Square. 9:15 p.m. free.

Slowcoaster on the Patio at The Capital. Long-running east coast favourites Slowcoaster take to the Capital patio for an outdoor show as only summer can deliver. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Afterparty w/ Spirit Of The Wildfire & Nebullama at The Capital. Come party after the Slowcoaster show, with Spirit of the Wildfire from Halifax and Moncton’s Nebullama. 11 p.m. $8.

Sunday

Charlotte Street Arts Centre Sunday Series. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is happy to present its new Sunday Series! From traditional to classical, from folk to jazz, we want the community to be able to enjoy some great music in a family-friendly setting. There will be drinks, food and a button-making station where you can create your own for $2! Bring your friends & family and join us for a classic Sunday-Funday! Admission: Kids (12 and under) – Free!! Adults – $5.00 at the door OR all 4 shows for $15.00 (tickets available at the door!)

NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival (workshop) – Playwriting Masterclass. In this workshop, participants will begin to unpack the playwright’s voice, considering how to imbed ideas into narrative, dialogue-based drama without revealing one’s own perspective. We will look at breaking down the elements of a playwright’s role within the work, and discover how to create meaningful ideas in a theatrical form. Finally, we will look at non-traditional forms of live performance, and look at intentional use of a playwright’s voice for theatrical effect. This workshop will take place from 10am to 4pm (with lunch break—bring a lunch) on Sunday, July 14 in Carleton Hall, UNB. To register, email robkempson@gmail.com.

Under the Stars Film Series’ Sunday Night Classic Films: Wizard of Oz – 80th Anniversary (1939). Family PG Officers’ Square. 9:15 p.m. free.

This Week in Fredericton 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. 

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