Grammy nominated Afro-Cuban stars, blues musicians from home and away, a classic piece of theatre, and a big band Sunday night make up our picks of the week. Our subtle suggestions. Our this-is-what-you-should-consider-doing list of music and theatre adventures for the week of Oct. 31-November 6.
Hot on the heels of the release of his new album, No Peeking, prolific Fredericton blues musician Richie Young hits the stage at the MNB Award winning Broken Record Bar & Music Room. Young is a one-man blues machine delivering classic riffs and melodies with gruff and determination. Like something straight out of a 1970’s dive bar, Young will rock your socks off and leave you wondering what the hell just happened.
Nov. 3 | Richie Young | Broken Record Bar & Music Room | 9 p.m.
Grammy nominated, Juno award-winning Afro-Cuban duo Okan bring their distinct combination of roots, jazz, and folk infused songs about immigration, courage and love to the Fredericton Playhouse. What a pitch. What a combo. What a way to cap off another Friday night. One of the many hidden gems you’ll find each season at the Playhouse, Okan is guaranteed to move you.
Nov. 4 | OKAN | Fredericton Playhouse | 7:30 p.m.
Like guitar? Slick licks and memorable riffs? If that’s your jam, The Muse should be your destination this Friday as Nova Scotia based duo Campbell & Johnston return to the city’s most intimate concert stage. Don’t let the room size fool you. There is no better place for a listening audience to enjoy a show downtown than The Muse. And there’s no better riff dealing duo on the East Coast than Campbell & Johnston. Enjoy the show.
Nov. 4 | Campbell & Johnston | The Muse | 7 p.m.
Next Folding Theatre Company is one of the city’s most unique theatre organizations. Placing risk at the forefront of all that they do, while also making space for newcomers and seasoned artists alike, each NFTC production is an act of curious inclusivity. Never what you expect, but never disappointing. Breaking with the company’s long running tradition of staging new work, NFTC’s first full production in more than three years finds Fredericton theatre legend Ilkay Silk directing Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Nov. 4-6 | Uncle Vanya (Next Folding Theatre Company) | Open Space Theatre | 7 p.m.
Canadian rocker Jesse Roper brings his latest album Horizons to Fredericton this week for a rare Sunday night performance at The Cap. Roper worked closely with famed Juno nominated producer Gus van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Arkells, The Trews, Sam Roberts) to craft his latest collection of songs. Hear them live this Sunday. Adding to the excitement of this end of the week lineup will be Fredericton’s own soul inspired big band, Capital 6.
Nov. 6 | Jesse Roper & Capital 6 | The Cap | 8:30 p.m.