Rich Aucoin may not make the traditional music associated with East Coast kitchen parties, but the Halifax native has gained the reputation of being a performer that can cause a crowd to sing and dance like no other. On Feb. 27, the artist will be making a stop at The Capital Complex, and with him will be Elephants Gerald and Beach Body.
Aucoin has been to the area many times and says that he loves it.
“The energy in Fredericton is awesome. I always have a good time at The Capital; it’s always a fun night.”
Aucoin is set to perform in venues throughout New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario before heading to France for a few shows.
Charlie Harding is the front man for Beach Body. He says he is excited to be opening for Aucoin.
“It’s awesome. Rich is one of the bigger acts we’ve opened for. I think we’re going to mesh well with his electronic stuff.”
The Beach Body performance came about thanks to the show’s other opening act, Elephants Gerald. The group contacted Beach Body and mentioned that they should be in the show. After getting the go-ahead from Aucoin’s management, everything was set.
The half Fredericton, half Saint John group has been together for two years and over that time has seen their electronic sound develop.
“We used to be piano-based but now it’s about electronic programming to get that looping sound.”
In terms of Aucoin’s show, he says that there will be new components that fans might not be used to.
“I’ll be unveiling a new lighting show, so that’s really exciting.”
His shows are known for their energy, but it is hard for Aucoin to decide if he has a favourite song to perform live.
“It changes from night to night. It depends on what the crowd is into that night.”
Aucoin says that before his performances, he doesn’t do any crazy rituals.
“I’m usually busy until the last minute with tech stuff so I never do a vocal warm-up. I limit my diet to something light, like sushi or a sandwich, so I can jump around on stage.”
After touring, Aucoin plans on working on new dance music to be released this summer.
For Beach Body, they are about to record their debut album and will be performing some of the new material at the show. The album is set to be out this May.
Tickets for the Feb. 27 show are $15 in advance, and Harding advises on taking advantage of the price.
“Buy your tickets now because they’re cheaper than at the door and this show is very likely to sell out.”