About a year ago, I wrote a commentary about the most intimate and unexpected music venues in Saint John: the old Sessions cafe in Rothesay, Shadow Lawn Inn, and The Blue Olive on Rothesay Avenue. And now you can add the Vintage Bistro in Hampton to that list. Behind many of the first-rate shows at these venues is promoter Jeff Liberty, recently nominated for two 2010 ECMA awards – Manager of the Year, and Media Person of the Year.
Liberty represents nationally recognized musicians Jay Semko and Matt Anderson; locally he manages emerging musicians like Mike Biggar and Babette Hayward, both of whom played live on Serf City in the past year. He’s staged many memorable shows here, two of them featuring multiple ECMA award-winner Joel Plaskett. We spoke with Jeff on the December 3 edition of the show, which also happened to be Jeff’s 4oth birthday! Listen to that interview here.
Serf City also congratulates Jessica Rhaye and Stephanie Mainville, who were also nominated for ECMAs. Rhaye was nominated for best Folk Recording, Solo Female Artist and Visual Artist. Mainville was nominated for best Pop Recording. – Mark Leger