Casino New Brunswick presents award-winning Canadian Country group, Emerson Drive live in Moncton on Friday, April 24th at 8 pm.
For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America. During their evolving career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments.”
Emerson Drive has racked up countless award nominations in both the US country market at the ACM’s and CMA’s, as well as in Canada where they have picked up multiple trophies for Group or Duo of the Year from the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association). But it was their 2007 hit, “Moments,” that pushed Emerson Drive over the top in country music. The powerful song validated the talent and passion of the band’s drive to succeed in the business they know and love.
“Looking back 10 years ago and seeing where our career first started with ‘I Should Be Sleeping’ and knowing that there was a movement going around us as a new act on the scene … I just remember how exciting and crazy it was, all at the same time,” recalled Emerson Drive’s lead vocalist and founding member, Brad Mates. “We were out there on the road over 240 days of the year for the first six years. I just remember those times being kind of eyes wide open, taking everything in. It was such a great first few years, and now fast forward 10 or 11 years, we’re still playing music and making music. Longevity has always been a goal for me in this band, so to think we’ve now been doing it for 17 years – straight out of high school – is the ultimate. We’re doing something right.”
The band did in fact do something right repeatedly over the years, resulting in the release of several successful studio albums including their Nashville debut, Emerson Drive, back in 2002, What If? in 2004, their 2006 release Countrified and 2009’s Believe.
After taking a two year break from recording new music, Emerson Drive – comprised of Mates (lead vocals), Dupelle (guitar, background vocals), David Pichette (fiddle), Mike Melancon (drums) and Dale Wallace (keyboard, background vocals) – felt the time was right to head back into the studio to make a new record, but this time under their own supervision without involving a record label. They had the songs, the experience and the drive to make the music in their hearts that their fans were waiting patiently to hear.
Roll, an 11-track album filled with songs mostly penned by the band, and co-produced by Emerson Drive and David Kalmusky, shows the band’s growth and maturity over the past decade with its lyrical content, vocal range and instrumentation that has made them one of country music’s most loved bands of their time.
Tickets for the Moncton show go on sale this Friday, December 12th at 10 am. Tickets range in price from $29.99 to $39.99 (plus tax and applicable surcharge) and are available at the Casino Gift Shop (located at 21 Casino Drive in Moncton, exit #450 off the Trans-Canada Highway), by calling 1-866-943-8849 and online at casinonb.ca
Doors open at 7 pm. This is an all ages show.
Casino New Brunswick is a full-service casino, event centre, hotel and spa. It features over 600 slot machines, 20 gaming tables, (including a private poker room with five tables), as well as a variety of restaurants and lounges. In addition to its luxurious hotel and spa with 126 rooms and suites, the complex also offers a multi-purpose entertainment centre. The Centre presents events year-round and since opening its doors on May 4th, 2010, the venue has hosted several sold-out shows in its 2500-seat concert venue. Casino New Brunswick is wheelchair accessible and features extensive car and RV parking.