Newt’s top 10 (or 11) Metro Vancouver concerts in August

Steve Vai plays the Rickshaw

By Steve Newton

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: hard-rock/metal band from Huntingdon Beach, California, with guests Alexisonfire and Kim Dracula. August 7 at Rogers Arena.

ROCK MAPLE RIDGE: three-day classic-rock festival features headlining performances by Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell, and Trooper. August 11 to 13 at Albion Fairgrounds. Canuck rock rules.

Jeff Goldblum plays the Vogue

JEFF GOLDBLUM AND THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTA: a night of classic jazz and improvised comedy with the beloved and gregarious pianist and Hollywood star. August 12 at the Vogue Theatre. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

ROD STEWART: British rock legend, formerly of the Faces, with guests Cheap Trick. August 12 at Rogers Arena. Hope he does “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

STEVE VAI: American instrumental-rock guitar virtuoso performs on his Inviolate Tour 2023. August 15 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Hope he does “For the Love of God”.

White Reaper plays the Rickshaw

WHITE REAPER: guitar-rock band from Louisville, Kentucky plays tunes from latest album Asking For a Ride. August 19 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Dig those Thin Lizzy-style dual-lead guitars.

AMBLESIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL: featuring performances by Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Finger Eleven, Said the Whale, Bahamas, Bran Van 3000, Saint Motel, and Wallice. August 19 and 20 at Ambleside Park.

PNE SUMMER NIGHT CONCERTS: featuring performances by Billy Idol, Blue Rodeo, Pat Benatar, Walk Off the Earth, Billy Talent, Pink Martini, and Boyz II Men. August 19 to September 4 at the PNE Amphitheatre.

FLOGGING MOLLY Irish-American Celtic-punk sextet led by vocalist Dave King, with guests the Bronx. August 23 at the Vogue Theatre. You’ll need beer for this one.

Terminal Station plays Guilt and Co.

TERMINAL STATION: Vancouver blues-rock band composed of singer-guitarist Scott Smith, keyboardist Darryl Havers, bassist Jeremy Holmes, and drummer Liam MacDonald. August 28 at Guilt and Co. Check out their Allman Brothers vibe.

COLLECTIVE SOUL: multiplatinum guitar-rockers from Atlanta, featuring singer-guitarist and main songwriter Ed Roland. August 29 and 30 at the Commodore Ballroom. Hope they do “Shine”.

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