Friday, November 17, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Banned) & Saturday Night Concert Previews!!

As promised, here's the second half of our weekend concert previews this time around! With news going slow this week, I reluctantly don't have a fourth full story to round things out, so this will be somewhat shorter than usual, but hopefully this doesn't become a trend. These previews reflect Saturday-only concerts, and we'll start with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you should know!

Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock trio Banned will return to The Runway Bar in nearby Hessel for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced via the venue's Facebook page on Sunday, with Banned only confirming it on their own Facebook page on Wednesday. Two weeks removed from their most recent shows in St. Ignace, TOMORROW's Hessel trip will mark their first show there in almost six months, and this should be another prime opportunity to check out the Traynors and Wayne's often heavy blend of covers, so keep this show in mind! Note that Banned are branding this show as a "deer season party", referencing the recent start of Michigan's deer hunting season (with regular firearms), so note that angle as well if you're planning on coming out. TOMORROW'S concert has a 21+ age limit, 9:00 PM start time, and no announced cover charge. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Banned live!

Next up, we'll move to previously announced concerts TOMORROW NIGHT in Sault Ontario, starting with a big concert at The Rockstar Bar featuring some hard rock openers alongside headlining Montreal power pop band Dany Laj & The Looks! Fans may recognize Dany and company from their shows here in July and twice over the 2015/16 winter, though this will be their first time at The Rockstar Bar. While not a heavy band, The Looks' upbeat pop rock originals have found a solid audience locally over the past couple of years, so definitely give them a listen in advance of their last tour stop before heading to the States! A diverse lineup of opening bands will include local indie/hard rock quartet Bizotic, alt-punk trio Handsome Sandwich (in their first show in almost two months), and former Labour Of... frontman Brenton Ellis' new solo acoustic project Slumshine, so don't be late for any of their sure-to-be quality sets!  (No online page link for Slumshine yet, FYI.)

Co-promoted by Larry Babic and photographer Josh Pace (in the former's first promoted concert post-Live 705), this 19+ concert has a 9:00 PM start time, and while door admission is $10, advance ticket sales are listed for $8, so inquire at The Algonquin Hotel's front desk and/or with promoters on that front, as nothing's public on availability. This should be a fun time for fans of varying forms of power rock, including some heavier flourishes, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Bizotic live!

Lastly for known hard rock concerts this weekend, local blues/hard rock trio Electric Church will be among the openers at the long-anticipated K.I.C.K. CD release show TOMORROW NIGHT at LopLops Lounge! Of course, the main event here is the Keep it Cool Kids finally releasing their debut self-titled CD, and the buzz is high for the indie rock quartet approaching this concert, so expect lots of originals from the album as they launch it in style tomorrow! The aforementioned Electric Church will open in their first concert since the Sault College reunion event in September, so look for more hard hitting blues rock from them in a rare LopLops appearance, while folk/country duo The Crossroad Magdalenes will kick off the night with a set of talented numbers that should ease fans into everything well! This 19+ show takes place at 9:00 PM tomorrow, but K.I.C.K. have indicated on their Facebook page that this concert is sold out, which is an impressive feat in & of itself!

If any tickets open up, or if limited door entry is indicated in advance, then admission should still be at $10. With Tidal Records presenting and Crank Sound Distribution manning the controls, could you ask for a bigger launch for K.I.C.K.'s debut CD? Best of luck all around tomorrow, click here to give K.I.C.K.'s debut music videos a watch, and for a preview of the night's hard rock component, here's Electric Church live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for a full news post and more on the site soon! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The First Of This Weekend's Hard Rock Concert Previews!!

I know things have been slow on the site lately, but there is typically a crash for news after Halloween, and this year has certainly been no exception. However, we are back with a busy weekend of concert previews, so much so that we're dividing them up into two posts. As such, if you're looking for our previews of the Dany Laj & The Looks show, K.I.C.K.'s CD release party, or the newly announced Banned concert in Hessel (all on Saturday), then watch for those previews tomorrow in all likelihood. Now, let's begin this weekend's previews in rough chronological order!

We'll start with the second half of former Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's six night run of local matinee concerts at restaurants, as he returns to Gliss Steak & Seafood to continue his long-term run there TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Fresh off of his Monday-Wednesday run of shows at Mark's Breakfast Plus, Tym will return to more familiar downtown territory over these next three evenings, so if you're interested in some more acoustic hard rock classics at supper time, head to The Quality Inn's house restaurant! For what it's worth, no Mark's shows are listed on SooToday's events calendar at press time for next week, so if he does play there for a fifth straight Wednesday, it'll likely be a short notice announcement on here. This weekend's Gliss concerts are once again 6:00 PM affairs with no announced cover charges or age limits. Visit the Facebook event page for more, and here's Tym live!

Next up, we'll head to LopLops Lounge for the latest show from local indie/hard rock quartet Vol., who will be among the openers for the return of Saskatchewan southern rock trio Johnny 2 Fingers & The Deformities TOMORROW NIGHT! Making their third live appearance with their current lineup, Vol. have been making steady fans since their debut earlier this year, and this show should be no exception, so look for more entertaining and often hard-edged originals from Vol. before the headliners hit the stage! Of course, fans will recognize Johnny 2 Fingers & company from their two well received stops here last fall, so look for more fun southern rock stylings from this fan favourite band tomorrow as well! Montreal alternative quintet The Union Thugs will also rock this show with their accordion-laden sound that gives a punk essence to folk rock, so they'll be worth checking out for crossover fans as well, while local indie rock solo artist Jacob "Shit Creek Survivor" Quarrell will open up as he preps for the upcoming release of his own new album.

Promoted by Six, Two, Oh. (who put on last October's Deformities show, if not both), this show marks the convergence of the headliners' Time To Rock Tour and The Union Thugs' Scab Hunting Season Tour. A 9:00 PM start time is in effect for this 19+ concert, which likely has a $5 cover charge. While not an exceedingly heavy lineup, there's a nice variance of sounds to take in tomorrow at LopLops, and Vol. will whet any hard rock appetites, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Vol. live!

Let's take a quick detour to Sault Michigan next, as Traverse City classic metal trio Peril will return to The Rapids Lounge at the Soo's Kewadin Casino branch TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Promoted as their "last call" for 2017 (though sister band Scarkazm will be in St. Ignace next month), this will be Peril's first concert weekend at The Rapids Lounge or in the E.U.P. in 2 months, though they did play an increasingly rare Lower Peninsula show last week in Harbor Springs. Hopefully Brooks' "unforeseen circumstances" that scuttled their St. Ignace shows last month are in the past, so that Peril can deliver another quality weekend of hard rocking covers for fans in Sault Ste. Marie over these two nights, especially as these are planned to be their final shows of the year! As usual for Peril's northern trips, expect 9:00 PM start times, 21+ age limits, and no cover charge tomorrow and Saturday night. See above for more details, and here's Peril live!

Finally for today's first preview post, we'll head back to Sault Ontario for the return of local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck, as they rock The Esquire Club TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT themselves! After taking an unusual three month concert hiatus, the Mourning Wood successors are back in action this month, with these shows marking their first stops at the west end venue since Rotaryfest weekend, while these should also serve as a fine tune-up before they debut at Toystock later this month. It's great to see Soundcheck back in action, so don't miss this talented veteran quartet at The Esquire Club tomorrow and/or Saturday! These shows have 9:30 PM start times, 19+ age limits, and no announced cover charges, as usual. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and hopefully some public videos turn up of Soundcheck soon!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for the rest of this weekend's concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

Monday, November 13, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Pop Evil), Tym Morrison Concert Previews, And New Videos!!

A new work week is upon us, so here's a new news post for your Monday afternoon! Today, we have some new YouTube video discoveries from a pair of inactive notable groups, special previews for some upcoming matinee concerts, and first, here's a huge LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for early next year!

Muskegon hard rock quintet Pop Evil will return to The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino for their (at least) fifth live appearance here on Wednesday, February 14th! After previously playing this venue in 2010, 2013, and last February (plus The Satisfied Frog in the 2000s), this fan favourite band will return in support of their upcoming self-titled CD, and with rock radio hits like "Footsteps", "Deal With The Devil", and their newest "Waking Lions", you know you'll hear lots of familiar songs on this special Valentine's Day concert to kick off their Music Over Words Tour! Support bands will include Las Vegas/Toronto "fashion-art rock" trio Palaye Royale (not "Palace"), whose indie-tinged, up-tempo brand of rock should get a good reception in February, while San Francisco post-hardcore trio Black Map will open the night with their own high impact brand of alt-metal, so don't be late for their first regional appearances either! As first announced on Rock 101 this morning (and confirmed on their Facebook page), this is the first concert of 2018 from Allstar Promotions.

Tickets for this all ages show at 7:00 PM go on sale this Friday for $25 each at the in-person box office, online at this link, or via 1-800-KEWADIN, though stay tuned to pertinent links in case there's any VIP passes or tiered ticket deals. Kudos to Allstar Promotions for bringing Pop Evil back less than a year after their last show here, and they should deliver another fun night of hard rock action on Valentine's Day, so stay tuned for continued updates!

Next up, here's a special preview for a three-nighter of matinee concerts from local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison, who plays at Mark's Breakfast Plus at the Market Mall TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and WEDNESDAY! Similar in scope and timing to his weekly Gliss shows (continuing Thursday-Saturday), these three shows were mean that Tym is playing an acoustic restaurant matinee gig for six straight evenings, kicking off at this west end venue before heading downtown on Thursday, so if you like his past early-week shows at the breakfast-centric restaraunt, here you go! Notably, Wednesday's show will be Tym's fourth straight at Mark's, though if he's playing there weekly now, it hasn't been firmly stated publically. Tym's three Mark's shows this week are at 6:00 PM with no announced cover charges or age limits, but remember that this is a restaurant. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live!

Closing today with some new videos, we'll start with some surprise new videos from inactive local Celtic punk quartet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide's show at the Tracks Pub in Olds, Alberta back in June 2013! YouTube user Casselman Music uploaded 8 videos from this show (plus two of openers Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect) in July as part of a spree of new postings from older concerts in Alberta, so kudos to him for finally putting these online! Coming from The Tide's first tour run out west, these videos all feature Dustin and the Jaaskelainens alongside guest drummer Andrew McMullen (filling in for his Fairmounts/Merves bandmate Mikey Hawdon on this tour), while Frank Deresti also sits in with the guys as a guest banjo player in this footage. The videos include The Rising Tide and guests playing "Tick, Tick, Tock", "My Summer", "Half My Life", "Until We Drop", "Killtop Motel", "Gypsy Wagons", "Molly Malloy", and as embedded below, their eponymous song "Rising Tide", preceded by an intro rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525".

These are some of the best videos that I've seen of Dustin and company, with nice smooth video quality and good sound, and the guys are on point from their best older concerts! Frank and Andrew fit in fine too, and these are definitely worth checking out for fans who weren't able to see them on tour four and a half years back! Give these a look above & below!

Lastly, here's some new videos from defunct local alternative/hard rock trio The Din's "Suburban Sendoff" concert at LopLops Lounge last month! These come from Christopher Paci's excellent YouTube channel once again, as finally uploaded yesterday, and while he didn't get anything from openers Bizotic, kudos to him for getting a couple of clips of The Din's last set! Chris filmed them playing their songs "Potato (Should've Known Better)" and, as embedded below, their cover of Haggith's "75" near the end of their set. The angle is pretty jittery here, and fans heads can get in the way, but this was a big show in multiple ways, and it shows that there was a positive turnout and reception! The guys sounded good here, and while it's still a shame to know that this was their farewell, give these videos a watch to relive everything!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes as they come in to the site! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: RedD Monkey

Here's this month's Defunct Local Band Profile on The Sault Metal Scene! Our monthly spotlight feature on one or two disbanded or inactive local bands (one this month, all randomly selected) brings us to a prominent punk band from the early 2010s that definitely made some waves with their high energy and unique sound! Read on below for what you should know!
RedD Monkey

Genre: Hardcore Punk

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (previously Kelowna, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario)

Members: (Members not in their last full lineup in italics. This information is incomplete, particularly regarding the identity of their original bassist seen here. If you can confirm his identity, let us know!)

Steve Mozarowski (Smeltzer, Faceityoureametalband), vocals/guitar
Pete Mozarowski, cello
Joe Bumbacco (Theriac, The Fury), drums

Christopher Langevin (Dodge City Death Warrant), drums
Kevin Overton (Exploring Detritus, Smeltzer), drums
?????, bass

Audio/Video: RedD Monkey released three studio albums, including their 2010 debut EP "Thought Control Tower", their 2012 full length album "All Baroque", and their posthumous final EP "Opus 2: Untitled" in 2015. While no longer are in print, all can be streamed via their YouTube channel and/or Bandcamp page, though the former doesn't have "Opus 2" or "Dr. Fatty" from their first EP, and the latter doesn't have their One Day As A Lion cover from "All Baroque". A number of live videos from their run can be found on YouTube, most notably from the channels RedDMonkeyMusic, cammicam, and saultmetalscene, among others. Here's RedD Monkey live here in 2013!

Info/Analysis: Launching out in Kelowna back in 2009 (though they would move to Ontario not long after), RedD Monkey brought a unique brand of punk to fans that was reminiscent of frontman Steve Mozarowski's prior local band work, but the inclusion of his brother Pete on cello helped ensure that they stood out here & abroad until the band went on hiatus in 2014. Keeping a stable lineup aside from drummer changes & their initial quartet lineup upon their debut, RedD Monkey mounted multiple tour runs across the province and country, often in support of their first two CDs. Local fans will recognize them from such high profile gigs as December 2009's Algoma University Battle of the Bands (where they finished third), 2010's Rotaryfest Second Stage & Soo Zombie Walk afterparty, 2011's Clusterfolk festival, and the first three Swampstravaganzas. The band was last seen on a local stage in December 2013, though they played a one-off reunion show in Toronto in 2015, and Pete remains locally active in varying music projects.

A fan favourite attraction locally throughout the early 2010s, RedD Monkey built on prior Smeltzer success with a creative blend of classical cello instrumentation, alternative/punk rock, and even some rap, with the band's sound getting heavier and faster with age to boot! Steve was a commanding presence as usual on vocals and guitar, Pete's cello work was welcomed and unique, and they always had solid drummers with clear chemistry, particularly Joe in their later years. Hopefully we see RedD Monkey back in the future, but be sure to follow members' current projects here and abroad!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! To end the year in this series, our random selection gave us a Sault Ontario project with not enough material to cover a full profile for the first time since March, so I've added a Sault Michigan profile to round things out, ending another 2-1-3-1-2-1 cycle for this series. As such, we'll be looking at defunct local punk band Oceania and Highway 63 guitarist Nathan Switzer's solo project next, so look for them on or around December 10th, and stay tuned for more news on the site soon! Thanks everyone!

Friday, November 10, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Soundcheck), The Doors & Fours Concert Preview, And Much More!!

As promised, our preview of this weekend's Doors & Fours concert is now back on the site, and to fill things out, we have some assorted recent news and notes, a surpsise throwback to channel 48 almost 13 years ago, and leading off, here's some new LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will end a three month concert hiatus when they return to The Esquire Club for shows on Friday, November 17th & Saturday, November 18th (yes, next week!) After taking a few months off, with a handful of concert cancellations in between, it's great to see the Mourning Wood successors back in advance of their Toystock debut in a couple of weeks, so be sure to welcome this fan favourite band back next week! Soundcheck also hopes to have new tunes added into their setlist for these shows, their first at The Esquire Club since Rotaryfest weekend. As usual for their stops at this west end venue, expect 9:30 PM start times next Friday and Saturday, there are no announced cover charges, and you must be 19 or older to attend. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and look for more in our preview next week!

Next up, here's our delayed preview of the other big concert at The Algonquin Hotel,  THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, where fans can check out the local debut of Hamilton punk/grunge trio Doors & Fours downstairs at The Algonquin Pub/Spin Nightclub! Attentive fans may recognize Doors & Fours from sharing the stage with local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades in Hamilton back in July, so it's cool to see the inverse happen as they come north on Saturday! With a grungy but heavy sound that will remind listeners of the 1990s, Doors & Fours are definitely worth checking out, so keep them in mind for some hard hitting original action this weekend! Jack Spades will open this show in their first local stop since their Wolves on Parade tour of Northern Ontario with Archelon and The Elements, while local punk trio Stegadeth were quietly confirmed recently as the second opening band on Saturday, marking their first set since opening for The Ripcordz last month. Solid choice, and they should set the tone well!

Coming midway through Doors & Fours' Canadian tour this fall, Saturday night's concert (promoted by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce) has a 19+ age limit and 9:00 PM start time, and while there has surprisingly not been an announced cover charge, bring at least $5 just in case. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Doors & Fours live!

Also today, here's a bit of a change of pace from our usual coverage. In recent searches of SMS-relevant videos on YouTube, I recently came across a new posting of an episode of the 1999-2005 Comedy Network original series Kevin Spencer, with the episode name "Treble Charger". This isn't just the name, the local/Toronto indie/punk quartet voiced themselves in this episode, and I never knew about it until this year! If you're not familiar with the series, it was very much an adult cartoon about a delinquent teenager and his white trash parents. The episode in question aired in January 2005 during the show's seventh season (though early in the band's original hiatus), and it's about Kevin winning a contest from a MuchMusic-esque station to hang out with and interview a band of his choice (Treble Charger), though nothing goes according to plan, especially with his parents tagging along. The band was voiced here by their 2003-2004 lineup, including then-guitarist Devin Bronson in place of Bill Priddle.

I will not embed the episode here due to it's explicit content, but I might as well give a brief review. Crude animation & even cruder humour, but it has a few amusing moments, especially from Kevin's narrator, the "April Wine room", and some of the inside remarks on the music industry & personalities covering it. Treble Charger themselves get lots of screen time, as do their friends-turned-enemies in Sum 41 (also voicing themselves), while clips from "American Psycho", "Brand New Low", and "Wear Me Down" can be heard throughout. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you like adult humour, this & many more episodes can be found on YouTube!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or event name:

  • Local death metal favourites The Bear Hunters did play the Special Ops show at The Rockstar Bar last week after all! Frontman Nik Deubel confirmed on the Facebook event page that the scheduling conflict that came up for "one of us" was delayed a day, allowing them back on the bill, while a personal Facebook posting noted that they played last that night. Hopefully the show was a hit!
  • In case you haven't been following the municipal elections in Sault Michigan, City Commissioner and former Rock 101/The Bear DJ Ray Bauer lost the mayoral election to incumbent mayor Anthony Bosbous on Tuesday. Ray pulled in almost a third of the vote, against Mayor Bosbous' healthy majority of over 61%, continuing his run as Sault Michigan's longest serving mayor. Congratulations are in order, as with Ray on running a good campaign! Click here for more from local news media on Tuesday's elections.
  • Timeslots for this year's Toystock at The Northern Grand Gardens on November 26th were revealed via the Facebook event page earlier this week, which confirm that Bone Yard and The Peace Vibe will headline once again, while The 3 Day Millionares & Soundcheck will bring the hard rock at 4:00 & 3:00 PM. Also confirmed there is the exit of blues rock band Mojo from the event, who were replaced by guitarist Alex D'Ettore's acoustic country duo The Bearded Lounge. With all of Mojo playing in Bone Yard that night, an afternoon scheduling conflict for Brad or Ric is likely to blame for the change, but don't miss everyone in over two weeks!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile on the site next! Thanks everyone

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Noochin' Lanterns & Tym Morrison) & This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

If you're a long-time follower of the Sault Metal Scene, you'll know that our weekend concert previews usually start to go online on Thursdays. That said, with a slow post-Halloween news stretch and two SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for TONIGHT connected to an artist already playing this weekend, I will make an exception and post our weekend concert previews on a Wednesday. I don't have a post lined up for tomorrow anyway, so hopefully this will work out this week! That all said, there's some intriguing concerts going down through Saturday, so here's what you should know!

Prolific local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will once again play a special Wednesday night matinee concert at Mark's Breakfast Plus TONIGHT, in addition to his ongoing matinee gigs at Gliss Steak & Seafood TOMORROW, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice on the Mark's show, it was only announced via it's Facebook page on Sunday, with Tym indicating on his personal Facebook page that he'd only just learned about the booking. TONIGHT'S return to the Market Mall restaurant will "mark" the third in an at least four week run of Wednesday evening shows there, with previously announced matinees coming there next Monday through Wednesday as well. I have no idea yet if Tym is playing every Wednesday (or beyond?!) at Mark's or if this is just a good fall run, but keep TONIGHT'S show in mind for acoustic hard rock cover action, not to mention his regular shows at The Quality Inn's house restaurant tomorrow through Saturday!

As usual for Tym's restaurant matinee concerts, all four of these shows (be they at Mark's TONIGHT or Gliss through Saturday) are 6:00 PM engagements with no announced cover charges or age limits, but mind the locale, these aren't your typical nightclub venues. Visit the official Facebook event pages linked here and above for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, here's one more surprise late notice concert taking place TONIGHT, as local rap/metal project The Apocalypse Afterparty and sister pop/hard rock quartet The Noochin' Lanterns will join forces for a show TONIGHT at The Speak Easy for what they're calling "Local Band Wednesday"! Apologies again for the short notice, this show was only announced yesterday via it's Facebook event page, and only came to our attention today. After months of these two bands only surfacing on stage for unannounced and intentionally short notice "pop-up shows", this at least has slightly more advance notice and advertising! In any event, it's nice to see them both back at it, so if you want to see how their current lineups sound, including new Noochin' Lanterns keyboardist Sarah Jackson, then head to Algoma University's campus bar TONIGHT! The two bands will be opening for an act known as The Oldest Soul, and while I cannot 100% confirm this is still the case, this was the name given to a prior acoustic solo project from Noochin' Lanterns frontman Paul Stanghetta. If so, this will be interesting to hear, and Paul has unplugged chops!

Also, this will be the first advertised show from these bands since the recent marriage of Paul and Noochin' Lanterns drummer Amanda Stanghetta (née Brown), so congratulations to the newly wedded couple! An early 8:00 PM start time is in effect for this presumably 19+ concert, though Algoma University students under 19 may be able to get in with student ID, and there is no advertised cover charge. Check the above links for more details, apologies again for the short notice, and here's The Noochin' Lanterns live!

We'll move to previously announced concerts next with a brief detour to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, as Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63 are advertised to return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT! These shows will mark Highway 63's first announced gigs since rocking The American Legion in the Soo on Saturday, October 28th for their annual Halloween bash, the fourth straight featuring Highway 63 as musical entertainment. Profuse apologies for missing that show for coverage on the site, it was only announced by the band on their Facebook page that same morning, let alone on a day when we didn't have a news post scheduled. We'd have covered it on here had it we known with even a day's more notice, but hopefully it was a great time once again! As for this weekend's shows, these will be Highway 63's first at the Northern Pines Lounge in over a month, with only one more weekend scheduled there in 2017 after Saturday night.

Note that Kewadin's entertainment page does not list this weekend's concerts, but Highway 63 confirmed them on their Facebook page back in January. Expect 9:00 PM start times for this weekend's shows, which are both 21+ events with no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details, and here's Highway 63 live!

Finally, we'll head to The Rockstar Bar for one more show, where local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will play a special one-night-only concert THIS SATURDAY NIGHT themselves! Three weeks removed from their last show here, this talented veteran band will provide the musical entertainment for a fundraiser event in honour of the Community First Wild hockey team, who compete in the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League's Atom Major A division. While not a sort of fundraiser that often crosses our radar, it's always important to support young hockey players, so hopefully the Wild get a solid boost from this event on Saturday! Also, note that this is The Millionaires' only scheduled concert before Toystock in 2 and a half weeks, so if you're up for their hard rocking covers, you know where to be this weekend! A special $10 cover charge is in effect for this fundraiser, which has doors opening at 9:00 PM, and I expect this will be 19+. Check the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's The 3 Day Millionaires live!

As for Saturday night's Doors & Fours concert that was originally in this post, I have bumped it to our next news post (likely coming Friday) due to the late notice Speak Easy concert, in order to spread things out and not overstuff this post. It will be back, I promise! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Big Wreck & Bizotic), Plus New Videos!!

At last, here's our first full news post of November 2017, which contains some new videos and a pair of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS featuring returning headline bands, including one we haven't seen in over a decade and a half! Here's what you should know!

A big new Rockstar Bar show will take place Saturday, November 18th, where a few punk/alternative bands will open for Montreal power pop band Dany Laj & The Looks in that band's fourth local headlining appearance in the past two years! Last seen in July at The Canadian, Dany and company have proven to be a fan favourite band in their recent local stops, and while not a hard rock band per say, their upbeat and free-flowing originals should get another solid response next month! Local openers will include indie/hard rock quartet Bizotic, alt-punk trio Handsome Sandwich, and former Lion Ride bassist Brenton Ellis' new acoustic solo project Slumshine, who you can check out at this link if you haven't seen or heard yet. Solid choices, with some heavier and punk flourishes for genre fans, so don't miss out on the opening acts! Notably, this show is being co-promoted by photographer Josh Pace and Larry Babic, in the latter's first public show booking since his apparent departure from Live705.

For what it's worth, Live705 no longer list Larry on staff, but there has not been a statement publically on his status as singer with A Dire Setback. Hopefully nothing too serious happened, but stay tuned for potential public announcements on either! Admission for this 9:00 PM & 19+ show is $10 at the door or $8 in advance, though advance ticket sale details are not public yet. This is shaping up to be another entertaining concert, so visit the official Facebook event page for continuing details!

Next up, here's our first hard rock concert announcement of 2018, and it's a big one, as Juno-nominated Toronto/Boston hard rock quartet Big Wreck will make their long awaited return to Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, February 13th when they headline at The Machine Shop! Familiar sights to fans of Canadian rock dating back to the mid-1990s with hits like "The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)", "Albatross", and "One Good Piece Of Me", this show will mark Big Wreck's first local stop since (as best as I can tell) October 2001 at Sault College. Not only will fans waiting for the past 16 years be rewarded by their return, but the show will come at the mid-point of Big Wreck's tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album "In Loving Memory Of", so if you love that multi-platinum CD, expect lots of it in February! At press time, potential opening bands (local or otherwise) have not been announced, and unfortunately, this is an 18+ concert.

Tickets for this concert are $35 and go on sale THIS FRIDAY at The Machine Shop's box office, at the community box office at the Station Mall, and online at this link, while there will be VIP passes available with many intriguing perks, so click here for full details on that front as they roll in. It's great to finally see Ian Thornley and company back on a local stage, and I know that many fans will be curious to hear selections from their debut album and other hits in three months' time! Stay tuned for more updates when they roll in!

We'll close today with new videos, starting with the long awaited sixth episode of local promoters Six, Two, Oh.'s in-studio performance webseries Live at Six, Two, Oh.! After a nearly year long hiatus following the Blessed episode in December (with their cancelled online battle of the bands coming in between), the new episode went online on Wednesday via the series' Facebook page, with a potential YouTube channel posting in limbo. At least they're back, hopefully we're not waiting until next fall for episode #8! Like their last episode with Vancouver pop punk band Blessed and their second with Montreal electronic artist Citadel, this episode revolves around a touring act that wasn't playing a local concert when they stopped through to tape live at Six, Two, Oh., and the band in question is Winnipeg death metal quartet Entity. In a slight change in format, the episode was broken into two chunks for it's initial upload, including their songs "Instinct to Exterminate" (embedded below) and "Scaphism".

While it is a shame that Entity didn't get a local concert booking, these Live at Six, Two, Oh. episodes are a great consolation prize, with multiple camera angles capturing their brutal death metal sound, and they have very solid guitar work and clear vocals to boot! Remember, this episode is broken in half, so check out "Scaphism" above, but give the first song a look below, stay tuned for more on future Live at Six, Two, Oh. installments, and hopefully Entity can play here down the road!

Finally, here's a new video from Sault Michigan area-independent label Werehold Records' YouTube channel, which features label founder/Life's Eclipse guitarist (among other bands) Jason Mills trying out his new nine-string guitar! A rare video for the Werehold channel in a few ways (such as not being on Friday the 13th & featuring Jason talking to the camera), this is a nice demonstration of Jason's new toy, and it'll be interesting to hear it factor in to his future music, so give it a look below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates as this week and month roll along! Thanks everyone!