Sunday, November 17, 2019

Local Concert Video Showcase!!

Today's post is 100% devoted to new videos from SaultOnline reporter Mike Caruso's YouTube channel in the past week, as his frequent uploads of videos from local bar cover bands continue with welcome regularity! Of course, there's a lot more than this to see from many different groups, but we'll focus on heavier bands and/or covers as usual, and we'll start with Mike's video of local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck at Reggie's West on Friday night, but with a surprise, as former Haggith/Project 421/et al. lead singer Curtis McKenzie joined in as a guest vocalist! We have heard very little from Curt musically since his most recent band Eclipse (and his then-solo project) dissolved in late 2017, so it's great to see him back on stage after 2 years away! The title just says that Curtis is a guest, but Soundcheck's Facebook page's biography was quietly updated last week to confirm the departure of singer/guitarist Travis Sharpe from the band for unannounced reasons.

Travis had previously missed Soundcheck's Water Tower Pub shows earlier this month, as well a date there in September, though I have no word how related those absences were. Travis had been a member of Soundcheck since their 2016 launch, and it's very surprising to see him leave, but hopefully he turns up in a new band soon! As for Mike's video, it's of Soundcheck and Curtis covering Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" and Alice In Chains' "Man In The Box", and the band sound solid, though Curt's voice is a far better fit on the latter cover, and Paul is again obscured by that post on the stage. Solid overall, so give Mike's Soundcheck video a look below

Next up, here's a video of local classic/hard rock quintet Fluid 5ive at The New American Pub on November 8th, where they covered two songs, namely Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Refugee" & David Bowie's "Heroes". It's worth noting that the on-screen captions indicate a quiet lineup change, as Tom Millette is featured on second guitar, with no sign of guitarist/keyboardist Rob Irving. If Rob has left the 5ive permanently, then a reason for his departure hasn't been publically announced, though note that the band's Facebook page (which still lists Rob in the fold) hasn't been updated in over 2 months. I'm unfamiliar with Tom musically, but he fits right in with Fluid 5ive on these well-filmed covers, and hopefully all's well with Rob going forward! And yes, bassist Pierre Vaillancourt is one and the same as Pierre Anthony, highlighting the familial connection with Liam on lead guitar.

The backing vocals are iffy, but these songs are well-handled with good energy, so if you haven't seen Fluid 5ive before, this multi-camera footage will give you a solid preview of what they bring to the table. Give Fluid 5ive's 1ive video a look below, and don't miss them at Toystock!

Also, here's Mike's new video of local acoustic country duo (and Bone Yard side project) The Bearded Lounge covering Roger Miller's "Me & Bobby McGee" and a surprise slowed down version of Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite" at Reggie's West! I believe this was filmed at their matinee show there on November 9th. Of course, Greg and Alex have great chemistry and country chops from their full band work together and vast local experience, as evidenced nicely on the former cover, but the Kiss cover will take some acclimating if you're not a fan of classic country. Nice to see the guys spreading their wings here, so give their Reggievelt video a look also!

Finally, here's local classic rock mainstays Mustang Heart playing three covers during one of their Esquire Club concerts over the November 8th weekend. Here, you can see them cover Heart's "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You", Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses" (featuring various pictures of couples added in post), and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode". Frontwoman Marci Chindamo sings lead on the first and last songs,  but guitarist Lorenzo Fabbri handles them on Bed of Roses." The audio quality is mixed here, especially with the riffing almost sounding warped on the Heart cover, but Mustang Heart acquit themselves well here, so give them a look below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Offspring/Sum 41 preview and more on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Friday, November 15, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Candlebox), The Rad Zone Updates, And New Videos!!

Let's get a new news post up on this cold Friday night, and it includes some new videos, big updates from a fan favourite retail establishment with many ties to the local music community, and leading off, a big LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next year! Here's what you should know!

Seattle grunge/alt-rock notables Candlebox will make their local concert debut on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 when they headline at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino! One of the biggest alternative hard rock bands of the 1990s thanks to hit songs like "You", "Simple Lessons", "It's Alright", and of course, the Rock 101 staple "Left Behind", their familiar and hard-edged brand of original music should be more than welcomed to the local stage in the spring, so don't miss out on this one if you can help it! Potential opening acts have not been announced at press time. Tickets for this all ages, 8:00 PM concert go on sale on Friday morning at this link, at 1-800-KEWADIN, and at the in-person box office, and they will start at $30. If you've ever wanted some big name 1990s grunge or alternative bands to roll through, this is definitely a nice change of pace, so visit the official Facebook event page and the above links for more details!

Next up, we have some sad, if not entirely unexpected news from a Sault Ontario retail mainstay, as local record (et al) store The Rad Zone and it's attached Hole In The Wall Bookstore will be leaving The Wellington Square Mall at the end of the month, with plans to move to a new location in 2020. If you follow local news media, you may be aware of announced plans to heavily restructure the Trunk Road complex into a modern strip mall (source here), which left the future of the mall's non-Food Basics tenants in doubt. It's not 100% clear whether The Rad Zone is leaving on their own accord or if they weren't part of the mall owners' future plans there. Paul "Monk" Muncaster has owned The Rad Zone (née Radical Records) for 32 years, including the past 17 at this location, but he does plan to move the store elsewhere next year, location and re-opening date to be announced. For what it's worth, their secondary "Rad Zone 2" location at Vintage Games 'N Junque on Queen Street East seems to be unaffected by these developments.

That said, before the big move, The Rad Zone is having a 2 week closeout sale starting tomorrow and running through Friday, November 29th, with most used items running 50% off, new items 40% off, and VHS tapes for 99¢ each, not counting consignment items. Visit the official Facebook event page for full pricing details. This is disappointing news, but hopefully Monk, Mel, Evan, and crew find a great new location next year, as we need a great record, gaming, skateboarding, collectible, and book store here, and they fill that niche exceedingly well, while also being great supporters of local musicians. Best of luck all around, and get down to The Rad Zone while you can!

We'll close today with new videos, starting with the last upload from Christopher Paci's footage from Muddfest at the aforementioned Dreammakers Theater in Sault Michigan on November 1st, namely his clip of opening Kentucky hard rock quartet Tantric playing their song "Down & Out." It's not as well known as "Breakdown", but it's a catchy enough rocker, and it's well filmed like the rest of Chris' Muddfest videos, so give it a look below, and see much more at his YouTube channel!

Finally, here's a brand new original song from local hard rock/metal solo musician Tym Morrison's YouTube channel yesterday, entitled "Street Preacher"! If you know Tym personally at all, you may be aware that he has embraced Christianity in recent months, and while this song does retain his heavy music background, the lyrics definitely have a (positive) religious bent. That said, I can barely hear his singing in this recording, but the music holds up and has a solid chugging riff, plus a quality solo. Give it a listen below, and don't miss Tym at Gliss tomorrow evening!

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (The Wyld Stallyns & Soundcheck) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

It's time to dive into another weekend of concert previews at the SMS, and barring any late notice confirmations, I think we have all of this weekend's hard rock shows covered here, along with a new video and possible lineup changes for a band scheduled for this weekend. Here's what you should know, starting with LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, some on SHORT NOTICE!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will return to Reggie's West for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, I should have added these to our concert calendar before now, as they are part of the band's 2019 concert calendar on your right. Now that we have 2020 shows listed on the SMS, let's add their other announced 2019 shows from there to our calendar today, as Terry, Travis, Paul, and Glen will also rock The Reggievelt on December 13th & 14th (following a private gig the previous Saturday), before ending the year(?) at The Esquire Club on December 27th & 28th. Of course, there are more shows than this to come from Soundcheck (Toystock comes to mind), but help beat some of the early winter blues TOMORROW & SATURDAY at the former Rosie! All of these shows have 10:00 PM-ish start times, 19+ age limits, and no cover charges. Visit the above links for more details, and here's Soundcheck live!

Next up, local acoustic hard rock trio The Wyld Stallyns will provide the musical entertainment THIS SATURDAY NIGHT during The Whiskey Barrel's 1 year anniversary celebration! Again, apologies for the short notice, this event was only announced via the venue's Facebook page this past Saturday, and the band proper has not acknowledged their involvement on their own Facebook page at press time. Yes, the Gore Street restaurant, nightclub, and acoustic venue has already been open for one year, and SATURDAY'S festivities will be a way to celebrate the milestone, with The Whiskey Barrel's ownership mingling with fans and patrons all night, and hopefully there's a great turnout for all of that alone! Of course, most of The Wyld Stallyns' 2019 concerts have been here, so they are a great choice to rock out for the occasion on SATURDAY! The Stallyns will be on at 8:00 PM, I'd expect a 19+ age limit, and there will be no cover charge. Visit the above links for more details, congratulations to everyone at The Whiskey Barrel on the anniversary, and here's The Wyld Stallyns live there!

Moving to previously announced concerts, let's take a brief detour over to Sault Michigan, where local hard rock band Tarnished are advertised to continue their regular "every Thursday" run of acoustic matinee concerts going TODAY at Biggby Coffee! It is worth noting that, in Biggby Coffee's latest advertising of this arrangement on their Facebook page, they said that "every Thursday, Alex Traynor from Tarnished plays right here", implying that Josh Fair is no longer joining Alex regularly for these gigs. For what it's worth, Josh wasn't visibly featured in this series as early as October 24th, while in a Facebook page post teasing Tarnished's upcoming Mount Pleasant shows next week, Josh wasn't tagged along with the band members, yet ex-Lift The Broken guitarist Nathan Webber was. Has there been a quiet lineup change? We will let you know if anything is 100% confirmed wither way, but hopefully nothing bad happened with Josh, he is a talented guitarist in his own right!

As usual, today's Biggby Coffee matinee is at 12:00 PM with no cover or age limit. Visit the above links for more from Alex/Tarnished, and for a preview, here's Alex live at the Ashmun Street coffee house last month!

Finally for today, let's tackle the latest acoustic concerts from Sault Ontario hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison, who will return to Gliss Restaurant TOMORROW & SATURDAY for another pair of matinee gigs in his long-term arrangement there! Note that his planned Thomson Farms Cider & Winery concert today has been cancelled, despite still being advertised on his Facebook group. Tym's personal Facebook page confirmed that, and the mill's Facebook page was calling last week's unplugged shows "one last barn party", but no word on if the November 14th gig was cancelled or an erroneous listing. That said, fans have a warm, fully indoor location to see Tym at downtown this weekend, so if you want some unplugged hard rock covers at supper time, you know where to be! Both Gliss shows are 6:00 PM affairs with no cover charges or age limits, but mind the locale. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and for a preview, here's a brand new video of Tym in action at Thomson Farms!

Filmed at an undated Wine Barn show last month, this is a cover of A Great Big World's "Say Something", which is a surprisingly modern cover in his repertoire. The 24 second video is well recorded, but the square dimensions and flickery lighting won't be to everyone's preference. Give it a look below, and don't miss Tym at Gliss this weekend!

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Muddfest Concert Video Showcase!!

In arguably my all-time biggest gaffe in the history of our weekly concert previews, I completely forgot to preview the Muddfest concert at The Dreammakers Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on Friday. November 1st! I profusely apologize for missing such a big concert, there is no excuse on my end, though in hindsight, I am surprised at the lack of social media buzz given the lineup that was here just this month, featuring five bands with big rock radio hits in their heyday for just $29.50 a piece! Brought to us by Allstar Promotions, the social media reactions that I have found seem to be positive, and hopefully this and the same company's recent country shows did well overall! That said, it took a while for us to cover videos from the show, as I have only found one YouTube user who shot videos that night (the ever-generous Christopher Paci), and he only completed his uploads on Saturday. Thanks to him once again for all of his hard work! To keep this post at a reasonable length, we'll touch on his video of opening Kentucky hard rock quartet Tantric in an upcoming news post.

We'll start today with Chris' videos of headlining Kansas City alt-rock/post grunge quartet Puddle of Mudd in their local concert debut, who were filmed playing their songs "She Hates Me", "Famous", "Psycho" , "Drift & Die", "Uh Oh", "Control", "Go To Hell", and as embedded below, their set-closer "Blurry", albeit an extended version with a faster jam to wrap things up with. Chris has a nice and close angle to the left of the stage, and Puddle of Mudd sound solid enough overall for fans, but Wes' voice is definitely straining on heavier songs. Give their videos a look above & below!

Next up, Chris filmed three videos of Memphis nu-metal quartet Saliva (also in their local concert debut), as they played their songs "Your Disease", "Ladies & Gentlemen", and as embedded below, "Click Click Boom". Now, this show came just a day or two after it was announced that ex-frontman Josey Scott was returning to the band (source here), but Bobby Amaru was still behind the mic on November 1st, and he's honestly a fine fit, even having a bit more of a raspy edge to his voice, so don't let recent news scare you off of the current(?) lineup. Check out Chris' Saliva videos above and below!

The middle band at Muddfest was California alt-hard rock quartet Trapt in their first local show since opening for Hinder here in 2013. Chris shot four videos of their set, including of their songs "Stand Up", "Contagious", "Still Frame", and as embedded below, their biggest hit & closing track "Headstrong". Trapt seem to have tuned down compared to their heyday, but the songs still hold up and have good energy, so give those a look too!

Finally for today (Tantric are coming soon!), Chris filmed Mississippi hard rock quintet Saving Abel playing their songs "Addicted" and, as embedded below, "The Sex Is Good". This was Saving Abel's fourth local stop and first since the Superior Festival in 2015, and their sound has really held up for fans of their post-grunge-tinged original attack, especially given the four year wait. And yes, it looks like they and Trapt swapped places from the poster. Give their videos a look above and below, and thanks again to Chris for all of these!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week, and apologies again for neglecting to preview Muddfest on the site! This was a huge show full of hitmaking hard rock acts, and hopefully they all come back out way! Thanks everyone!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: BeeFMouTH

It's now time for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile Series, as we continue our monthly spotlighting of defunct and inactive local metal, hard rock, and punk bands for current readers! We're flashing back two decades for this month's randomly selected band, who have some very familiar faces for contemporary and modern fans alike, so here's what you should know!

Genre: Noise Rock/Hardcore Punk

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members: (This information is incomplete, particularly regarding the full identity of "Neunen". Let us know if you can fill in any blanks!)

Boyd "Bwaad" Rendell (AlgomA), vocals/guitar
Kevin "MoDez" Campbell (AlgomA), bass/vocals
"Neunen", drums

Audio/Video: If BeeFMouTH recorded or released any studio material, it isn't available online, but at least seven vintage videos from their original run can be seen on their posthumous YouTube channel, which first began posting available footage back in 2008. These are primarily jam session clips of original songs, but two VHS camcorder videos were posted there from a concert at Club Princess back in 1999, including their set-opening performance of "White", which is embedded below. As well, Boyd later posted a Koolies & Cues video and another jam clip to his personal YouTube channel, and a private (if short) jam session video from 2013 was uploaded to his film company's YouTube channel.

Info/Analysis: Self proclaimed as "the bulldog of the ponies", BeeFMouTH (intentionally capitalized like that) were a fan favourite noise rock band that was active locally from 1997-2001, debuting on stage in November 1999. Their original run predated social media, but their YouTube channel and posthumous Facebook page (updated from 2011-2016) helped refresh memories of the band via vintage photos, videos, and concert posters. In their heyday, they were frequently seen sharing the stage with bands like Bankshot, Downshift, and Thessalon hardcore band Foul Play, and they received perhaps their biggest audience when they opened for AFI at the Princess in July 2000. Over a decade after disbanding, Boyd & Kevin resurfaced with new stage names in their current doom metal trio AlgomA, though Kevin is their primary singer in this band. In October 2013, BeeFMouTH reunited for a jam session filmed for YouTube, though a rumoured public reunion set did not follow.

As I was 12 when BeeFMouTH disbanded, I cannot speak first-hand for their local run, but they had an entertaining live attack that helped lay the groundwork for their future music work! This band had a faster, more energetic sound than AlgomA's intentionally doomy and slow approach, though it fit right in with the very active local hardcore punk scene locally at the turn of the millenium, and Boyd's high screams helped set them apart! The guys have obviously gotten more refined and experienced as musicians and for their equipment since, but BeeFMouTH are worth checking out for fans and those curious as to what they were up to pre-AlgomA!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! We'll end the year for this series on or around December 10th with another randomly selected band from Sault Ontario, as we'll take a look at 2012-2015 punk trio The Northern Tragedy! Watch for that next month, and for more news and notes on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Friday, November 8, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tripod The Dog & Fluid 5ive) And More Weekend Concert Previews!!

As promised, let's wrap up this weekend's hard rock and punk concert previews today, but to round things out, we have LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS to touch on, one on SHORT NOTICE, so let's start there!

Local classic/hard rock cover quintet Fluid 5ive will reportedly return to The New American Pub for one night only TONIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced via this poster on the venue's Facebook page yesterday, and the band proper has not updated their Facebook page in almost two months. Despite their recent quiet nature on social media, Fluid 5ive have a busy month ahead, with TONIGHT'S concert now joining their upcoming Saturday matinee on November 30th, with their Toystock debut sandwiched in between.  This veteran five-piece should have another solid evening of hard and classic rock covers in store for New A fans TONIGHT, so keep this one in mind if you want some live entertainment downtown! This is a one-nighter due to tomorrow's B.A. Johnston/Dany Laj concert, which we previewed on the SMS yesterday. This is an 8:00 PM and 19+ event with no cover charge. See above for more details, and here's Fluid 1ive!

Next up, here's a couple of new shows with lots of advance notice, as reunited local ska-punk/hard rock trio Tripod The Dog will return to The Rockstar Bar for concerts on Friday, December 27th & Saturday, December 28th! It will still be the holiday season for many at this point, so what better way to enjoy some post-Christmas live music action? These will be Tripod The Dog's first announced concerts since rocking The Esquire Club in September, as well as their first at The Rockstar Bar since their initial return gig in April. Note that the Facebook event page says that Tripod The Dog are "back with a new lineup", and while I can't 100% verify the particulars due to their lack of a new updated online page, this seems to just reference the Amendolas' addition to the group earlier this year, who were not visibly advertised for the April concert. We'll let you know if Mark has enlisted new bandmates again, though! As usual for Rockstar Bar shows from local cover acts, expect a 10:00 PM-ish start time, no cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. Visit the above links for more details, with hopefully more to come!

Heading back into this weekend's remaining hard rock/punk concert previews, let's tackle the big one for hardcore punk fans, as Montreal icons The Ripcordz will return to Sault Ste. Marie TOMORROW NIGHT at the aforementioned Rockstar Bar! This will be the first local stop in over two years for Paul Gott and company, following their set at the same venue back in October 2017. Fans of their battle-tested original attack were spoiled from late-year shows annually from 2013-2017, so the anticipation is palpable for The Ripcordz' return tomorrow! Local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades will open tomorrow for their sixth straight time opening for their "Fed Up" split-mates in city limits, and first local set since Oh!No in Leeburn, and they're a fitting choice as usual! Also, two more opening bands were quietly confirmed for this concert last week, namely alt-punk trio A Dire Setback and new online page-less punk quartet The Sick Sons in their second announced concert.

Solid choices, with A.D.S.' profile growing as their album release approaches, while The Sick Sons made a strong impression in their debut at July's Random Killing concert here, so hopefully both deliver tomorrow! Promoted by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce, tickets for this 9:00 PM & 19+ show are $10 in advance through the local openers and at The Algonquin Hotel's front desk, while the price jumps to $15 at the door. Punk fans won't want to miss this hard hitting feast tomorrow night, especially if you've missed The Ripcordz in the last two years, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here they are live the last time out!

Finally for this weekend's previews, let's head to The Canadian Nightclub, where Sudbury-based Def Leppard tribute band Just Leppard will make their local concert debut TOMORROW NIGHT! The latest in The Canadian's recent regular-ish bookings of out of town tribute bands, this is a new one in both concept (I don't recall seeing a Def Leppard tribute come here before) and in the band proper, as Just Leppard only made their live debut in August. I'm admittedly not a fan of Def Leppard, but the promotional video embedded below seems very promising for fans and Hair Scare listeners alike, and hopefully the guys have a great show tomorrow! As is the case with The Canadian's other tribute shows this season, this is a 19+ concert at 9:00 PM with tickets costing $15 in advance at The Canadian Motor Hotel's front desk, and prices jump to $20 at the door. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Just Leppard live this summer!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tarnished) & Most Of This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

It's high time to cover some more weekend concert previews on the SMS! Just a heads up, due to the amount of shows, we will be holding our previews of Saturday night's Ripcordz and Just Leppard shows for tomorrow's post, so keep watch for those then. Now, here's what you should know for this weekend, starting with LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, one on SHORT NOTICE!

Joining the likely continuation of their "every Thursday" series at Biggby Coffee TODAY and beyond, Sault Michigan hard rock band Tarnished will make their debut at The Double D Bar & Grill at Dondee Lanes for three shows in four nights on November 27th, 29th, and 30th! Apologies for the short notice on TODAY'S Biggby matinee, I was waiting to see if anything would come out to confirm or deny the series' continuation (as best as I can tell, it is still on, no one has said otherwise.) As such, also look for Alex and Josh to bring their acoustic attack on November 14th, 21st, and 28th (one imagines) for more unplugged hard rock covers for tips and coffee, as well as TODAY! As for the Dondee gigs at month's end, this won't be new territory for frontman Alex Traynor, who brought his prior group Banned there in February for one of their final local concert bookings, thogh it's not yet clear if these will have the full electric band setup with drums or not.

And yes, the Dondee shows are on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with no Thursday nighter scheduled there. No word on why they're booked like this, but hopefully the special mid-week show gets a decent turnout as well! All three of those gigs are early 7:00 PM affairs with likely 21+ age limits and no cover, while TODAY'S and the rest of this month's likely Biggby Coffee gigs are at 12:00 PM with no cover charges or age limits. Visit the Dondee shows' Facebook event page and above for more details, and here's Tarnished live!

Next up, we'll move to previously announced concerts, starting with a brief detour to Sault Ontario, where local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will keep his busy schedule up with unplugged solo concerts TODAY at Thomson Farms Cider & Winery and then TOMORROW & SATURDAY at Gliss Restaurant! Today's matinee at the west end mill's Wine Barn will be his penultimate Thursday show there of his seasonal run here, and first show in the series in two weeks, after Thomson Farms closed last Thursday due to it being Halloween proper. Apologies for missing that, we didn't hear about the show being off until after the fact. Meanwhile, Tym's long-term arrangement at Gliss will continue unabated for fans and patrons at the Spring Street restaurant, so keep tomorrow and Saturday evening's shows in mind as well!

As usual, the Gliss and Thomson Farms shows are all ages events with no cover charges and early start times of 5:00 PM at the mill & 6:00 PM at Gliss, though mind the locales, these aren't traditional nightclubs. Visit the official Facebook event paged linked here and here for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym live at the Wine Barn earlier this year!

Now, let's head back to Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, as Traverse City classic metal trio Peril will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! The last advertised gigs in our area for 2019 from this veteran band (though Scarkazm will be heading north in the coming months), this will be another prime opportunity to see Jeff, Adam, and Brooks break out their hard rocking cover selection in Mackinac County, so why not go see them one last(?) time this year! As usual for Peril's trips north to our local Kewadin branches, tomorrow and Saturday's shows are 21+ affairs with no announced cover charges, and 9:00 PM start times. Visit the official Facebook event pages linked here and here for more details,and for a preview, here's Peril live! Also, don't miss Scarkazm in the Soo at month's end!

Finally for today's previews, let's return to Sault Ontario, specifically The New American Pub, where Hamilton comedy/folk punk musician B.A. Johnston will return to town as support for Montreal power pop band Dany Laj & The Looks in a union of recent live favourites on the local stage! This will be B.A.'s second live appearance of the year at The New A, and third total in the Soo dating back to 2015, and with his polarizingly amusing blend of creative solo folk punk, his show will have to be seen to believed! Trust me, this isn't someone I can sum up in a couple of sentences! While not a punk or metal band, many readers will be familiar with Dany Laj & The Looks from their four local concert stops in the mid-2010s, where they garnered a solid following their melodic power pop originals, and hopefully theyr get more of the same in a rare non-LopLops appearance here! This concert is promoted by Girl Friday Productions, who booked B.A.'s New A show here in April, so we should be in good hands for the encore.

Tickets for this 19+ concert run for $12 at the venue and at this link, while an early-ish 8:00 PM start time is advertised. This should be a fun and diverse night of music from two touring favourites, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's B.A. live in Sault Ste. Marie!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Ripcordz and Just Leppard previews (and more) next! Thanks everyone!