As I promised, here's the gigantically huge concert preview post for this weekend's series of shows! This promises to be one of the biggest weekends for the sheer amount of shows for a while, so get yourselves ready!
BUT FIRST, just a tiny heads-up on a noted local band hitting the road this weekend! Sault natives Lion Ride are set to play a series of three shows this weekend with The Saigon Hookers! Tonight, Lion Ride will rock the house at The Red Rooster in Burlington, followed by a show tomorrow night at The Foxx Lounge in Barrie, and one final show on Saturday night at Lee's Palace in Toronto! Hopefully this little road trip goes well for Lion Ride, and I hope to see them back in the Sault in the near future!
NOW, the local concert previews for this weekend! We have 6, possibly 7, shows to mention, and if you can get to any, go out and support the local scene on either side of the Twin Saults!
First up, we'll make the journey to Sault Michigan, where two different local bands will be playing two straight shows this weekend! Firstly, we have the classic hard rockers Jager 4.0, who will be playing on Friday and Saturday night (both at 9:00) at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino! If the originals on their MySpace are any indication, these should be some very good shows!
Meanwhile, at The Satisfied Frog, another local band will be taking the stage on the same nights! But in this case, it's Shift, both of the shows start at 10:00, and unlike Jager 4.0, I can't find any video or audio of them to give you a preview as to their sound. But they are an accomplished local band, who've played tons of shows in and out of the Sault area, including a number of shows over the course of 2009 all over Michigan! They should have a good show as well, and if you're across the river, you got a few choices for local bands to check out!
Next, we'll head back over to Sault Ontario, where we focus on one, maybe two, local shows taking place tomorrow! First off, another show that I cannot reasonably verify. According to their Myspace, local metal band The Issues will be playing a show tomorrow night at 8:00 at a venue they call "The Jeep Roach". For the life of me, I can't find ANYWHERE in Sault Ontario with this name, nor do I know of anything it could stand for as a nickname. Their MySpace says it's on Queen Street near the OLG Casino, but that didn't help me at all, so honestly, I can't reasonably prove anything on this. But, like the last show, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, so, here it is just in case!
Now, the two big shows of the weekend! Firstly, the big hardcore show at The Oddfellows Hall! Montreal based glam/hardcore band Blessed By A Broken Heart are your headliners, and they have a pretty high profile, including a record deal with Century Media! They don't sound too bad for their genre, but if you wanna see for yourself, check out their music video for the song "Mic Skillz" below! Support will come from Sault Ontario's own As It Stands (who are returning from recording their upcoming album to replace Abandon All Ships), Sudbury-based death metal combo Upheaval of an Exorcist, Montreal based experimental/hardcore band Breaking The Fourth Wall, and local indie/emo band Deter!
Check out SooToday's event page for this show at this location! Tickets are just $10 in advance, and $15 at the door, and Northern Rocks Magazine will be on hand to promote the magazine, accept new subscriptions (They're FREE, remember?), and they will also have 30 free buttons on hand for anyone who comes by their table! Everything starts at 6:30 PM, but sadly, I can't make it. The next morning, I have to get up super early for a certification test at Lake Superior State University, so I can't be out late for a concert. It sucks, but I wanna go to LSSU next year, so I gotta do what I gotta do.
And finally, the biggest show of all (at least, for band recognition and venue size!) On Saturday night at The Dreammaker's Theater at Kewadin Casino, platinum selling hard rock legends Great White make their Sault area debut! Best known for hits like "Once Bitten...Twice Shy" and "Call It Rock and Roll", these Los Angeles based rockers will be supported by 1980s glam metal stars Britny Fox, who are best known for songs like "Girlschool"! Tickets are just $33.50, and if you're a fan of 1980s metal, this should be right up your alley!
Ok, that's all for this weekend! After tomorrow, I don't have ANY scheduled concerts for Sault Ontario, so if you know of any, please let me know either here, on Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org! Take it easy guys, and keep it metal!