Friday, January 15, 2010

FIVE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Gunz N' FN' Rosez, Stillbroke, Monkey's Uncle, And Pop Evil)

Hey guys, it's time for not one, not two, but FIVE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!! Some are slightly short notice (my apologies), but all will be good concerts! Here's what you need to know!

We'll go in order by when the show takes place, and the first is in ONE WEEK! Toronto's own Gunz N' FN' Rosez, who plug themselves as "North America's Ultimate Guns n' Roses Tribute Show", are coming to Sault Ontario! They will be at The Speakeasy at Algoma University on January 22nd for a night full of great renditions of Guns N' Roses classics! Tickets are now on sale for $8 if at The Speakeasy if you're an Algoma student, and $10 if you are not. The price jumps $2 for both ticket categories if you buy at the door. The doors open at 9:00 PM, show starts at 10:00, you must have your Algoma student card or proper 19+ ID to get in. For full details on this concert, visit the official Facebook event page! Oddly for a Guns N' Roses tribute band, they're portraying the classic lineup with Buckethead in place of Izzy Stradlin! Remains to be seen if I can make it out for this, but Gunz N' FN' Roses aren't bad at what they do, sounds enough like Axl and company to please GNR fans! Check out more from Gunz N' FN' Rosez at their official website and their official MySpace page!

Then, just six days later, The Speakeasy brings you another concert, which will be headlined by Stillbroke! Yes, the local hard rockers are back for their first full local concert in over 8 months on January 28rd! This will also be their first full concert since the release of their debut EP, "Never Enough", so expect to hear the songs from their very solid first album! Joining Stillbroke are fellow locals The Fury (featuring Out Of The Mouth Of Babes frontman Josh McNally on bass, and former DOTH drummer Joe Bumbacco), who'll deliver their very unique brand of music to the masses once again! This will be a 10:00 PM concert at The Speakeasy, with The Fury opening. No word on admission prices or age restrictions, if there are any, I'll keep you posted! There is no event page yet, but the concert is official, and was announced on a Stillbroke fan page, so there's my source. Great to see Stillbroke back, I'll hopefully be able to make this concert! Stay tuned for more updates as they come in!

Now we head to Sault Michigan, as a local band appear to be back on the local concert scene! Remember Jager, the hard rock band fronted by Mama's Boys singer/guitarist Henry Switzer? Well, they took a long hiatus in 2009, cancelling their tour dates, changing their lineup, and changing their name to Bad Monkey, and then to their current name, Monkey's Uncle! Well, even if their MySpace page hasn't listed new shows, it appears that they are back playing concerts! Kewadin Casino's concert calendar lists that Monkey's Uncle will be playing at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino on January 29th and January 30th! Both shows have no cover charge and are at 9:00 PM-ish! Great to see Monkey's Uncle back, I've always been a fan, too bad I'm not drinking age to get in yet! Click on the links above to check out their original material and some live videos! Hope both concerts go well!

And finally, I heard about this show on Rock 101 this morning. Muskegon hard rockers Pop Evil are returning to The Dreammakers Theater at Kewadin Casino! You may remember them last summer when they supported Saving Abel, and then, I honestly didn't see Pop Evil as "metal", so I didn't mention it much. Well, looking back on it, Pop Evil have a lot of hard rock songs (most notably "100 in a 55"), and they were heavy enough to support bands like Judas Priest on tour, so yeah, they're SMS-worthy! They will be joined by Toronto hard rockers Evans Blue, best known for their song "Cold (But I'm Still Here)"! Also on the lineup are two local bands, but I'm not sure which ones they are, Rock 101 didn't give names this morning, and I'm not seeing mention of them anywhere. I know Peril are playing at The Rapids Lounge that night too, but they're not local. If I find more, I'll keep you guys posted!

Click on the above links to check out each band! But here's the best part about this show that sets it apart from typical Kewadin Casino fare: It's a benefit show, though I didn't get a chance to write down the details of what the proceeds are towards, I'll update with more info once I hear it. Tickets are very affordable too, just $15! You almost never see shows this inexpensive at The Dreammakers Theater, and it's for a good cause too! They're on sale RIGHT NOW, so buy them at this location! As I hear more about this concert, you'll be sure to find info here on the SMS!

That has to be the most new local concerts I've had in one post in months! That's all I have for tonight, other news will be soon, so stay tuned!

EDIT: Social Play have cancelled their concert tonight at Foggy's, no word why. I'd seen someone asking if it was still on on the event page, and what they heard was correct. I'm bummed, I miss seeing Browbeat/Social Play live, but hopefully they'll be back! I assume the Saturday concert is cancelled too, but there's been no official word either way. I'll keep you posted!

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