Happy Canada Day to all of the Canadian metalheads out there! The clearing out of news continues as we creep closer to our third anniversary (that's on SUNDAY), and today, we have a couple stories to get to along with your local concert previews for this weekend! But first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!!
You've waited patiently, and the time is near: Silver Dream are playing their first ever concert this month! Yes, the hard rock band featuring Matthew Silver, Mike LaRue, Chris Stainthorpe, and Steven Flint will finally hit the live stage on July 10th for a headlining show at Foggy Notions! Great to see the full band finally getting ready for a real full concert, I was wondering when they'd finally take that step! Joining them for this concert is local indie band Broken House, who aren't metal, but are quite talented! The show's at 10:00 PM that night, there is likely a cover charge of around $3, and there's an age limit of 19+. To confirm your attendance, click here for Matthew Silver's Facebook event page, or here for the one started by Broken House's Jason McBride! It'll be great to finally see Silver Dream live, rather than just members of them at a jam session or open mic night! I'll keep you all posted as I hear more on this show, and also, I'll show you guys this: A commercial for the show! Matthew made up this the other day and uploaded it to his YouTube channel, check it out below!
Now, to your local concert previews for this weekend, as three metal bands are playing weekend sets in the Sault area (to my knowledge.) Only one of them is in Sault Ontario, so let's start with that, and I'm sure some of you guys have been anticipating their return for a while now! St. Catharines metal band Phatstick will make their long awaited return to the local stage tomorrow night and Saturday night at Foggy Notions, the same venue as their cancelled show from May 28th! This time, we'll get two chances to see them, so I forgive the renovations for calling off the first show attempt! As you know, Phatstick feature three former members of the defunct Port Colborne metal band Human Disorder, among them, Saultites Jason Taillefer & Joe LaVergne! Doors open at 10:00 PM both nights, I'd expect a cover charge of around $3, and you definitely have to be 19 to get in. Confirm your attendance for each individual concert by clicking here for the event page for tomorrow's concert and here for Saturday's! After at least 2 years of anticipating their return here for a show, our time is here to see Phatstick locally again! This will be my first time ever seeing them live, being that I was too young when they last played here. I WILL be at Foggy's this weekend, not sure which day (probably tomorrow night), but I will have a review, photos, and video regardless, so stay tuned for that!
Check out more great hard rock from Phatstick at their official website, and for a preview, here's a video of Phatstick covering Rage Against The Machine's "Bullet In The Head" from a 2008 concert!
Now to Sault Michigan for the other known concerts this weekend, and first, we'll discuss local hard rockers Blind Baby, as they return to the stage tomorrow night and Saturday night for a pair of concerts at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino! Both shows will start at around 9:00 PM, there is NO cover charge, and you must be 21 to enter. I like what I've heard from Blind Baby so far, they should put in some good performances this weekend! When your band has members of Kilacel and Scofflaw, you must be doing something right! No videos of Blind Baby to speak of yet, but check out more from them at their official Reverbnation page, which has eight demos of some original progressive hard rock songs that show lots of promise! So if you're at the casino this weekend, you'll get some good music!
Finally this weekend, rising local metal band Nixxon Dixxon return to The Bird for a weekend full of metal classics and originals! If you missed seeing them last weekend, now's as good a time as ever to see one of the best young bands in the area! Both concerts this weekend (tomorrow night and Saturday night) have an announced start time of 10:00 PM, there is no announced cover charge, and as The Bird is a bar, you must be 21. Great to see Nixxon Dixxon keeping busy on the live scene, they impress at every show, and this weekend should be no different! For more, visit their official MySpace page, which curiously no longer features their original song "High Life" in the music player. Where'd it go? Regardless, a couple of their old studio covers are back on the page to check out! For a video, here's a brand new acoustic performance clip of Nixxon Dixxon covering Shinedown's "The Crow & The Butterfly"! (Thanks to YouTube user rubbs001 for the upload!)
To close today's post, I made a pretty cool discovery that I don't think most of you guys know about. If you go to the official website of The Sault's Rock Station, Rock 101, and click on "Photo Archives" on the left hand side, you'll find some photo albums from some past concerts! A few are from some assorted non-concert events, like a four wheeler party and from a cruise that DJs Scott Cook and Brian Davie took to The Caribbean! But for us metalheads, there's some pictures up from a few extra concerts from the mid-2000s at Kewadin Casino! There's a tiny album from the 2006 Ratt/Skid Row concert featuring a photo of Scott Cook with Ratt's Jizzy Pearl, and most notably of all, a pretty big album from the 2004 Godsmack acoustic concert there! There's tons of concert photos, as well as pics with Rock 101 DJs and the band, and some shots of a free t-shirt giveaway! I wish I was there! Also, this page has photos of Rock 101's crew at Van Halen's party plane and shots from the ZZ Top/George Thorogood show in 2005! Lots of great photos here, click here to check them all out! Rock 101 should really update this section, it looks like it hasn't been touched in a few years, I imagine they must have some cool concert photos laying around from other shows!
That's all for now, but because I'm so backlogged with stories, I WILL have a post later tonight, probably around midnight. Just to make a point of the stories I promise to get to, here's the bands and establishments I plan to discuss while my pile of delayed news gets cleared out: Blind Baby, Fifth Way, Garden of Bedlam, Turner Up, Energy Rock Radio, Jason Mapes, The Sexual Vigilantes, Nixxon Dixxon, Rotaryfest, and a couple more I won't spoil. Look out for all these in the coming days!