The weekend's drawing near, and lucky us, it's a packed weekend for local concerts! A bunch of local bands are hitting the stage, as well as a returning tribute band and a multi-platinum metal band making their own return to the Sault area! So here are your local concert previews for this weekend! (Stay tuned tomorrow for a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT and more news and updates!)
We'll start with the locals today, and first, we have the return of Turner Up! The local hard rock cover band will return to live stage after a two week break for a show tomorrow night at The Canadian Nightclub! Yes, it's just tomorrow, you'll know why they're not playing on Saturday in a second. Turner Up will take the stage at 10:00 PM, I'd expect a cover charge of around $3, and you must be 19 to get in. I saw on Facebook that guitarist Len Ward claimed the cause of the earthquake we felt yesterday was a result of Turner Up and the anticipation for this show! Amusing, and for all we know, it could be true! If you want to hear some solid hard rock covers from one of the area's busiest bands, this could be the show for you! Don't be disaffected early though, their set gets heavier as the night goes on! Confirm your attendance at this location, check out more from Turner Up at their Facebook group, and for a preview, here's the band covering Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" from a show in March!
Now over to Sault Michigan for the next four shows, as a pair of local bands hit local bars for some weekend sets! If you're heading to The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino this weekend, you'll be treated to a concert by local hard rockers Monkey's Uncle! Just like the rest of their post-name change concerts, it's not listed on their MySpace page, but Kewadin Casino's Entertainment page does list the shows, so there's your proof! Going by past Rapids Lounge concert history, there will be NO cover charge, and the show starts at 9:00 PM tomorrow night and Saturday night. You must be 21 to get in. Always an entertaining live band, if hard to find concerts for, Monkey's Uncle will deliver their hard rocking sound to fans at Kewadin this weekend! Check out more from the band at their MySpace page! Luckily, I can give you guys a video preview of Monkey's Uncle again, their videos are back on their page, so here's a clip of the band from their Jager days covering Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog"!
So, let's say you wanna see a different band at a Sault Michigan bar this weekend. Where do you go? Well, how about The Bird, cause that's where Nixxon Dixxon are playing! The rising young stars return to the stage there tomorrow night and Saturday night at 10:00 PM! Both shows are also 21+. It's been a bit since we last saw them, so why not make it out! Actually, if you miss them this weekend, they'll be back at The Bird next weekend too, so you're covered regardless! Nixxon Dixxon always impress, especially for a band of their age, cause they've got talent and experience beyond their years! Click here to check out more from Nixxon Dixxon, and for a preview, here's a video of the band covering the Alice In Chains classic "Would?"
A quick detour back to Sault Ontario for this concert, as The Canadian Nightclub's string of tribute bands continues on Saturday night! Black Dog: The Tribute To Led Zeppelin will play at The Canadian on Saturday, 14 months after they last played in Sault Ontario during a double weekend set at Coch's Corner! This would likely explain why Turner Up are only playing there on Friday. Black Dog are a good sounding Led Zeppelin tribute band, and should deliver a good performance on Saturday night! Check out their MySpace page for proof! The show starts at 10:00 PM, I'd expect a cover charge of $5 or less, and you also must be 19 to get in. Confirm your attendance at this location! I wonder what tribute band is next for The Canadian in coming weekends? If you want to rock out with Led Zeppelin classics, you'll wanna be here on Saturday! For a preview, here's a short clip of Black Dog playing "Stairway To Heaven"!
And finally this weekend is the big show, the one you've all been waiting for, as Tesla return to Kewadin Casino! Last seen here in February 2007, the Sacramento hard rock legends will make their long awaited return to The Dreammakers Theater on Saturday night! Of course, you will best recognize Tesla for such hits as "Signs", "Love Song", and "Mama's Fool", among many others, and they're bound to impress on Saturday! They've sold over 5 million albums, their most recent being 2008's "Forever More". Tesla even have the exact same lineup as from the 2007 concert, so you'll know exactly what you're in for! Joining them will be Detroit hard rockers Fifth Way, who'll open the show with their great sounding radio hard rock material! Of course, click the above links to check out both bands, they're definitely worth seeing! Now, how can you go to see Tesla on Saturday night? Well, if you don't already have your ticket, good news: the concert's not sold out yet!
Tickets are $38.50 and can be bought online at this location, at the Kewadin Casino box office, or by calling them at (906) 341-2951! Call them also to see if there's a meet and greet with Tesla at all before the show, cause many Dreammakers Theater shows have them, but they never get plugged online. Doors open at 6:00 PM, Fifth Way kicks things off at 7:00, and yes, it's all ages! Should be a great show, I know a number of you have tickets and can't wait to see Tesla again, I hope the show's a huge success! Tesla are a pretty good band that managed to transcend the "hair metal" tag and stay relevant with their blues influenced heavy metal, and they have a sound that Saultites are bound to eat up! For a video preview, here's Tesla's cover of ZZ Top's "Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers" from their February 2007 show at Kewadin Casino!
That's all for today, hopefully you guys hit some concerts this weekend! Remember, I'll have a news/updates post tomorrow with a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so stay tuned for that! Plus, my newest profiles of out of town bands with local members will be up by Wednesday, and the SMS turns 3 one week from Sunday! Remember to voice your opinions on our Facebook page's discussion board as to what you want to see the SMS add, feature, or do for the occasion! Thanks everyone, stay tuned for lots more!