Alright, so all of our monthly feature posts are out of the way for September, clearing the way for just news, updates, and concert previews for the rest of the month, and we have lots today, including a band looking to play here, some notes concerning a major show next month, a brand new original song from an area band, and first, some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!!
Firstly, and I REALLY apologize for the short notice of this, but Turner Up will be at Foggy Notions TONIGHT for a show! I'd honestly been wondering if they'd have a show on Friday or not, but I hadn't heard anything until today, thanks to a new Facebook event page. Looks like an impromptu booking, which they're claiming is due to popular demand. Of course, this show is bookended by last night's Gunz N' FN' Rosez show and tomorrow's headlining set at The Rockstar Bar, and the same house rules apply for tonight's Foggy's show, including a 10:00 PM start time, a 19+ age limit, and surprisingly for Foggy Notions concerts, NO COVER! So if you're not seeing 2112 at The Canadian Nightclub tonight and wanna enjoy some classic hard rock, Foggy Notions is the place to be! Again, my apologies for the short notice of this show, check all of the above links for updates! And, as always, see video footage of Turner Up's current lineup by clicking here! Remember, that's 10:00 PM TONIGHT at Foggy's!
Meanwhile, we have two new shows with some advance warning, as local metal cover trio Caveman Morrison return to Foggy Notions in November for their first shows there in two months! Tym and company have sure been ramping up on the bookings lately, and now they have November 19th and 20th reserved for two nights of hard rock and metal classics! Both shows have start times of 10:00 PM, a $3 cover charge is likely, and you must be 19 to enter. These should be fun shows, especially if you love heavy metal classics, cause Caveman Morrison know a ton of them! But if you can't make it in November, they have at least 6 shows lined up before then, including one at the nearby Rockstar Bar next weekend, so you have ample oppurtunities to rock out with them beforehand! For more information, check the above links and the Facebook event page!
Thirdly, we have a band looking for a local booking, so here's what you should know! On Tuesday, I recieved an e-mail from Brandon Khan, a guitarist in the Newmarket, Ontario hardcore band Heritage. He was looking to book some dates for the band, and was wondering if I had anything lined up. Now I'm not a promoter, but I said I'm help him out, and now, I'm opening things up to you guys! Brandon didn't mention anything about a general date range for a local booking, so if you're a promoter, venue staffer, band member who'd like to play with them, or have any general interest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you're at all interested in helping get Heritage a Sault Ste. Marie booking! As for their sound, they have a melodic hardcore style with nice uses of keyboards and clean singing combined with some heavy breakdowns and very moshable sections! As It Stands are probably a fair local comparison style-wise, but check them out and see what you think at their official MySpace page! They're good, here's hoping they get a booking here!
Next up, Brimley hard rockers Half A Man have posted a brand new studio quality original onto their official Facebook page! Yes, the local band featuring ex-members of Lower S.E.S., Bludgeoned, Bent Rollercoaster, and Set To Random have been keeping busy recording some original material, and the first taste of it is their new song entitled "Freedom Ride"! This was actually posted online on September 15th, so I'm admittedly late to the pass on sharing this here, but do check it out! There's actually two versions posted, the full explicit version and a cleaned up radio edit, which is smart in case they get radio play. I can't embed it here, so you'll have to check it out on Facebook, but it'll be worth it, cause it's a nice song! It has a familiar radio hard rock vibe to it, but the guitar solo's nice, and it has sort of a biker essence to it, if that's fair. Erik Rintamaki's vocals are gritty, and though not very rangy, he uses them well to the song's advantage! The band have good chemistry and energy, and I like the constant hard driving riffs and the ominous spoken word section too! Good song, click here to check out "Freedom Ride" and more!
And finally, I have some news concerning the Sevendust concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at Kewadin Casino on October 19th. Now, does, the prospect of seeing Sevendust, 10 Years, Since October, and Anew Revolution for $20 pique your interest? Well, judging by early ticket reports, it doesn't seem like a lot of people are interested yet. Allstar Promotions, who are the promoters who got this show booked, lamented on their Facebook page that the show wasn't selling very well, only drawing around 200 tickets sold so far. They had mentioned that management might pull the show as a result, with criticism given to how the area is far behind for new music, and that local radio wasn't doing much to promote the show, save for Rock 101's Scott Cook. In the latest posting, Allstar Promotions announced that Sevendust's management wouldn't drop the show, but there's still concerns over a low attendance. Personally, I'm a bit baffled as to the low sales myself. Sevendust are popular enough, you'll hear them and 10 Years here and there on Rock 101, and the tickets are very affordable! I don't agree entirely with us being behind on new music, as the Pop Evil show in February sold out, though to be fair, it had a lot of charitable support & free ticket distribution.
This show should be awesome, and you guys should really consider buying a ticket! I mean, really, these four very talented metal bands for $20? This show can be a success, and it will deliver musically, so BUY YOUR TICKETS A.S.A.P.! You can do so online at this location, at the Kewadin Casino box office, or by calling 1-800-539-2346!
That's all for today, but I have some more news from a few local bands and music-related entities to come this weekend, so stay tuned for that very soon! Thanks everyone!