Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend Concert Previews, Including The Zombie Walk And A Cancellation!!

Well guys, it's time once again to preview this weekend's slate of local metal and hard rock concerts! Those, and related news, are the sole topic today, so in case you've heard about a big upcoming concert, I'll have the dirt on that by Sunday. Today, we'll preview five scheduled local metal/hard rock concerts, along with the events surrounding one in particular, but first, here's a cancellation.

This weekend's scheduled Caveman Morrison concerts at The Nicolet Tavern have been cancelled. Frontman Tym Morrison confirmed the news to me on Facebook Chat, and the event page for said shows has since been deleted. No reason has been publicized as to why the shows are cancelled, but for what it's worth, the band will play at a house party at Tym's place tonight instead! I won't publicize details on it out of respect for personal privacy, but if you want more info, send Tym a message at his personal Facebook page!

And for concerts that are still scheduled and announced publically (to my knowledge), we'll start in Sault Michigan for a local hard rock band's quick return to one of their favourite concert spots! Yes, Monkey's Uncle will be back at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino for their second weekend run of October, with concerts there tonight and tomorrow night! You may remember seeing them there two weeks ago, but if you missed them, now's as good a time as ever, especially with their lack of concert updating on their MySpace page! If they played a show anywhere last weekend, my apologies for missing it, and if it was advertised online, I'd surely have told you all! Just in case, my source for these shows is Kewadin's entertainment page. As for this weekend, the concerts will be at 9:00 PM tonight and tomorrow, with no announced cover charge. You must be 21 to enter both nights. These should be fun, as you'll get to hear covers and originals from a talented trio of local hard rock veterans who definitely know how to get a crowd going! For more info, check out all of the above links, and for a video preview, here's a clip of Monkey's Uncle covering Nazareth's "Hair Of The Dog" back from their Jager days!

Meanwhile, back in Sault Ontario, Turner Up will return to the stage for what appears to be a single show at Foggy Notions tonight. There was a Saturday show there originally announced, but it appears to be no more due to another concert happening there tomorrow, which I'll have lots more on in a second. So the classic hard rockers are scheduled for a concert at Foggy's tonight, but might there be some type of difference with it compared to what we're used to? It is on, don't let the lack of an event page fool you, but here's what I mean. Drummer Scott McClurg's personal Facebook page announced for fans to come see a special "emergency edition" of Turner Up at Foggy's tonight, where the band would "try to rock it hard". What is meant by that? I have no clue. My first guess is that a band member is unavailable or will have an impaired ability to perform tonight, but no other band pages have shed any light on this. I'll of course let you guys know if I hear what Scott meant, but just be warned that if you go see them tonight, things might not be 100% what you're used to.

Aside from that, expect a 10:00 PM start time, a $3 cover, and a 19+ age limit. Head on out and enjoy some classic hard rock hits, it never hurts to! Check out all of the above links for more, and click here to see some recent video footage of Turner Up!

And finally, it's the Saturday show at Foggy Notions, but before we get to that, let's go over all of the related events! Why? Because it's the second annual Soo Zombie Walk! Brought to you by The Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie & The Algoma University Student Food Bank, this charitable event will see dozens of brain-hungry zombies roam the downtown core, and you can be a part! It's free to enter, but it is recommended that you bring non-perishable food items for the Algoma Student Food Bank. A full schedule is included at the Zombie Walk's Facebook event page, but here's the gist of it. Doors open for zombie preparation at The Grand Theater at 4:00 PM on Saturday, where you can get your face painted for a fee, buy official Zombie Walk shirts, buy signed copies of the book "Zombieland Weekly", and get professional photos of yourself. The walk itself begins at 6:30 PM as all of the assembled zombies will roam the streets for brains around downtown! Then at 8:00 PM, prizes from The Rad Zone will be awarded before a $5 zombie short film festival at The Grand Theater from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM! For full details on these events and related news and notes, please head to any of the above links!

Now, we didn't talk about the Zombie Walk on here last year, so why are we discussing it this time? Simple: There's an afterparty concert at Foggy Notions! Yes, after the brain hunting and short films wrap up, head to Foggy's to enjoy a quintuple bill of local music! Luckily for you metalheads, there are two metal acts scheduled for the afterparty, including local hardcore metal band WinkStinger (in their long awaited live debut) and, fittingly, horror punk/metal quartet Frightlight, in their first live concert featuring new drummer Jeff De Rose! WinkStinger should deliver some brutal metal tomorrow night, and Frightlight are a perfect fit to rock out at this show themselves! Three other bands are also scheduled, including Toronto based (but Saultite comprised) classical/punk trio RedD Monkey, local guitar-less rockers The Fury (both of which feature local metal band alumni), and the local act known as Wojtek, who played at the Clusterfolk show this summer, though I don't know much else about them. Note as well that a band known as "The Coffins" were advertised on old posters or the afterparty (like the one on your left), but nothing recent online has referred to them, so I take it they're not playing. Could be wrong though! If you know anything about them or their status, let me know!

Admission is FREE for the afterparty, and you must be 19 to enter. Doors are scheduled to open at 9:00 PM, with the concert to begin after the film festival wraps up, so make note of any possible hangups between staying past 9 at The Grand. And make sure to leave your zombie costumes on too! For all details on the Zombie Walk, the afterparty, the performing bands, and any related events, head to all of the above links! I'll be there, in full black metal zombie regalia, and I hope to see you there, lest I crave your brains! For a video preview, here's (who else?) Frightlight playing their original song "Fright Night" from a show in July!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for a new news post likely tomorrow featuring updates from Garden of Bedlam, Browbeat, next month's Grady concert, hopefully some Sevendust fallout, and more! But first, our next Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile is TONIGHT, so stay tuned for that! Thanks everyone!

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