Today's weekend concert preview post is mostly Sault Michigan-based, as this weekend is surprisingly light for concerts in Sault Ontario. We'll lead off with some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS though, including what's going on at The Roosevelt Hotel tonight and a prominent local hard rock band's return (plus news on this band's lineup), so let's get this post started!
There will in fact be a punk night TONIGHT at The Roosevelt Hotel, and yes, there will be some metal content! Local grime/hardcore trio Shit Liver will return to the stage on short notice tonight as the middle band on tonight's lineup! If you wanna enjoy some dirty and crusty death metal with a punk attitude, The Rosie will be the place to be tonight! Headlining this punk night will be last week's opening band, RedD Monkey, whose cello/punk attack is always a welcome sight locally! Note of warning though, you may hear a Motorhead cover, so be prepared for that occasion! Opening tonight will be "The Midnight Meme Makers", who I believe are one and the same as The Night Owl Meme Makers, who opened at the Rebel Spell concert earlier this month which was also from the same bookers. They definitely have a unique sound, very hard to explain, so click on the link above to check them out! Apologies on the short notice of this show too, nothing about it was made official until this morning. As usual, it's a 19+ affair, there's no cover charge, and everything starts at 9:30 PM or later!
For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like a fun night of punk rock with a heavy edge, head to The Rosie tonight if you can! Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's Shit Liver playing their original "(Friendly Old) Uncle Joe" at The Rosie in January!
Also new for this weekend is the return of Elipzis! They're back in Sault Michigan THIS SATURDAY for their first local concert in almost three months! The band were last seen on New Years Eve at The Corner Pub Bar & Grill, and they'll be back there on Saturday for a set full of original hard rock! Apologies for the short notice on this show, I only first heard about it early yesterday on band members' pages. Everything starts at 10:00 PM, you must be 21 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge, but have money just in case if you go! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like fun, it's nice to see them back up here! They don't come up here as often as most other bands, so keep this one in mind! Again, apologies for the short notice! As it's on Saturday, here's a video preview as well, of Elipzis playing their song "Take Me On" in Warren, Michigan this past December!
With that said, there will be one changed element of the band on Saturday, so here's what you should know. Elipzis have parted ways with drummer Bob Helsten (a.k.a. Orb Hearthstone.) No reason for his departure has been given at present, though this could explain his absence from their TV performance in Grand Rapids earlier this month. Bob had drummed with Elipzis from their local debut last year through earlier this month, and it's a shame to see him leave! He's a very nice guy and a talented musician, but at least he's still going in End of Existence and with his solo work! So, who's drumming with them on Saturday night? As it turns out, it's Muskegon based drummer Wally David III, best known for his work in the defunct Muskegon hard rock band One Past Mars, who shared a similar sound to Elipzis. He also appears to be a talented graphic designer and coder, so those skills could be put to use by the band! I haven't heard too much of his work, but the guys in Elipzis know how to pick musicians, so this should work out well! So remember, check out Wally's debut with Elipzis THIS SATURDAY at The Corner Pub, and check the above links for more on all of the Elipzis news!
Now, we move to tomorrow night at The Eagles Club on Trout Lake Road, where Tym Morrison is scheduled to make his return! After the cancellation of his Big Cheese concerts due to outside issues, this will be his first local concert in two weeks, so if you've been missing his acoustic solo work, you know where he'll be next! I should note that Tym hasn't been promoting this show on levels compared to his earlier Eagles Club concerts, giving me a bit of doubt to whether it's "on" or not, but it's still listed on his website, so I'll treat it as if nothing's wrong for now. Regardless, this is his last verified solo show on his website's calendar, so who knows what's up in April and beyond! Friday's show should have a 10:00 PM start time and a 19+ age limit, and there is no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details! If it does go forward, it should be a good concert with lots of entertaining acoustic versions of hard rock classics, so make it out to The Eagles Club if you can! For a preview, here's Tym covering Extreme's "More Than Words" at The Big Cheese circa November 2008!
Now to the remaining concerts in Sault Michigan, and we'll start at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino, where local hard rock quintet River Witch will return for their first of four concert weekends this year! They'll take the stage tomorrow night and Saturday night at around 9:00 PM to rock out with what I assume is a covers heavy set, but they haven't posted media or a setlist for me to know either way. Both concerts will have 21+ age limits, and neither have a cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! News on River Witch is sparse when we get it (even playing concerts in January that they never publically promoted on band pages), but luckily, we heard about these in advance! I wish I could tell you more about River Witch and their sound, but hopefully in time we'll know more! Check out the above links for more, and check them out this weekend!
Finally for this weekend, Marquette hard rockers Nudge will return to Sault Michigan on Friday night and Saturday night for a short notice weekend of rocking covers at The Satisfied Frog! These concerts are unique in that Nudge will be short a member, as guitarist Tim Prisk will be in California with prior commitments, so things will sound a bit different this weekend. Still, Nudge are proven as an entertaining hard rock band, so they'll do just fine this weekend! Both concerts will start at 10:00 PM, there's no announced cover charge, and you must be 21 to attend. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like these will be some good concerts, Nudge alsways entertain, and a short notice weekend is better than no shows at all! Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's Nudge covering Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama, I'm Coming Home"!
That's all for now, but I'll have a new news post either tonight or tomorrow night, and yes, our new CD review will be on Saturday! Will it be "Woods I" or something new? Stay tuned! (Also, VOTE TODAY in our first 4 March Mayhem polls, time's ticking!)