One more post before we unveil this month's CD review (prepare yourselves, Gates of Winter fans), as we have concerts to preview this weekend! Shorter weekend than we've been normally been seeing this summer, but there's some notable shows on both sides of the border to get to either way! And before anyone asks, I'm going to preview Monday's Alcoholic White Trash concert on the weekend to spread things out. So let's get straight to the previews, starting with some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!
Firstly, local classic hard rock quartet Full Circle are back this weekend to rock The Nicolet Tavern! Last seen at The Rosie (and Rotaryfest) two weeks ago, this talented group have lots of great covers in store for their fans tomorrow night & Saturday night! Apologies for the short notice, drummer Scott McClurg only announced the shows yesterday, and this weekend's shows weren't listed on the old Turner Up schedule seen here, so they're likely a newer addition to their local itinerary. Late notice or not, they'll be ready to tear up the stage with their well received repertoire of classic and hard rock covers! So head down to The Nicolet Tavern either tomorrow or Saturday night to check out Full Circle, who will be on at 10:00 PM both evenings. You must be 19 to enter, and there's no announced cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like a fun weekend of music, keep Full Circle in mind for some solid hard rocking! For a preview, click here and move to 13:20 of the video to see a short clip of Full Circle covering "Alone" by Heart at Rotaryfest! It's unembeddable, but it works!
Also in the realm of new shows is Tym Morrison's return to Service Grill Pizza as his weekly summer engagement there continues! The Caveman Morrison frontman will be back there to rock out two sets of unplugged covers of varying genres for his fans, which should be fun to check out! Again, I apologize for the short notice, Tym only announced the show last week, and though we do know he has a weekly arrangement set up, I don't want to falsely announce anything in the event a show was cancelled, especially with no updated schedules to access. Still, prepare yourselves for two great sets of acoustic hard rock covers at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM-ish on Saturday! Both sets have no announced cover, and I have a feeling they're all ages, given the setting. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Should be some good shows, as Tym's solo sets are always full of great music, even if there's no electric guitar! For a preview, here's Tym's cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" from a 2009 concert at Foggy Notions!
Now to the other weekend concerts that I know of, and first, it's the 26th Roosevelt Hotel metal night taking place TONIGHT! Just two bands again, a trend we've seen off an on this summer, but it's a good lineup, including one frequently seen band and another making their debut! One is As It Stands, the fast rising local metalcore quintet, who'll be making their record 12th appearance at the Rosie Thursday metal nights! Their hard hitting hardcore is always worth checking out live, so do so tonight! However, the announced headliners are local punk trio Redundant (formerly known as Motion Carried) in their first ever metal night appearance & first Roosevelt Hotel show since their renaming & addition of new bassist James White! Odd to see them at a metal night, but hey, punk can be seen here and there (like RedD Monkey & The Endprogram), and Redundant are a talented band with metal backgrounds for each member, so they'll be sure to impress! As usual, there's no cover charge, a 19+ age limit, and a 10:00 PM start time. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
Sounds like an entertaining show for punk and hardcore fans, so definitely consider heading out to The Rosie TONIGHT for all the excitement! For a preview, here's As It Stands covering Blink-182's "Stay Together For The Kids" from earlier this month!
And finally, we close in the Sault Michigan area as local hard rockers River Witch return to The Cozy Corners Tavern & Grill in Barbeau! Despite a badly forgotten about Facebook page, I can confirm that this popular local band are hitting Cozy Corners this weekend thanks to their own website's calendar, which I commend them for posting! So head to Barbeau (just outside of Sault Michigan) to hear River Witch lay down some entertaining hard rock covers at 9:00 PM each night! Expect no cover charge and a 21+ age limit both nights as well. Check the above links for more details, and for reference sake, a walleye fishing tournament of some type goes down in or around Cozy Corners on Saturday, in case that may influence your decision on going that night. Sounds like fun, but I wish River Witch would post some audio or video to give us a taste, or promote their shows better, as it'd probably help for exposure! Still, they are a talented band, so check them out in Barbeau tomorrow night & Saturday night!
(Also, on the subject of River Witch, it looks like guitarist Darian Causley left the band. In the photos of their set from Lemmafest, one posted above, you can see Aaron Fasel, Chris Gurnoe, Chris Leask, and Ivan Schliska on stage, but no Darian. Plus, his personal Facebook page hasn't made any blatant band references since the spring. Now, with their lack of recent page updates, nothing has came out to suggest he left, but it sure looks like it. If so, it's disappointing, as I liked his guitar skills with Blind Baby, and hopefully he pops up again soon! Of course, if he never left & simply just missed LemmaFest, let me know, as I may be wrong.)
That's all for now, but stay tuned later tonight for my review of Gates of Winter's 2008 full length album "Lux Aeterna"! Thanks everyone!