It's time to preview this weekend's slate of metal and hard rock shows! Barring some late notice shows on the Sault Ontario side (odd that I haven't heard of anything from Full Circle or Tym Morrison yet), most of the shows this weekend on the heavier side of things are in Sault Michigan, so if you're across the river you'll like that! There's also lots of updates relating to these shows, including a relocation and a half-cancellation, so let's get things started, and check out our YouTube Channel Profile on Garden of Bedlam's YouTube channel below this post!
We'll start TONIGHT at The Roosevelt Hotel for the 34th Roosevelt Hotel metal night, and for the 6th time in the past 7 weeks, we have an out of town headliner for this show! This time, it's North Bay black metal quartet Empyrean Plague, making what might be their first ever stop in Sault Ontario for this concert! Brutal folk inspired sound, and if you crave some black metal, you'll absolutely want to see Empyrean Plague tonight! Also, they're coming off of their CD release show in Sudbury yesterday, so keep an eye out for "Imprint Evidence Destiny" at the merchandise table! The opening bands have also been confirmed for tonight, and for a second straight weekend, young local death metal standouts The Bear Hunters and Shit Liver will rock The Rosie on a Thursday metal night! Odd to see the exact same openers in consecutive weeks, but these frequently seen bands will deliver some awesome metal to kick off the night's proceedings! Admission is $3 for tonight's show (totally affordable), you must be 19 to attend, and there's a 9:00 PM start time, possibly later. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
Sounds like an awesome concert, and hopefully everyone's face is melted with a heavy dose of Northern black metal! Definitely hit this show if you can, and for a preview, here's Empyrean Plague's video for their song "We Are The North!"
Now to the Sault Michigan metal and hard rock concerts that I know of, and first, Charlevoix classic metal quintet Peril are back at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino this weekend, though with a reduction. Originally scheduled to rock Kewadin tomorrow night & Saturday night, Peril confirmed on their Facebook page on Tuesday that they would only be playing at The Rapids Lounge tomorrow night, meaning that their announced Saturday night show there is now cancelled. No reason was given for why the Saturday show is off, but seeing as they're still playing tomorrow, I assume it's as simple as a scheduling conflict. Regardless, it's been four long months since Peril last rocked our local Kewadin Casino, so you won't wanna miss their proficient classic metal originals & covers tomorrow night! They should be on at 9:00 PM tomorrow, there's no announced cover charge, and you must be 21 to attend. Check the above links for more details! Sounds like a good show, so if you want to rock out with Peril, get down to the casino tomorrow night! For a preview, here's Peril covering Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" last year!
Also this weekend, Sault Michigan hard rockers Powerslug (formerly River Witch) are back on stage for two shows, but there's some stuff to address. Originally, the band were booked before their name change for a full weekend at The Cozy Corners Tavern in nearby Barbeau, Michigan, and the Cozy Corners Facebook page backed this up this afternoon, sans the name change. However, The Merchant's Bar's Facebook page confirms that Powerslug will be playing there on Saturday night only (Fallen Heroes are booked there for Friday.) So, what's up with all that? Seeing as Cozy Corners don't seem to be aware of the name change, I assume at least the Saturday booking is off, cause I can't see them being able to play two concerts in two towns in the same evening. That, or Powerslug is a separate band with old River Witch members, but I've heard nothing to indicate that a such a division happened. For what it's worth, I know Chris Leask & Chris Gurnoe are in Powerslug, and the logo on your right comes from Chris Leask's personal Facebook page, so I assume they're the same band, but I could be wrong. I wish the band updated pages more often so we could get publically verifiable news, but for now, I'll assume that they're at Cozy Corners tomorrow & The Merchant's Bar in Sault Michigan on Saturday.
I had assumed that the also-scheduled walleye fishing tournament at Cozy Corners on Saturday would be a schedule conflict, but I can't verify if that's why the switch occurred. Nonetheless, they'll be on at around 10:00 PM for both shows, no cover charge is advertised for either venue, and you must be 21 to attend either night. Check the above links for more details! Regardless of all the confusion and conflicting news, Powerslug will deliver some great hard rock this weekend, so check them out either night at either bar, they should impress! If I find any video or audio of the band in action, I'll let you guys know!
And finally, Marquette hard rock quartet Nudge will return to The Satisfied Frog in Sault Michigan for their first local concert appearances in over a month! This talented and frequently seen band will be sure to deliver two great nights of hard rock and metal covers at The Frog tomorrow night & Saturday night, so keep their local return in mind for your weekend plans (or frontman Danzo McCracken's solo acoustic show there TONIGHT too!) They'll be on at 10:00 PM for both shows, you must be 21 to attend either concert, and there's no announced cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Great to see Nudge back and rocking it in the Soo this weekend, and if you check them out, you'll no doubt have a great time! Modern hard rock fans won't wanna miss Nudge! For a preview, here's Nudge covering Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" in 2008!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes tomorrow, including lots of big news from Frightlight! Thanks everyone!