Another weekend is upon us, so it's time to preview this weekend's slate of local metal & hard rock concerts in the Twin Saults! I know of at least six heavier-leaning shows in the area between tonight & Saturday (let me know if you know of others), so let's begin with a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for this weekend!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is returning to the stage THIS SATURDAY with his acoustic solo show, but at two different venues! His day begins (as expected) at Bossy's Pub N' Grub on Pim Street for his seventh straight solo concert there in his current weekly arrangement, but after that wraps up, he'll return to The Service Grill on Korah Road for his first show there in over a month on Saturday evening! In other words, he'll be busy on Saturday, and you have double the chances to see him deliver his acoustic hard rock and metal covers live! Admission should be free for both shows, and I believe neither has an age limit, and as for times, Tym's set at Bossy's is at 2:00 PM as usual, while he'll be on at The Service Grill at 8:00 PM on Saturday. For more details, click here and here for each show's respective Facebook event page! It's great to see Tym staying active with his solo concerts, so while we wait for Caveman Morrison's return, definitely consider seeing Tym at either venue on Saturday! For a preview, here's Tym and former Half Past frontman Luke LeBlanc covering Extreme's "More Than Words" a few years ago!
Now to the previously announced concerts for this weekend, starting with the 42nd Roosevelt Hotel metal night taking place TONIGHT! After a four week break (are they now monthly?), bookers are bringing three talented Algoma District bands to the Rosie's stage to melt some faces, and headlining tonight are local extreme metal quintet Winkstinger! Almost 7 months after their last Thursday metal night appearance, this explosive local band will be sure to unleash the fury tonight in what should be their first concert since the departure of singer Alan Wells in December. Band pages haven't announced his replacement yet, so who'll be behind the mic? Tonight, we'll find out! Desbarats death metal quartet For All That Is Lost will become the fifth band to play a Rosie metal night 8 times when they hit the stage tonight for a brutal set of death metal originals, so be sure not to miss them tonight in their first local show of 2012 either! Opening tonight's festivities will be local deathcore quartet The Valentine's Day Massacre, who'll be playing their first show since changing their name from View To A Kill last month. They reportedly have new original songs to debut tonight, so be at The Roosevelt Hotel early to avoid missing any of the metal action!
Admission is free for tonight's concert, you must be 19 to attend, and The Valentine's Day Massacre will open the show at 10:30 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! The more sporadic scheduling of the current metal nights is a bit concerning, but it's still awesome to see a new one tonight, and I definitely plan on coming out to hear what's new with the bands performing! I hope to see you guys there, and for a preview, here's Winkstinger playing their song "Jimmy Got His New Legs (Derp)" at The Rosie last summer!
Now, a quick trip to Sault Michigan for our next previews, as local hard rock trio Trail's End are returning to the stage for their second concert weekend since their inception on Friday & Saturday night! Though their Facebook page has yet to acknowledge these dates, this new local band featuring Splitshot & Nixxon Dixxon alumni are listed as performing at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino for two concerts this weekend, and Kewadin's entertainment page has always proven to be a good source, so I imagine a formal band announcement is forthcoming soon. I've heard positive things from their live debut at The Rapids Lounge last month, so consider a trip to Kewadin for their return this weekend for some hard rocking good times! There is no announced cover charge, you must be 21 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely. Check the above links for more details! This should be a fun concert weekend from this talented young band, and hopefully good crowds turn out to see Trail's End all weekend long! Hopefully you guys can make it out, and for a preview, here's Trail's End's first original song "Run"!
And finally, Sault Ontario classic hard rock quintet Turner Up are back this Saturday for their first ever concert at The Sportscentre Bar & Grill! After four weeks off from "turning 'er up", this prolific cover outfit will be sure to deliver a solid night's worth of great classic hard rock songs for their fans, but how about this venue? It's in the West End at 624 Wellington Street West, near the Steelton area and a road over from Carmen's Way, and this is the first concert that I can ever remember reporting on there that's SMS-calibre. I'm sure it's a good venue though, as Turner Up (old or new) know good spots to play at! This one-night-only show on Saturday has a 19+ age limit and a 10:00 PM start time, and there's no announced cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Though the new Turner Up's live concerts have definitely been more sporadic, they always rock the house, and definitely consider checking them out on Saturday night if you're up for a trip to a different venue! Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's the old Turner Up (featuring 3 identical members) covering Guns N' Roses' "Mr. Brownstone" last year!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for last month's poll results & this month's new poll on Saturday, plus more news and notes throughout! Thanks everyone!