I apologize for the lateness of this, but I only just heard about it on Tuesday, and it was too late to post without redundantly covering the same details in consecutive days. With the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup (for adult recreational league hockey teams) all over Sault Ontario this week, they're pulling out all the stops for entertainment and events around town, and among that entertainment is a concert set by local classic hard rock quintet That's Chester TONIGHT! They'll be rocking the Quattro Chophouse & Bar (temporarily renamed the Budweiser Hockey Lounge) inside the Comfort Suites & Conference Center (formerly The Ramada Inn) on Great Northern Road TONIGHT with a set of their hard rocking covers! Notably, they're the only non-DJ among the week's entertainment there during the CARHA World Cup, so if you want some rock with your hockey, today's the day to be there! There will also be draws, games, and drink specials for attendees from 6:00 PM onward, though That's Chester don't take the stage until 8:00 PM tonight. There's no announced cover, though bring cash just in case, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the above links or the official Facebook event page!
This is a bit different from most That's Chester shows, given the CARHA/Budweiser ties, but it sounds like a great party atmosphere at the "Budweiser Hockey Lounge" tonight for them to play in! I'm not familiar with Quattro or Comfort Suites as concert venues (though I remember attending a battle of the bands at the former Ramada Inn in 2007), but who knows, Quattro could become a future stomping ground for That's Chester if tonight's show goes well! So if you love hockey and want somewhere to party after the games tonight, or you just enjoy That's Chester, head down to this concert tonight! For a preview, here's That's Chester covering Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" a few years back!
(UPDATE, 2:23 PM) The other metal concert of the weekend was to have been the return of Garden of Bedlam to The Rockstar Bar on Saturday night for their first gig of the new year, but the concert has sadly been postponed. According to a statement released on the band's Facebook page this afternoon, frontman Erik "Buzz" Boissineau sustained some back/spinal trauma in an accident yesterday morning, and was later found to have pneumonia as well, so the band will be postponing this Saturday's show to a later date so he can get better. Nothing was said about a possible new date for the concert yet, but as soon as something is announced, I'll let you guys know for sure! This is disappointing news, but hopefully Buzz gets better real soon, as we miss Garden of Bedlam on the local stage! As of right now, their next concert will be at April 7th's Ypres Metal Fest at The Canadian Nightclub, so circle your calendars for that, and I'll keep you guys posted when more band news rolls in!
And finally for today, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while, and as always, these are in alphabetical order by band, musician, or promoter name:
- Local metal standouts Gates of Winter are still slowly at work on their third CD "Perihelion", with a new workstation alive for new recordings and a poll on their Facebook page asking fans if they'd prefer for the new album to be available on CD or digital download format. I say both, but cast your votes at this link, and stay tuned for more band updates!
- Local musician Jeremy Hannah is back in the concert booking business, and is looking for bands interested in playing at future events he'd be putting on. I think he's just looking for bands in general, but he may have something specific in mind. He has a good history with metal bands, so message him at this location or reply to his February 28th post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group to show your interest!
- Late & Loud guitarist Jonathan Tiberi is still looking for musicians interested in forming a new local band, though instead of the Sleep-inspired project he once suggested, he's aiming for an early Deep Purple-esque sound with "its own soul & body". Check out his post from Tuesday at this location if you're at all interested in joining or trying out, because this could be an interesting band if it takes off!