Tomorrow's a big day for feature posts at the SMS, as we not only have this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post to upload, we're also kicking off our Battle of the Bands Rewind Mini-Series with a look back at the Skid Row Battle of the Bands from the spring of 2008, with six more profiles coming over the next six Fridays in the leadup to next month's Sault Humane Society Battle of the Bands! That's all tomorrow, but first, we have weekend concert previews tonight for this weekend's metal & hard rock concerts in the twin Saults, including a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for Saturday night, so here's what's on tap on the heavy side of things through Sunday!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is back at Bossy's Pub N' Grub THIS SATURDAY for a ninth straight acoustic solo concert! After a one week move to a normal nighttime timeslot, Tym will be back on at 2:00 PM this Saturday as was usual for his currently weekly concert arrangement, though it's not publically known if last week's time adjustment was temporary or a dropped experiment in moving the shows to nighttime. So if you enjoy Tym's acoustic solo concerts at their afternoon timeslot, you should be happy to see them back there on Saturday night! Also, I apologize for being late to announce this concert (Tym posted the Facebook event page on Tuesday), we had a backlog of news while I was away that pushed this back. As mentioned above, Tym's back on at 2:00 PM on Saturday, I don't expect there to be a cover charge, and there's no cover charge, so check the above links for more details! It's good to see Tym back for another intimate acoustic concert, and he's sure to have some hard rocking material in store for fans on Saturday afternoon, so don't miss him if you can help it! For a preview, here's Tym and special guest Luke LeBlanc covering Extreme's "More Than Words" a few years back!
Now to the previously announced shows, starting with a brief stopover in Sault Michigan, as local hard rock quartet Powerslug are returning to the stage tomorrow & Saturday night! The band formerly known as River Witch will make their first concert appearances of 2012 (that I know of) at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino this weekend, and because the band no longer has an online page to my knowledge, my source for these shows is Kewadin Casino's entertainment page. From what I can gather, these shows will be 10:00 PM affairs (more or less) with 21+ age limits and no cover charges. Check the above links for more details! I wish I knew or had more on Powerslug to go by in terms of their bio and covering their concerts, but with Scofflaw, Kilacel, and Blind Baby alumni among their ranks, the talent is absolutely there to go far locally, and hopefully this weekend's concerts are their biggest yet! Stay tuned for more on Powerslug if I hear it, and don't forget about their shows this weekend at Kewadin Casino!
We'll close this preview post with a series of concerts at The Canadian Nightclub this weekend, starting with another hard rock tribute band that The Canadian are bringing in, and this time, it's Toronto-based Guns N' Roses tribute band Dust N' Bones! Remember, they're no relation to the Sault Michigan-area band of the same name featuring members of End of Existence. I don't know a lot on this band specifically compared to other similarly named tributes (especially thanks to the lack of an online page that I know of), but I think they share at least one member with local tribute favourites Crued, and they're a relatively new act on the Southern Ontario scene. Even if you're a Gunz N' FN' Rosez loyalist, you should give Dust N' Bones a shot this weekend, as they have a solid sound that does pay tribute to GNR pretty well, though the vocals are a bit more varied in the videos I've seen. The show starts at 10:00 PM on Friday & Saturday night, you must be 19 to attend, and I'd expect a cover charge of around $5. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! If you're in the mood for some Guns N' Roses classics, The Canadian Nightclub is the place to be this weekend, so keep these shows in mind, check out more from DNB at their official YouTube channel, and for a preview, here's their rendition of "My Michelle" from this past December!
And finally for this weekend, The Canadian will be rocking all night long for "Dead In The Van! The Locals Attack!", a special fundraiser concert where proceeds will go towards funding local horror punk quintet Frightlight's plans to get a tour van and "bring the fright" to other cities! As such, they'll be headlining this massive concert on Sunday night (in their first show in over 4 months with new drummer Chris FreaknStein), and 7 other local & Desbarats acts will join in to help support the cause and rock the house! The co-headlining band is local hardcore quintet As It Stands (making their first appearance at The Canadian to my knowledge since their 2010 reunion), and in descending order from there, the remaining acts include local punk trio Redundant (in their first show of 2012), local deathcore rockers The Valentine's Day Massacre (formerly View To A Kill), classic metal quartet Late & Loud, Desbarats metal bands For All That Is Lost (in their Canadian debut) and Inhuman Methods (making their first ever local concert appearance), and Business Suit Trappers guitarist "Evil" Greg Callaghan in a solo set to open up the festivities!
How's that for a stacked lineup? It could also be a preview of the Humane Society Battle of the Bands next month, seeing as only Redundant, Greg Callaghan, and Frightlight (minus T. Rex Manning's Johnny Pints) aren't competing at the battle, so keep that tidbit in mind! Above all else though, this concert is to help Frightlight's evolution and get them touring and spreading the dead, so definitely consider coming out to support the cause! Admission will be $10 (more than fair for the value of the bands performing), the show starts at 5:00 PM (so be there early), and this is an ALL AGES EVENT! Yes, you can go if you're under 19, and hopefully this helps bolster what should already be a well attended event! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This is shaping up to be a huge concert, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be there on Sunday to rock out with you guys! Frightlight deserve the support, and look at the lineup, this is worth every penny for all ages! I'll hopefully see you guys there, and for a preview, here's Frightlight covering The Misfits' "Helena" at The Canadian in January!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our next "Where Are The New Albums?" post and the debut of our Battle of the Bands Rewind Mini-Series TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!