It's time for a stacked news post at the SMS, featuring LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the next two weekends, a brief note on a concert postponement, a disappointing band breakup, and details on an upcoming art event with a local metal affiliation, so here's what you need to know!
Three weeks after their latest local concerts, local classic hard rockers Turner Up will hit The Rockstar Bar THIS FRIDAY! This will be the current Turner Up's first ever stop at The Rockstar Bar, but the old Turner Up that became Full Circle played there frequently during their run, and it'll be good to see a band under that name back there! In what may be their last local concert set until the Sault Humane Society Battle of the Bands on April 20th, this will be a one night only affair, as Boogie Fever are booked for this Saturday night, and it remains to be seen if Turner Up will book a Saturday show elsewhere this weekend. The show starts at 10:30 PM, you must be 19 to attend, and I'd expect at least a nominal cover charge, knowing the usual Rockstar Bar local concert. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds like a solid concert for sure, and hopefully lots of fans can make it out to rock with Turner Up this Friday night! Stay tuned for more details on Turner Up's upcoming concerts as they come in!
Also, here's a brief concert date change, as Tym Morrison's show this weekend at The Service Grill has been moved from Friday to Saturday. A reason for the postponement wasn't announced, but the Facebook event page was quietly updated last night. I just hope the new date doesn't take an attendance hit due to the Ypres Metal Fest at The Canadian, but Tym's acoustic solo show sounds good no matter when, so take note of the new date!
Now to the other new concert, as an all ages metal concert is in the works for Friday, April the 13th! Yes, that unlucky day is coming next weekend, but with 6 high profile Algoma metal bands, this is shaping up well! According to the Facebook event page, the lineup currently includes local hardcore quintet As It Stands, Debarats death metal quartet For All That Is Lost (in their Oddfellows Hall debut), grimecore rockers Shit Liver, local hard rock notables Borderline Divine (more on them in a second), hardcore quartet Changing Waves (in their first concert set in almost three months), and local extreme metallers Winkstinger, which adds up to a very solid lineup of bands! Notably, this concert marks the return to concert booking by local musician Jeremy Hannah, and it's good to see him booking local metal shows again, as it's been too long since the 2010 Soo Music Mash-Up event! Full details beyond bands are not out yet for this concert, but I'd assume it's all ages. Check the above links for all current details! Hopefully word spreads fast, as there's less than 2 weeks to get the word out for this concert, but there's a lot of great bands, so it can't be too hard! As updates come in, I'll have them here!
As for Borderline Divine, this show marks a lot of firsts, so let's go through them briefly. This will be their first concert since changing their name from Stillbroke, their first show in over 2 years, their Oddfellows Hall debut (I believe), their first concert since the departures of Chris Villeneuve & Kyle McKey and the additions of Mitch Sirie & Justin Polutanovich, their first show with Jesse Frigault only singing and not playing guitar, and it'll mark the live debut of their new original material as well. In short, this is a big return for the guys, and hopefully all their hard work over the last couple of years will begin to pay off starting next weekend, so come out and see Borderline Divine on Friday the 13th!
Next up, here's some disappointing news, as local hard rock quartet Sneaky Pete have officially disbanded after a three year run. A statement was made on the band's Facebook page last night, and though the reasoning for the split was left vague, "challenging obstacles" and "hurdles" were blamed for leading to "the unavoidable". The band thanked their fans, families, and local concert venues for the support and the good times over the past few years, and assured fans that we'll see the members down the road in new musical projects. This is really surprising to hear, especially knowing the momentum they've had since they finally debuted on stage last April! Though Sneaky Pete only gigged locally for 10 months, they produced some solid great concerts and covers during the span, and even before they debuted, they unveiled some nice demos and got people talking in the leadup to their first show. I don't know the full details on the breakup, but hopefully it was amicable, and I do know that the members' talents will take them far when they get back in new bands! Until then, I wish Mike, Mario, Bill, and Sean all the best in whatever comes next for them, and fingers crossed that we see the guys back out there soon!
And finally for today, remember last week when I mentioned the planned local concert poster exhibition through National Youth Arts Week? Well, it's now official, so here's what you should know! Entitled "Posted Around", the exhibition will be held at the Circle of Creative Arts Center at 648 Queen Street East (not far from The Grand Theater), and it will feature concert posters ranging from the 1980s through last year, with prints available to purchase of the posters starting at $5. Part of the proceeds will go towards arts programming in Attawapiskat, and the exhibition will run from April 23rd to April 27th with the opening at 7:00 PM on the 23rd. Posters from metal concerts will be featured, including last year's Sewer Swampstravaganja 11 band show at The Oddfellows Hall, which actually gets name credit on the event's poster, even mentioning three bands from the show in the process. Click here for more details! I'm really curious about this exhibition from a concert fan's persepctive, and I hope that organizers have a nice large selection of posters to share and sell! I hope to hit up "Posted Around" at least once when it goes on, and I'll give a recap with photos when I do, so keep an eye out, and hopefully you guys can check it all out yourselves!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news and feature posts soon! Thanks everyone!