Today's first post was originally supposed to be 100% dedicated to concert previews, but some cancellations have came my way, including one of this weekend's shows, so I'll start with them before we get into the concerts still on. One of the cancellations is sadly for TONIGHT's Music Mayhem all ages concert at The Oddfellows Hall, which promoter Jeremy Hannah confirmed was off due to scheduling conflicts with some of the scheduled performers. The Facebook event page was deleted yesterday afternoon, though he did say to look out for new shows & events he'd be promoting. Shame that the Friday the 13th bad luck hit this show, especially with all of the notable debuts and returns among the lineup (i.e. Borderline Divine's first concert in 2 years, Changing Waves' first show in 3 months, and F.A.T.I.L.'s Oddfellows Hall debut), but hopefully we see all the scheduled bands back soon! The other cancellations were for Brimley metallers Half A Man's scheduled Sault Michigan concerts with Detroit hard rockers Fifth Way over the April 27th weekend, as per the deletion of the shows' Facebook event page yesterday. A reason for the cancellation has not been announced, though note that venues were never publically announced for the dates, so that could be related.
Disappointing news for sure, but you can still see Fifth Way that weekend at Kewadin Casino as openers for The Gin Blossoms, and Half A Man are scheduled to return from their year-long stage hiatus by LemmaFest, so keep an eye out! Now, we have previews for six concerts from three metal/hard rock bands in the twin Saults for this much lighter weekend, so here's what you need to know for the heavier concerts of the weekend that are on as scheduled!
First, we'll head to The Canadian Nightclub this weekend for some tribute band action, as Toronto-based Aerosmith tribute act Mama Kin are coming back to Sault Ontario TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Last seen in the area about two years ago, this talented quintet deliver an authentic looking and sounding experience that Aerosmith fans are sure to eat up, and hopefully there's a big crowd all weekend at The Canadian for Mama Kin! Hopefully the advance advertising at the venue and on the radio is helping get awareness up, but no matter what, head down to The Canadian this weekend if you love Aerosmith! Both of these shows are 19+ events, I'd assume a 10:00 PM start time is in order for both nights, and a cover charge of around $5 seems likely, so don't come with empty pockets. Check the above links for more details! The Canadian Nightclub has always been good for booking talented tribute bands, and though I'm not a huge Aerosmith fan, Mama Kin have the chops, so don't miss them tonight or tomorrow! Vocals aren't an exact match, but fans shouldn't be disappointed, so consider making it out this weekend, and for a preview, here's Mama Kin playing "Dude Looks Like A Lady" at a 2010 concert!
Also for heavier concerts this weekend is another pair of dates from local metal trio Caveman Morrison! Two weeks after their current lineup debuted at The Nicolet Tavern, the popular cover act will make their first appearances at The Roosevelt Hotel since re-adding drummer Johnny Belanger to their lineup TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT in what should be another solid weekend of metal and hard rock hits! Nothing seems to be too different from Caveman Morrison's other concerts of late, but if you've missed them in the West End in recent months, you should definitely take notice of their Rosie returns this weekend! Admission should be free, both shows have 9:30 PM start times, and you must be 19 to attend either tonight or tomorrow's festivities. For more information, visit the official Facebook event page! With their new lineup settled in and a return to The Nic already lined up for next weekend, Caveman Morrison appear to be back in full force, so don't sleep on their new lineup, and consider a trip to the Rosie to check them out this weekend! For a preview, here's Caveman Morrison covering Judas Priest's "The Ripper" at The Rosie late last year!
Finally for this weekend, there's at least a couple of heavier concerts going down, courtesy of Sault Michigan hard rock notables Monkey's Uncle! According to Kewadin Casino's entertainment page, this talented local band are scheduled to at The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT in their first appearances there since November! Their absence has been noticeable, and though I assume they've played elsewhere locally in the interim, their pages aren't updated enough for me to know about any other possible gigs, so if I missed something, my apologies. That said, Monkey's Uncle have not officially confirmed these shows, but the venue has, and Kewadin's entertainment page has always proved to be a reliable source of concert dates, so I assume these are on as scheduled. Admission should be free, you must be 21 to attend either tonight or tomorrow's shows, and 10:00 PM start times seem standard. Check the above links for more details! Monkey's Uncle are a talented band with lots of solid covers and originals in the classic and hard rock genres, so don't miss them at Kewadin Casino this weekend, especially with the rarity of online advance word of their shows! For a preview, here's Monkey's Uncle covering Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" in 2008!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for some bigger news stories later tonight! Thanks everyone!