Thursday, May 17, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (The Valentine's Day Massacre, Turner Up, And The Bear Hunters), And Weekend Concert Previews!!

It's time to preview this weekend's metal and hard rock concerts, but most of them are brand new, so those (and another show next month) make up a bunch of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS within this post! Let's start with the new shows, and as usual for the new show announcements, I'll cover these in chronological order, so here's what you need to know for this weekend!

Local classic hard rock quintet Turner Up have announced their latest concert dates, and they're going down TOMORROW NIGHT & SATURDAY NIGHT at The Nicolet Tavern! I apologize for the short notice, but the Facebook event page was only just launched for it yesterday. These concerts will be Turner Up's first at the Albert Street venue since March, and after playing two weekend engagements last month, are we seeing continued raised activity for this talented cover band? Time will tell, but their entertaining and hard rocking covers will definitely be welcomed back to The Nic this weekend! Both tomorrow's & Saturday's shows have 10:30 PM start times, there's no cover charge, and you must be 19 to attend. Check the above links for more details! A Turner Up concert weekend is always a good time, so if you're up for some familiar sounds from this very solid group of local music standouts, then head to The Nicolet Tavern this weekend to turn er' up! For a preview, here's the old Turner Up covering a Guns N' Roses classic last year!

Also for new concerts this weekend is a show that actually has been announced since last month, but only recently has a metal band been added to the lineup! Yesterday, Dismembertainment owner Rich Moreland announced that local deathcore quartet The Valentine's Day Massacre have been added to the lineup of a punk concert that he's promoting at The Canadian Nightclub on Sunday night! They'll be replacing Winnipeg punk quintet Up N' Atom on the lineup for this concert (a reason wasn't given for their withdrawl), making this The V.D.M.'s first Canadian Nightclub appearance since the Ypres Metal Fest. They'll be playing direct support for Winnipeg political punk notables The Brat Attack, who have made numerous stops here in the past, and their fast paced punk assault and well written lyrics will be sure to attract lots of fans and interest on Sunday night! Joining The Valentine's Day Massacre as local openers are local punk trio Redundant, and their fun punk covers, new originals, and on-stage banter will surely be welcomed back to The Canadian on Sunday night, so don't miss them! Like the rest of Dismembertainment's recent Canadian Nightclub shows, this will be an ALL AGES event, and there will be a $5 cover charge with doors opening at 9:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!

Late notice addition or not, The Valentine's Day Massacre will add well to this concert with their brutal death metal assault, and they're not completely out of place, as As It Stands were among the openers at The Brat Attack's last show here in 2007. The Brat Attack have proven to be local favourites from their mid-2000s stops here, so you know they'll be worth every penny of admission, so expect the best in politically tinged punk rock on Sunday night! It's also nice to see Dismembertainment book a punk-centric show again for the first time since last fall, hopefully there's more to come from them! Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's The Valentine's Day Massacre at The Canadian in March!

Finally for new shows, a new Roosevelt Hotel metal night appears to have been announced! While prior indications hinted towards the Thursday series' return next week, this newly announced concert is actually on June 21st, but I'm not positive yet on whether this is just an advance lineup announcement or a postponement of the 44th metal night until next month. If I hear anything, I'll let you guys know! This June 21st gig was confirmed on local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters' Facebook page yesterday via the BandsInTown application, which lists five upcoming dates for the band, including a house party gig in Laird the day after this gig. Barring any earlier metal night announcements, this will be the 19th Rosie metal night featuring The Bear Hunters, and they'll be joined by Desbarats death metal bands For All That Is Lost and Inhuman Methods on the lineup! This will be F.A.T.I.L.'s 9th Rosie metal night, while it will mark Inhuman Methods' Roosevelt Hotel debut and their first local concert since replacing singer Curtis Moir with new frontman Anthony Tverdal, so don't miss them on June 21st either! Admission should be free with a 10:00 PM-ish start time and a 19+ age limit, but more details are likely forthcoming. Check the above links for more details!

It's good to see Rosie metal nights making their way back to the scene, and with Bear Hunters guitarist Mitch Sirie joining the promoting team, I hope the series is in good hands for the forseeable future! Solid lineup of death metal bands too, so whether this is next in the series or not, circle June 21st on your calendars! Stay tuned for more on metal nights at The Rosie as they come in!

Now, to our only concert previews for a show that was previously announced this weekend (if I'm missing any, let me know), and it's the return of Tym Morrison's solo project to the local stage! After a six week break and the disappointing theft of his old acoustic guitar, Tym will bring his unplugged solo set back to The Service Grill on Korah Road TOMORROW NIGHT & SATURDAY NIGHT! Aside from his new guitar, the biggest difference for these latest solo concerts is that Tym will be rocking all day tomorrow & Saturday from 3:00 PM to midnight! I assume these will be broken up into two 4 hour sets at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM, so keep those times in mind. Both concerts have no announced cover charge, and given the restaurant setting, I'd assume there's no age limits this weekend. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to see Tym bring his solo show back after 6 weeks away, which is a long time given his recent prolific schedule, so if you're up for many hours of acoustic metal & hard rock covers, you'll wanna be at The Service Grill this weekend! For a preview, here's Tym covering a classic Metallica ballad at Bossy's Pub N' Grub earlier this year!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for last month's poll results, this month's poll, and more news shortly! Thanks everyone!

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