Before I head to The Oddfellows Hall to rock out at the second annual Sewer Swampstravaganza, here's an all Sault Michigan post featuring this weekend's metal/hard rock concert previews across the river! We've also slotted some extra stories at the end relating to tickets for an upcoming show and a video from a local band, but let's begin with the previews, starting with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!! (Updated on Saturday at 10:53 AM)
Local hard rock trio Powerslug are returning to The Bird THIS WEEKEND! This will be their second straight concert weekend at Golanka's Bar, and once again, we missed last weekend's shows for coverage on here, but that's the joy of late announcements by a band with no online pages. I apologize once again for missing those dates (I need to get better on the ball), but I caught these latest ones, which were announced by guitarist Chris Gurnoe on his personal Facebook page on Monday. The guys should have a great weekend of hard rocking covers in store for their fans tomorrow and Saturday night, so absolutely keep them in mind for your weekend concert plans! Both TONIGHT & SATURDAY NIGHT's shows should start at around 10:00 PM, you must be 21 to attend, and there's no advertised cover charge. It's good to see Powerslug back out there, and hopefully you guys can make it out to chug your mug with Powerslug, so keep their shows at The Bird in mind for the next couple of days! For a preview, check out this unembeddable Facebook video from a recent show in Ludington!
Next up for the weekend concert previews is the return of Muskegon hard rock quintet RedStone Riot to Sault Michigan! In what is called their "annual show" in Sault Ste. Marie (implying that they won't be back until 2013), this will be the band featuring Elipzis alumni Rachel Kiger, Ryan Harrison, and Wally David's first local concert appearance since their live debut last August, and they'll rock The Corner Pub Bar & Grill's parking lot for a special outdoor "biker bash parking lot party" tonight and tomorrow night, which should be interesting! I understand they've had a few other bands playing outdoors recently as well, like Powerslug, and this will add a unique ambiance to the event! However, disregard any allusions on Facebook postings and event pages to this being a Friday only event, the band's website and The Corner Pub's Facebook event page confirm they're playing tomorrow as well. There's no announced cover charge for this weekend's shows, which have 10:00 PM start times and I'll assume 21+ age limits, though with the outdoor setting, I don't know how that'd be regulated. For more details, click here or visit the above links!
It's great to see RedStone Riot back in Sault Michigan for two more local shows, and any old Elipzis fan or hard rock lover should consider a trip to The Corner Pub tonight or tomorrow night! I have no embeddable video media to share here (I removed my upload of "Lifeless Disguise" by band request despite being a free file on their website already), but if anything pops up to show RedStone Riot in action, I'll be sure to let you guys know! Don't miss them this weekend!
Lastly this weekend is the return of Charlevoix metal trio Peril to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, as they have two nights of classic metal covers lined up for The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino tonight & tomorrow night! Though certainly not rare stops for this talented and hard working band, Rapids Lounge regulars won't see Peril back there until October, so unless you're up for a drive to St. Ignace (or further), seeing them pump out some entertaining covers this weekend isn't a bad idea in and of itself! If you're up for seeing Peril this weekend, they'll be on at around 10:00 PM tonight & Saturday night, you must be 21 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details! Peril are definitely an entertaining and talented band, and their classic metal stylings will fit right in at the Rapids Lounge this weekend, so if you're missing RedStone Riot or Powerslug this weekend, consider a trip to the casino to check out Peril tonight or tomorrow! For a preview, here's Peril covering an Ozzy Osbourne classic a few years back!
Finally, here's a couple of news stories from the Sault Michigan side of things! First, tickets are officially on sale online now for August 13th's Buckcherry/Fuel concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, so if you've got $35 to spare for next month's big show, head to Kewadin Casino's brand new ticketing page to get hooked up, or call 1-800 KEWADIN, or head to the physical box office. Plenty of tickets are still available, including some second row seats, so act now before they're gone, and stay tuned for more news on this concert as it all comes in! And lastly for today, local classical metal trio Theatre of Night have uploaded a new promo video for their brand new album "The Dawn's Early Light" onto their YouTube channel, and it features samples of many of the album's tracks along with scattered band, album, and patriotic photos. It's more or less an extended variant on their earlier promotional videos for this album, but with more music and album information. The biggest news is that they've added a new song named "Dixieland" to the track listing, while combining all 5 of the U.S. Military theme song covers into one track, but people who've already bought the album knew that already.
I have my copy ready to review this month (hopefully as soon as our news cache is generally cleared out) so keep an eye out for that, as this should be a very intriguing album, especially if you love America and what it stands for! Check out this newest promo video below, get more at the above links, and pick up "The Dawn's Early Light" on iTunes at this location!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for my review of TODAY'S second Sewer Swampstraganza tomorrow, and I hope to see you guys there! Thanks everyone!