Thursday, December 13, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Sebastian Bach & April Wine) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

We're back with another news/preview post, and it mostly covers Kewadin Casino concerts in the Eastern U.P. through February, so what's specifically on tap? We have previews of this weekend's metal/hard rock shows (including a date correction for a show this weekend in Sault Ontario), but first, here's some major LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for early next year at The Dreammaker's Theater!

Sebastian Bach is indeed coming back to Sault Ste. Marie next month, and yes, this is for a concert! Sault Michigan promoters Allstar Promotions have pulled the trigger, and will be bringing the former Skid Row frontman to The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on Sunday, January 20th! Though Skid Row and Sebastian have had a lot of local passes (from the current Skid Row's shows here and later cancelled gigs to Sebastian's Swearnet film shoot this year), this will be Sebastian's first formal concert in the Twin Saults that I can tell, but there's already big anticipation for him to play here! Best known of course for his Skid Row tenure (which is full of huge hit songs like "Youth Gone Wild" & "18 & Life"), Sebastian Bach's solo career has taken off even more in recent years thanks to his well received albums "Angel Down" and "Kicking & Screaming", along with various stage and reality show appearances, and his classic influenced heavy metal has stood the test of time for sure! An opening band is to be announced for this show, but I'll note that Newberry hard rockers Smashcan are still campaigning on Facebook to open the concert, in what would be a rare Sault Ste. Marie appearance for this talented Eastern U.P. band.

Though Kewadin Casino's online pages have yet to confirm this show at present, tickets will apparently go on sale TOMORROW for $26.50, which is a great price, so make sure to get your tickets starting tomorrow morning at the Kewadin box office, this location, and at 1-800-KEWADIN! A 7:00 PM start time is likely, and I believe this is all ages. Check the above links for more details! It's different to see Allstar Promotions bringing in what could be called an older act, but Sebastian's timeless and still current, and his Skid Row classics and originals should go over excellently on January 20th! Stay tuned for updates as they come in, and get your tickets A.S.A.P.!

The other newer hard rock show at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino has actually been announced for a bit now, but it's new to me, as three early hard rock pioneers are coming to The Dreammaker's Theater in their own right on February 9th, including headliners April Wine! The multi-platinum Halifax quartet are well known for hits like "The Whole World's Goin' Crazy" and "Just Between You & Me", and while it seems odd to see them headlining on the Michigan side, they have a good fan base with classic and early hard rock fans, so it will be great to see Myles Goodwyn and company live in the area! Joining them are British rock legends Sweet (best known for hits like "The Ballroom Blitz" & "Little Willy"), who memorably helped pioneer glam rock in the early 1970s, and have a lot of entertaining heavier material from their later repertoire as well! Note that the version of Sweet playing here in February is the one led by founding bassist Steve Priest that formed in 2008, not the original version that are currently led by guitarist Andy Scott.

The opening band will be Illinois hard rock band Head East, they had some success in the mid-1970s with songs like "Never Been Any Reason" and "Love Me Tonight", and they should entertain with their own classic hard rock originals on February 9th! Tickets are $38.50 for the closest rows and $35 for all other seats, and there are plenty of tickets still available from the first row and back, so click here to pick them up online! And yes, you can buy them now at Kewadin's box office in person, or at 1-800-KEWADIN, while there's also a 7:00 PM start time and no likely age limit. Check the above links for more details! This is a great package of classic hard rock bands, especially if you grew up with the early days of hard rock in the 1970s & 1980s, so do not miss this show if you can help it, and stay tuned for updates on these and more hard rock/metal shows at the Sault Kewadin as they come in!

We'll close this post with this weekend's metal/hard rock concert previews, and in a slightly slow weekend, we still have a handful of gigs, including a partial correction stemming from Tuesday's post. Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is bringing his unplugged solo concerts back this weekend with two concerts at different venues, including a show TOMORROW at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Trunk Road, but he'll also be playing at The Eagles Club in Heyden on Saturday. This is one and the same as the show we plugged on Tuesday that Tym apparently played that night, but after that post went up, he fixed the Facebook event page to correct the date to Saturday night. I rushed that post to get it up A.S.A.P., so it made it on the site before the date correction, and I apologize profusely for any confusion! Nonetheless, Tym has a busy schedule for shows this weekend, so if you're in the East End tomorrow or in the Heyden area on Saturday, head out to see Tym rock some acoustic hard rock and metal covers!

Admission should be free for both of these 19+ shows, and 10:00 PM start times are likely. Check the above links for more details, and don't miss out on Tym's latest unplugged gigs if you can help it! For a preview, here's Tym covering Extreme's "More Than Words" with a special guest at The Big Cheese in Heyden a few years back!

And finally for the weekend's heavier concerts (at least, the ones I currently know about), as Sault Michigan hard rockers Monkey's Uncle will play their last Kewadin Casino concerts of 2012 TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino! I'm sure that the former Jager has played more recent shows too at other venues (and potentially more this month), but it's always good to hear some advance notice shows from this talented veteran band, especially as their online pages are only rarely updated! Expect lots of entertaining hard rock covers (and maybe originals?) from Monkey's Uncle this weekend, so don't miss out for some heavier weekend entertainment! Admission should be free for these 21+ concerts tomorrow & Saturday, with 10:00 PM start times likely as well. Click here for more details! If you're up for some hard rock in Sault Michigan this weekend, head down to the casino for Monkey's Uncle, and for a preview, here's the band covering Nickelback's "Figured You Out" a few years back!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news tomorrow, including release details for a new local metal CD! Thanks everyone!

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