Friday, February 15, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Powerslug), Weekend Concert Previews, And More!!

News has been slow this week, but luckily, the weekend has a bunch of heavier acts playing live, so that makes up most of today's news post at the SMS! Today, we have 5 metal/hard rock shows in the Twin Saults area to preview, plus lineup notes from a Sault Ontario metal band, so let's begin today's post with a popular Sault Michigan act's weekend plans, including a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for a newly announced show of theirs!

Sault Michigan hard rock trio Powerslug have a busy weekend coming up, including a newly announced show at Dan's Place in Rudyard TONIGHT! I apologize for the short notice, I only heard about this on frontman Chris Leask's personal Facebook page the other day, and you know how we only tend to hear about their shows on late notice without a band page to promote them. This new show in Rudyard (roughly a half hour between the Soo & St. Ignace on South Tilson Road) joins an already announced date at The Cozy Corners Tavern & Grill in Barbeau TOMORROW NIGHT (as the venue promoted with their own event page), and while this is a bit more of a drive than Dan's Place is (40 minutes to an hour from the Soo or St. Ignace), either venue should handle Powerslug's hard rock covers well, and their talents speak for itself, even if there's no preview videos to back that up! Admission should be free for both of these gigs, you must be 21 to attend either, and I'd assume 10:00 PM start times are in order. Check the above links for more details!

It's great to see the guys staying busy this weekend, and hearing about more shows in Rudyard is good too, as Dan's Place hasn't been overly common for metal shows lately that I've seen (though Powerslug were there in December.) Go chug your mug with Powerslug in Rudyard or Barbeau tonight and/or tomorrow, and hopefully we'll hear (& see?) more from them soon!

Now to the rest of this weekend's announced metal/hard rock concerts, starting with Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's latest solo gig TONIGHT at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Trunk Road! His second solo acoustic concert of 2013, Tym's been making The Roadhouse a favourite live venue of his in recent months, and though it is far in the East End, I'd say it's worth a trip to see him rock out with some proficient and entertaining metal & hard rock covers! Admission should be free for this 19+ concert, and a 10:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Tym's solo concerts are usually must-see, so don't miss out on his latest solo unplugged this evening, and if you miss out, he'll be back at The Roadhouse two weeks from tonight! For a preview, here's Tym covering Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" in 2011!

Finally for the weekend heavier previews is the next two gigs from Kinross hard rockers Banned, who have a similar itinerary to Powerslug for the weekend, that being Friday & Saturday gigs at two different bars in the Sault Michigan area! TONIGHT, this frequently seen outfit will return to The Runway Bar in Hessel for the first time in almost three months, while they'll hit Todd's Tavern in Moran, Michigan TOMORROW NIGHT for the first time in 2013! Note that these are also Banned's first shows since they (possibly) confirmed lineup changes, as they now feature photos of singer Tara Starr & guitarist Denny Smith on their Facebook page. It would make sense for both to fully be in Banned now, as singer Mike Straw's band status was downgraded to "occasional" last year, and guitarist Alex Schrovenwever has largely been absent due to college out of town since August, so just in case, watch out for Tara and Denny this weekend in case they're indeed new full band members!

Both venues are roughly 50 minutes south of Sault Michigan, but Moran is 20 minutes closer to St. Ignace than Hessel is, so keep that in mind if you live that direction. There's no announced cover charge for either gig, you must be 21 to attend, and the shows start at 8:00 PM tonight and 9:00 PM tomorrow. Check the above links for more details! Banned should rock this weekend no matter where and how their lineup looks, so get ready for some entertaining covers and originals in the Eastern U.P. this weekend! For a preview, here's Banned covering a Guns N' Roses classic last year!

Finally for today, here's a lineup change relating to Tym Morrison's local metal trio Caveman Morrison! The band's early 2012 lineup has apparently been reunited, as they announced the return of Redundant bassist James White to their lineup yesterday, replacing his former Browbeat bandmate Dutch Vanderploeg. The news was broken on the band's Facebook group via edits to the group description, but a reason for Dutch's departure wasn't announced. This is James' second stint with the band, having replaced Jacques Marceau in late 2011 for a few months before initially leaving last year, which led to Dutch's own return to Caveman Morrison following his first run with the band in mid-late 2010. It's disappointing to see Dutch apparently leave the band again, but hopefully he returns to live music soon, as he's got a lot of talent that should be utilized! As for James, his skills on bass are undoubtedly good, and here's hoping he lasts for the long term in his second go-round with Caveman Morrison! Stay tuned for updates on their next shows in the coming weeks!

That's likely all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post hopefully tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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