After a month away from the stage, Sault Ontario hard rock quartet The Suicide Kings will return for a show at The Nicolet Tavern one week from today! The news was broken in a comment reply on their Facebook page on Wednesday when asked when their next show was, so it's not yet clear if this is a one night only gig. The guys have been busy in recent months shoring up their setlist and working on plans for their debut EP, but with a repertoire ranging from Megadeth to Sublime covers (and yes, some originals), there's sure to be something for everyone on March 8th for their next concert! Full details have yet to be announced, but I imagine there'll be no cover charge, a 10:00 PM-ish start time, and a 19+ age limit. Check the above links for current details! It's great to finally see The Suicide Kings back on stage, especially with the frequency of their late 2012 shows, so this is definitely a long break for them. Hopefully some of you guys can make it out, and keep watch for new Suicide Kings updates!
Also in new shows, Tym Morrison will return to The Road House Bar & Grill on Trunk Road two weeks from today for another solo acoustic concert! The Caveman Morrison frontman has been a frequent favourite of The Road House in the past few months, and his unplugged metal & hard rock covers always draw some good attention no matter the venue, so if you can't make tonight's show, why not reserve March 15th on your calendars for a night of Tym Morrison hard rock and metal classics? Like his other recent Road House gigs, admission would likely be free, with 19+ age limits and a 10:00 PM start time in place. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Tym's solo shows, prolific as they may be, are great sources of metal & hard rock hits, so keep a trip east to The Road House in mind on the 15th if you won't be there tonight!
Thirdly, here's a new video posting from defunct local grunge trio No Arrow! Relocated frontman Dann Pichette uploaded this video slideshow set to the band's song "Ashes in the Rain" onto his YouTube channel yesterday, which features a bunch of random photos, including many from their 2005-2011 run featuring their various lineups, so it's a cool flash back on that basis alone! The song itself (which was already on their online pages, but would not have been on their unreleased "Souls For Sale" CD) has a trippier psychedelic jam feel that calls to mind Dann's later SBD work, and it's worth checking out, so give it a look below!
Also today, we have a new local photographer that's done some great recent work with heavier local bands to talk about on here! Her name is Dayna Radawetz, and she's a freelance photographer under the RAD.imagery branding that's been doing photo shoots in the area since the end of 2011. While her repetroire includes a wide variety of subjects ranging from racing to nature, she has done photo shoots at three local music events, including last July's Anvil concert at The Canadian Nightclub, the headlining bands at last year's Rotaryfest stages (Garden of Bedlam & BonJourney Canada), and Lucky 13's show at The Rockstar Bar this past Saturday, so click the above links to give them a look! I really like how the photos have improved since last year, as the Lucky 13 ones are especially nice looking with nice colour choices, and Dayna's got a great thing going with RAD.imagery so far!
There's a lot of photographers locally who do work with musicians and at concerts, but hopefully she continues to make her name, and this is a great start! See more of her quality work at the above links and at her Facebook page!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by musician or station name:
- If a new Northern Michigan radio station trade goes according to plan, Classic Rock: The Bear might have better local reception later this year! As outlined at this link, the Mackinac City classic rock station (which picks up here on better radios) has changed call signs from WLJZ to WOEZ in advance of a planned trade, where it and The Bear's feed in Mio would be swapped with 106.3 FM out of the more eastern Onaway, which would have a slightly larger coverage range that would hit more of the Eastern U.P.. I'm all for it, but keep this plan in mind!
- Former Blackberrys drummer Frank Cuglietta is looking for a lead guitar player for his new music project, which would play "everything from Tool and stuff." If you're interested in trying out, give Frank a shout at this location, or check out his post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group from this past Saturday!
- Frightlight rhythm guitarist Kevin Powe is looking for a local singer (either gender works) to complete a new metal side project band he's working on. The band's lineup is complete otherwise, and the group's sound would be "heavy & downtuned with some groove." If you're interested in trying out or getting more information, message Kevin at this location, or respond to his post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group from Wednesday!