Now into 2 months of constant daily posts at the SMS, there's no end in sight, as today, we have previews of this weekend's metal/hard rock concerts! Before we begin though, just a note that Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands winners The Suicide Kings will NOT be playing at The Roosevelt Hotel tonight & tomorrow due to a double booking with local classic rock band Agave Blue (featuring That's Chester alumni.) Disappointing, but we'll see the guys back out there soon, as you know they've got momentum to ride for some more big sets! Now, here's the rest of the concert previews, starting with a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will be playing another solo acoustic concert TONIGHT at The Road House Bar & Grill! Apologies for the short notice, but Tym announced the show late on Monday, and we couldn't fit it into anything early enough without a redundant re-posting (but there's still more notice than his show from last Friday!) As usual, Tym's solo unplugged dates are sure to be a solid night of metal & hard rock covers, and his continued relationship with this Trunk Road venue has been a success, so why not go out to The Road House for some music, and perhaps a drink? Plus, Caveman Morrison have been quiet in the past month, so Tym's solo gigs might help fill the gap! Admission should be free for TONIGHT'S show, which starts at 10:00 PM and likely has a 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be another fun show from Tym Morrison's acoustic solo project, so keep it mind for this evening, and for a preview, here's Tym covering Heart's "Alone" as part of a 2011 Local2 report!
Now to the previously announced local metal/hard rock shows this weekend, starting with the long awaited return of Garden of Bedlam TONIGHT at The Rockstar Bar! Last seen 6 months ago at The Rad Zone's birthday party at the same venue, Garden of Bedlam remain one of the most prominent local metal bands in the region, and their hard hitting modern metal originals and covers should attract a huge crowd to one of their favourite concert spots later tonight, in just their second concert since opening for Anvil last summer! However, this show will be unique among Garden of Bedlam's Rockstar Bar dates, as for the first time, they have an opening band tonight, that being local hard rock supergroup Skeyes of Seven! Featuring Sense of Truth alumni Cory Murchison & Ron Baxter, Half Past guitarist Alain Fletcher, Tripod The Dog bassist Mike Mannarino, and Cherry Crush drummer Jonny Amendola, this will be just their second live concert (and first in 9 months), but I hear they'll have plenty of new originals and covers in store for their sophomore gig, so don't miss out TONIGHT!
A $5 cover is in effect for this 11:00 PM concert (with doors opening at 9:00 PM), and a 19+ age limit is to be expected. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be an awesome concert, and I know I'll see you guys there, so don't miss these two big metal band returns TONIGHT! For a preview, here's Garden of Bedlam playing "With A Spark" at The Rockstar Bar in 2010!
In a bit of a jump in styles, there will be an acoustic grunge act playing an ALL AGES concert TOMORROW at The Royal Canadian Legion at 96 Great Northern Road, that being local lo-fi/alternative rock project Telephone & Address! The current musical endeavour from former F.F.B. alum & prolific local artist Christopher Shoust, his material is clearly unplugged but full of heavy-feeling material and themes, and if expanded to a full band, there'd be a lot of harder edged solo material in store! Picture a mix of grunge and outsider folk, if you can. Telephone & Address will be joined at this show (the first in almost 3 years that fits for SMS coverage) by local solo artist Jake Rydall (not to be confused with Blues Harvest/Pesto Shirts member Jake Rendell), and you can click here to check out his own talented unplugged music! This show (the second from AlgomA drummer Jamie Vincent's all ages promotion agency) will take place tomorrow night at 9:00 PM, and there's a $5 cover. Check the above links for more details!
Though different from the norm on the SMS, it's good to see Chris playing shows again, and with a new-ish venue and unique sound, hopefully there's a good turnout for Telephone & Address' (perhaps?) live debut! I can't find a video of this project, but click here to see older and newer footage from Chris' local band projects, and keep it in mind this weekend!
Finally on the weekend schedule (for metal/hard rock leaning shows that I know of, at least), Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock quintet Banned will return to one of their recent favourite venues (Todd's Tavern in Moran) TOMORROW NIGHT! This is a one night only gig, I mistakenly put it as a full weekend engagement on our concert listings, so apologies for any confusion! Announced on the band's Facebook page last month, this continues Banned's frequent recent concert pace, and with Todd's Tavern being familiar ground for this widely varied quintet, expect a great set from their current lineup come tomorrow! Like other Moran shows, they'll be on at the early 8:00 PM start time tomorrow, you must be 21 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details! Banned always put in fun gigs, so take the drive down to Moran tomorrow if you can, and for a preview, here's Banned covering a Carrie Underwood song earlier this year!
That's all for now, but stay tuned likely before or during the Garden of Bedlam show for this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile on Flint (featuring the aforementioned Jamie Vincent), and for a new news post of some type tomorrow! Thanks everyone!