Friday, April 5, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym Morrison), Tonight's Concert Previews, And Battle/Concert Updates!!

It's now day 39 of our current streak of consecutive days with SMS posts, and as mainly focus on previews of this weekend's concerts today (Sault Ontario only, I haven't heard of any Sault Michigan metal/hard rock shows this weekend.) Those are joined by lineup news for a concert next week, and recent news coverage of Wednesday's opening night of the latest local battle of the bands, so let's begin today's post with LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS partly related to this weekend's concert schedule!

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison has announced two more solo acoustic concert dates, including shows TONIGHT and on Thursday, April 18th! Both are taking place at The Road House Bar & Grill (as is usual for his solo gigs in the last few months), and while tonight's show is fairly standard compared to most of his recent unplugged concerts, the April 18th show will be a part of another customer appreciation night, which took place on another Thursday last month as well, with attached free food offers and so forth. Either way, Tym's hard rocking acoustic sets should go over well at this East End venue/restaurant, so for something a little softer (yet still heavy), why not head down to The Road House? Both shows have no announced cover charge, and while TONIGHT'S show has a 10:00 PM start time and a likely 19+ age limit, the April 18th customer appreciation set is at 5:00 PM with an age limit less likely. For more details on each show, click here and here!

Tym's unplugged solo shows are always fun and full of familiar hits, so go check him out TONIGHT (or on the 18th), and for a preview, here's Tym covering "More Than Words" with ex-Half Past frontman Luke LeBlanc a few years back!

The only other heavier leaning concert this weekend that I can verify is courtesy of the return of Hamilton hard rock quartet 40 Sons to The Rockstar Bar TONIGHT! Just over a month after their well received return to Sault Ontario after an over 3 year absence, this talented rising band will be back with another exciting night of aggressive modern rock originals! The quick turnaround isn't unique to this year either, as they played two local shows at the old Coch's Corner in 2008-2009 three months apart. The Friday night placing is sure to help attendance, but that's not the only difference, as they have a local opening band tonight, that being local hard rockers The Suicide Kings! Five nights away from their set in the Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands Semifinals, this will be the guys' second show of three at this venue in a three week span, and they should compliment 40 Sons well in their first local opening set since Toystock last fall! There will be a 19+ age limit for TONIGHT'S show, along with a 10:00 PM start time and a likely $5 cover charge.

For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be an entertaining night of modern rock excitement, and if the word and reception from 40 Sons' show here in February is any indication, you won't wanna miss this concert, so keep it in mind for TONIGHT! For a preview, here's 40 Sons playing their song "I Have The Gun" last year!

Next up, here's some more fallout from Wednesday's first night of The Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands! SooToday's Donna Hopper was in attendance, and filed a report from the battle yesterday, complete with some very nice photos of the three competing bands! They include four each of Haggith and winners Late & Loud, and three from Sarah's Valley, all of which are in black and white, but there's some great angles and shots of each band, as usual! The write-up is good & explanatory for what went down and what's coming up, and hopefully this article gets some much needed exposure for the coming weeks, so check out her review at this location! If you're looking for some more photos, attendee Andy Boisvert shared some colour photos of Haggith & Sarah's Valley on the Facebook event page, so give those a look as well. Remember, the battle continues on Wednesday when three newer bands (The Northern Tragedy, The Pesto Shirts, and The Suicide Kings) collide for the next finals spot on the 24th, and the field's wide open with these three, so hopefully you guys will tag along at The Rockstar Bar next week to find out who moves on! 19+, $3, 10:00 PM, don't miss it!

Finally for today, here's some lineup news for this coming Thursday's Rabid Whole-headlined concert at The Roosevelt Hotel! The replacements for Machines Dream on the lineup have been announced, and rather than just one band, two have been added to join Sykotyk Rampage as the local openers, those being fellow battle of the bands competitors Giwakwa & Sarah's Valley! For Giwakwa, this will now be their live concert debut (6 days before their battle set), but how will the new sludge/death metal band featuring Bring The Fallen, Frightlight, and Mimik alumni do in their first ever concert set? Note that this could be seen as a partial preview of the last battle of the bands semifinal night on April 17th, as both Giwakwa & Syktoyk Rampage are playing that night against The Bear Hunters. As for Sarah's Valley, they are (as you may remember) essentially a reunited Free Beer/M.O.B. under a different name, and whether you'd say they're the same band or not, this will be the first non-battle that Christian, Dustin, and company have played together (I think) since their one-off set opening for The Rebel Spell at the old Foggy Notions in 2011.

Their funk/ska punk sounds were welcomed back this past Wednesday, and they should add to this diverse lineup of local music come next week, but I wish they'd launch an online page or something, it'd help their exposure! Click here for more details on next week's show, and hopefully it'll be huge! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news this weekend! Thanks everyone!

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