Friday, June 28, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Banned), 415E Concert Previews, And More LemmaFest videos!!

The news is just piling on, so I've slotted two posts again for this Friday, starting with another all-Sault Michigan post! In this one, we have the last of the metal/hard rock performance videos that I've came across from last weekend's LemmaFest, and previews of the only metal/hard rock shows of the weekend that I can source, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for across the river, so here's what you need to know!

Kinross classic/hard rock quintet Banned will return to the site of their live debut for another outdoor show on Thursday, July 11th at Rudyard Township Park in their Music In The Park concert series! The guys and their various lineups have played a Music In The Park set each July since forming, so one could assume an announcement for a third go-round was coming, and hopefully their evolving and entertaining sound will find another big audience come next month! Note that this isn't the only new recent show announcement from Banned, as they'll play a new gig in Gould City next month as well (joining shows in Blaney Park this month), but they're all outside of our current coverage range. Next month's Rudyard show will have a 7:00 PM start time, and I assume there's no cover charges or age limits. For more details, check the above links! After a generally quiet June, it's great to see Banned ramping up bookings for the rest of the summer, so don't miss their upcoming dates, including their next regional show in Hessel next weekend!

Next up, here's our last Sault Michigan concert previews for the month, as local metal/hard rock quartet 415E will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino for their second concert weekend there TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Their shows this weekend coincide with the 38th annual St. Ignace Car Show, so I think 415E are hoping to capitalize on the timing with some well attended and big shows, and with their talented blend of covers and originals, it'd be hard not to deliver! The former Hubbard-Menard Band will take the stage at around 9:00 PM tonight & tomorrow, you must be 21 to attend either night, and there's no announced cover charges. For more details, visit the above links! With lots of stage experience and heavy musical chops to back it up, 415E should have great sets this weekend, so take a trip down to St. Ignace for all of the action, and for a preview, here's the guys covering two Van Halen classics at the Sault Kewadin in January!

We'll close this post with new videos from the third annual LemmaFest from this past Saturday outside of the Dondee, starting with 8 videos of 9 songs from new local rock band Plastic's set! Uploaded on Sunday via frontman Zac Crook's YouTube channel, these are his first live concert videos since 2009, and while the set took a more diverse angle than Zac's old band Half Stupid's grunge-focused sound, there are some heavier performances! The videos include a rendition of Zac's solo original "Be My Angel", and covers of The Saints' "Demolition Girl" & "Nights In Venice", Black Flag's "Can't Decide", Nirvana's "Floyd The Barber", The Misfits' "Vampira", Them's "Gloria", Stevie Wonder's "Supersitition", and (as embedded below) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "Love Is Pain", so how do the guys sound? Pretty good, there's a solid alternative edge on most of these songs, though some aren't perfect fits. Zac's voice adapts well, and bassist Nick Moreau and drummer Paul Burns match up too, but the audio quality on the videos does have some static issues, and the video can be somewhat fuzzy at farther angles.

I'm curious to hear and see more, but it's good to see these guys back on stage in this new band, so check out Plastic covering Joan Jett below, and stay tuned in case we hear more from them in the coming weeks!

Finally, here's almost 20 minutes worth of new footage from Brimley metal trio Half A Man's headlining set at this year's LemmaFest! Spread across 4 videos, these come from attendee Cary Orsborne's YouTube channel (as uploaded on Monday), and the first video features Half A Man playing their songs "Freedom Ride" (it's captured in full here) and "Drunk" (as preceded by a toast to Mike Lemma.) The other videos are all of single songs, including their Mike Lemma tribute song "Goodbye", a cover of Machine Head's "Davidian", and (as embedded below), their song "Die In Disgrace", so check each link to give them a listen! Note that a fifth video was uploaded too, but it's under 40 seconds long and captures no parts of performed songs, so it's not really needed. Cary got a good angle of the action (oddly similar to that of the Plastic videos), but the video quality was darker (possibly due to the later timeframe), and the lack of zooming is noticeable. Solid audio, and it's great to see more full videos of Half A Man's very heavy set, so check out more at the above links, and here's "Die In Disgrace"!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for an all-Sault Ontario post TONIGHT relating to long overdue lineup news for an upcoming local music festival! Thanks everyone!

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