Friday, July 5, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Crush & That's Chester), Short Notice Concert Lineup Changes, And More!!

I wasn't planning to have another post until tomorrow, but with some backlogged Sault Michigan news to get to after this, I thought I might as well. Plus, one of today's notes relates to lineup changes for a concert going down TOMORROW, so read on below for that, new videos, and LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for two somewhat related concerts going down next weekend (and get some more recent concert updates and new videos in the post below this one!)

Toronto area Bon Jovi tribute band Crush and returning local classic/hard rock quintet That's Chester will be among the live entertainment taking part in this year's Ride For Sight motorcycle rally/blindness fundraiser event one week from tomorrow on July 13th! The second year that this long running event has been featured in the Soo, this will be That's Chester's first local concert since 8 months ago at last year's Ride For Sight (great to have them back!), while it'll be Crush's first 100% verifiable concert in Sault Ontario since they rocked The Canadian in September 2010 (though they may have played a Halloween season gig at The Rockstar Bar last year.) My source for That's Chester's involvement is their Facebook page, while Crush are plugged on Ride For Sight's website's schedule of the local events next Saturday. As best as I can tell, both bands (and perhaps others) are playing outdoors live at Searchmont Resort, which replaces The Roberta Bondar Pavilion as the host site this year, with Crush playing at 1:00 PM to welcome bike riders back from their motorcycle parade through town, while That's Chester are likely among (or are solely) the evening entertainment at 8:00 PM onward.

No admission prices or age limits have been posted if you're solely seeing bands, but for more information on the full Ride For Sight schedule of events, click here and the above links! This is a great event to raise money and awareness for blindness, and hopefully there's tons of riders taking part for the cause! As for the music, That's Chester should be better than ever for their reunion tour, so don't miss them, but we're not done with Crush yet for new shows, as they'll also be playing at The Rockstar Bar for a second show that night! My source is The Rockstar Bar's Martin Fiser on their Facebook group, where he confirmed that tickets are now on sale at The Algonquin Hotel's front desk for $7, with the price jumping to $10 at the door (I'd assume a 19+ age limit and 10:00 PM-ish start time are also in effect.) Check the above links for more details! Crush have an authentic Bon Jovi tribute sound that should find an audience in their local return, so if you like old school Bon Jovi hair metal classics, don't miss them at either Ride For Sight or The Rockstar Bar next weekend!

Now to some big late notice changes to one of the Sault Ontario hard rock concerts TOMORROW that we previewed earlier this week, as out of town headliners The Promonium Jesters & Defence Mechanism have both dropped out of tomorrow's concert at The Algonquin Pub. Promoter J.D. Pearce cited "illness" for the last minute cancellation on the Facebook event page, but didn't elaborate further. Disappointing news to be sure, but hopefully they'll both come back to the area down the road! However, unlike the similar instance with last month's Ahna/Powercup show at The Oddfellows Hall, replacement bands have been secured, as both of the openers at last night's Golers show at The Rosie (alternative/grunge rockers Haggith and punk trio The Northern Tragedy) will now fill the top slots tomorrow night! Though this will be their respective debuts at The Algonquin Pub, both last played at this building at The Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands in April. The other opening acts (Machines Dream & Johnny Dillinger) are still on, as are the $5 cover, 19+ age limit, and 9:00 PM start time. For all current details, visit the above links!

Though one could argue that much of this show's unique qualities vanished with the out of town bands' withdrawal, J.D. got some solid local openers to replace them, and a diverse lineup of grunge, punk, progressive rock, and techno still awaits attendees, so don't write this show off! For a preview of the new lineup, here's two songs from Haggith's second place performance at the aforementioned battle of the bands this spring!

Finally for today, here's another live performance video from prolific goregrind singer/guitarist Ringsnaps Gibson! The Crucify The Whore/Malignant Neoplasm frontman posted this video of him "jamming in the Blood Shed" onto Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel yesterday, and it validates his guitar talent further, as what he's playing is much lighter and more melodic than his somewhat divisive heavier material. Good angle to show his fingering too, and it's a nice surprise if you're not into the usual goregrind songs from his bands, but three new C.T.W. songs have been posted at the above links if you'd rather something heavier (albeit all have potentially disturbing titles and/or imagery.) Check out the new live video below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for some Sault Michigan-centric news tomorrow night! Thanks everyone!

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