Thursday, July 11, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Powerslug & RamWagon) And Sault Michigan Weekend Concert Previews

We're back with a new Sault Michigan-area post today, which doubles as our first weekend concert preview post for this week (Sault Ontario's coming tomorrow), as there are a bunch of heavier-leaning concerts going down across the river from through Saturday! However, some of these are SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, so read on below for what you need to know!

For a second straight week, local hard rock trio Powerslug will play a special Thursday night concert TONIGHT at The Back Door! Apologies for the short notice, the show was announced on Friday via The Back Door's Facebook page, but I only just heard about it yesterday. The guys must have had a successful gig on the Fourth of July to get called back for a second Thursday nighter, and though we still lack online pages or media to plug tonight's show, Chris, Bob, and Chris should have a hard rocking good time to chug your mug with at this popular Ashmun Street venue! (Also, as The Back Door has now hosted multiple hard rock bands, I've added it to our Sault Michigan concert venue links on your right.) No admission cost has been publicized for this 21+ show, and a 9:00 PM-ish start time is likely. Check the above links for more details! Powerslug should deliver once again in their second Back Door appearance, so don't miss it, and keep an eye out in case some new dates, videos, or pages turn up!

Also in late notice concert announcements, new local cover/hard rock quintet RamWagon will play their second & third live gigs TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT at The Satisfied Frog! Apologies for the late notice, they only just announced the shows on their Facebook page last night. These concerts follow their live debut two weeks ago at LemmaFest, and it's great to see them expanding to more venues and shows following their successful launch! Remember, RamWagon are essentially a hybrid of Full Throttle's original lineup and Analog Deficiency (3 members of each are involved, including common guitarist Nathan Switzer), and that alone speaks for what should be a solid mix of modern and classic rock covers, so keep their Frog debuts in mind for this weekend! Admission should be free for these 10:00 PM concerts, and like other bar gigs, these should be 21+ events. Check the above links for more details! It's nice to see a local hard rock band back at The Frog (at least, one that's been announced), and hopefully this propels RamWagon to more successful local dates to come! No embeddable videos yet, but click here for a Facebook-only cover of Cameo's "Word Up"!

Now, here's the previews of this weekend's previously announced heavier shows across the river, starting with the next two live dates from Kinross classic/hard rock quintet Banned! Though public updates have been slow so far this month, they're scheduled to return to Rudyard for two shows in the next few days, including a set in their outdoor Music In The Park series TONIGHT, which they'll follow up with a return to Dan's Place THIS SATURDAY! While they're very familiar to the Music In The Park shows (having debuted there in 2011 and returned last year), the Saturday gig will be their first ever at Dan's Place, so if you're in the Rudyard area, prepare for a full weekend of Banned's varied and often heavy rock assault! Both shows start in the late evening (tonight at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 8:00 PM), with no announced cover charges at either, while I expect tonight's show to have no age limit, and Saturday's to be 21+. Click here for more details! Banned's expanding repertoire and cumulative skills should work in their favour in their Rudyard returns this weekend, so don't miss the action TONIGHT or Saturday, and for a preview, here's a flashback to Banned's live debut in Rudyard 2 years ago, as they covered a Quiet Riot classic!

Finally for the weekend previews in the Sault Michigan area, local hard rock/metal quartet 415E will return to The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Their second concert weekend at The Rapids Lounge since debuting, it's great to see this newer local band (featuring Nixxon Dixxon, Highest of Fives, and Splitshot alumni) back in the Soo following recent St. Ignace gigs, so if you're up for a run to the casino this weekend, 415E will be bringing their Van Halen-inspired originals and covers back for some good times! (I do wonder, why haven't they played outside of Kewadin Casinos yet?) Admission should be free for tomorrow & Saturday's shows, there's a 21+ age limit, and 9:00 PM start times are likely. For more details, visit the above links! 415E are on the rise, so don't miss the action at the Sault Kewadin, and for a preview, here's 415E covering some Van Halen classics in January!

That's all for now, but stay tuned either tonight or early tomorrow for our Sault Ontario weekend concert previews! Thanks everyone!

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