As we end one of busiest ever months at the SMS, we're heading full speed into August with this weekend's metal/hard rock concert previews! It's a quieter weekend with just two known shows so far, barring late notice heavier concert announcements, and while I have read at least one reference to a Tym Morrison show tomorrow, a more concrete confirmation has yet to come out that I've seen. We'll cover any late notice shows tomorrow if possible, but I've filled out this post with a couple new video discoveries from each side of the border, so read on below for what you need to know! (Updated at 4:53 PM)
The Roosevelt Hotel goes down TONIGHT when his local horror punk/metal band Frightlight plays their second show of the year to help fundraise for an upcoming short film! Returning bassist Mike "Eddie Fright" Gingras has been taking filmmaking courses out of town in recent months, and money raised tonight will go towards funding his short film "The Kid Who Made The Face", and as added incentive, all paid attendees will get a credit in the film, so how's that for a different bonus? Originally scheduled for The Algonquin Hotel on July 27th before being moved & postponed, Frightlight and their entertaining Misfits-inspired punk/metal hybrid sound will be joined by local death metal notables The Bear Hunters tonight in what will actually be their last show with rhythm guitarist Josh Stephney, who has not yet moved out of town! My source is lead guitarist Mitch Sirie's personal Facebook page, and if you missed Oddzfest, you have a second chance to send Josh off with their brutal death metal originals! Tonight's other band is local punk trio Redundant, who should put in an entertaining set of their own full of originals and covers, so don't miss them!
Remember, Brazilian metal band Sanitarium are NOT headlining this show anymore, having dropped out around the time of the show's postponement. Admission will be $5 for this 19+ concert with a 9:00 PM start time, and for more details, visit the official Facebook event page and the newly updated concert's commercial to reflect the date & venue change! It'll be great to see Mike/Eddie back with Frightlight (I assume) after a 9 month absence, and hopefully lots of money is raised for his movie with this talented lineup of metal & punk bands! For a preview, here's Frightlight playing "They All Float" last year!
Banned will return to the local stage with a show on SATURDAY NIGHT at The Sundown Lounge in nearby Pickford, Michigan! Last seen playing in the Lower Peninsula at a battle of the bands at the Charlevoix Venetial Festival on July 22nd, they'll play their first Pickford concert in three months on Saturday, for what should be an entertaining blend of hard rock and classic rock covers, so keep it in mind this weekend! There's no announced cover charge, you must be 21 to attend, and a start time of 9:00 PM is likely. For more details, check the above links (though note that this show was announced way back in March if you're looking for a direct source.) This should be another solid show from Banned, so don't miss it for some diverse hard rock originals and covers, and for a preview, here's Banned covering The Black Keys earlier this year!
We'll close today's post with some new video discoveries, including a newly found cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Sault Ontario classic rock cover quintet Mustang Heart! Uploaded to Local2's Mike Caruso's personal YouTube channel on July 6th, 2010, this came from a set that Mustang Heart played downtown at The Roberta Bondar Pavilion for Canada Day that year, and the video combines audio of the song with slideshow photos of their set and video of the July 1st fireworks. It's a good cover with an interesting trade off between male & female vocals, but the fireworks audio does compromise the quality a bit. Check out the full video below, and stay tuned in case more non-metal bands' hard rock covers pop up!
Finally for today, here's another online-streamable copy of a Kewadin Casino commercial for an upcoming hard rock show, this time to promote the Night Ranger/John Waite concert at The Dreammaker's Theater on September 22nd! It is what it is, showing band photos and text effects with a solid voice over, though there's no video footage of the band or John, and the text movements can get in the way a bit. Check out the ad below, and get your tickets at this link, the Soo Kewadin box office, or at 1-800-KEWADIN, as there's still plenty of tickets remaining from the second row and back!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Where Are The New Albums? post TOMORROW, and for more news on the site as it rolls in, including possible late notice concerts! Thanks everyone!