One more post before we preview this weekend's metal/hard rock concerts (mostly in Sault Michigan), as we're touching on a few different topics today! Along with some updates to one of our monthly feature series, we have the first confirmed local bands for an annual Halloween tradition, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the fall, and first, a new addition to our local band listings, so read on below for what you need to know!
Plastic have a Facebook page now, so we can officially add them to our local band links! It was launched last week, but only started getting major updates on Monday. As you may know, Plastic debuted at LemmaFest in June, and they feature Half Stupid's Zac Crook, Cherubic Red's Nick Moreau, and Bent Rollercoaster's Paul Burns in their lineup, with their page's biography outlining much of their past band work & connections (including a band named The Clam Jammers that Zac & Nick were briefly in.) In terms of other things we didn't know, they reportedly formed after just three rehearsals, they're influenced by everyone from Black Sabbath, Nirvana, and Pantera to Ray Charles, Feist, and Frank Zappa (how's that for diversity?), and in a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, they'll indeed be playing a solo gig at Dan's Place in Rudyard on Saturday, September 7th! This was one of the concerts that Paul had made event pages for on his solo Facebook page, but the Soo, Alpena, and Rogers City dates this fall are still unconfirmed as Plastic shows.
The Rudyard show should be a 21+ event with a 9:00 PM start time, while a cover charge isn't known. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! I'm intrigued by Plastic, especially after what we've seen from their LemmaFest set, so stay tuned for updates, and remember, contact band members to get tickets to their surprising Misfits opening set in Detroit in October! (Note that the YouTube tab on their page won't open for me on Firefox, but it just features live videos from Zac's YouTube channel.)
Speaking of bands with new concerts, Sault Ontario alternative/grunge quartet Haggith will play a special benefit concert on Thursday, October 3rd at The Rockstar Bar to benefit the family of the late Jack Bryant, who passed away in July at the age of 71. Haggith's connection is that frontman Curtis McKenzie's girlfriend April is a granddaughter of Jack's, so it's great to see the guys coming together to help raise money to help cover final expenses for the Bryant family! Curtis also said that other bands will be playing, and though none are explicitly confirmed yet, one of the many side bands featuring Haggith band members could be likely. The event will also feature a door prize, raffles, and complimentary dinner, and as best as I can tell, it is publically attendable if you buy a ticket. They're $20, and you can buy them from both the band and Bryant family members in advance, while I assume you can get in at the door too (and the event starts at 6:00 PM.) For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
Also, apologies for this being so late to get on the site, I wasn't sure right away if there'd be a public ticket push. This should be a nice way to help out the Bryants at this time of need, and kudos to Haggith for pitching in to help get the word out and provide entertainment on October 3rd, so if you want to contribute or attend as a fan or friend of the band/family, get your tickets A.S.A.P.!
Halloween Party from local concert promoter Johnny Pints, which makes it's first ever Roosevelt Hotel appearance this year! As confirmed on the Facebook event page yesterday, local horror punk/metal standouts Frightlight will make their fifth straight appearance at this yearly event on October 26th, and you know that with their aesthetic and songs, they'll fit perfectly! No word though on whether Eddie Fright or Slim Cadaver will handle bass, but Slim's played at all but one of their 2013 concerts. The other confirmed local band is hardcore punk quintet Destroilet, who should be raring to go for another high profile local concert this year (let alone in their own Halloween Party debut), so they should fit in well! A fourth band is to be confirmed, keeping with last year's theme of three local bands and one out of town band, and for reference, last year's other local acts were Sykotyk Rampage & Redundant, so there's a pair of ideas.
Headlined by Montreal hardcore punk legends The Ripcordz in their second local gig of the year, tickets will cost $10, which is higher than past years, but with The Ripcordz back, the price fits! They go on sale on October 1st, with the door price jumping to $15. For all other details, check the above links, and hopefully this year's Halloween event is the biggest of them all!
Finally for today, here's some more updates to our past Defunct Local Band Profiles to keep them more accurate & current (and remember, MySpace link changes & deletions and YouTube video enlargements are common across the board, so I'll just mention truly new edits!) On both our Cherubic Red & Bent Rollercoaster profiles, I added links to the aforementioned Plastic when noting members' other bands, as they now have a Facebook page. Back to Sault Ontario for the rest, I replaced The Scary Uncles, Faithess Sin, and The Belmonts with The Thrill Junkies, Winkstinger, and Stutzgummer when noting SIGHdEFECT's members other band work on their profile, while I made a number of edits to Bring the Fallen's profile, including adding ex-members Aaron Gasparetto and Joey Graham to their lineup, and adding references to both their reunion gig last month at The Oddfellows Hall & their EP release that took place that same night. Finally, I switched SIGHdEFECT with Winkstinger to reflect ex-No Arrow bassist Jason Bourcier's more recent work on our No Arrow profile. Stay tuned for more updates soon!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this weekend's metal/hard rock concert previews tomorrow morning! Thanks everyone!