Friday, December 6, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Lucky 13), Haggith's Farewell Concert Preview, And A New Video!!

Today marks our second of this weekend's concert preview posts, including a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for TONIGHT, an extended preview of a very special concert going down tomorrow for a local band's farewell, and to cap things, a new cover video, so read on below for what you need to know!

Local alternative/hard rock cover quartet Lucky 13 will return to The Rockstar Bar for a one night only concert TONIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band only launched a Facebook event page for this show yesterday, and there were no prior acknowledgements of it publically. This will be this veteran act's first Rockstar Bar appearance in over 2 months, though it comes after their well received sets at Toystock and the Ray Brown benefit, so this should be a welcomed return to their usual length sets if you've missed them solo! Featuring Aftersight, Bangers N' Mash, The Chosen, and Gully Yodelers alumni, there's a lot of talent and a unique gritty blend of covers in store from the Lucky 13 live experience, so if you're up for a good time, don't miss their Rockstar Bar return TONIGHT! A $5 cover charge is likely for this show, you must be 19 to attend, and everything should start at around 10:00 PM. For more details, check the above links, and for a preview, here's Lucky 13 at Toystock last year!

Now to our remaining hard rock concert preview for this weekend, as TOMORROW NIGHT marks a prominent local band's apparent farewell, as Rockstar Bar Battle runners-up Haggith will grace the Algonquin Pub stage for what it being hyped as their last show for various personal & amicable reasons. Though we've had a while for this to sink in, this is still disappointing for fans of this popular alternative/grunge quartet, who've rose quickly to solid prominence in their year & a half together. That said, tomorrow's concert should send them out with a bang, as there's a stacked lineup in store, along with some teases that Haggith may release their final studio album "Apocalypse II" tomorrow in honour of the event. Will it come out? We'll find out tomorrow! The band lineup is notably downsized from previous announcements, as new local hard rock quartet Punch (featuring 2 members of each of Haggith & The Suicide Kings) have dropped out of the event for unannounced reasons, though I wouldn't be surpised if a scheduling conflict for either Steven Flint or Ben Boudreau was a factor. Hopefully we see them back at it soon!

The remaining support bands include local blues/alternative hard rock quartet Sykotyk Rampage (who should entertain once again with their entertaining blend of improvised crash music) and newer all female hard rock band The Danger Cats, in just their fourth live concert appearance! I have heard that their lineup will look slightly different for tomorrow's set, but nothing public has been stated concerning that as far as I know, so we'll have to see how everything looks for their return tomorrow night! The other two bands were late additions, and they include Haggith drummer/namesake Mike Haggith's new band The Strange Coyotes (the funk/metal trio that succeeded Project Legion in October) and a new metal band named Project 421, of whom I know absolutely nothing as of this writing. Perhaps going into the event with intended secrecy, I'm curious to see who's in the band and what they play, so stay tuned for more on them as soon as possible!  Admission is $5 for tomorrow's 19+ event, and there's an advertised start time of 9:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!

This should be a very cool concert (if bittersweet for the headliners), but hopefully there's a huge crowd at The Algonquin Pub TOMORROW to check everything out, and to send Haggith out on a high! I just hope that this isn't as final as some posts have suggested, but who knows what the future holds. I'll see you guys there, and for a preview, here's Haggith playing their song "Anthem" earlier this year at The Canadian!

Finally for today, here's a new solo cover video from Ashes To Dust guitarist Alex Hemy! Uploaded to his YouTube channel on Tuesday, this is a well-layered and put together cover of Daughtry's "Home", and he puts some good grit and emotion into his vocals on this slower track! However, I do find the instruments to be quieter than they probably should be, but it continues to show his growth as a singer and overall musician, so check it out below!

That's all for today, but in the event there's no new post tomorrow, I'll see you guys at The Algonquin for Haggith's farewell! Thanks everyone, and all hail!

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