Peril gigs at the regional Kewadin Casino branches with recent St. Ignace dates from his groove metal band Scarkazm? Well, Jeff's other active band will apparently be making their Eastern U.P. debuts later this year, as Charlevoix hard rock quartet Audio Circus will make their way to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino on December 5th & 6th for a full weekend! There's not a lot of online media concerning Audio Circus (despite being active since 2010), but note that a number of bands share the name, so it's not easy to pick through media under that name. This Audio Circus have an old school hard rock sound though that has saw them play at a number of state festivals and open for the likes of Quiet Riot and Slaughter, so they should fit right in at the St. Ignace Kewadin in December! Admission is likely free for this 21+ show, and everything will start at 9:00 PM both nights. Check the above links for more details, and don't miss Jeff's dates with Scarkazm in St. Ignace later this month!
the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino for Kinross hard/classic rockers Banned, who will reportedly return there on December 12th & 13th! Also scheduled to play there this weekend and in August, there is still some uncertainty from the Banned camp given their lack of online updates in the past two months and no non-Kewadin dates announced for the rest of the year, but we'll treat these shows as on unless Banned or Kewadin Casino makes any announcements to the contrary. If all's well and they do play these Kewadin dates, look for an entertaining & varied blend of heavy originals and classic rock covers from this Alex, Don, and Jim! Like the new Audio Circus gigs, admission is free, you must be 21 to attend, and 9:00 PM start times are likely. Check the above links for more details, and assuming they're playing, don't miss Banned at The Rapids Lounge TONIGHT!
Next up, have you guys been curious as to the lack of updates from Sault Michigan metal band Tantrym Tyme so far in 2014? So have I, but it appears to be due to just not updating their Facebook page, as drummer Ethan Twardy was interviewed back on February 27th on Newberry classic hits station Eagle 95.1 (the area's newest FM station), and a clip of the interview is online to stream at this location! After a brief weather forecast, Ethan and DJ Paul VanWagoner discussed Tantrym Tyme's recent appearances at Soo Eagles hockey games, the improved audio setup for when they played, and recent original recording plans (including lyrical subject matter.) Nice to see the band getting some local radio attention, though with the lack of recent online page updates, who knows what else we've missed from their camp. Check it out above though! Speaking of Ethan, a recent post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group points to him being involved in an unlikely project (unlikely in that it's from Sault Ontario), so what should you know on that?
According to said post from last week, he's apparently drumming in These Sins of Time frontwoman Alexa Leclair's current band (whether it's T.S.O.T. or something else isn't known yet), while Acention's Dalton Boissineau is apparently back on guitar, and a bassist is still being sought. If this lasts into a live project (which is the plan, including originals and covers), I'll be very curious to see how they handle the cross-border angle, as it's definitely not the norm for the area, but stay tuned for updates, and if you want to try out for this band, message Alexa at this link!
Finally for today, here's three more recent updates concerning the Musicians Wanted Facebook group linked above, so who's looking for a band or a musician in Sault Ontario that might have hard rock connections? As usual, these shorter notes are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- A local drummer named Brandan Glew is looking to join a local band on drums, and though he didn't specify any genre preferences, he'll be out of town until April 27th. He does like harder bands, so just in case, message him at this link or from his group post from Thursday!
- A local guitarist named Corey McIntyre is looking to jam with other local musicians, and though he doesn't want anything too fast, he can play many different styles, and is a fan of metal. If you're interested in working with Corey, message him at this link or via his Musicians Wanted group post on Thursday!
- A local bassist/guitarist named Justin Girardi is looking to join a hardcore punk band or play it in a new project, and he emphasized "angry fast fun tunes" like Black Flag and Minor Threat as what he's hoping to play. If you're interested, message Justin at this link or through his Facebook group post from March 15th!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news soon! Thanks everyone!