Thursday, June 12, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Power Slug), Weekend Concert Previews, And New Videos!!

For today's post at the SMS, we're mostly focusing on previews of this weekend's local metal/hard rock concerts, including a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for TOMORROW across the river, but note that we'll be holding our preview of Sunday's Pixo Control show at Cafe Natura for our next post to give it proper emphasis closer to showtime, as it's a little early to preview it yet. We also have some cool new concert videos from a regional acoustic trio rounding things out, so read on for what you need to know! (Updated at 9:05 PM)

Sault Michigan hard rock cover trio Power Slug will return to The Savoy Bar & Nightclub TOMORROW NIGHT for a solo headlining show! Apologies for the short notice, the band (and Uncle Si) just announced the event on their Facebook page yesterday. Though the first live event ever announced on their Facebook page (and first I can 100% confirm in our area in a few months), this might not be too far off their last Savoy show, if the Midnight Oil cover filmed there was any time recently. Either way, there will be drink specials all night for Chris, Bob, and Chris' entertaining set of hard and modern rock covers, so don't miss your chance to chug your mug with Power Slug TOMORROW NIGHT! For reference, Fridays are also The Savoy's ladies night. You must be 21 to attend tomorrow's one night only show, there's no announced cover charge, and I assume Power Slug would be on by 10:00 PM. For more details, check the above links, and here's the band covering Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" at The Bird!

Moving to previously announced shows, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill on Pine Street will enter it's 28th consecutive week when he headlines their weekly jam/open mic night TOMORROW! Note however that like in a few other recent weeks, Tym will likely not be playing a solo show on Saturday night due to The Harp's expected live broadcast of UFC 174, similarly to a few other preemptions from earlier this year. If you're up for some solo acoustic hard rock action (and perhaps open mic performers), be at the former Madison's Pub tomorrow to take in what should be some talented and proficient covers, as Tym has more than impressed this year at this venue! Admission should be free for this 19+ event, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely. Check the above links for more details, don't miss Tym's unplugged cover classics tomorrow night, and here he is at Mill Square last summer!

Also, Sault Ontario classic hard rock cover quintet The Thrill Junkies were scheduled to make their long awaited return to the concert stage (and first set with their new drummer Rick White) this Saturday at Runway Park as part of the second annual Algoma Ride For Autism festivities, but they have been forced to drop out of the event, as per bassist Justin Langlois in a recent Facebook conversation. All I'll confirm is that it's due to a medical emergency related to a band member, and unless the band says something publically, I won't elaborate further on that, but hopefully all turns out OK! In their place, local punk trio Redundant (also featuring Justin and Rick) will make their Runway Park debut in their first live concert in 4 months, and they're a fitting & convenient choice, so keep them in mind for some punk action on Saturday! Though there's no longer a known hard rock band on the lineup, this is still a great family event, featuring a motorcycle rally through town for autism awareness & research, family events and games, a barbeque, and more, so click here for full details for this FREE & ALL AGES event on Saturday at 10:00 AM, and hopefully we see The Thrill Junkies again soon!

Finally for today, remember Train Wreck, the acoustic trio from Brimley, Michigan that memorably covered Hellyeah & White Zombie at a private event last August? Well, as we alluded to on the site, they reemerged this past weekend for Brimley's annual Lupine Festival, but we didn't call it as a concert as I was waiting for more of a bead on their sound and genre. Well, it's official: Despite being acoustic, they have a very heavy side, and if they had an online page, they'd be in our band links now! Frontman Erik Rintamaki (also of Half A Man) posted 10 songs from their Lupine Fest set onto his YouTube channel on Sunday, and they include renditions of Sublime's "What I Got", White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65", The Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush", The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy", Everclear's "I Will Buy You A New Life", Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising", Nirvana's "About A Girl", The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie", and Guns N' Roses "Used To Love Her", so click each link to hear each song!

Note that while Erik and drummer Rafe Rosini both returned for this outdoor set, I believe they have a new guitarist to replace Mitchell Willis, identity yet unclear (in any event, he sings on some of the above songs.) These songs are all effectively turned into acoustic songs, with Erik's raspy vocals nice to hear again, and the other guitarist carries a softer vibe that works well, and it'll be interesting to see if Train Wreck turn up for some more area shows! Check out their Slade cover below, see more at the above links, and hopefully we'll hear more from Train Wreck soon!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Pixo Control preview and more from Sault Michigan in our next post! Thanks everyone!

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