As expected, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill on Pine Street will indeed continue into the month of June, kicking off the month with solo gigs TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, I was waiting for confirmation outside of Tym's website before diving into this month for his Harp run. Like before, we take his Harp gigs a month at a time due to the immense length of his listed bookings on his website's calendar. Barring any interruptions, Tym's current relationship with The Harp will run into it's 30th week by month's end following shows this weekend as well as next Friday, June 20th & 21st, and June 27th & 28th, with next Saturday not likely for a show due to The Harp's likely broadcast of UFC 174 that night. Of course, these shows could be subject to preemption by an outside artist, which came up a couple of times last month, but Tym's hosted Friday jam night and regular Saturday acoustic show are both on for this weekend's action!
Like usual, there's no announced admission costs this weekend or for future dates, you must be 19 to attend, and there are 10:00 PM start times in effect. For more details, visit this weekend's Facebook event page and the above links! Tym's successful run at the former Madison's Pub is still off and running, and while recent preemptions may be concerning for fans, his hard rock covers will surely be received warmly TONIGHT & TOMORROW, so don't miss out, and here's Tym covering Heart at The Service Grill!
Also in new show confirmations, local hard rock quartet The Suicide Kings will be playing an outdoor show THIS SUNDAY at The Roberta Bondar Pavilion! Apologies for the short notice, the band just confirmed their involvement in this show earlier today. This will mark a rare appearance by a heavier band at the Soo's annual Musicfest (a.k.a. Bratwurst, Beer, and Beethoven), an all ages community event featuring live music, food and drinks, family events, a silent auction, and more, so click here for all non-musical details of this year's 21st annual Musicfest! The Suicide Kings' set is actually in the co-headlining slot at 6:00 PM on Sunday before the Sault Symphony Orchestra's headlining Beethoven set at 7:00 PM, and the preceding acts include brass music from The Steeltown Silver Band at 5:00 PM, Aris Richards' belly dancers at 4:30 PM, White Pines Collegiate's student band The Pine Tones at 3:30 PM, the Soo Filipino Canadian Dancers at 3:00 PM, two acts I'm unfamiliar with (The Rolling River Trio & "Company" at 1:45 & 1:30 PM), and the 155 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets Pipe Band and Highland Dancers at 1:00 PM to open the day's entertainment.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, and the events start at noon on Sunday. This should be interesting, if only to see how a band like The Suicide Kings does in very unfamiliar territory, but Musicfest has always been a successful downtown event, and it should help set the mood for The Suicide Kings' expected return to Rotaryfest next month, as well as their Rock N' Roar festival set in Spanish in August! I wonder if this will be a test to see how more alternative bands do at Musicfest? Check the above links for more info, and for a preview, here's the guys at The Canadian!
Next up, we have a band breakup to address, as local classic/hard rock cover quartet Glitch have announced that they have parted ways, as per a post by guitarist Marco Pedalino on their Facebook group this afternoon. A reason for their breakup was not announced, but Marco did say that "it was a fun ride while it lasted", and he thanked fans for supporting them and local music. Featuring alumni of Sneaky Pete, Lion Ride, and Tripod the Dog, Glitch made their live debut in September, becoming a favourite at The Rockstar Bar over the next 9 months, along with a set at Toystock and one-off gigs at the OLG Casino and The Harp during their run, last playing live on May 17th. This is really surprising, especially for such a relatively new band that had seemed to be making strong waves with their varied party sound, but hopefully things are as amicable as they sound, and hopefully everyone stays active in music. Best of luck to Mark, Marco, Sean, and Mike in the future!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band or company name:
- San Francisco doom metal duo Black Cobra have dropped out of the Anciients/Havok all ages metal show at The Canadian Nightclub on June 24th, as per promoter J.D. Pearce on the new Facebook event page on Wednesday. J.D. cited a prior commitment for their exit, that being a concert in Chicago that same night (source here), and they won't be replaced on the local bill. Disappointing, but hopefully their tour goes awesome, and get your tickets A.S.A.P. for $20, with details above!
- Sault Michigan rock quartet Division of Sanity revealed on their Facebook page last month that they'll be playing at this year's LemmaFest at Dondee Lanes on June 21st, apparently at the 7:00 PM timeslot. I'm waiting for a formal lineup confirmation from LemmaFest organizers before calling it on here, but they join Munising rockers Infathom and locals Plastic among bands who've announced a performing involvement. Stay tuned for updates!
- Local concert promoters Heavy North Entertainment have announced that they'll "be on hiatus until further notice", and to that effect, they've cancelled all previously hinted shows this summer (including the teased Warsenal show next week), though a planned August 3rd event to be headlined by Vancouver death metal band Archspire is still in the works. A reason for the hiatus wasn't announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened, and stay tuned for details on the Archspire show!
That's definitely all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post with more recent stories tomorrow! Thanks everyone!