Hey guys, it's now time to kick off this weekend's metal & hard rock concert previews in the Sault area, but to give it proper emphasis and to pair it with some other Sault Michigan stories, our preview of the fourth annual LemmaFest will go up on the site tomorrow, so look for it then! Today, we have previews of a major Essar Center show and a regular acoustic attraction on the Canadian side of the border, plus new videos from two local solo artists, so read on below for what you need to know!
Heart will bring their classic sound to Sault Ontario for a rare hard rock headlining show at The Essar Centre TOMORROW NIGHT! Arguably the first major hard rock event to hit the arena since Kiss played here in 2010, this will be the fifth stop on Heart's Rockin' Heaven tour of Canada this month, and with memorable songs like "Barracuda", "Crazy On You", and "These Dreams" under their multi-platinum selling belts, I'd expect a great show from Ann & Nancy Wilson and company in their local debut! As well, Heart will be joined by ex-Foreigner drummer Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) for a special Led Zeppelin tribute set to cap off the night, and if you saw Heart & Jason cover "Stairway to Heaven" last summer, you'll understand how good of a fit this will be on this tour! Tickets are still available for this ALL AGES show for $69.50 and for $40 in the upper back bowl of The Essar Centre (which will be in a half-arena setup), so pick them up A.S.A.P. at this link or at the in-person box office if you haven't already, and everything starts tomorrow at 8:00 PM. Check the above links for more info!
I'm very curious to hear how this show does, as it's success (plus the Brad Paisley show this fall for you country fans) could go a long way to prove the Soo's readiness for more big concerts on the Ontario side of the border. Heart have definitely held up over the years, and their songs remain memorable whether rocking out or playing a softer ballad, so if you're a fan of theirs (or of Led Zeppelin), do not miss this concert TOMORROW NIGHT! For a preview, here's Heart and Jason Bonham covering "Kashmir" last year!
Next up, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's ongoing weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill is scheduled to enter it's 29th consecutive week with solo gigs TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Though unannounced on Facebook as of yet, these shows are confirmed on Tym's website, and unlike some recent weekends, Tym will likely be playing both nights again, with his hosted jam night tomorrow and a normal acoustic solo gig on Saturday. Featuring a diverse and often heavy cover setlist (which does indeed include some Heart material), fans up for a softer and more intimate night of hard rock will want to keep this weekend's shows in mind at the former Madison's Pub, so don't bypass them if available to go! There's no announced cover charge this weekend, you must be 19 to attend, and there are 10:00 PM start times both nights. For more details, check the above links, and for a preview, here's Tym's newest original song posting via his YouTube channel on Tuesday!
This is a late Father's Day gift of sorts for his dad, as it's a song named "My Dad" about him and the impact he's left on Tym's life. Not a heavy song, but it's upbeat and melodic, and is has clear emotion & passion, which Tym has always been good at showcasing! The first original upload on his channel in 5 months, give Tym's new song a listen below, and don't miss his cover attack at The Harp this weekend!
Finally for today, here's a new video from Ashes To Dust guitarist Alex Hemy's solo YouTube channel! His first upload there in 2 months, this shakes up his usual norm by both being shot outside at night, and by featuring a guest artist, singer/keyboardist Jon Scott (who I'm not familiar with from other local music work.) Posted on Sunday, this is of their cover of Kodaline's "One Day", and while I don't know this group offhand, the cover does fit Alex's recent cover choices. The video is well shot and very well lit, and both Alex and Jon show clear talent, with Jon's singing voice showing a strength that would be nice to hear again in other projects! Check out this unique video below, and stay tuned for more from Alex's channel hopefully soon!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our LemmaFest preview and more from the Sault Michigan area TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!