In our second post on this Thursday, we're mostly focusing on previews of this weekend's hard rock and metal shows, plus a new video to share from a local punk band on a big stage, but first, here's a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for this weekend, and check out our Defunct Local Band Profile on Despised Eyes in the post below this one!
The Pixo Control will apparently be among the live entertainment at this year's Ride For Sight blindness fundraiser event at Searchmont Resort THIS SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice, the band just confirmed their involvement on their Facebook page earlier today. The third year that this motorcycle rally & fundraising event has been held in the Soo (and second at Searchmont), The Pixo Control will be among the live entertainment at 10:30 PM tomorrow, which will help cap off a busy day including the motorcycle rally/parade through the Sault and area, food, bike gamers, and more, so click here for the full event schedule! Sadly, a full list of musical performers has not been issued, but local country musician Lorrie Bolduc will be playing a set at 9:15 PM with local punk notables as her backing band (including Role Models guitarist Marco Pedalino and Northwest's Greg Callaghan & Clint Wilson), so keep that in mind! If you're not part of the rally, be at Searchmont at 8:00 PM on Saturday for the bands, there's no announced age limit, and while there's no advertised admission cost, donations are surely appreciated!
Nice to see The Pixo Control expanding their reach, and hopefully they make some new fans at Searchmont at this great annual event! Ride For Sight has been very successful in the Soo, so hopefully things keep up in 2014, and don't miss the action! Check the above links for more details, here's The Pixo Control live at Superior Heights, and I've added Ride For Sight to our "Other Local Metal Links" on your left!
Moving to shows with advance word, internet pageless local hard rock cover quartet Late Shift will return to the stage TOMORROW NIGHT at The Rednecks Saloon! As announced via frontman John Barber's Facebook event page this past weekend, this will be this band's first ever appearance at the old Nicolet Tavern, and their first known concert appearance since their more intimate LopLops Lounge appearance in May, though who knows what we may have missed in the interim. Busy with private and public gigs alike since their debut last fall, this band (featuring Redefined, Small Town Rivals, and Groove Committee alumni) have a diverse though often aggressive sound, as verified by their talented and familiar lineup, so don't miss out on Late Shift's show on Albert Street West tomorrow night! Remember, this is a one night only engagement, you won't see them on Saturday. There's no announced cover charge, you must be 19 to attend, and there is a 10:00 PM start time in effect. Check the above links for more details, and here's Late Shift live in February!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's 32nd straight week at The Harp Bar & Grill, as his ongoing arrangement there continues with two acoustic solo gigs TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! After a weekend with no Saturday show due to a UFC PPV broadcast, Tym's back with a normal acoustic show this Saturday to follow his hosted open mic night tomorrow, so whatever your fancy, Tym will be rocking out with some unplugeed cover favourites all weekend long at the former Madison's Pub, so keep these shows in mind if you're in the central part of town! Admission should be free on both nights, each show starts at 10:00 PM, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the above links! This run at The Harp appears to be a continuing success, and you guys should know Tym's talents, so don't miss his newest weekend there over the next few days, and here's Tym at Mill Square last summer!
Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide! While I'm hoping to launch an archive video feature mini-series on the site soon to cover punk videos for SMS readers, this is a very recent upload, so I thought it'd be best to share this now. Though unannounced on band pages, The Rising Tide returned to the Vans Warped Tour for their Toronto and Montreal stops last week, and attendee Raphaelle Loranger filmed this video from their Montreal stop on Saturday (where they played on the Hard Rock/Kevin Says Stage), and it's of their cover of Weezer's "Say It Ain't So"! Definitely a unique cover just from the Jaaskelainen brothers' unconventional instruments alone, it's a well played rendition of one of Weezer's better songs, and it has an edge to it too! Note that the drummer does not appear to be Mikey Hawdon (no word on his band status), though I can't place this drummer's identity off hand. Check out DJRT's new Weezer cover below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes soon! Thanks everyone!