Thursday, July 3, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Beaumont Avenue, Lucky 13, And Tym Morrison), A Band Name Change, And Concert Previews!!

Today, we're focusing on this weekend's metal & hard rock concert previews, mostly of the SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT variety, as all but two in Sault Michigan this weekend were only just confirmed online this week. One of the bands playing this weekend actually just changed their name too, so read on below for what you need to know for your weekend concert planning!

The band formerly known as The Suicide Kings will hit the stage TOMORROW NIGHT for a headlining gig at The Rockstar Bar! Apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced at the end of a post from bassist Mitch Sirie on Tuesday night, where the band also announced that they have changed their name to Beaumont Avenue. Mitch cited recent personal events for the change, which I believe also caused the postponement of their Urawk live karaoke series' debut at The Rednecks Saloon from last week to tonight (if you know the band personally, you'll know what happened.) They also cited the name bringing the band "unwanted negativity" and assumptions that they were a full metal band when they cover much more than just that. The Beaumont Avenue name references the street that the guys jam on, so the personal connection fits well! Under any name, TOMORROW'S show will be the band's first concert set since Musicfest earlier this month, and their first at The Rockstar Bar since February.

There should be a $5 cover charge, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM-ish start time is likely. Check the above links for more details, including on TONIGHT'S Urawk debut if you're up for live karaoke of any genre! I like the reasoning for the new name, but it will take time to settle in, especially as The Suicide Kings have accomplished so much under that name. Fingers crossed they find the same success and more, so don't miss the newly renamed Beaumont Avenue tomorrow night! For a preview, here's their Buckcherry cover at The Canadian last fall!

Also in recent new concert confirmations, we'll now add Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's July slate of solo dates at The Harp Bar & Grill to our concert listings, pushing his ongoing concert arrangement there to it's 31st-34th weeks! As such, he'll be playing acoustic solo dates (Fridays as part of hosted jam nights, Saturdays as normal solo gigs) TOMORROW, next Friday & Saturday, on Friday, July 18th, and then on July 25th & 26th, and apologies for the late notice on tomorrow's show, as I couldn't slot it into a post when announced on Facebook on Monday. All of the other new dates are via Tym's website's concert calendar, and note that he's not playing at The Harp this Saturday due to the former Madison's Pub's broadcast of UFC 175, and he's not listed for a show there on July 19th either for yet unknown reasons, so keep those off Saturdays in mind. As well, Tym will return to The Road House Bar & Grill on Trunk Road for a second straight monthly customer appreciation night on Thursday, July 24th, so if you miss Tym's regular run there, check out the acoustic hard rock action & meal deals then!

Aside from the Road House gig on the 24th (which starts at 5:00 PM and is likely all ages as a result), all of these gigs have 10:00 PM start times, no announced cover charge, and 19+ age limits. For more details, check the above links and the Facebook event page for TOMORROW'S show! It's great to see Tym's ongoing relationship with The Harp continuing to be successful (and to see him play some more gigs at other venues), so don't miss his unplugged cover classics tomorrow, and here he is at The Harp in January!

And in one more late notice concert announcement, local classic/alternative hard rock cover quartet Lucky 13 will apparently be playing at The Rockstar Bar themselves THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! Once again, apologies for the short notice, I only just heard about this show via The Rockstar Bar's Facebook group yesterday (though for what it's worth, the band hasn't confirmed this show yet.) The booking will be Lucky 13's first since the end of May, and if true, it's a bit surprising given that Lucky 13 (from what I'm used to) generally take the summer off. If there's any clarification to the contrary, we'll let you know, but keep an eye out for Lucky 13's hard hitting and varied covers on Saturday if all goes well! There will be a $5 cover charge, 10:30 PM-ish start time, and 19+ age limit in effect, so check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's the guys at The Canadian! (Also, I've seen advertising on The Rockstar Bar's pages recently for a band named The Ottomans that's playing there next weekend. I have no info on them or their genre yet, but if they end up fitting on the SMS, we'll let you know!)

Closing with shows that had some advance word, Northern Michigan Kiss tribute band Kiss'd will make a rare return to the stage TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT with headlining concerts at The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino! This weekend's shows round out the recent U.P. invasion of singer/bassist Jeff Hudson's array of Northern Michigan hard rock bands, following recent St. Ignace shows from his other acts Scarkazm, Audio Circus, and of course, Peril. However, Kiss'd are more of a novelty for both concept (how often do you see tribute bands in the E.U.P.?) and in their own live frequency, as they've only played four shows before this weekend, and not since 2012. Even still, Kiss'd play a fun and faithful version of Kiss' classic sound, though some of the vocals aren't dead ringers for the originals, so keep what should be a great weekend of Kiss material in mind for this weekend! Admission should be free, you must be 21 to attend, and everything starts at 10:30 PM tomorrow (due to the Fourth of July fireworks) and at 9:00 PM on Saturday. Don't miss out, and for a preview, here's Kiss'd live in Alma in 2011!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for a new post tomorrow, plus more news and notes to come! Thanks everyone!

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