Thursday, August 28, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Beaumont Avenue & The Apocalypse Afterparty) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

Hey guys, sorry I couldn't make it to the Endast show, more personal commitments for me got in the way. This has been a lost month in many respects given some of the bigger concerts that I've missed (i.e. Late & Loud's farewell, Das Bunkerfest, anything at The Rednecks Saloon), but things will quiet down for me on a personal level in the fall, and I WILL be at Soo Band Roulette on Saturday, no questions asked! Due to the length of this weekend concert preview post, we'll focus on Sault Michigan-area dates in our next post, so  for now, here's the heavier shows going down this weekend in Sault Ontario, starting with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!

Local hard rock quartet Beaumont Avenue (formerly The Suicide Kings) will return to the local stage TOMORROW for a one night only concert at The Rockstar Bar, though there may be a level of finality to this show. Apologies for the short notice, drummer Ben Boudreau only announced the gig on their Facebook page on Tuesday, where he revealed that this will be his last concert with the band "for a very long time", as he's moving to Hamilton for school commitments. This lines up with the band's drummer search to replace him for their Urawk live band karaoke series at The Rednecks Saloon, but what does this mean for Beaumont Avenue as an active band? According to the band's Facebook event page, this will be "the last guaranteed show" for Beaumont Avenue until next summer, though they will attempt to book gigs if Ben comes back home over weekends or holidays, which indicates that they are not replacing Ben in the band, or enlisting the next Urawk drummer for that purpose. Note as well that the Rockstar Bar's own Facebook event page is titled "Beaumont Avenue's Final Show", but don't worry, it likely won't be!

The show itself will be the guys' first since their Spanish road trip for the Rock 'N Roar festival, and it's a one-nighter due to Soo Band Roulette, which we're addressing next. Admission will likely be $5 for this 19+ show, and a 10:00 PM start time is in effect, so check the above links for more details! Definitely consider attending to send Ben off in style, and no matter how long he's away, his drum talents will be missed around here! Given that the band's not replacing Ben, it might be a while to see the guys live (unless you take in some Urawk karaoke), but we'll let you know when their next shows take place! For a preview, here's the former Suicide Kings at The Canadian!

Speaking of The Rockstar Bar, remember the Soo Band Roulette event taking place THIS SATURDAY where local musicians will be randomly paired up to play half hour sets, and then will be voted on by attendees to determine a winner? Well, we can officially add it to our concert listings now, as new local rap/metal duo The Apocalypse Afterparty will make their public concert debut during the event! They're among the entertainment playing between roulette bands, and while they have played some private gigs this month, this will be your first chance to see X & Z (plus their Smokin' Heroines supporters) in public confines! Among between-band performers, they'll be joined by DJ Seith, ex-As It Stands drummer John Mignacca's techno solo project Dillinger, and at least one open mic block hosted by Northwest guitarist Greg Callaghan, so keep their short sets in mind! Of course, this is "Soo Band Roulette", which is the main focus, so here's a rundown of what to expect!

Promoted by The Apocalypse Afterparty's Steve Mozarowski, signed up musicians (singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers) are drawn at random each hour to make up an impromptu band that will then be sent to a secret location to decide on a band name and jam three cover tunes from a provided list (though original jams aren't outlawed.) Then, the band will be introduced and will play in front of fans, with a vote being held at night's end (likely closer to 2:00 AM) to determine the winning band, who will get a cash prize! Artists who sign up early on Saturday will have more chances to play, so keep that in mind as well. This 19+ event begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday night, so given the configuration of the event, I'd expect up to 6 random bands to be playing during the band roulette. Admission is $5 unless you're a drummer for the roulette, then you get in free, and click here for more details!

This is the closest we've seen to a battle of the bands in Sault Ontario so far in 2014, but the nature of it leaves a lot of unpredictability, and you should definitely check out Soo Band Roulette, as you never know what could occur! I've seen a lot of verbal confirmations and pondering from local artists, but I won't give names here as I want to preserve the random nature of the roulette. This should be an awesome and unique show, and hopefully it replicates the success similar events have had in other cities! I will definitely see you guys there on Saturday night, and for a preview of the between-band acts, here's The Apocalypse Afterparty live at Das Bunkerfest!


We'll close with a more central gig, as Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison kicks off his 39th straight week of his ongoing arrangement with The Harp Bar & Grill with his usual hosted jam night TOMORROW! The last of his August dates at the former Madison's Pub, we do expect him to be back at The Harp in September too, but like usual, we take Tym's Harp shows a month at a time due to the immense length of listed bookings on his website. While his acoustic hard rock covers will be surely enjoyed as usual tomorrow in between potential jam performers, Tym was not listed for a Saturday gig this weekend for unannounced reasons, but remember that he has had some gigs in recent months called off for external bookings. Note as well that the calendar on his website does not list Saturdays at all for future weekends, or most past weekends, but it's unclear whether this is a giant mistake or if it's a reduction of his Harp series to it's old Friday-only format. We'll let you know if we hear anyhing!

Tym's show tonight will start at around 10:00 PM, you must be 19 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. For more details, check the above links! I'll also note that Tym didn't create a Facebook event page for his shows at The Harp last weekend, but hopefully all's well with the series, as his acoustic covers have seemed to have done well over the past 9 months! Keep tomorrow's gig in mind, and here's Tym live at Mill Square!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan weekend concert previews either tonight or early tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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