We're back with a new news post on this Thursday evening, and along with a recent band breakup and this weekend's hard rock concert previews, we'll begin with a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for over the holidays, so here's what you need to know!
Local/Toronto Celtic punk quartet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide will return to The Rockstar Bar on Boxing Day (Friday, December 26th) for a headlining concert! The show was announced earlier this week on their label Tidal Records' website, which joins a short tour run next month through Southern Ontario and Sudbury, along with a December 6th gig at the Silver Creek Golf Course in Garden River. Given the unfamiliar venue and lack of detailed info so far, we won't call that event yet, especially if it's a private show, but we'll keep you posted if there's updates! The Boxing Day show will be The Rising Tide's first local stop in 4 months, and given the holiday season, might we see drummer Mikey Hawdon back behind the kit then? For reference sake, the Tidal Records concert schedule also lists a Christmas show from the label at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, December 20th, and though no bands have been announced for it yet, the label hosts and has worked with a number of punk bands, so we'll keep an eye out for band announcements for sure regarding that event.
Admission for December 26th will likely be in the $5 range, you must be 19 to attend, and there's a likely 10:00 PM start time. For more details, visit the above links! The Christmas season is always a great time of year for punk and metal shows, so hopefully this is just the first of many, and if you love Dustin and The Tide's fun punk originals, don't miss their return on Boxing Day, and also check the above links for members Sheldon & Marshall Jaaskelainen's extensive upcoming local gigs as The Boot Hill Crooners!
The Harp Bar & Grill, where Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will kick off his 43rd consecutive week of acoustic hard rock covers at the former Madison's Pub with solo gigs TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! These are the last shows of the month for his ongoing arrangement at The Harp, and while we fully expect him to be back there throughout October, we're still taking these bookings a month at a time due to the high amount of them on his website's schedule, and when he confirms next weekend's on Facebook, we'll let you guys know! Like usual, he'll be hosting and playing at The Harp's open mic night tomorrow, followed by playing a normal acoustic gig tomorrow, and you can catch either this weekend at 10:00 PM either night, with 19+ age limits and no announced cover charges in effect. For more details, check the above links, and here's Tym live at the former Smack Daddy's!
Also this weekend, local hard/party rock trio Stiffler's Mom will be rocking the aforementioned Rockstar Bar themselves THIS SATURDAY NIGHT in a rare supporting set! As previously announced via The Rockstar Bar's electronic marquee board, they'll be opening for Britain/Vancouver pop rock artist Kieran Strange in the midst of her Canadian tour, and if you're up for pop culture-heavy "nerd rock" with a fun pop sensibility, you should like her headlining set! Her unique and lively sound should be checked out for something a little different, but if you seek familiar sounds, Stiffler's Mom's first set of the fall will set the mood well as they pump out some reliable covers, so be sure to consider Saturday night's show too! A $5 cover charge is likely, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:30 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and for a preview, here's Stiffler's Mom at Rotaryfest!
Finally for today, we were slated to include previews of shows this weekend at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino by local hard rock cover quartet Full Throttle, but it looks like the band has split up. The band's Facebook page was recently deleted for unannounced reasons (disregarding old pages for the original band of this name), and this weekend's concerts have quietly been taken over by local indie rock cover band The London Gentlemen. It should be noted that guitarist Joe Jenkins recently joined Exiled, but whether that's connected to Full Throttle's breakup or not isn't clear. The new Full Throttle succeeded the now defunct Bottom Line in July after bassist Jack Slater left the area again for school commitments, and took on the name of the earlier 2012-2013 cover band that members Ryan Kitzmiller & George Belleau were previously in, though this version only played a handful of concerts. Hopefully all is amicable from the guys, and best of luck to Ryan, Joe, George, and Will in the coming months!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!