Let's kick off this weekend's hard rock & punk concert previews today (we'll touch on the Zombie Walk TOMORROW), but first, just a note regarding a band listed as playing at The Rapids Lounge this weekend on Kewadin Casino's entertainment page, that being defunct local hard rock band RamWagon. It's been established that RamWagon disbanded earlier this year, and newer bands featuring members of theirs (like Highway 63) have not indicated that they're playing in the Soo this weekend, so unless we hear otherwise, that was probably an accidental listing. Now, here's this weekend's heavier non-zombie walk concert previews! (Updated at 3:16 PM)
A stacked night of punk rock mayhem goes down TONIGHT when Vancouver punk quartet The Rebel Spell make their long awaited return to the Soo for a headlining set at The Moose Lodge! Last seen via two separate appearances here in March 2011, this will be (at least) this politically charged and very entertaining band's fifth appearance in the Soo, and with new songs from their newest CD "Last Run" to unleash, fans new and old alike should be in for a good time with The Rebel Spell! Local support will include hardcore punk sextet Destroilet (though without new co-vocalist Brent Ellis, as per his personal Facebook page), local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades, and local alternative/grunge trio The Pixo Control (in their first appearance at a "Johnny Pints Presents..." concert), and all are fitting choices to open, all in their own Moose Lodge debuts! Promoted by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce (who opened for The Rebel Spell with Fitswitch in 2006), this ALL AGES concert kicks off tomorrow at 6:00 PM, and admission is $10 at the door with no announced advance tickets.
Also, as the first of J.D.'s Halloween season concert slate, there will be a best costume contest tomorrow as well, with the winner getting a Jack Spades merchandise pack and a pass to one of his upcoming concerts, so keep that in mind too if you have your costume ready! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This is a great way to kick off the Halloween concert season for punk fans in the area, especially if you're in the east end, under 19, or have missed The Rebel Spell in the last 3+ years, so don't miss tonight's show, and here's The Rebel Spell live in 2012!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will return once again to The Harp Bar & Grill with his 47th consecutive weekend of acoustic hard rock entertainment there TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Just over a month away from a full year at the former Madison's Pub with no weekends off, Tym's entertaining and prolific unplugged cover sets continue to be a reliable source of entertainment on weekends, and I'm sure things will keep up nicely for tomorrow's hosted jam night and Saturday's full solo concert! Admission for both nights should be free, you must be 19 to attend, and there's a likely 10:00 PM start time both nights. For more details, visit the above links! Tym should have a solid weekend in store for fans as he continues his successful arrangement with The Harp, so keep his shows this weekend in mind, and here he is at the former Bossy's!
Moving to Sault Michigan and surrounding areas to close this post, we'll head to St. Ignace, where Charlevoix metal trio Peril will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at their Kewadin Casino for shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! This will be Jeff, Adam, and Brooks' second Eastern U.P. concert weekend in three weeks (following Soo Kewadin stops on October 10th & 11th) and their first St. Ignace shows in almost three months, so while Peril haven't been away from our area long, fans of their classic metal covers should be out in full force once again this weekend, especially those not from Sault Michigan proper! As usual for Kewadin Casino bar events, a 9:00 PM start time is likely, you must be 21 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. For more details, check the above links! Peril should deliver another fun & heavy night of covers for their fans, so be sure to keep their shows this weekend in mind, and here they are covering Ozzy Osbourne!
Finally for today's previews, Sault Michigan hard rock quartet 415E will make rare appearances outside of the regional Kewadin Casino branches when they rock the Dondee Lanes in the Soo TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Fresh off of last weekend's debut with their new lineup (now featuring bassist Mitch Goetz and drummer Tony Hubbard), we don't hear of too many regular Dondee concerts from bands that fit on the SMS anymore, but 415E should deliver their own fun entertainment via their Van Halen-inspired originals and covers this weekend, and if you like the Dondee, we have a Halloween weekend show to announce there in the next while as well, so watch out for that too! As for this weekend, 415E are on at special earlier times of 8:00 PM both nights, though admission prices aren't announced, and you must be 21 to attend. For more details, visit the above links, and here's 415E covering The Stone Temple Pilots!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Soo Zombie Walk concert announcement & preview TOMORROW, and more! Thanks everyone!