Thursday, December 18, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Tidal Records Xmas Showcase) And Sault Ontario Weekend Concert Previews!!

As promised, here's our weekend concert preview post for what's shaping up to be a packed holiday season in the twin Saults, but be sure to check out the results of last month's poll and our newest poll in the post below this one! We'll touch on any short notice confirmations tomorrow on the site (and Saturday if necessary), but for now, here's what's going down tomorrow & Saturday for hard rock and punk fans in Sault Ontario, starting with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!! (Updated at 5:18 PM)

A special Christmas showcase concert from local independent punk/roots label Tidal Records will take place THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at The Rockstar Bar! Apologies for the short notice, we were waiting for confirmation of the scheduled bands, which only came in a public form this week. Saturday night's long-teased Christmas show will feature three of the bands from the similarly formatted Tidal Records launch party show at the same venue last November, and also like then, a newer band will close the night, that being a debuting local quartet named The Cover Up. No word yet on their genre or potential online pages, but their lineup features Wing-Its bandmates Dustin Jones (also of The Rising Tide) and Marco Pedalino, plus his Sinners bandmate Clint Wilson (also of Late Shift), and former Room 206 frontman Mike Yorke. I don't know yet if this band is replacing the recently inactive Wing-Its or not (or if the name implies an all-cover set), but come out on Saturday for your first taste of The Cover Up!

Local Celtic punk quartet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide are slated for their second of three local shows this month as the co-headliners (they'll be back on Boxing Day too), while the Jaaskelainen brothers will pull double duty with their folk band The Boot Hill Crooners as well! Local roots singer/guitarist Frank Deresti is listed to open (no sign of The Lake Effect), but his Facebook page implies that he will join The Crooners during their set, so keep that in mind also! This 19+ event has a likely $5 cover charge, and should start at around 9:00 PM on Saturday. For more details, visit the above links! This sounds like a great showcase for Tidal Records, so keep it in mind for your holiday season concert plans, and here's The Tide live at Searchmont!

Moving to previously announced concerts, we'll head to a unique venue TOMORROW, as local grunge/alternative trio The Pixo Control will play an acoustic gig at Low & Slow Smoked Fusion BBQ at 113 Gore Street (Remember, that's the former Grazia's Italian Restaurant, not the old GLOW building at 119 Gore!) Still riding high off of their successful Toystock set, this unplugged show isn't unfamiliar territory for Michael, Steve, and Keeghan, as you may remember their run of acoustic sets at Gusto's Bar & Grill earlier in the year. Look for an entertaining (if more reserved) set of originals from this talented young trio tomorrow night, and it'll be curious to see how Low & Slow fares as a concert venue if this is successful! Note that The Pixo Control announced on their Facebook page on Tuesday that "we're pretty damn excited right now and we aren't allowed to tell you why", though it's not clear yet if they'll reveal what they're getting at tomorrow or not.

Promoted by Boxes of Boom frontman Sam Decter, there's no announced age limit or cover charge for tomorrow night, and the show starts at 9:00 PM. For more details, visit the Facebook event page! Hopefully this is a successful show for The Pixo Control that  opens more doors in their fast development, and enjoy some slow cooked barbeque ribs too if you're hungry! For a preview, here's the guys at Lopstock earlier this summer!

Also this weekend, local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to The Harp Bar & Grill for his last shows of the year, barring a New Year's gig of course! Despite the recent deletion of all future gigs on his website's calendar (and most past Harp gigs, including all after February), his year-long run at the former Madison's Pub will continue for at least this weekend as per this Facebook event page, but were the calendar updates a sign of what's to come, or just a formatting error? We'll let you know if we hear anything, but the listing of weekly dates through the 2020s did seem excessive. Look for an entertaining mix of hard rock covers at both TOMORROW'S weekly jam night and SATURDAY's usual solo gig, so keep Tym's Harp shows in mind this weekend! Remember, Tym is not playing there on Boxing Day weekend, as those dates were removed before the recent schedule wipe.

There are no cover charges, 19+ age limits, and 10:00 PM start times for both tomorrow and Saturday night. Check the above links for more details, we'll let you know regarding Tym's next solo show plans, and for a preview, here's Tym covering Metallica!

Finally for known hard rock & punk concerts this weekend, we'll head back to The Algonquin Hotel THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, and as the Tidal Records Christmas show entertains upstairs, a different punk show will rock The Algonquin Pub downstairs, that being the second annual X-Mess acoustic punk revue! Promoted by local concert promoter J.D. Pearce in his last promoted show of 2014, this is a sequel to his successful X-Mess event last year at LopLops Lounge, though the event has moved to The Algonquin since, with LopLops instead booking That Nineties Band on Saturday (I'll have to find out more on them!) Though this year's X-Mess installment is smaller for advertised bands, there's solid entertainment afoot, including local funk/hard rock quartet The Elements in a rare acoustic set, a one-off unplugged band named Sleigher (formerly Mistlechode) featuring members of Jack Spades, and a one-off Distillers acoustic tribute named Ms. Tillers from Danger Cats frontwoman Kate Drew (replacing Greg Callaghan.)

This 19+ concert has a $5 cover charge and a 10:00 PM start time. For more details on X-Mess 2, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be a fun change of pace once again for your seasonal concert plans, so get ready for a night full of punk action on two floors of The Algonquin on Saturday night! For a preview, here's The Elements live at Rock For Dimes last month!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for possible short notice show announcements and more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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