Sunday, February 8, 2015

Treble Charger & Marquee Concert Fallout, Plus More Assorted Updates!!

Today's post mostly touches on the first fallout from a major concert this past Friday, including news articles, photos, and more, but we did round things out with some notes relating to a pre-concert event also at the Bon Soo Winter Carnival, and some assorted shorter items from the last week, so read on below for what you should know!

Let's start with some fallout from Friday night's Treble Charger concert at The Machine Shop, so what should you know from the event? In terms of news coverage, SooToday's Donna Hopper was on hand, and recapped the show for this article that went up on the site yesterday, where she noted that there were hundreds in attendance (might this be the mid-sized concert venue we've all been hoping for?) Note that while the article credits the show as Treble Charger's first local concert with a full lineup in 12 years, they did play with their touring members at a Searchmont fundraiser in January 2013. Donna got some great photos as well, with 29 of her 48 photos being from the concert, including seven of The Pixo Control, nine of Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect, and 13 of Treble Charger, so be sure to give them a look! I do like the overhead shots too, I wonder if access to the rafters will continue for more angles like this?

As previously hinted at, Treble Charger's set did feature a guest performer, that being Algoma University music director and keyboardist Ed Turgeon, who joined in for their early hits "Red" & "Ever She Flows". Ed will be working with Treble Charger frontman Greig Nori soon in Algoma's music department, as detailed in two recent Sault Star articles by Brian Kelly (which you can read here and here), where he positively remarked on Greig's ambition & energy, and reflected positively on returning to rock music for a night at the concert. Good reads overall! The concert notably ended as well with Treble Charger inviting the local bands on stage to rock out while they ended their set with covers from th likes of ZZ Top and Neil Young, which sounds great in & of itself! I wish I could have went, but the ticket cost + a tight personal schedule didn't add up well. Hopefully we see the guys back soon, but how about videos from the concert?

So far, all I've found is a 43 second clip (albeit unembeddable) from The Sault Star at this link, which is a preview of an article that's coming to the site and the paper tomorrow, though the video is just a slideshow of concert photos that will likely follow in the full article. I imagine Local2 was on hand for a future Tuned episode as well, so when any concert videos turn up (plus tomorrow's Sault Star article), we'll let you guys know! As for The Marquee (which was indeed outdoors, not in the actual Mill Market), there's not as much online in terms of fallout from it, with SooToday's photos only including one of local rock duo Frankly Speaking, but the new stage setup looks nice! We'll close today's Bon Soo fallout with some extra info on new local punk/modern rock band Stereo North, who debuted(?) at The Marquee, and (as best I can tell) still don't have an online page, but what do we know now?

According to personal Facebook page uploads from the members, their lineup includes guitarists Andrew Pucci (ex-Starlit Sins) and Matthew Anich, bassist Bill Bennett (T-Rex Manning), and drummer Brett Norton, and though I can't confirm which one sings lead yet, members have photos on their Facebook pages. Promising lineup, and hopefully we hear more from Stereo North soon! Stay tuned for more Bon Soo concert fallout when it comes in!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • Local rap/metal band The Apocalypse Afterparty will not be playing at August's Das Bunkerfest II, due to a falling out between the band and promoters (as per their Facebook page), though we won't detail that further on here. Hopefully things turn out on both sides, and stay tuned for more from both Das Bunkerfest and X & Z!
  • The planned Blood Shed Productions 11-way split release party at a Poplar Avenue residence on February 21st has been postponed due to contractors working in the building through at least the 23rd, as per co-host Paul Stanghetta on the Facebook event page. Disappointing, but hopefully everyone can play the new date when announced! For reference, the original date would have seen a surprise set by Sudbury indie rock band Hello Holiday (who aren't on the split), as per this link, though no word if they're in for the rescheduling. We'll keep you posted!
  • Local indie/punk quintet Northwest finally have an official Facebook page! I have no idea why it took this long, but it's great to finally see! There's no major unique news to speak of there yet, but the band did campaign to play at the Rogers Hometown Hockey event in the Soo on February 28th & March 1st. It'd be cool if they played, as local music is planned for the entertainment, but I haven't heard that much yet on the performers. Either way, like Northwest above!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week, plus this month's Defunct Local Band Profile on Tuesday! Thanks everyone!

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