Before we recap last night's VM Radio Battle of the Bands finals, here's this weekend's hard rock concert previews, including SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for TOMORROW & SATURDAY! We also have videos from last week's battle semifinal action, but just for full disclosure, this post was written yesterday and auto-posted at midnight, so there are no references to the final results or critical comments on the videos in question. Now, here's what you should know!
Mourning Wood will be pulling triple duty at The Rednecks Saloon this weekend, as TONIGHT'S third weekly jam night will be joined by regular solo concerts there TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, bassist Steven Flint only confirmed the shows on his personal Facebook page on Tuesday, and the band hasn't updated their own Facebook page in two weeks. Busy stretch ahead for this talented trio, but Mourning Wood have always had a good relationship with the former Nicolet Tavern, and these jam nights must be getting a positive early response, so whether you want to jam with Mourning Wood TONIGHT, or see them in general on any of these nights, you know where to be! For reference, we'll add April jam nights to our schedule when confirmed by the band. These shows all have no announced cover charge, a 19+ age limit, and 10:00 PM-ish start times. For more details, click here, and here's Mourning Wood live last year!
Moving to previously announced concerts, local hard rock solo singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to The Harp Bar & Grill for solo acoustic shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! The last of the March shows on his calendar (though he's scheduled to play at The Harp through at least May according to his website), Tym's skilled and prolific hard rock covers should find another solid audience at the former Madison's Pub this weekend, so hopefully readers keep his latest Harp shows in his lengthy arrangement there in mind for their upcoming plans! Like usual for Tym's Harp run, there's no announced cover charges, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely. For more details, visit the above links, and for a preview, here's Tym at The Service Grill a few years back!
Finally for this weekend (barring additional late notice shows), veteran local party/hard rock trio Stiffler's Mom will provide the musical entertainment at a chili cook-off for a great cause on SATURDAY NIGHT at The Garden River Community Centre! The event may be atypical for a concert set, but this chili cook-off is a fundraising event for the annual Ride For Sight motorcycle rally for blindness research and prevention, which has been a great cause since it's local chapter began, and members of Stiffler's Mom have been ardent supporters of the event, so everything fits well that way! The chili cook-off aspect may be intriguing to some readers too, as I know many of you like chili, and it's also worth noting that Redundant frontman Justin Langlois and his wife Monique are among the competitors! Prize raffles are also planned for this event, which is ALL AGES, takes place at 5:00 PM (with Stiffler's Mom playing at 9:00), and it has a $20 ticket fee.
You can presumably pay at the door but you can buy advance tickets through Ride For Sight committee members or at local Scotiabank branches, though note that organizers are recommending that you get your tickets at Scotiabank, as the bank is matching all ticket sales that they take in,, which is an awesome gesture! For more details, visit the Facebook event page, don't miss the chili and hard rock action in Garden River on Saturday, and here's Stiffler's Mom last summer!
Finally for today, here's some new stuff from VM Radio Battle finalists The Apocalypse Afterparty! Remember again, this was written before the finals and auto-posted today, so it doesn't critique them or reference the final results. First, we can now confirm via personal postings and conversations that MPC/effects performer z (pronounced "zed") is portrayed by Amanda Brown, who previously led The Afterparty's short-lived Smokin' Heroines supporters group, but to keep with their stage presences and gimmick, we'll still reference her and other members by their stage names. Also, videos from their battle semifinal winning set at The Canadian Nightclub last week were posted on the Facebook event page this past Friday, so what should you know on them? Filmed by attendee Jordon MacDonald at different angles, the videos include two chunks of their set-opening cover of Saul Williams' "List of Demands (Reparations)" (here with intro, and here) and their version of The Fury's "The Crowd", though all are incomplete.
Embedded below though is 5 minutes from multiple songs late in their set, though no word on why the video was shot sideways for much of it. These capture the vibe and energy of the night well, but did The Apocalypse Afterparty finish first, second, third, or fourth last night in the finals? Visit Facebook to find out, and also stay tuned for SooToday and our recaps in the very near future, but for now, give Jordon's Apocalypse Afterparty videos a look above & below!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for our VM Radio Battle of the Bands finals recap next, and again, stay tuned to Facebook for results and fallout when available beforehand! Thanks everyone!