Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weekend Concert Previews (Including Europe) And Much More!!

Before we begin this post, just a heads up that former Foggy Notions owner/bartender Patrick Casey's celebration of life will fittingly take place at Coch's Corner (which moved into the Foggy's building in 2012) next Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 PM. As per the official Facebook event page, Pat's sister Genevieve Lavoie is asking attendees to wear funny slogan t-shirts like he used to, so keep that in mind! This should be a fitting way to celebrate Pat's life and contributions, so don't miss out next weekend, and hopefully lots of smashlovs are had for the occasion! For reference, an obituary hasn't been publicized yet that we have seen, in case anyone was wondering.

Now, today's post will mostly touch on weekend concert previews, but there's also some assorted updates at post's end, so we'll start with the next major hard rock concert at The Dreammaker's Theatre at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino TONIGHT, as Swedish glam metal legends Europe will make their local concert debut! Best known for classic songs like "The Final Countdown", "Carrie", and "Superstitious", this well regarded quintet are touring in support of their new album "War of Kings", and you know their familiar hits and hard rocking sound should find a big audience TONIGHT at Kewadin Casino! Opening the show are The Black Star Riders, who are more or less the successors to Thin Lizzy, so members of the latter can tour more frequently and record new original songs. They've been making their own waves in recent years with classic hard rock fans, so if you like Thin Lizzy, you shouldn't have anything to worry about! And yes, this is ALL AGES!

The first hard rock show from Allstar Promotions in 18 months (though they promoted the Parmalee-headlined country concert last week), tickets are still available from the third row and back for just $27.50 online at this link, via 1-800-KEWADIN, or at the in-person box office, while call ahead to see if there will be a meet & greet like Parmalee had. For more details, visit the above links! This should be a great concert for Hair Scare listeners and general audiences alike with lots of familiar classics, so don't miss out TONIGHT, stay tuned for fallout, and here's Europe live last year!

Next up, Sault Ontario classic hard rock trio Mourning Wood are expected to continue their weekly jam nights at The Rednecks Saloon TONIGHT! Though the band hasn't plugged week #7 of their regular run at the former Nicolet Tavern yet, look for Terry, Steven, and T.J. to deliver fun and often heavy covers once again, with likely jam night performers joining them on stage to rock out like in past weeks, so if you have music talent, consider coming out TONIGHT to join in! Note that, unless another short notice matinee at The New A awaits, we likely won't see regular shows from Mourning Wood this weekend, as Terry & T.J. will be rocking out at The Rednecks Saloon this weekend with Asylum Country (source here), so keep that in mind if you want some live country music! Tonight's jam night however has a 9:30 PM start time, no announced cover, and a 19+ age limit. For more details, check the above links, and here's Mourning Wood last fall!

(Also, apologies for an error last week, as we cited the above Asylum Country shows as taking place last weekend, when they were always planned for this weekend. I must have assumed that they automatically meant that coming weekend, but their New A show last week was almost definitely still at 6:00 PM, as all of their shows there have been. Apologies again!) 

Lastly for today's previews, longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will return to The Harp Bar & Grill TOMORROW NIGHT as his ongoing weekly concert arrangement continues on! A one night only event due to The Harp broadcasting Saturday's UFC PPV once again, this is the second-last date on Tym's website's calendar (nothing after May 1st is listed), but time will tell if more shows are announced in Tym's successful year+ run at the former Madison's Pub. Fans of Tym's diverse and hard hitting repertoire of covers should be right at home no matter what tomorrow, so be sure to keep his latest solo concert in mind, and again, don't come Saturday if you want to see Tym! There's no announced cover charge, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the Facebook event page, and here's Tym covering Heart live!

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

  • Local rap/metal quartet The Apocalypse Afterparty (who are curiously now billed from Rothera, Antarctica) revealed on their Facebook page yesterday that they "just finished a meeting with Tidal Records", telling fans to "get ready." Are they signing and/or recording with the local independent label? Stay tuned!
  • This is more of a clarification than anything, but Rock 101's morning show is now called Scott Cook In The Morning following the departure of longtime co-host Brian Davie, as per recent on-air plugs, though their Facebook page still uses their old name. Listen in weekdays from 6:00-9:00 AM on 101.3 FM for Scott's blend of music, news, and infotainment on the morning drive!
  • Local blue Chinese metal crash punk quartet Sykotyk Rampage's 49th "album" was quietly released to their Reverbnation page on Valentine's Day! Entitled "W.Y.R.D. Radio" (presumably a resumption or reworking of their cancelled 2014 album), all 20 tracks can now be streamed at the above links, though remember that the band no longer releases paid copies of their albums. Might we hear some of these songs live at the Swampstavaganza next month? Keep an eye out for more!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news on the site next, including details on a recently announced Blood Shed house party event ! Thanks everyone!

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