For today's SMS post, we're sticking to weekend concert previews, as there's a fair amount of concerts going on this weekend, espeiclaly with all of these having some advance notice! We'll touch on potential short notice shows (and this weekend's Banned concerts in St. Ignace) tomorrow, but for now, here's this weekend's previews in rough chronological order!
The Rednecks Saloon for TONIGHT'S expected weekly jam night from local classic/hard rock cover trio Mourning Wood, as they're very likely back at the former Nicolet Tavern tonight for the tenth straight week! As in past weeks, this will see Terry, Steven, and T.J. as the house band at Rednecks, with encouragement for attendees to jump on stage with them and jam along, such as is often done with Mojo's jam nights, so this should be another fun one if you either enjoy this sort of event or just want to see Mourning Wood in concert! For reference, I have seen no confirmation of the guys playing any regular weekend dates yet, but the operative word is yet, as we're coming to expect late notice show announcements from their camp. TONIGHT'S jam night has no announced cover, a 19+ age limit, and a 9:30 PM start time, so check the above links for more details, and here's the guys last year!
Gonqshow concert series kicks off with Toronto groove metal favourites Caym headlining at The Algonquin Pub! Though they've parted ways with drummer Tyler Reiner since their last local stop last spring, Caym should still be tighter than your dad's boots in their first headlining set in the Soo, and they should provide an explosive set of metal originals for fans at The Algonquin tomorrow during their New Breed Tour! Local support will come via punk/metal quintet Jack Spades (who opened for Caym last year) and local death metal favourites The Bear Hunters, both of whom are great and intense fits, so don't be late! Also, Jack Spades will take the trip out to Sudbury on Saturday to join Caym and fellow local concert alums Archelon in a show there, so click here for more details on that event!
Note that this show was originally scheduled to be held at The Oddfellows Hall, and once was planned to be promoted by Heavy North Entertainment (complete with the band Them also opening), but H.N.E. & Them have since dropped out of involvement with this show, and it'll now kick off the (at least) 12 date Gonqshow series. With that, the cover has been cut to just $5, but it is sadly now a 19+ event. Everything starts at 10:00 PM, so check the official Facebook event page and the above links for more details, and don't miss Caym TOMORROW NIGHT! Here's Caym live earlier this month!
Also this weekend, fans of Tym Morrison's solo act can check him out, as usual, TOMORROW AND SATURDAY NIGHT at The Harp Bar & Grill! Pushing a year and a half of nearly weekly solo acoustic gigs at the former Madison's Pub, Tym will surely keep up the same good vibes with lots of unplugged hard rock covers and classics tomorrow and Saturday, and don't worry if you notice no shows this weekend on his website's calendar, as there's a Facebook event page confirming this weekend's events! You can check out the longtime Caveman Morrison frontman tomorrow & Saturday at 10:00 PM, there's no announced cover charge for either night, and as usual, you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the above links, don't miss Tym back at The Harp this weekend, and here's Tym covering Metallica!
Finally for today's previews, we'll head to The Algonquin Pub's upstairs neighbour, The Rockstar Bar, where local hard rock quartet Long Shot will make their debut on SATURDAY NIGHT! This is a bit more of a conventional concert from this rising local band, but with the Speak Easy Battle of the Bands runner-up title under their belts, and many unique concerts on their resume, this could be a great opportunity for the Dawes, Nathan, and Jeremy to make a big impression! For reference, this is a one-nighter due to tonight's Rockstar Bar show headlined by Toronto pop rock band OzGoode. Long Shot are on Saturday night at 10:30 PM, there is an announced cover charge of $5, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and definitely give Long Shot a look this weekend if you can! Here's the guys covering The Darkness live early in their run!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more weekend concert previews and updates tomorrow! Thanks everyone!