Friday, June 12, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Algoma Ride For Autism, Havadder, And Stereo North) & More Concert Previews!!

On this busy concert weekend, we're devoting a second post to weekend concert previews today, mostly concerning Saturday events, including a bunch of SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS! Just to note, if Mourning Wood have late notice shows to announce, we will touch on them as soon as possible, if possible, so keep an eye out. Now, here's what you should know!

Local classic/hard rock quartet Havadder will return to the stage TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT at The Rednecks Saloon! Apologies for the short notice, these shows were only announced via their Facebook event page yesterday, though personal Facebook posts hinted at them in prior days. These will be Havadder's first concerts since drummer Scott McLurg's recent heart attack, and while he's on the mend, the guys have enlisted Peace Vibe/Flat Stanley drummer Glen Thomas (who, like Scott, is also a Wishbone alum) to handle the skins for this weekend's shows, similarly to when he filled in for then-drummer T.J. Case at a few gigs last fall. Good fit, and nice of Glen to step in during Scott's recovery! Yes, we know of the upcoming fundraiser for Scott coming up later this month, that's coming in our next post. This weekend's Havadder shows are otherwise business as usual, with 10:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and 19+ age limits.

As the saying goes, the show must go on, and hopefully Havadder and Glen have a solid weekend of classic hard rock action for fans at the former Nicolet Tavern this weekend (and get well soon, Scott!) See the above links for more details, and here's Havadder (with Glen, incidentally) last fall!

Next up, new local pop punk quartet Stereo North will play a unique event TOMORROW when they rock Mill Market at Mill Square during Habitat for Humanity's Great Dog House Build! Again, apologies for the short notice, the band only confirmed their involvement in the event on their Facebook page on Wednesday. Making their first concert appearance since last month's River Jacks concert, Stereo North will reportedly be playing three sets from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM during this charity event, where teams will unveil doghouses that they built in recent weeks, which will be judged and auctioned off in the afternoon, with some proceeds going to help spay and neuter animals in the area. Nice cause, and Habitat For Humanity do great work on their own as well, so consider a trip downtown to see the completed doghouses and Stereo North as well! For the sake of clarity, the event is advertised as taking place at Mill Market, not The Machine Shop on the same site, but this does return Stereo North to the site of their live debut!

The Great Dog House Build is a FREE & ALL AGES event (and dog friendly too!), so check the above links for more on this very intriguing event for a great cause, and for a preview, here's Stereo North live at The Canadian!

Lastly for late notice show announcements as of this writing, live bands will once again rock this year's third annual Algoma Ride For Autism motorcycle rally during their Family Fun Day events TOMORROW at Runway Park, including pageless local hard rock quartet Late Shift, veteran punk trio Redundant, and acoustic hard rock solo artist Tym Morrison! Apologies once again for the short notice, bands only confirmed their involvement online in recent days, though the Family Fun Day event page confirmed bands as late as April (apologies again for missing that entirely.) Not unlike Ride For Sight, this event features a motorcycle rally through town starting at 11:00 AM to raise awareness and funds for the Algoma Autism Foundation, and the Runway Park activities on Airport Road will include vendors, games, prizes, children's activities, and more, so be sure to check the above links for full details on what to expect and how to get involved in the rally itself, be you a rider, supporter, or both!

In terms of the bands, this will be Redundant's first concert appearance of 2015 and second straight at Algoma Ride For Autism (great to see them back!) and Late Shift's first shows that we've heard about since February (though remember, they don't have a known online page), while this adds to Tym Morrison's busy weekend, especially given that he's not at The Harp tomorrow night. Admission is FREE & ALL AGES tomorrow morning and afternoon, so check the above links for more details! Kudos to the artists for jumping on board this great cause, so hopefully a lot is raised for autism awareness and programs again tomorrow! For a preview, here's Late Shift live at The Rockstar Bar in February!

Closing with a previously announced show taking place TOMORROW NIGHT, local all-female hard rock quartet The Danger Cats will play their farewell concert sets at The Rankin Arena during tomorrow's Border Brawl roller derby event! After a successful year-and-a-half run in the local scene, the girls will hit the stage for the last time before Kate Kougar's move out of town during halftime of tomorrow's roller derby games between Ontario and Michigan teams, with the first featuring the area's own Nord Starz. If you don't know the connection as to why The Danger Cats are playing at this sort of event, both Jamie Jaguar and Calico Katie are involved in Sault Roller Derby, so they're a solid fit on that basis! No word on if they have anything special planned for tomorrow, but their halftime sets are likely taking place at around 7:00 & 9:00 PM, given the scheduling of the two games at 6:00 & 8:00 PM. Roller derby is a fun and physical sport that is getting quite a following in the area, so give it a chance if you're up for some live entertainment tomorrow evening!

Note that The Danger Cats are not playing at the advertised afterparty at The Rockstar Bar tomorrow night, Cherry Crush are. Tickets are $10 with kids under 12 admitted FREE, and for more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Whether you're in this for The Danger Cats, the derby, or both, you'll be entertained tomorrow, but if you missed their set at The New American Pub earlier this month, here's your last chance to go on the prowl with The Danger Cats, who will be missed! For a preview, here's the girls last summer, and best of luck in whatever the future holds!

Thats all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post TONIGHT (if there's any more late notice shows) or tomorrow (if there isn't!) Thanks everyone!

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