Friday, June 12, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Havadder & Mourning Wood), A New Song, And Much More!!

As predicted, we have one more set of SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this weekend, so those will lead off today's second post, but we also have a new show next week, a new song posting, and some assorted recent updates! Here's what you should know, and check out the rest of this weekend's hard rock and punk concert previews in the posts below this one!

Local classic/hard rock trio Mourning Wood will be rocking Reggie's West TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about these shows via SooToday's entertainment page this afternoon, and while the band hasn't confirmed the shows on Facebook as of this writing, note that they generally only announce gigs on a few hours notice via personal accounts. In any event, this weekend's shows at the former Roosevelt Hotel will mark their second straight weekend at a Reggie's venue following their shows at last weekend's Reggie's Place 25th anniversary festivities. This talented trio should deliver some solid cover action to fans in the west end this weekend, so keep TONIGHT & TOMORROW'S shows in mind if you don't have other plans! They are 19+ gigs at 9:30 PMwith no announced cover, so see the above links for more info, and here's Mourning Wood live!

Next up, fellow local classic/hard rock band Havadder will hit The Rockstar Bar next Saturday (June 20th) as part of the lineup for a second fundraiser concert for drummer Scott McLurg during his heart attack recovery! Though a lineup for the event hasn't been announced yet, Havadder confirmed on the Facebook event page for TONIGHT & TOMORROW'S Rednecks Saloon gigs that they'll be playing at the fundraiser, with fill-in drummer Glen Thomas joining them for that show as well. Promoted by The Rockstar Bar's Hayley Warnock, next Saturday's event is a formally scheduled and planned benefit to help raise funds for Scott and his family while he's off work. Performers are being sought to play the show, so if you're interested in playing or donating raffle prizes, message Hayley or anyone involved with the event at this link! The fundraiser will have a minimum door charge of $5, it's presumably 19+, and a 10:30 PM start time is advertised. Check the above links for more details!

It's great to see a larger fundraiser booked to help Scott and family out (last week's Lucky 13 show was a late replacement gig, so there wasn't a lot of time to plan it like next week's is getting), and it'll be interesting to see who all joins on to play! Maybe some of Scott's former bandmates? Time will tell, but stay tuned for updates, and of course, get well soon, Scott!

Also, here's a brand new studio track from local hard rock quartet Skeyes of Seven! Uploaded to their YouTube channel yesterday, it's of their song "Enough", and while not stated there, personal Facebook postings mention that the song was recorded at Mannapool guitarist Korey Deluca's studio. Their second studio track and first with their current lineup (featuring Al Fletcher on bass and John Mignacca on drums), this is a mid-tempo rocker that has a dark edge to it and nice melodic vocals, and it's another strong composition from this rising band! Check it out below!

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

  • Local hard rock quartet Beaumont Avenue will still be playing at The Rockstar Bar THIS COMING FRIDAY! The original Facebook event page was deleted for unannounced reasons in the spring, but the show is either back on or still on, and the band confirmed on the new event page that drummer Ben Boudreau will indeed be back for the first time in 5 months after returning home from college! Great news, so keep this show in mind for next week! No word yet though on the July gig that was also advertised.
  • Barring sudden new activity, we'll be moving local hard rock band Meant To Last to our inactive band links next week. The cross-border project featuring These Sins of Time and Tantrym Tyme alumni are nearing a year since singer Alexa LeClair last referenced the band in Musicians Wanted Facebook group searches, with their own Facebook page not updated since last April. The members are talented, and I liked the international angle for the band, but hopefully they keep active in music, and best of luck to Alexa, Dalton, and Ethan in the future!
  • While the wait continues for the full schedule on both stages, Rotaryfest's website now confirms that two tribute acts will headline the main stage on July 18th, those being the joint Toronto-based Fleetwood Mac & Tom Petty tributes Fleetwood Nicks and Practically Petty, making the second straight year that the Clergue Park stage has featured a Tom Petty tribute (after year's local one-off Free Falling.) Should be fun for classic rock fans, so see above for more, and stay tuned for the full schedules!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post tomorrow, and much more in the coming week! Thanks everyone!

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