Friday, June 19, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Havadder & Mourning Wood), More Concert Previews, And A Surprise Band Breakup!!

We would normally start this second weekend concert preview post with a late notice show announcement, but as this leads directly into a cancellation and replacement band for this weekend, we'll lead off with the surprising news that local hard rock quartet Beaumont Avenue are disbanding next month. The former Suicide Kings made the announcement on their Facebook page yesterday, and while they didn't clarify a reason for the impending breakup (other than saying they went from "in a relationship" to "single"), they confirmed that they've cancelled their concerts tonight at The Rockstar Bar and on July 10th at The Rednecks Saloon (which wasn't publically announced beforehand), and they've pulled out of that weekend's Out Of The Ruins show as well. However, Beaumont Avenue will play a farewell concert set at Rotaryfest next month, which personal Facebook posts confirm will be on Saturday, July 18th at 4:00 PM on the main stage, but we're still awaiting official public confirmation on the lineup.

I don't know why they're breaking up so suddenly, especially a day off from their planned return, but Beaumont Avenue have had a very successful run since their 2012 debut that has seen them open for the likes of Airbourne, win 2013's Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands, and even play at Spanish's Rock 'N Roar Festival. At least they'll get a proper send-off (albeit covers only) at Rotaryfest next month, so be sure to see Mike, Steven, Mitch, and Ben one last time then, and stay tuned for updates on the full Rotaryfest band lineups on both stages when they come in!

With Beaumont Avenue's withdrawal from TONIGHT'S Rockstar Bar concert, here's our first SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for this post, as local classic/hard rock cover quartet Havadder will step in to take their spot for tonight, as announced via this Facebook event page late yesterday! This gives Havadder (with guest drummer Glen Thomas) the full weekend at The Rockstar Bar, as they'll headline the previously announced fundraiser for drummer Scott McLurg and his family TOMORROW NIGHT, with proceeds going to help Scott during his ongoing heart attack recovery! The second benefit for Scott this month, this has the benefit of extra advertising, a 50/50 draw, drink specials, and a prize table, so keep each in mind! Recent postings indicate however that Havadder are the only "band" tomorrow, though they'll be joined by guest musicians to jam during their set, as you never know who might have at 'er too!

Both TONIGHT & TOMORROW's shows have 19+ age limits & 10:30 PM start times, and while tonight's has no announced cover (bring cash just in case), tomorrow's fundraiser has a minimum $5 cover, so given the cause, consider giving more. Scott McLurg is a good guy and a talented drummer, so our continued best wishes are with him as his recovery continues, and definitely consider coming to see Havadder this weekend to show your support! Here's Havadder live last fall!

Lastly for short notice show announcements in this post, local classic/hard rock trio Mourning Wood are apparently rocking Reggie's Place at 458 Queen Street East TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this show was originally confirmed in a thread on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group post on Monday, and it apparently followed a rare Thursday night show from the band yesterday, as per bassist Steven Flint's personal Facebook page (apologies for missing it on the SMS, we couldn't rush a third new post last night to fit it in.) No word on if they're playing a Friday show now that Steven's Beaumont Avenue gig was cancelled, but tomorrow's proves to be unique if it's still on, as the above Musicians Wanted group post was to find musicians to fill in for frontman Terry Eaton and drummer T.J. Case due to a double booking. This is presumably referencing an Asylum Country concert, as both are in that band, but I haven't found a public reference to the show in question.

At last word, a drummer was found and a bassist was being sought (I assume Steven would be handling guitar if this show is still on), but at least we heard about a Mourning Wood show at the original Reggie's before the day of it! Tomorrow's show, if still on, should have a 10:00 PM start time, a 19+ age limit, and no announced cover. We'll keep you posted if more comes out, and here's Mourning Wood live last year!

Finally for this second of three weekend concert preview posts, we'll touch on a show that was previously announced, as local alternative hard rock trio The Pixo Control will hit LopLops Lounge TOMORROW NIGHT to open for Edmonton psychedelic/garage rock band The Archaics for a second time in under three weeks! With the headliners coming back home on their Canadian tour, it's great to see The Archaics' old school-inspired garage rock back on a local stage tomorrow, so be sure to give them a look if you're not familiar with them! The Pixo Control will be kicking off a busy weekend (including a Sunday afternoon show that we'll preview in-depth tomorrow), and their grungy hard rock should fit in nicely again tomorrow! A more intimate show than the New American gig earlier this month, it is apparently a Six Two Oh production despite the Facebook event page being created by former Danger Cats guitarist Paula D'Agostino.

A $5 cover is in effect for this 19+ concert, which will start tomorrow at 10:00 PM. For more details, visit the above links, and if you missed The Archaics and The Pixo Control earlier this month, here's your second chance! For a preview, here's The Pixo Control at last year's Lopstock, and stay tuned for plenty of videos from this year's Lopstock in the coming days!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for previews of an unusually busy Sunday in local concerts tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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