Thursday, June 25, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym Morrison) And Most Of This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

Before we get into this post, here's yet another apology for a missed Mourning Wood concert, as the local classic/hard rock band reportedly played at Reggie's Place downtown yesterday (yes, a Wednesday nighter), as per bassist Steven Flint's personal Facebook page yesterday right before showtime. Once again, this show didn't get any advance word from band or personal accounts beforehand, but we'd have plugged it before had we known about it! No word yet about weekend shows from the guys, possibly at Reggie's again, but we'll cover them if possible.

Now, this post will otherwise cover most of this weekend's concerts on a quieter weekend than the previous one, though Saturday's Gatgas show and any new late notice confirmations will come afterward. We'll start with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, as local hard rock solo artist Tym Morrison will continue his recent streak of matinee sets at Gliss Steak & Seafood TONIGHT, TOMORROW, AND SATURDAY NIGHT, joining his regular Harp Bar & Grill shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice on the Gliss shows, he only announced them on their Facebook page on Tuesday, and there's no public confirmation yet on if he has a new regular weekly run there now, or if it's still a week by week thing. In any event, the last three weeks have been busy for Tym with both matinees at The Quality Inn's restaurant and regular nighttime shows at the former Madison's Pub, so whether you prefer his hard rock covers in the evening or at night, you have options over the next three nights!

His Harp shows tomorrow & Saturday have 10:00 PM start times, no cover, and 19+ age limits as usual, while his Gliss shows TONIGHT through SATURDAY have no cover, 6:00 start times, and no cover (but remember that he is playing at a restaurant again.) Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym and the late Luke LeBlanc live!

Moving to previously announced concerts, we'll head to The Rockstar Bar TOMORROW NIGHT, where four local bands will join forces for the venue's "Summer Bash"! A special concert to help kick off the summer season, the show will feature prizes and giveaways all night long, while the patio will be open, and there will be drink deals, so there's extra incentive to come on out! The advertised bands will be local hard rock quartet Long Shot (in their first show in about a month), classic metal quartet Project 421 (who will debut their mystery new drummer tomorrow), new local punk quartet Stereo North, and new local glam metal/power pop trio Caroline Divine, with the latter two making their Rockstar Bar debuts in the process. Solid lineup with plenty of newer and familiar faces! A live DJ is also hyped on the Facebook event page, but they are not credited there (for reference, it won't be DJ Seith, he's listed on the event page as not being able to attend.)

The Rockstar Bar's Summer Bash goes down TOMORROW at 8:00 PM, it is a 19+ event, and while there's no announced cover charge, bring $5 or so just in case. This sounds like a fun concert to help ring in the season, and all four bands have shown talent and crowd-friendly sounds since their debuts, so definitely consider checking things out, especially with the giveaways and specials! For more details, visit the above links, and here's Long Shot live!

We'll close this post across the river in Sault Michigan for a few concerts, including the returns of Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm to our neck of the woods TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT at The Savoy Bar & Nightclub! Rare non-Kewadin Casino shows in the Eastern U.P. from one of Jeff Hudson's bands (though you may recall sporadic Peril dates at The Savoy), this weekend's shows are advertised as the first of The Savoy's "Summerfest" concert series, which will apparently return to the outdoor stage behind the West Portage Avenue bar, though note that Scarkazm's own advertising doesn't confirm that. It's great to have Scarkazm back in the Soo, and expanding to some new locations in the process, so definitely keep this weekend's shows in mind for some live metal action! There's no announced cover charge, a likely 10:00 PM start time, and a 21+ age limit. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Scarkazm live last year!

Finally for today, let's preview SATURDAY'S first ever Summerfest (yes, a different one) at Lake Superior State University, which will feature local hard rock quartet Ten Kings on the early lineup! This outdoor event is a public event outside of The Cisler Centre (the building with WLSO radio) that will feature live music, local restaurant vendors, and more family events from noon until around 6:00 PM on Saturday, so for full details on the event and non-musical elements, visit this link! Ten Kings will take the stage for an hour-long set at 12:40 PM, while the show's main featured attraction will be the 25 member Steeltown Silver Band at 3:30 PM. Two solo performers (Highest of Fives alum Travis Theel and LSSU professor Jason Swedene) will close the day at 5:30 & 5:00 PM, while other performers will include local performance artists The Hoop Incident at 3:00 PM, zumba dancer Victoria Cryderman at 2:40 PM, new local rock band Retro Troop (featuring Ten Kings bassist Barney Gravelle, info on their sound hopefully forthcoming) at 1:40 PM.

The Allure Dancers and Great Lakes Arts & Dance will open the day at noon, and in the unlikely event of rain, LSSU's Summerfest will be moved indoors. This FREE & ALL AGES event goes down on Saturday afternoon, and is notably a rare LSSU event with alcohol sales (wine, specifically), but keep in mind that this is a college campus that has a summer semester. Sounds like a good time to showcase my alma mater and have some fun with local musicians, artists, and vendors, so keep it in mind for SATURDAY! For a preview, here's Ten Kings' live earlier this year!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile, our Gatgas preview, and more very soon! Thanks everyone!

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