Thursday, July 9, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Mike Haggith And The Din) & The First Of The Weekend's Concert Previews!!

Another busy concert weekend is upon us, so let's kick things off with today's first concert preview post for this weekend, mostly touching on shows taking place today or tomorrow, with Saturday-only shows and late notice confirmations to follow! Today, we have a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT and other previews, including another major Kewadin Casino concert, so here's what you should know!

Local hard/acid rock trio Mike Haggth & The Din will fill in for Project 421 in TOMORROW'S concert with glam/power pop trio Caroline Divine at The Rockstar Bar! Apologies for the short notice, this show was announced on Monday via it's Facebook event page, so we held it for this weekend's previews. Originally, this show was to reunite recent Summer Bash participants Project 421 & Caroline Divine, with the other two bands (Long Shot & Stereo North) fittingly following next week. However, a personal matter involving a member of Project 421 has forced their withdrawal, so Mike & The Din will be replacing them for both TOMORROW'S Rockstar Bar show and Saturday's Out Of The Ruins show at The Rednecks Saloon (which we'll preview on the site tomorrow.) Nice of the guys to fill in on short notice, and while I do know why Project 421 out, I won't go into more detail out of respect to the situation (it's not relating to any band strife though.)

I believe this will be The Din's Rockstar Bar debut, and Caroline Divine have quickly been making waves since their debut, so this should be a solid night of music! No word on who's playing at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, but TOMORROW'S 19+ concert will start at 10:30 PM, and bring $5 or so in the event there's a cover. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Mike & The Din live at The Speak Easy!

Moving to previously announced concerts, local hard rock solo artist Tym Morrison will keep his recent busy stretch going at both The Harp Bar & Grill and Gliss Steak & Seafood, with his new arrangement at Gliss continuing TONIGHT only, before hitting The Harp TOMORROW only! No word on why Tym's only at Gliss tonight rather than Friday & Saturday also (like he's had in recent weeks), but he's very likely not playing at The Harp on Saturday due to their broadcast of UFC 189, as is usual when The Harp broadcasts a UFC pay per view. In any event, Tym's hard rock covers should play well in his dual weekly concert arrangements, so whether you want some Thursday matinee action during supper time, or Friday night entertainment at a local bar, you have options for this week even with the pared down schedule! Neither show has an announced cover charge (but remember that Gliss is a restaurant), and while that show has a 6:00 PM start time and no announced age limit, tomorrow's Harp show will be a 19+ affair starting at 10:00 PM. Click here & here for more details, and here's Tym live at Mill Square!

In a brief detour to Sault Michigan, the second major Kewadin Casino hard rock concert in a week will go down TOMORROW NIGHT, when British Columbia hard rock quartet Theory of a Deadman return to our area for a headlining concert at The Dreammaker's Theater! Last seen headlining there in 2012, Theory of a Deadman are well known for hits like "Nothing Could Come Between Us" & "Bad Girlfriend", and have sold three platinum albums in Canada alone, so their familiar hard rock & post-grunge originals should get a solid reception tomorrow night! Missouri hard rock quintet Shaman's Harvest will join them tomorrow, and they have some familiar rock radio hits of their own like "Dragonfly" & "Dangeorous", so check out their modern and edgy sound as well if you get a chance! Local support will come via local hard rock quartet Ten Kings in the biggest show of their young run, but they'll feature guest bassist Chris Hubbard (415E) in place of Barney Gravelle due to out of town commitments, giving fans a one night reunion of Chris & his former Nixxon Dixxon bandmate Brandon Carr, so keep that in mind too!

This ALL AGES concert is the third from Allstar Promotions since their local resurgence, but the first in their usual modern rock wheelhouse since 2013. Tickets are still available for $36.50 from the fourth row & back at the in-person box office, this link, or at 1-800-KEWADIN, but note that center section seating is sold out. Click here and see the above links for info on some giveaway contests, and to get more details on the show! Sounds like there will be a great turnout for Theory of a Deadman's second local show, and they have their fair share of hits, so stay tuned for fallout on this show as it comes in, and here's T.O.A.D. live last fall!

We'll close back in Sault Ontario, where Toronto folk/punk trio Stinkbox will make their local concert debut TOMORROW NIGHT at The Gore Street Cafe! Not unlike our recent Out Of Town Profile subject The Sunk'n City Gypsys, Stinkbox blend a punk attitude and energy with folk and roots rock, complete with unique instruments like a tin canjolele and double bass, and they should find fans in a variety of backgrounds tomorrow night! Support will come via Toronto folk musician Caela Butt, who is a talented artist in her own right, and should get a nice response from folk and alternative fans in attendance! Ye Olde Mold Pickers frontwoman Rihkee Strap will open the show for some local supporting content, and it's nice to see her back in town, so don't be late! Note that a previously advertised solo set from Honest Job frontman Mister Tahti has been removed from the lineup.

This show will have admission in a "pay what you can model", though promoters recommend $5. Everything starts at 7:00 PM, and there's no announced age limits. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Nice marriage of styles for this Gore Street Cafe show, so keep it in mind for TOMORROW if you like folk and/or punk! For a preview, here's Stinbox live in February!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile and more weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

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