We have a busy stretch coming up on the site, with four posts planned in the next two days alone, including at least two concert preview posts (today's for Sault Ontario and one tonight for Sault Michigan), plus this month's delayed "Where Are The New Albums?" post tomorrow morning, and a new news post tomorrow that will, in all likelihood, cover the Rotaryfest Second Stage's return and possible late notice shows this weekend. Let's kick things off though with this weekend's Sault Ontario hard rock and punk concert previews, including late lineup confirmations for the newest Gonqshow event, and SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, so here's what you should know!
Tym Morrison will return to The Harp Bar & Grill TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, plus Gliss Steak & Seafood TONIGHT and the next two evenings as well! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about these shows earlier this week via their new Facebook event pages (here & here.) Given that a new month is upon us, we'll also add Tym's new July dates to our concert calendar due to his ongoing weekly arrangement at The Harp, and given his recent regular appearances at Gliss (entering his fourth straight week at the restaurant inside The Quality Inn), we will consider his shows there to also be an ongoing regular agreement unless or until there's confirmation otherwise. As a result, we're now listing dates in our listings at The Harp and Gliss from next Thursday the 9th-Saturday the 11th, plus the 16th-18th, 23rd-25th, and July 30th-August 1st, and like recently, he's only at Gliss on the Thursdays, and at both venues on the Fridays & Saturdays.
The Gliss dates are all matinees at 6:00 PM with no announced cover charges or age limits (but remember, he is playing at a restaurant), while his dates at the former Madison's Pub all have 10:00 PM start times, no announced cover, and 19+ age limits. Check the above links for more details, and don't miss Tym's entertaining hard rock covers on either stage this month, including TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! For a preview, here's Tym live!
Lucky 13 will return to The Rockstar Bar TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about this show the other day via SooToday's entertainment page, though note that the band hasn't announced a concert through their Facebook page since March, so confirmation may not come through there. A one nighter (with country band Thin Ice playing on Saturday night), this will be Lucky 13's first Rockstar Bar show since filling in for Havadder last month, and their fan favourite alternative and hard rock covers should find a good audience this month, so keep this one in mind for your Friday plans! There is no announced cover charge TOMORROW (but bring cash just in case), you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Lucky 13 live at last year's Toystock!
The Rednecks Saloon TOMORROW NIGHT, where local hard rock/alternative solo musician Mike Haggith will have his own release party concert for his newest solo album "The Warinside"! Released online in May, physical CD copies will officially go on sale tomorrow at the former Nicolet Tavern, and Mike and his side project band Mike Haggith & The Din will headline the concert and perform "The Warinside" in full during their first of two sets! The second will contain extra original songs and covers. This is by far the largest release party that Mike has ever held for one of his concerts, and it's great to see the CD get the full band treatment tomorrow, so definitely consider coming out for this one! By contrast, the openers are quite varied, including progressive/soft rock quartet The Wild Iris (formerly The Pesto Shirts) and solo singer/guitarist Micheal Husband (who I have little info on concerning his sound.) Definitely a mixture of styles, but this way, there's a little something for everyone!
Promoted by Mitch Sirie, tickets are available in advance through Din members for $5, but the price jumps to $7 at the door, while paying $10 will get you a copy of "The Warinside" as well! No word on what sole copies of the album cost though if you're not getting a ticket bundle deal. This is a 19+ concert, and Micheal Husband kicks off the show at 9:30 PM. For more details, visit the above links, and don't miss what will arguably be Mike's biggest local show as a solo performer or frontman! For a preview, here's Mike & The Din live this spring!
Finally for this first concert preview post, the sixth installment of Tidal Records & J.D. Pearce's Gonqshow summer concert series goes down SATURDAY NIGHT at The Algonquin Pub, with Edmonton pop punk quintet Calling All Captains now headlining in their local concert debut! The first stop of the band's All Hands On Deck Tour of eastern Canada, this energetic band have a fun and up-tempo brand of punk that fans of older local bands like A Fall From Innocence should take to, so be sure to check them out this Saturday if you're up for a pop punk attack! Originally planned to be a very diverse concert featuring metal, punk, and rap, the metal headlining portion of this show dried up when Toronto thrash trio AxMinister dropped out of the show in May for unannounced reasons, so Calling All Captains are now headlining alongside two local rap acts! A joint set by Conika and DJ Seith will replace AxMinister on the bill (as per the Gonqshow's Facebook event page), while Mikey Thomas will still open the show with his own solo rap numbers.
Having two rappers and a DJ opening for a punk band isn't a typical fit, but Mikey, Conika, and Shane are all very good at what they do, and they should set the tone nicely before Calling All Captains take the stage! A $5 cover charge is likely for this show, which is a 19+ affair with a likely 10:00 PM start time. This show has unusually not received a lot of promotion specific to it online, but if you love pop punk and/or rap, be sure to head to The Algonquin Pub TOMORROW! For a preview, here's Calling All Captains putting their own spin on a Lorde song for this video!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan previews later today, with this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post coming tomorrow! Thanks everyone!