Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Highway 63), Dusty Tucker/Nailheads Concert Preview, And More!!

News has been slow as of late, but we're back for this Tuesday morning, so what's in store? Along with new recording session videos from this side of the border, we're mostly sticking with the Sault Michigan area today, including some new interview finds, some solo videos, and first, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, so here's what you should know! (Updated on Wednesday at 7:19 PM)

For a second straight year, Sault Michigan classic/hard rock quartet Highway 63 will play a Halloween party at The American Legion on Saturday, October 31st! Though not a typical concert venue in the area, the Monkey's Uncle successors obviously had a successful Halloween show last year at the Legion (at 3 Legion Drive, off East Water Street), so keep this one in mind at month's end if you're unsure how you want to spend the holiday! The band's on at 8:00 PM, expect a costume party with cash prizes, and note that last year's Halloween show also had a $5 cover charge, door prizes, an all you can eat buffet, and no announced age limits. Also, Highway 63 will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino on Friday, December 4th & December 5th, which are among the new show confirmations on Kewadin Casino's entertainment page. This will be their first announced St. Ignace concert weekend since the summer, and like usual, expect a 21+ age limit, no cover, and 9:00 PM start time.

Note that there are more hard rock show announcements from Kewadin's entertainment page that we will further outline in a post later this week, partly as one band has late notice shows elsewhere to touch on this weekend, so stay tuned for those in a few days! It's good to see Highway 63 staying busy in the latter months of 2015, so keep these shows in mind, and stay tuned for more from them!

Next up, here's a preview for a long-announced concert going down TOMORROW NIGHT at The New American Pub (more on that in a second), as Red Deer, Alberta hard rock quintet Dusty Tucker and Montreal punk trio The Nailheads are slated to join forces! Dusty Tucker's southern rock-influenced blend of heavy original music should find a strong audience tomorrow, while The Nailheads (replacing the now defunct locals The Danger Cats) will be playing the Soo for the first time since rocking a metal night at the former Roosevelt Hotel four years ago, and it's about time their old school punk attack is in our area again! The advertised local openers are post-punk quartet Gnaeus in their first announced show of the fall, and it'll be nice to see them out of the studio for this one! However, promoter Brent Ellis (replacing Mitch Sirie) noted on the Facebook event page this evening that the show had been moved from the previously announced Rednecks Saloon to The New A for unannounced reasons, so keep the late notice venue shift in mind!

This 19+ show has a 9:00 PM start time, and rather than the former "pay what you can" format, there is now a flat $5 cover charge.  Check the above links for more details! Despite the surprise late venue change (and slow recent promotion of the gig), this should be an entertaining and diverse concert with a little something for everyone, so check out all three of these talented bands, and keep this Wednesday nighter in mind for TOMORROW! Here's Dusty Tucker live in Alberta last month!

Also, here's the latest Instagram video postings from Sault Ontario death metal favourites The Bear Hunters, as they continue to record their second album "The Dead Testament" at Mission Control Studios! One is a short clip of drummer Johnny Belanger and producer Dustin Jones checking out part of the drum track for "Transcend Judgement", but embedded below is our first glimpse at "For Glory", one of two songs from the CD that we have yet to hear live (the other being the title track.) This is just a short instrumental preview from the studio tracking, but what we do hear does sound Bear Hunters-esque, so give it a look below, and see more above!

Finally for today, here's some recent press materials from Dafter, Michigan hard rock solo artist Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton, including two interviews from last November! Published on the underground music website Arm The Pit, they appear to be generic questions for any artist, given the questions referencing bands and labels given to an independent solo artist, but you go get some interesting insights into his recording methods, and plans (at the time) to form a live band. One interview is about SweetKenny in general, and the other is focused around his then-new CD "Amazonian", so read both at this link! We were going to round out our SweetKenny updates with a review from Woodbangers Entertainment of his recent album "Charlie Hidelburg: Ancient Hunter", but it's either down or deleted. In any event, it's link is/was here, but stay tuned in case it comes back, and keep an eye out for more from this prolific Eastern U.P. solo musician as we hear it!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and concert previews soon! Thanks everyone!

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