It's been 5 days since our last non-feature post at the SMS, surprisingly enough, so let's end that relatively dry spell now with the first half of the weekend's hard rock concert previews! We will touch on the Hells Bells, Sault Michigan-area, and potential late notice announcements either tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned then, but for now, here's previews for an ongoing regular weekly engagement, and SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for TONIGHT and TOMORROW!
The Marconi Hall! Apologies for the short notice, public confirmation of the band lineup wasn't made until the past few days, so we held it for our previews. The event is to help the Soo's own Jason Michaud with expenses related to his cancer battle and related travel, which is a nice gesture, and hopefully there's a great turnout TONIGHT to help Jason and his family out! Oddly, the band lineup has never been announced on the official Facebook event page, but a thread on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group by Jason's friend James White (The Elements, etc.) indicates who's playing. Given later comments relating to timeslot shifts, the lineup appears to be headlined by James' punk trio Redundant (in their first announced show since the summer) at 12:00 AM, classic metal trio Project 421 at 11:00 PM, and DJ Seith spinning turntable mies at 9:00 PM.
Mike Haggith & The Din (in new guitarist Tammy Hill's live debut) at 8:00 PM, and the debuting Eclypse (who were to play at the postponed Speak Easy Battle this month, and are still awaiting public information on their identity & sound) opening at 7:00 PM. Solid lineup, and it's nice to see the bands coming together to help Jason out! Tickets are $25 for this ALL AGES fundraiser, which will include supper and a door prize ticket, and there will be a cash bar for 19+ attendees. Doors open at 5:00 PM with supper and bands apparently beginning at 7:00 PM, and tickets can be obtained by the phone numbers on the Facebook event page linked above, which also contain e-mails to send donations to the Michaud family if you can't attend, and I assume paying at the door would be accepted. Check the above links for more details! I don't know Jason, but fighting cancer at such a young age is just unfortunate, and hopefully he can beat this! It sounds like he has a good support team too!
And for the bands, you have an increasingly rare set by Redundant, Project 421's first show in about 2 months, the debut of The Din's new lineup, and Eclypse's live debut (anyone know anything on them?), so if the Musicians Wanted thread is still accurate, there should be some good and exciting entertainment for hard rock and punk fans TONIGHT at 450 Albert Street West, and for a great cause! Check the above links for more details, and here's lots of Redundant live footage!
Next up, local classic/hard rock cover quartet Mourning Wood will return to the stage TOMORROW NIGHT for a one-nighter at Reggie's West! Again, apologies for the short notice, we only heard about the show yesterday via drummer Glen Thomas' personal Facebook page. After a couple of weeks off from publically announced concerts (remember, the band doesn't publically promote most shows on Facebook), the guys are back at the former Roosevelt Hotel TOMORROW for the first time in over a month, so if you've missed Mourning Wood lately, here's your chance! Note that they are not playing there on Saturday, as Glen's personal posting noted that Mourning Wood are playing a private wedding gig that night at a different venue, so keep that in mind. There is no announced cover charge TOMORROW, you must be 19 or older to attend at Reggie's West, and everything should start at around 10:00 PM. For more details, visit the above links, and here they are at The Rednecks Saloon last month!
Finally for this preview post, we'll look at veteran local hard rock solo singer/guitarist Tym Morrison's acoustic shows this weekend, including his expected matinee returns to Gliss Steak & Seafood TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY, plus a one-nighter at The Harp Bar and Grill TOMORROW NIGHT! As his lengthy engagements at both venues march on (he's pushing two years at The Harp), fans of his unplugged hard rock covers should be right at home as usual for his four shows this weekend, so if you want to check out his sets at supper-time downtown, you're covered for the next three evenings, and his more typical nighttime gig at the former Madison's Pub should get a good turnout tomorrow as well! Note that he's not playing at The Harp on Saturday night due to their expected broadcast of the UFC 193 pay per view, but he should be playing there next Saturday.
All four of this weekend's gigs have no announced cover charges, the Gliss shows are at 6:00 PM with no announced age limits, and the Harp show has a 19+ age limit and a 10:00 PM start time. Click here & here for more details, and here's Tym live a few years back!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for more concert previews on this busy weekend next! Thanks everyone!