Thursday, November 5, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Toystock & Tym Morrison) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

Let's get our post-Halloween concert previews rolling on this Thursday morning, and while there's a visible drop in major concerts to start November, we do have LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this month and a touring Michigan band's return north, plus a major returning concert event to announce for later this month! Note that we will touch on Sunday's K'Man & The 45s concert and potential late notice announcements in the coming days, so don't worry! Now, here's what you should know!

With a new month upon us, and Facebook confirmations of this weekend's gigs now online, we'll now add longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's November slate of acoustic solo concerts to our listings! These include returns to Gliss Steak & Seafood for matinees on each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the month, and with one likely exception, regular nighttime concerts at The Harp Bar & Grill on each Friday & Saturday in November, and both do include shows TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice on those, we were waiting for Tym to confirm them outside of his website, and again, we take these a month at a time due to their uncertain length and exceedingly lengthy scheduling on his website. This all amounts to 19 November dates, including shows on the 12th-14th, 19th-21st, and 26th-28th, but we haven't listed a November 14th gig at The Harp due to the bar's likely broadcast of UFC 193 that night.

All 12 of the Gliss matinees are at 6:00 PM with no announced cover charges or age limits (but remember, it is a restaurant), while the 7 Harp shows are all 19+ events at 10:00 PM with no announced cover charges (and again, he's at Gliss TONIGHT and both venues TOMORROW & SATURDAY!) For more details, visit the official Facebook event pages here & here, and don't miss Tym's entertaining hard rock covers this month! Here he is live in Heyden!

Next up, the fourth annual Toystock charity concert event will go down on Sunday, November 29th! After three years at The Canadian Nightclub, the annual Christmas Cheer fundraiser is moving to The Grand Gardens at 1324 Great Northern Road for unannounced reasons, but this should be a larger location, and hopefully it works out well for involved! As in prior years though, donations to Christmas Cheer (be they toys, non-perishable food, or money) will garner you admission to this ALL AGES event, and like in past years, expect the Stuff-A-Bus on site, appearances from Santa & Mrs. Claus, food & drinks, prize giveaways, and more, so check out the official news press release from promoters Maxx Entertainment at this location! Once again, the lineup is focused around veteran local cover bands, but only three bands are returnees from past installments, with the rest comprised of new faces (to the Toystock series) and some surprises, so who can you expect?

In apparent order from the press release, the bands this year (10 in 10 hours once again) will include country cover veterans Bone Yard (in their record-tying third Toystock set), VM Radio Battle-winning post-punk quartet Gnaeus, a one-off punk cover band named The Rude-Offs (more on them in a second), a mystery band named Under The Influence (let us know if you can confirm anything on them!), the recently revived classic rock quartet Nikkfitt, classic/hard rock quartet Mourning Wood (in their second straight Toystock set), blues rockers Mojo, all-female classic rock quintet Domina (also back from last year), veteran country trio The Algo Rhythms, and students from the Bocturoc Academy of Music to open the day. Regarding The Rude-Offs, I can confirm that their lineup will feature Destroilet drummer Matt Waples and other performers to be finalized, and their set will be comprised of punk covers of Christmas songs, which should be very interesting! We'll let you know if we hear anything final on their lineup, or the identity of Under The Influence!

Note that while the lineup is largely different from past years (including the absence of Lucky 13 for the first time), remember that last year's Toystock also only had 3 returning bands, and this way, there's a fresh lineup for a new year, with plenty of talent to go around! Toystock IV begins at 12:00 PM at the Grand Gardens on November 29th, and check the above links for full current details! There's a little something for everyone, with lots of familiar faces, so don't miss Toystock's grand return at month's end, and stay tuned for updates (both on Under The Influence and in general!)

Finally for today, here's a final pair of previously announced concerts for this weekend, as Traverse City, Michigan metal trio Scarkazm will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Last seen there (or anywhere in the Eastern U.P.) four months ago, the Peril sister band have been well and busy as of late, and if you've missed Adam, Dave, and Jeff's heavy covers and originals up here, be in St. Ignace either tomorrow or Saturday! Of course, if you'd rather see Peril, they'll be back in our area over the December 18th weekend. Scarkazm will be on at 9:00 PM both nights, you must be at least 21 years old to attend, there's no announced cover charges. For more details, visit the above links! Scarkazm's hard hitting setlist should serve them well this weekend, so keep these shows in mind, and here's Scarkazm live last year!

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

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