Thursday, December 17, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Late Shift), Weekend Concert Previews, And More!!

Let's tackle weekend concert previews in today's post, including a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, though we have a new video to round things out, and we'll of course touch on late notice concerts when/if announced! For reference, a year-end party for Tidal Records' skate team will take place on Saturday night at The Rockstar Bar, but we have not heard about any punk or metal performers at the event as of this writing, so in case something's announced to that end, we'll follow it. Now, here's what you should know!

For at least the second straight year, The Rockstar Bar will host a fundraising concert for the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, and local funk/hard rock quartet Late Shift are back for it! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about the show via the venue's Facebook group on Monday, but at least we had time to get it on the site this year! A benefit for a fantastic cause, the lineup is similar to last year's Rock For ARCH event, with Late Shift being joined by Wisdom Beast, The Free Samples & CDH (credited as GDH last year.) Those three bands are largely not familiar from other concerts, so they may be one-offs that only play this or ARCH-related events, though a Road Rockets reunion played in Wisdom Beast's place last year. Given what ARCH does for the community and those suffering from cancer, it's great to see these bands coming together, and Late Shift should deliver a fun set, so keep this show in mind!

Admission for SATURDAY NIGHT'S (at least) second annual Rock For ARCH will be via donation at the door, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely, but it is a 19+ event. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Late Shift live at The Rockstar Bar!

Moving to previously announced concerts, longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will continue his regular weekly arrangement at Gliss Steak & Seafood with matinee solo concerts TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Though not yet confirmed on Facebook, his website's calendar lists the shows, among a consistent schedule that is listed through February 2020. Continuing his half-a-year-long run at the Quality Inn's restaurant downtown, Tym's skilled and prolific blend of acoustic hard rock covers should entertain fans once again this weekend, so if you're up for some early unplugged favourites in a more intimate setting, you know where to be! Remember, his 2 year long run at The Harp quietly ended last month, hence the absence of shows there. Like usual, Tym's Gliss shows this weekend are all at 6:00 PM, and while there's no announced cover charges or age limits, remember that he is playing at a restaurant. Check the above links for more details, and here's Tym live!

Finally for currently announced hard rock concerts in the area this weekend, we'll head across the river to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino, where Traverse City classic metal trio Peril are scheduled to return for headlining concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Coming over two months after their last shows in the E.U.P. (at the same venue), these will be the last regional concerts from any of Jeff & Adam's metal projects of the year, so definitely consider taking a trip down to St. Ignace this weekend for Peril's heavy covers! Of course, I assume they (and Scarkazm, perhaps Jeff's other bands too) will have 2016 dates to announce in due course, we'll let you know when/if we hear anything on that. Like usual for Peril's regional gigs, there are 9:00 PM start times in effect, 21+ age limits, and no announced cover charges. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Peril live a few years back!

Finally for today, here's the latest archive video shared on local classic/hard rock quintet That's Chester's Facebook page from guitarist Gabe Tessaro, this time coming from a wedding that the guys played in Elliot Lake in August of last year! The video in question is of That's Chester covering Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right", which I believe was pulled from drummer Ric Datson's YouTube channel last year due to a copyright flag, so it's nice to see it back up as a Facebook video! Filmed from a high side-stage angle (best capturing bassist Aubrey Falls as a result), it's an entertaining, if somewhat rough performance, so give this recent band-approved "wake up song" a look!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for last month's poll results & this month's newest poll TOMORROW, plus potential late notice concert alerts when/if announced! Thanks everyone!

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