Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock cover trio Banned have announced their first concerts of 2016, and they do include a number of regional concert dates! Much like Banned alum Alex Schrovenwever's current band Steelhead have done in the past, the reveal was made via Banned's Facebook cover photo, and the new dates include dates at 4 of the 5 Kewadin Casino branches' bars, with all but Hessel on their early 2016 itinerary (though note that Kewadin's entertainment page has yet to confirm the dates.) We'll next see Banned in Sault Michigan on Friday, January 15th & Saturday, January 16th at The Rapids Lounge at the Soo's Kewadin Casino (with further shows coming there on March 11th & 12th), while they will still be rocking Hessel (at The Runway Bar) for a one-nighter on Friday, February 12th. Finally, their first shows of the year at The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino will be on February 19th & 20th, so keep those in mind as well!
The shows also join dates outside of our area in Engadine later this month, and for a weekend a month through March at the Kewadin Casino branches in Manistique and Christmas (nice to see Banned playing the Christmas Kewadin at last too!) All of Banned's regional dates have 9:00 PM start times, 21+ age limits, and no announced cover charges. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from this prolific trio as it rolls in!
Next up, here's a new video from local classical metal project Theatre of Night's YouTube channel, as uploaded yesterday, and it's of keyboardist Craig Harrison performing an instrumental piece in studio. Sounds pretty and suitably dramatic, and it should mesh well with the full song when complete, so give it a look below!
We'll close today back in Sault Ontario, including a new video find from one of the late Mike Case's Junior All-Star bands! Entitled The Mike Case Rockers, this incarnation of his student youth bands were active from 2012-2014, and memorably played at Rotaryfest's main stage in 2013, the Ray Brown benefit concert that fall, as well as at charity & community events. Mostly known for covering pop music from the likes of Katy Perry & Bruno Mars, a pair of videos on their Facebook page skew more to what we cover, and they include renditions of Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You" & (as embedded below) Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train", both from a kids Halloween party of some type at The Canadian Nightclub in October 2012 shortly after their debut. Featuring three 13-15 year old students (including singer Alandra Brooks) backed up by the prolific T.J. Case on drums, and with guest appearances from Mike, these are well done for their age, and you can definitely sense promise!
The guitarist is really solid, and Alandra has a good melodic voice, so hopefully everyone stays active in music! Though mostly playing pop covers, they were developing well, and while Mike Case's junior bands are obviously no more following his tragic passing last year, it's nice to find a formal online page and media for one of them, so check out more from The Mike Case Rockers above & below!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- Local doom metal trio AlgomA's first announced concert of the year will see them rock Toronto once again at Coalition T.O. on Sunday, March 20th! They'll actually be headlining this concert alongside 3 out of town bands, including recent New A headliners IRN and Sudbury's Horse Lung. Sounds like a fun concert for doom & sludge fans, so click here for details in case you want to take a road trip for all of the action come March!
- In their first music-related Facebook page post since 2014, local progressive death metal veterans Gates of Winter announced earlier today that their upcoming third album "Perihelion" will finally be released this year, and they "have a lot more exciting news on the way". The post also came in the wake of the 8th anniversary of the release of their second CD "Lux Aeterna", which is also now available on iTunes and Spotify. Hopefully we hear much more soon, Gates have been missed!
- Local grunge/alternative trio The Pixo Control will play their first announced concert of the year on Friday, January 22nd when they headline at The Townhouse Tavern in Sudbury! This will be their first out-of-town show with new bassist Dustin Goodall, and there will be support acts to be announced. This should be a great concert too, so keep it in mind if you're out east, and click here for more details! (Also, they revealed there that the name of their CD "Probably Not" came from that being a frequent reply when they asked optimistic questions, which fit how Michael felt when writing their songs.)
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes in due course! Thanks everyone!