As promised, let's touch on the rest of the known local hard rock concert previews for this weekend in today's post, but we also have some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (including a SHORT NOTICE one for TONIGHT), and some new videos from each side of the border! Here's what you should know!
Prolific local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to The Road House Bar & Grill on Trunk Road TONIGHT for a one-night only concert! Apologies for the short notice, Tym only announced the show via it's official Facebook event page yesterday, and it's not listed on his website's calendar. Joining his usual weekly matinees at Gliss Steak & Seafood (which continue tonight & tomorrow), TONIGHT'S Road House gig will bring Tym back to more traditional confines (not to mention, a more typical timeslot) as he rocks a venue that he also used to play a weekly arrangement at, so if you've missed his nighttime bar shows, this might be up your alley! This will also be Tym's first Road House show in just over a month, no word yet though on if he's playing there monthly now or not. This show has a 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit, so for more details, visit the above links, and don't miss Tym's acoustic hard rock hits there or at Gliss TONIGHT! Here's Tym live a few years back!
Moving to previously announced concerts (and taking a trip to the Eastern U.P.), let's first look at Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock trio Banned, who will return to The Runway Bar in Hessel TONIGHT, but also have a pair of new concerts to touch on in future weeks! As announced on their Facebook page yesterday, this talented local band will make their "debut" at Three One Three on Ashmun on Friday, February 26th, making them the first hard rock band to play at the former Back Door since it's re-opening and renaming (though they played there under the old regime), so definitely keep that show in mind to check out what's new at 313 Ashmun Street! Note that this is a one-nighter due to Banned's previously announced trip to Manistique that Saturday. Banned will also return to their hometown of Kinross on Saturday, May 21st when they rock The Oriole's Club inside the Kinross Township Hall at 4916 West Curtis Avenue, marking their first show there in three months, and while this is a largely unfamiliar venue, I can't confirm if this is tied to an outside event.
As for TONIGHT'S Runway Bar show in Hessel, it'll be Banned's first there of 2016, and should be a fun time for Alex, Don, and Wayne's varied and often heavy setlist, so don't miss out if you're in the area! Tonight's concert has a 9:00 PM start time, while their Three One Three show is at 9:30 PM, and the Kinross show is an earlier 7:00 PM event. All shows are presumably 21+, and none have an announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details, don't miss Banned in Hessel tonight, and here they are live in 2014!
Lastly for known hard rock concerts this weekend (barring anything on even shorter notice), Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63 are scheduled to return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Last seen in our area just under a month ago at the same venue (though they played in Christmas in the interim), it'll be good to see the Switzers, Chris, and Ron back on stage as they continue their 2016 schedule of playing at the Soo and St. Ignace Kewadins at least one weekend a month, so be sure to consider checking them out this weekend for lots of familiar and hard hitting favourites! It should be noted, however, that Highway 63 haven't plugged these shows on their Facebook page yet this month, but unless something is announced to the contrary, I wouldn't worry about any changes. Expect 9:00 PM start times, 21+ age limits, and no announced cover charges for tonight & tomorrow night's shows, as usual for their Kewadin dates.
For a preview, here's a new video of Highway 63 that was shared on their Facebook page last month that we only just found today! Filmed by fan Annie Root at their Rapids Lounge weekend at Sault Michigan's Kewadin branch last month, it's a short 40 second clip of Highway 63 covering Warrant's "Heaven", and while it's obviously incomplete, it's a strong performance from what we can hear of this hair metal ballad, and kudos to Annie for filming it! Give it a look below, and don't miss Highway 63 this weekend in St. Ignace!
Finally for today, here's the latest videos from local alternative/hard rock trio The Din (who we'll have much more on shortly regarding their return to the battlefield next month), so what can you now see from them? As uploaded to their Facebook page in recent days, one video is a promotional clip for TOMORROW NIGHT'S Rockstar Bar show, featuring guitarist Tammy Hill plugging the show, and referencing bandmates Mike Haggith & Brandan Glew being a bit too into the Valentine's Day theme. There's a twist that I won't spoil here (it'd be a "sacrifice" to do that), but be sure to give it a look, as it's amusing and good promotion for the show! Also, note that the video doesn't plug Shit Creek Survivor as opening, but Jacob is definitely still playing tomorrow. The other video's actually been up since January 11th (apologies for the delay), and it features a drum battle between Brandan (The Din's regular drummer) and Mike (who drummed for Haggith & The Strange Coyotes, and also drums on his solo CDs.)
It's a strong clip to see the two drummers' performing in their element, and with Mike & Brandan drumming simultaneously, it is more of a battle than it would be if they went separately! Yes, a winner is declared, but I won't spoil the end result here. Give these new Din videos a look above and below, and don't miss them alongside Eclipse, Stereo North, and Shit Creek Survivor at The Rockstar Bar TOMORROW NIGHT!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this weekend! Thanks everyone!