Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Banned, Eclipse, And Telephone & Address), And Motherfuckers Concert Updates!!

Before we dive into this week's concert previews, here's a new news post for your Wednesday morning that is full of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for next month and beyond! We'll end things with updates on a closer upcoming show that has a new venue and lineup addition to take note of, so here's what you should know for this morning!

Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock trio Banned have announced a few more regional concert dates via their Facebook page's newest cover photo, and they start with their debut at The Back Bay Grill & Games at Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Brimley on Friday, May 7th! Banned will follow Project 906 as recent hard rock bands to play at this relatively new entrant into local hard rock concert promotion, though as a a unique waterfront pub, this should be a neat backdrop as Banned expand their reach into a new venue, so keep this in mind for next month! The other new regional shows (Manistique Kewadin gigs aside) come at the two regional concert-hosting Kewadin Casino branches, with Alex, Wayne, and Don now booked at The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino on September 9th & 10th, and at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on October 21st & 22nd. However, note that these shows are beyond Kewadin Casino's current calendar on their entertainment page.

Next up, do you miss this year's VM Radio Battle of the Bands? Well, you're in luck, as every band except The Din is reuniting for a huge concert at The Rednecks Saloon on Friday, May 20th during the Victoria Day long weekend! Despite losing the battle, hard rock quartet Eclipse are the advertised headliners for the show (possibly as it's a self-promoted event), with the victorious indie rock quartet K.I.C.K., pop punk favourites Stereo North, and newer hard rock/power pop quartet Heavy Head also in tow, and this is definitely a solid lineup! While fans have seen K.I.C.K. and Eclipse since the battle wrapped up, this will be the first concert since for Stereo North, and second for Heavy Head (more on their first show back on Friday), so it's great to see both back out there! There is NO COVER for this 19+ show, which will start at 9:00 PM on the 20th, so visit the official Facebook event page for full details! As a possibly related note, Eclipse guitarist Daniel Horton revealed on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Friday that they're looking for a new bassist to expand their lineup to a quintet A.S.A.P.

This seemingly indicates that Fred Dunn intends on moving to guitar full time, but the band hasn't otherwise confirmed that. Eclipse jam twice weekly on Thursdays & Saturday nights, so message Daniel at this link or via his group post from Friday if you're interested in joining this modern hard rock quartet! Will we see a new bassist debut over the long weekend? Stay tuned for details on that and this solid show over the coming long weekend!

Lastly for today's new concert announcements, local acoustic punk solo act Telephone & Address will return to The Gore Street Cafe on Wednesday, June 29th at the opener for Calgary indie/jazz rock quartet Fox Who Slept The Day Away! Harbouring a psychedlic-tinged soft alternative sound, Fox Who Slept The Day Away should attract a good response at the laundromat this summer, and Telephone & Address' unplugged punk/grunge originals will set the tone well! Now, this show is actually one of at least five concerts taking place at The Gore Street Cafe from June 16th-29th during what's advertised as The Fortnight Festival (alluding to it's two week length), and while much more information is coming, this appears to be a spiritual sequel to The Fishbowl Festival that The Gore Street Cafe put on earlier this year. Is this just a two week run of concerts, or will we see more varied community and art events again too? And will there be some more events with hard rock/punk acts? We will let you know when promoters announce more details!

In any event, there will be at least four more shows during the Fortnight Festival, including the returns of notable acts like Rae Spoon and The Mayhemingways, with the F.W.S.T.D.A. show apparently closing the festival unless it's extended beyond a fortnight. An early start time of around 7:00 PM and no announced age limit are presumable from past Gore Street Cafe events, but admission fees for any/all events are not public yet. Things sound intriguing already though, so visit the above links for more info!

Finally, here's some updates regarding the Motherfuckers-headlined concert on Saturday, April 30th, starting with the news that it has been relocated from The Algonquin Pub to The Oddfellows Hall (and subsequently made ALL AGES), as per the official Facebook event page on Saturday. Promoter J.D. Pearce noted that the show was moved due to emergency renovations at The Algonquin, which are apparently what also forced the move of last week's Gorod/Bookakee concert, which he put on too. I don't know the specifics of The Algonquin's current renovation work, but hopefully things progress well there, and that we see more shows downstairs soon! With the move to The Oddfellows Hall, an additional band has been added to join The Motherfuckers and locals Shit Liver and Jack Spades on the lineup, and they are reunited extreme metal quartet Winkstinger, which will be a makeup of their cancelled set from the Gorod show. As such, this will definitely be Winkstinger's first public show since May 2013 (also at The Oddfellows Hall), and will mark the debuts of Keith Gagnon & Andrew MacDonald on vocals & bass.

It's great to see Winkstinger back so soon after their Gorod set had to be called off, but how will Keith and Andrew mesh with Jesse and Jonas for their debut? Find out next Saturday at The Oddfellows Hall (presumably at an earlier start time now), and remember that admission will be $10 at the door! That's all for today, but stay tuned for this weekend's concert previews next, and for more news in short order! Thanks everyone!

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