Our second weekend concert preview post is here, but with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT to lead things off, we've been forced to extend our previews to one more post, so Sunday's Bay Mills Band Together fundraiser in Brimley, Michigan will instead be featured in our next news post. Look for that then, and now, here's more of what you should know on each side of the border regarding most of this weekend's remaining hard rock shows!
Local alternative/hard rock trio The Din will make their LopLops Lounge debut TOMORROW NIGHT when they open for Sudbury blues rock quintet Sulfur City! Apologies for the short notice, The Din only confirmed their involvement in the show last night via their Facebook page, though it's worth noting that the venue hasn't said the same as of last night. Despite the late notice, The Din should entertain at LopLops TOMORROW, and their sound would lend itself to certain shows at the downtown venue, so don't miss Mike, Tammy, and Brendan this weekend! Sulfur City (who were spotlighted in this Sault Star interview from Wednesday) are a very creative band who meld many different genres into their high-energy and soulful live concerts, with frontwoman Lori Paradis even playing an electric washboard during sets, so don't miss out on what I believe is their local debut TOMORROW either! Doors open at 8:00 PM for this 19+ concert, which has a $5 cover charge, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's The Din live!
Moving to previously announced concerts, we'll head across the river to the Sault Michigan area next, starting with the return of Kinross classic/hard rock trio Banned to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Fresh off of their Brimley show last week, these will be Alex, Wayne, and Don's first shows at St. Ignace's Kewadin branch in just under a month, and if you're at all familiar with Banned's varied and often heavy sets, you should be eager to check out Banned once again this weekend! They're not advertised to return to St. Ignace again until September, so just in case, you might want to take note of these ones! As usual for Banned's Kewadin stops, there's a 9:00 PM start time for tonight & tomorrow, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charges. Check the above links for more info, and here's Banned live!
Also in the Eastern Upper Peninsula this weekend, Sault Michigan classic/hard rock quartet Highway 63 are advertised to return to The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Though the Monkey's Uncle successors are continuing their recent trend of not advertising concerts through their Facebook page, these shows are still on at last word, and will mark Highway 63's first at The Rapids Lounge in about 3 weeks. The Switzers and company should put in another solid weekend of familiar covers for fans and friends in the Soo over the coming nights, so definitely consider a trip to the Sault Kewadin tonight and/or tomorrow for some Highwat 63 action! There's no announced cover charges for these 21+ shows, which will start at 9:00 PM both nights. Check the above links for more details, and here's Highway 63 live!
Finally for this preview post, we'll take a detour back to Sault Ontario, where Montreal alternative/punk quartet Lost Love will make their local debut with a headlining concert at The New American Pub THIS SUNDAY NIGHT! Lost Love's gritty yet melodic pop punk attack should be what the doctor ordered for genre fans this spring, and they have good energy and chemistry, so be sure not to miss them at The New A to end the weekend! The local openers will be pop punk quintet Northwest,who fans haven't seen on stage in nine months, which is way too long, and while it's not clear where they've been lately, don't miss their long awaited return to the stage on Sunday night! A rare non-metal concert from promoters Six, Two, Oh., this 19+ concert will start at 9:00 PM on Sunday, and it has a $5 cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and for a preview, here's Lost Love live in 2014!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Bay Mills Band Together preview and more next! Thanks everyone!