Before we dive into another slate of weekend concert previews, here's some news and notes for your Wednesday morning, and it includes some fallout, updates, and videos from a major recent all ages concert, but first, here's LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this summer in the E.U.P.!
Sault Michigan hard/blues rock cover quartet Project 906 have announced a pair of new concert dates for this summer, as they'll return to Pickles Bar & Grill in nearby Brimley for Saturday nighters on June 11th & July 16th! Both were announced via Facebook event page launches on Monday, and will mark the Ten Kings successors first shows at Pickles following THIS SUNDAY'S Bay Mills Band Together fundraiser. Project 906 have been hard at work recently in concert and for their overall experience (even getting lots of stickers ready to give out), and while these are sadly one-nighters with no Friday gigs, don't miss Project 906's entertaining & often heavy covers in Brimley once again over the summer! Both shows are at 10:00 PM with no announced cover, and both are 21+ events, so click here & here for more details, and Pickles is now in our active Sault Michigan concert listings!
Next up, Sault Michigan hard rock quartet 415E have announced their next three concert weekends, as they'll return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino on July 8th & 9th, and on August 19th & 20th, with returns to The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino sandwiched in between on July 22nd & 23rd! Not yet announced on Kewadin's entertainment page (which doesn't list anything past June yet), thee July gigs in St. Ignace will be 415E's first announced shows since April, while the new Sault shows will be their first at The Rapids Lounge in almost a year, so if you've missed the Hubbards, Dave, and Mitch in the Soo lately, keep those shows in mind! 415E haven't been a terribly frequent sight on local stages recently, but these summer weekends should help remedy that, and as usual, there are 9:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and 21+ age limits in effect. Visit 415E's Facebook page for more details!
We'll close today with new videos and related updates from The Sky's The Limit fundraiser concert at The Tech last week, so what should you know from the event? Algoma Family Services posted a bunch of photos from the mental health awareness show onto their Facebook page after the event, which confirms that there were at least eight acts on the bill, with The Pixo Control, The Din, Electric Church, and White Noize joined by indie/electronic rockers Aldous, and at least three bands comprised of youth musicians, though the photos don't confirm the performers' or bands' identities. Pictures confirm that the show took place in the theater of the former St. Mary's College (which makes logical sense), there were on-stage hosts to introduce & interview acts, and even some beach balls passed out for attendees to pass around, and it looks like this was a fun event for a great cause! Crank Sound Distribution were on hand to provide sound, and yes, we do have a few videos to share from the concert, including one Facebook video of headliners The Pixo Control's two-piece acoustic set, so what should you know on it?
There's not a lot to say, as it's oddly of Michael & Dustin's opening preparation prior to their first song, which appears to be an acoustic version of "Tall Ships". A comment by co-organizer/local bassist Marc Williamson thanked them for honouring their commitment, which spoke to their professionalism, though if it doesn't relate to playing on despite drummer Keeghan Rosso's inavailability, I'm not sure what it references. The band also noted that they "will go bye-bye for a while now", alluding to the live concert break that they're taking, but we still don't publically know why or for how long. In any event, give The Pixo Control's Sky's the Limit video a look below!
Finally, here's the latest from fellow Sky's the Limit performers The Din, so what have the local alternative hard rock trio been up to? Their latest Cover of the Month aside (which we'll tackle separately in an upcoming news post), The Din recently stopped by Tidal Records' own Mission Control Studios to record an unidentified song for their forthcoming debut album "Give Into The Din", with photos from the session now available to check out on their Facebook page. It's a little odd that they'd break from Pretoria Hill Productions for one song, but Dustin Jones' work at Mission Control Studios speaks for itself, and remember that frontman Mike Haggith split some of his solo albums between Galactic Records & PaperClip Productions, so spreading the wealth isn't a foreign concept for him. As for their Sky's The Limit video, Mike's girlfriend Brandi Martel filmed The Din's entire 15 minute set, with the video posted to The Din's YouTube channel the next day, so what can you see within?
The band only had time to play 4 songs last week, including "75", "Flux", "In Search of the Perfect Moment", and the debuting "Alleyways & Apartments", the reveal of which was teased by The Din online prior to the show. The video closes with a brief post-set interview where an event host interviews The Din live about their formation and evolution, why they wanted to get involved with this concert (Mike, in particular, has a personal connection), how music can influence them, and how to use their music as part of the mental health conversation. Well put, well shot, and well performed all around, The Din were a solid & energetic addition to this concert, so give their set a look above & below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!