Saturday, May 14, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Project 421 & The 3 Day Millionaires), Concert Cancellations, And A New Video!!

Before our review of last night's Project 421 show goes up on the site, we have a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT and related show cancellation to take note of, so we'll round things out with some more new shows and cancellations, and a new video posting! Now, here's what you need to know! (Updated at 1:05 AM)

Local classic metal quintet Project 421 and sister modern hard rock band Eclipse have been enlisted to replace Barrie AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells TONIGHT at The Rockstar Bar for their second show in as many days there! Apologies for the obviously short notice, we only heard about the replacement via guitarist Blair Burch's personal Facebook page this morning, with this Facebook event page following to confirm Eclipse's involvement. Martin Fiser from the venue confirmed on The Rockstar Bar's Facebook group this morning that the Hells Bells show "has been postponed", with a rescheduling to be announced soon, and while advance tickets purchased for tonight will be honoured for the new date, ticket holders can get a refund at The Algonqin Hotel's front desk if desired. A reason for Hells Bells dropping out wasn't given, but I don't believe it's related to the recent renovations at the venue, as Project 421's show last night went off without a hitch. Disappointing news, but hopefully Hells Bells are back A.S.A.P.!

As a result, Project 421 & Eclipse make sense to double up, as they had strong sets last night, and hopefully they can deliver similarly on short notice TONIGHT! In Shit Creek Survivor's place, Curtis McKenzie (who fronts both bands) will open TONIGHT with a rare solo set, where he'll play acoustic originals & 1990s covers, which should be very intriguing for fans of his somewhat mysterious solo project, so come early for all of the action! There's a 10:00 PM-ish start time, a $5 cover charge, and a 19+ age limit in effect, so see above for more details, and here's Project 421 live!

Next up, local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires are advertised to rock The Rockstar Bar on Friday, May 27th & Saturday, May 28th! Though neither the venue nor band has confirmed the bookings online yet, the dates are included on paper flyers of the May 2016 schedule that are distributed at the venue itself, so there's your source until an online announcement is made. Last seen at The Park Grille last week, this will be the first Rockstar Bar weekend from this union of Havadder, Boxcar Junction, and Lucky 13 alumni since the St. Patrick's Day weekend. The 3 Day Millionaires are fast becoming fan favourites, so don't miss their next announced shows at The Rockstar Bar at month's end! As usual for their shows there, a 10:00 PM-ish start time is in effect, you must be 19 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charges. See above for more details, and stay tuned for more from The 3 Day Millionaires!

For reference sake, the same flyer at The Rockstar Bar also lists fellow classic/hard rock veterans Havadder as having played there this past Saturday, but from what I can tell, the venue never confirmed the show online, and Havadder haven't posted on their Facebook page since March, so I doubt the show took place. If we're wrong though, my sincere apologies, and hopefully we see Havadder back soon either way!

Also, we have some concert cancellations to take note of, as it looks like The Park Grille's live band experiment has abruptly ended after just six weeks. We noted this briefly in our second post yesterday, but the news came out via members of local classic/hard rock cover quartet Mourning Wood's personal Facebook pages last night, revealing that the Industrial Park Crescent restaurant (depending on your source) has either ceased concert bookings until further notice, or permanently. As such, Mourning Wood's show there last night did not take place (they instead played an ultra-late notice show at The Rednecks Saloon, apologies for missing it on here!), and we have removed The 3 Day Millionaires' & Mourning Wood's Park Grille shows over the next two Fridays from our concert listings. Mourning Wood drummer Glen Thomas cited revenue concerns and retaining dinner crowds as factors in the decision via his personal Facebook page, but note that The Park Grille has not confirmed anything online since.

The Park Grille had hosted live bands since the beginning of April, with blues rockers Mojo also among the three-band roster, and while it's disappointing to see the live band experiment end this soon, I know all three will have lots more concerts in store for the near future! And apologies again for missing Mourning Wood's late Rednecks Saloon show, we'd have plugged it had we heard about it beforehand!

We'll close today with a new Shaw TV feature on local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades! Posted to Shaw's local YouTube channel on Thursday after an earlier run on channel 10's rotation (which I don't recall being plugged online by the band), this combines multi-camera video footage from the band's set at March's second annual Speak Easy Battle of the Bands with interview clips that were shot at last month's Motherfuckers-headlined show at The Oddfellows Hall, with Id Iota frontman Christian Lemay filming (at least) the concert clips. The interview features Jack Spades (sans guitarist Jesse Cook) discussing their formation and early beginnings, their experiences playing out of town and opening for major punk bands, the unpredictability of their concerts, and more, and it's an informative piece that gives Jack Spades some solid press! Give the full video a look below, and don't miss Jack Spades at drummer Johnny Belanger's birthday show next week!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our Project 421 concert review from last night next! Thanks everyone!

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