Thursday, July 28, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (517, Banned, And Mourning Wood) And This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

Before we begin this post, I wanted to apologize for missed concerts last weekend, profusely so given it's circumstances. Last weekend, Marquette hard rock cover quartet Nudge played at The Satsfied Frog in Sault Michigan for what turned out to be the final time, as the band is reportedly dissolving next month due to frontman Danzo McCracken's impending departure for personal reasons & new musical ambitions. The shows slipped us by during last week's concert previews, which I heavily apologize for, but I do wish everyone in Nudge the best in the future! Danzo's always been great regarding our coverage of Nudge's trips east, and hopefully we see the guys back in new projects!

Now, today's post is largely focused on this Civic Holiday weekend's concert previews, which are fairly quiet barring possible late notice announcements, but we also have some new LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for next month to touch on. We'll start with two SHORT NOTICE shows, as Sault Ontario classic/hard rock cover veterans Mourning Wood will return to The Rednecks Saloon TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band only announced these shows via the official Facebook event page yesterday. Following their Reggie's Place gigs last week (which were as a trio, no word on whether Steven or Paul were absent), Mourning Wood will be playing extremely short handed this weekend, with only frontman Terry Eaton on hand for unannounced reasons. Lucky 13 guitarist Robin Lee will return to fill in on bass, while original drummer T.J. Case will rejoin his old band in place of Glen Thomas this weekend, so keep that angle in mind!

Mourning Wood have played many gigs as a trio or with guest artists lately, and while their regular quartet lineup is still advertised online, we would definitely let you know if anything is announced to the contrary! Nicknamed "The Phil A. Show" in reference to the fill-in performers, TOMORROW & SATURDAY'S Rednecks shows are 19+ shows with no announced cover charges and 10:00 PM start times, so check the above links for more details, and here's a sampling of Mourning Wood's varied and often heavy set!

Next up, here's a new show for next month that (I believe) is the local debut of Manistique hard rock trio 517, who are advertised as rocking The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino on Friday, August 5th & Saturday, August 6th! If you're not familiar with 517, they have been active since at least 2011, feature Manistique musicians Bob Mercier on guitar, John Zentner on bass, and his son Jonny on drums (the three split vocal duties), and they play heavy-leaning classic and modern rock, as per members' Fandalsm pages (and no, their name doesn't reference their area code, they're 906 too.) 517 don't have an online page that I can find, but John's personal Facebook page features three live videos of renditions of Ozzy Osbourne, ZZ Top, and Chuck Berry songs. 517 sound good from what I can hear, and add some grit to their covers ("Sharp Dressed Man" even has some an off-colour lyric change), and it should be interesting to see how 517 do out east!

Announced via Kewadin's entertainment page (along with multiple gigs at the Manistique Kewadin), these join a series of new August-December hard rock shows in St. Ignace from other hard rock bands that we'll touch on in an upcoming post. 517's Northern Pines Lounge shows are 9:00 PM events with no announced cover charges and 21+ age limits, so see above for more!

To close things, here's this weekend's previously announced hard rock concert previews, and we'll start in Sault Ontario, where local hard rock solo singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to Gliss Steak & Seafood for his usual solo headlining shows TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Entering the fourth week of his return to triple bookings at The Quality Inn's house restaurant, Tym's strong and prolific covers and favourites should get a solid reception when he rocks Gliss for this weekend's slate of matinees there! As is standard for this long term run, he'll be on at 6:00 PM tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and while none of these shows have an announced cover charge or age limit, remember that this is a sit-down restaurant. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and here's Tym live!

Finally, let's head back to Michigan and The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino, where Sault Michigan classic/hard rock quartet Highway 63 are scheduled to return for headlining dates TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Though not newly advertised on the band's Facebook page yet, the band confirmed them earlier this year in a mass schedule post, and Highway 63's fan favourite covers should find another solid audience when they return to The Northern Pines Lounge this weekend! With alumni of Monkey's Uncle, Power Slug, Hoist the Sails, and The Mama's Boys in their lineup, how could they not? Like the 517 shows next week, this weekend's Highway 63 gigs are both 21+ affairs with no announced cover charges and 9:00 PM start times. For more details, visit the above links, and here's Highway 63 live earlier this year!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more St. Ignace concert announcements and more soon! Thanks everyone!

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