Quite possibly the busiest concert weekend of the year is upon us, so let's begin this weekend's concert previews with the first of (at least) three concert preview posts! I plan to tackle Thursday nighters and cover bands in this Sault Ontario-centric post (which includes SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS), while we tentatively plan to cover Rotaryfest's stages in their own post next, followed by Sault Michigan-area shows and The Din & Id Iota's Rotaryfest afterparty together in the third post. Of course, this could all be thrown a loop if more shows are announced for the weekend, but we'll approach that if it comes. Let's begin our previews!
Local classic/hard rock cover trio Havadder will apparently return to The Rockstar Bar for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about the show via the venue's physical marquee on Tuesday, though note that the band nor venue have plugged the show online as of this writing. A one-nighter due to a previously scheduled karaoke event on Saturday, this show comes just two weeks after Havadder's last Rockstar Bar gig, so it's great to see this talented and hard hitting trio playing a little more regularly after a very sporadic start to the year! And while Havadder have never played Rotaryfest, remember to see Travis & Scott in their side project The 3 Day Millionaires tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM on the main stage, which we'll preview next! TOMORROW'S Havadder show will have no cover charge, a likely 10:30 PM start time, and a 19+ age limit. See above for more details, and here's Havadder live!
Next up, local classic/hard rock quartet Mourning Wood will return to The Esquire Club for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Again, apologies for the short notice, the band only announced the shows via their official Facebook event page earlier this week. Fresh off of a private outdoor gig this past weekend (as per members' personal Facebook pages), these will be Mourning Wood's first stops at The Esquire Club in two months, and it's good to see the guys rocking out at this west end venue once again, especially with a little more advance notice than some shows of theirs get! Note that while we won't see Mourning Wood at Rotaryfest this year, drummer Glen Thomas will be playing there TONIGHT with his 1960s-centered classic rock band The Peace Vibe, so keep them in mind if that's up your alley! As for this weekend's Esquire Club shows, they'll be on at 9:30 PM TOMORROW & SATURDAY, you must be 19 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charges. See above for more details, and here's Mourning Wood live!
Moving to previously announced concerts, let's first head to The Oddfellows Hall, where Victoria, British Columbia grindcore band Iskra will play Sault Ontario for the first time in twelve years TONIGHT at The Oddfellows Hall! The scene has changed a lot since Iskra's 2004 stop at the former Foggy Notions, but their brutal, fast-paced, and aggressive originals should get some solid pits going once again tonight at 10:45 PM! Despite being the advertised headline act, thrash metal trio Pillory are actually playing last tonight, in their first post-reunion concert appearance outside of a battle of the bands or house party. No word why (maybe Iskra have to hit the road early?), but Pillory should devastate tonight at 11:30 PM, so check them out if you've missed them since their return! Goregrind duo Rotopsy (who also haven't been seen outside of house parties lately) will return to the Oddfellows stage themselves at 10:00 PM, while local doom metal trio AlgomA will curiously open the show at 9:15 PM, despite their own promotional involvement with Six, Two, Oh., though maybe it's so they can focus on running the event?
Relocated from The Moose Lodge to The Oddfellows Hall in May, this ALL AGES show will have door admission for $10, but advance tickets are available for $8 at The Rad Zone and through members of the local bands. Promoters have also teased that drinks and sloppy Joes(?!) will be on hand for attendees, while there will be a contest where ticket holders can win AlgomA's split vinyl EP with Chronobot (or $20 in merchandise if you have/don't want it), so prepare for all of that too! This should be a brutal concert for fans of death metal, if an oddly short show for The Oddfellows Hall, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Iskra live here in 2004!
Tym Morrison will return to Gliss Steak & Seafood for concerts TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Entering the second week of his return to thrice-weekly bookings at The Quality Inn's restaurant (after a lengthy stretch of not playing Thursdays there), Tym should be in fine form for the next three nights of unplugged cover action, and if you're familiar with him, you'll know that his extensive setlist and clear talents will be in fine form! Remember, Tym has (to my knowledge) never played Rotaryfest as a solo artist, so if you want to enjoy his music this weekend, get to Gliss over the next three nights! As usual for his Gliss gigs (Thursdays included), there are no announced cover charges or age limits in effect, and all start at 6:00 PM, but remember that this is a sit-down restaurant. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Rotaryfest previews next, and then Sault Michigan and more! Thanks everyone!