In our third of four weekend concert preview posts on this stacked Rotaryfest weekend, we're tackling shows going down in the Sault Michigan area, with a new video from one band and one extra Sault Ontario video to cap things off! Now, I did attend last night's Iskra show at The Oddfellows Hall, and videos and photos are en route to our Facebook page, but with the extensive concert previews, I'm postponing our review to Saturday, but don't worry, it's coming! We'll preview Rotaryfest's Stage 2 and more to close down this weekend's previews later today, but for now, let's head to Michigan, starting with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!
Scarkazm will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, we only heard about the shows earlier this week via Scarkazm's Facebook page, as Kewadin Casino's entertainment page still hasn't been updated to reflect July bookings. Making their first local appearances since rocking Three One Three on Ashmun two months ago, these will be Scarkazm's first stops in St. Ignace in six months, so if you've missed Adam, Dave, and Jeff there this year, be at The Northern Pines Lounge TOMORROW and/or SATURDAY! You can take in their aggressive metal covers & originals at 9:00 PM both nights, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charges for this weekend. Scarkazm always deliver a good show, so check the aove links for more details, and here they are live!
Moving to previously announced concerts, Sault Michigan hard/blues rock quartet Project 906 will return to Pickles Bar & Grill in nearby Brimley for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT, and in a new confirmation, will return to that venue for another one-nighter on Saturday, August 13th! Proving to be one of, if not the favourite venue for the Ten Kings successors, Project 906 have made lots of fans since their debut earlier this year, and should have another fun night of hard rocking covers in store for fans tomorrow and on August 13th! Both shows are at 10:00 PM, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charges. For more details on these shows, visit the official Facebook event pages (here & here), and for a preview, here's a new video of Project 906! Uploaded to the venue's Facebook page after their Pickles show last month, it's a brief clip from a verse of their cover of Weezer's "Say It Ain't So", albeit with drummer Will Storey wearing the venue's pickle mascot costume, which is an amusing sight!
While it may seem random, remember that the venue heavily plays up their name in branding & promoton (even selling pickle hats, a'la those made by Gedney Pickles and I-Mockery.) The Weezer cover itself sounds good from what little we hear, but the higher impact chorus isn't captured at all. Give this new Project 906 video a look below, and don't miss them at Pickles tomorrow or next month!
the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, where Kinross classic/hard rock trio Banned are scheduled to return TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Announced via Banned's Facebook cover photo earlier this year, these will be the Traynors and Wayne's first local concert appearances since rocking The Rapids Lounge last month, though they did play at Manistique's Kewadin branch in the interim. Banned's talented and varied blend of covers (and occasional originals) should get fans moving this weekend at the Soo Kewadin, so don't miss out tonight and/or tomorrow night! Note that Banned have yet to plug this weekend's shows on Facebook beyond their cover photo, and never did for the Manistique show earlier this month, but unless something is stated to the contrary, I wouldn't assume anything's wrong. Like with Scarkazm's St. Ignace shows, there's no cover for these 21+ shows at 9:00 PM. See above for more details, and here's Banned live!
Finally for today, here's a new video of Sault Ontario classic/hard rock cover veterans That's Chester, as shared by fan Robin Wierzbicki on their Facebook page on Wednesday! Located while she was going through videos for an upcoming wedding, it's a short & undated clip during an instrumental section of an unidentified song, featuring frontman Greg Simpson and guitarists Gabe Tessaro & the late Eugene Orlando having some fun and playing to the crowd a little bit. Fun clip for what it is, so give it a look below, and don't miss That's Chester's return to the stage THIS SATURDAY at Rotaryfest!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Rotaryfest Stage 2 previews and more next! Thanks everyone!