Thursday, October 27, 2016

The First Of The Halloween Weekend Hard Rock Concert Previews!!

Another stacked Halloween weekend is upon us in the Sault Ste. Marie area, so here's our first of at least two weekend concert preview posts! We're going in rough chronological order, specifically hard rock shows that take place from Thursday-Saturday with no later dates, so if you're hoping to see previews of Sunday's punk rock bingo, the newly announced 3 Day Millionaires shows, or the late notice Rednecks Saloon show on Monday, watch for them in our next post! Now, here's what you need to know for this weekend to start! (Updated on Friday at 9:15 AM)

We'll start at Gliss Steak & Seafood TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY, as long-time Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will return for three more acoustic concerts! In a unique twist (presumably to tie in with the holiday), the Facebook event page notes that Tym will be playing longer tomorrow & Saturday night, with those shows extended to 12:00 AM, so if you have later plans or just want to see him at a more typical time, you have options! Tonight's gig remains a 4 hour event ending at 10:00 PM. This prolific local singer/guitarist should be up to his usual tricks with a weekend chock full of unplugged hard rock favourites, and fans should definitely keep these matinees in mind! However, we can't confirm if Gliss and/or Tym will harbour any seasonal Halloween themes or not, but Gliss' Facebook page does not hype up Halloween at all, for what that's worth.

As usual for Tym's long-term run at The Quality Inn's house restaurant, expect 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no age limits, but remember where this show is being held. Check the above links for more details, and here's Tym live a few years back!

(Note that, according to a personal Facebook posting this week, Tym did not play his usual Gliss show this past Thursday, despite it being a listed date on last week's Facebook event page. Other than to say that he "had the Thursday off", he didn't elaborate on why he only played twice last week. Hopefully nothing bad happened, and apologies for missing that, we'd have indicated the contraction had we known!)

Next up, the first of two seasonal concerts from local metal promoters Six, Two, Oh. goes down TOMORROW NIGHT, as Gatineau, Quebec doom metal quartet Norilsk will make their local concert debut when they headline at The Oddfellows Hall! Touring in support of their latest album "The Idea of North", Norilsk's brutal blend of doom and death metal has quickly been winning crowds over in the past four years, and they should deliver a heavy punch to local fans at The Oddfellows Hall tomorrow, so don't miss out! Local openers will include doom/sludge metal trio AlgomA, death/thrash metal trio Pillory (in their first live appearance in 3 months), and for the first time since the spring, a set by local death metal standouts The Bear Hunters! It's been way too long to see The Bear Hunters on stage in the Soo, so welcome them with open arms and horns! Doors open at 7:00 PM tomorrow for this ALL AGES concert, and while admission is $10, you can save $3 by bringing a canned good donation with you, which is a great gesture!

And no, I have no idea if Halloween costumes are encouraged or not, but Six, Two, Oh.'s punk rock bingo event on Sunday (which we're previewing tomorrow) will no doubt be more timely either way. This should be a fun concert for local metalheads, with a four-way of extreme metal in store for all ages, so see above for more details, and here's Norilsk live!

Moving on to The Tech, fans will see local party/hard rock cover trio Stiffler's Mom rock the former St. Mary's College THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at their own Halloween party! An event in support of The Tech's athletic programs, this will see Stiffler's Mom rock out with their fan favourite classics, but the Halloween-specific attractions will include a "haunted hallway", food and refreshments, prizes & giveaways, and a "secret unveiling" of a new Northern Superior Brewing Company product that will take place at 11:00 PM tomorrow, so be there Saturday to get the scoop! No word though on whether Stiffler's Mom are playing in The W.W. Baldwin Auditorium or somewhere else. Despite the venue's long history as a high school (and the event's 8:00 PM start time), this is sadly a 19+ concert, while admission is $10 via advance ticket sales at The Tech and presumably at the door.

This is somewhat unusual compared to the shows we usually see Stiffler's Mom play at, but it does come with the Halloween territory somewhat, and I'm sure Greg, Mike, and Jon will rock out solidly at The Tech tomorrow night! Definitely keep this event in mind for something a little different in your weekend plans, click here for more details, and here's Stiffler's Mom live!

We'll finish this concert preview post at The Algonquin Hotel for one half of their double decker of Halloween concerts THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, as promoter J.D. Pearce (in association with Tidal Records) is hosting his 12th annual Halloween Party concert downstairs at The Algonquin Pub! Hitting this venue for the fourth time in five years, Jack Spades' frontman is throwing another huge Halloween weekend bash, with a likely costume contest joining a talented lineup of hard rock and punk bands, and for just the second time since leaving Coch's Corner in 2012, it's all local this year! Returning to last year's tribute band theme, the currently advertised bands are local hard rock quartet Eclipse and funk/hard rock quartet The Elements (back from last year), who will cover System of a Down & various 1990s rock songs under the temporary monikers "SSM of a Down" & "The Plaid Martens". Both styles play to the bands' strengths, so don't miss out on this tribute band action!

The planned headliner was Hey, What About Us?!, a one-off tribute to Me First & The Gimme Gimmes with J.D. on vocals, but that has quietly been removed from the Facebook event page for unannounced reasons, and at press time, a band was still waiting to be announced. We will let you know when/if one is added! Costumes are definitely encouraged for this 19+ concert on Saturday, with a $5 cover charge in effect and a 9:00 PM start time advertised. This should be a fun show, as fans of J.D.'s annual Halloween shows should have come to expect, so get your costumes ready for some hard rocking tributes at The 'Gonq, and here's "SSM of a Down" live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more weekend concert previews tomorrow, and yes, I promise that The 3 Day Millionaires, punk rock bingo, and Monday's Rednecks Saloon show will all be in that post, perhaps with more late notice confirmations too? Thanks everyone!

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