Thursday, December 15, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Stiffler's Mom), Weekend Concert Previews, And More!!

(Updated at 3:28 PM) Before we begin this post, I wanted to acknowledge an event taking place THIS SATURDAY that may have local hard rock or punk ties, but I didn't have enough details to call it here. The event is the planned first YouTube party from Underground Empire Records at The Canadian Nightclub, which is planned to have varied musical entertainment, competitive events, and fundraising for entertainment development in the Soo. The Din & A Dire Setback expressed interest in playing, but the promoters are best known for rap and dance music, and in any event, neither the promoters nor those bands have confirmed involvement. If we hear anything either way, we'll let you know in our next post!

Now, let's dive into weekend concert previews and a new video, starting with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, as veteran local party/hard rock cover trio Stiffler's Mom will return to The Esquire Club for headlining solo concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band only announced the shows via their official Facebook page on Monday, and while that they didn't directly note the dates of this weekend's gig(s), we'll treat them as a typical two-nighter unless otherwise confirmed. Last seen at a private fundraiser at The Canadian Nightclub last week, this will be Greg, Mike, and Jon's first announced concert weekend at the west end venue since June, and first public gig anywhere since early last month. It's great to see Stiffler's Mom back at it with another weekend of high energy covers, so don't miss out on their Esquire Club return TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! There are no announced cover charges, 19+ age limits, and 10:00 PM-ish start times in effect. See above for more details, here they are live, and stay tuned for a surprise upload from their early days!

Moving to previously announced concerts, let's next touch on the presumed next Gliss Steak & Seafood gigs from Tym Morrison, as the veteran acoustic hard rock singer/guitarist is scheduled to return there TOMORROW and SATURDAY! His usual planned Thursday nighter tonight has been cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions, as per his personal Facebook page, but plans are for him to play tomorrow. Fans of Tym's band and solo work in the area know what to expect from his solo shows, especially with his long-term run at Gliss marching on, so keep his shows at the Bay Street restaurant in mind for this weekend! In any event, expect 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no age limits for this weekend, but remember that this is a sit-down restaurant. See above for more details, stay tuned in case there are any further changes, and here's Tym live!

Lastly for this weekend's currently known hard rock concerts, we'll skip across to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino, where Sault Michigan hard rock quartet 415E will hit the stage TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Making their likely final concert appearances of 2016, this will be 415E's first concert weekend since rocking the same Kewadin branch over a month ago, so the formerer Hubbard-Menard Band are in familiar territory. This talented quartet don't post a lot of media or teasers of their live show online, but if you're up for some Van Halen-inspired hard rock from alumni of such bands as Nixxon Dixxon, Splitshot, and The Highest of Fives, then you know where to be this weekend! You can take in 415E's sets at 9:00 PM both nights, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there are no announced cover charges. See above for more details, and here's 415E live!

Finally for today, here's the long-delayed sixth installment of local recording studio & promoters Six, Two, Oh.'s performance video series Live @ Six, Two, Oh.! Just their second installment in the past 9 months (Rihkee Strap played solo in the series 4 months ago), this features Vancouver pop punk quartet Blessed playing two untitled original songs, apparently as recorded locally at the studio in October, not when they played a headlining concert here in May. Featuring solid video angles and some nice tiled video effects, the performances are good and energetic, particularly the second song, which definitely plays more to their punk genre than the first. It's nice to see that Live @ Six, Two, Oh. is still alive & well, so give Blessed's episode a look below, and see more from this series (including local and out of town acts alike) above!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes soon, including possible info on that YouTube party! Thanks everyone!

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