Friday, January 6, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Peril & Highway 63), And New Videos!!

Keeping our steady stream of news coming to start 2017, here's our first mostly-Sault Michigan post of the year! There is one Sault Ontario video below, but we're mostly heading across the river to look at a new performance clip from a prominent guitarist, and first, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS from two frequently seen bands, so here's what you need to know!

Traverse City, Michigan classic metal trio Peril will be back in our area for 2017, with returns to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino scheduled for January 13th & 14th (next week!), followed by shows on March 10th & 11th! With Kewadin's entertainment page not yet updated for lounge shows in 2017, our source is this concert calendar that sister band Scarkazm shared on their Facebook page on Wednesday. Nothing yet for 2017 regarding Sault Kewadin gigs for Peril, or anything in the E.U.P. from Scarkazm, but hopefully we hear more soon! Next week's shows will mark Jeff, Adam, and Brooks' first shows in our area since rocking St. Ignace in November, and curiously, their only shows anywhere in the first quarter of 2017. Definitely consider checking Peril out over these upcoming concert weekends for some classic metal cover action! All four shows are 21+ affairs with no announced cover charges and 9:00 PM start times. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from Peril and/or Scarkazm when it comes in!

Next up, local classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63 announced their first gigs for 2017 via their Facebook page yesterday! Despite some earlier uncertainty about when they'd be back at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino, the Monkey's Uncle successors will kick off the year there on February 17th & 18th, but as of this writing, those are their only scheduled gigs there in 2017. The remaining announced weekends will maintain Highway 63's one-weekend-a-month schedule from last year (save an apparent May-June break), with Northern Pines Lounge gigs at the St. Ignace Kewadin scheduled for March 31st & April 1st, April 21st-22nd, July 7th-8th, August 4th-5th, September 8th-9th, October 6th-7th, November 10th-11th, and December 21st-22nd.

Hopefully there's more gigs to fill in, particularly in the Soo, as Highway 63 are a talented band with a solid base of songs! Like with the above Peril gigs, expect 21+ age limits, no announced cover charges, and 9:00 PM start times. For more details, visit the above links!

Also today, let's take a brief detour to Sault Ontario for the latest updates from local death metal/punk duo Them! After a four month public break following their set opening for Dumpster Mummy in September, the project from singer/guitarist Tyler St. Amour & drummer Anthony Boudreau acknowledged on Wednesday that they haven't jammed too much lately, but they do have one new video to share, courtesy of their Facebook page on Wednesday. This is of a new song currently titled "Forty Oz. Friend", and it's from a recent jam session, though they are promising heavier material in the future. This only captures Tyler from below, with no effort to capture Anthony in frame, which is a shame, as he sounds like he's unloading on the drums! The song itself is more punk-based than some prior Them originals, with Tyler forgoing growling vocals, and it has promise, but for a song like this, it does cry out for a full band like Them used to be comprised of. Give Them's new video a look below!

Finally, we'll head back to Sault Michigan for the latest solo performance video from 415E guitarist Chris Hubbard's YouTube channel! His first video upload in four months, this is of Chris playing an instrumental on his Peavey Wolfgang guitar with a custom Steinberger-routed body with the TransTrem guitar vibrato system installed. As the comments on the video imply, Chris demonstrates this setup nicely, but if you're a fan of his local band work or his older videos, you'll know the quality he always delivers! Check out Chris' new video below, and see more above!

That'sall for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates over the weekend! Thanks everyone!

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