Thursday, February 23, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Band Camp Rejects) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

We have another busy weekend of concerts ahead at the SMS, so here's what you should know regarding this weekend's concert previews. Due to the amount of shows covered here, and their scheduling distance from these, we're covering Sunday's Bay Mills Bands Together and Tuesday's Pop Evil shows in an upcoming news post, coming either Saturday night or Sunday morning, though the former could be expedited if a late notice confirmation hits the newsdesk. In any event, this is a busy weekend, so let's begin our weekend concert previews with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Local hard/alternative rock cover quartet The Band Camp Rejects will return to the stage THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at The Rockstar Bar! Apologies for the short notice, the show was only announced via it's Facebook event page earlier this week. After a month and half away from the local stage, this online page-less unit will be making just their second appearance at The Algonquin Hotel's upstairs bar, last having played there in November. This union of Suicide Kings, Issues, Havadder, and Under the Influence alumni should be in fine form for another weekend of hard rocking covers, so don't miss out on SATURDAY! Also, bassist Ryan Bell noted on the event page that singer Elly McWatters will be making a guest appearance during the show, and while I'm unfamiliar with her, this should be interesting, so keep watch to see how she does! Note as well that this is a one nighter due to tomorrow's previously announced Bone Yard concert.

As usual for Rockstar Bar concerts from local covers-centric bands, SATURDAY's show has no announced cover charge, a 10:00 PM start time, and a 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the above links, and here's The Band Camp Rejects live!

Next up, we'll move to previously announced concerts with the latest acoustic solo gigs from Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison, who will return to Gliss Steak & Seafood as usual TOMORROW & SATURDAY! Wrapping up another month of his long-term arrangement at The Quality Inn's restaurant, Tym's unplugged hard rock covers should again find a good audience over these two nights, so don't miss out on the acoustic solo action this weekend, and we'll confirm his March gigs once announced on Facebook! Note that Tym's personal Facebook page indicated that he has five shows at the end of this month, but as of this writing, the two Gliss shows are it for public announcements, so the other three are either private or don't have an event page yet. Tym's Gliss weekend gigs have 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no advertised age limit, but remember that this is a sit-down restaurant. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next, we'll head to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, starting with the latest shows from Sault Michigan hard rock quartet 415E, who will return to The Rapids Lounge at the Soo's Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! After kicking off 2017 last month at the St. Ignace Kewadin, this will be the former Hubbard-Menard Band's first Sault Ste. Marie weekend of the year, last playing at The Rapids Lounge in September. This should be another solid pair of gigs for Dave, Chris, Mitch, and Tony, so if you've missed them in Sault Michigan in the past 5 months, keep tomorrow and/or Saturday's shows in mind! As usual for 415E's Kewadin gigs, expect these to be shows with no cover charges, 21+ age limits, and 9:00 PM start times. Check the above links for more details, and here they are live!

Finally, I wanted to acknowledge not one, but two house party concerts taking place this weekend that are publically advertised, but do not have a public address, so prospective attendees must request it from promoters or performers. One is the previously announced Fishbowl Festival-linked "garage show" which has been moved for unannounced reasons from March 4th to this Saturday.  Despite no longer conflicting with any festival events at The Gore Street Cafe, this remains a garage show at a residence requiring an RSVP, but there's a talented lineup on hand, including local alternative hard rock quartet Id Iota, ex-Pixo Control frontman Mike Mikus, and folk musician/promoter Jackson Reed. Suggested admission is in the $10-$15 range, this is all ages, and doors open at 7:00 PM. The other address-concealed event this weekend sees local death metal duo Them and new local pop rock trio The Noochy Lanterns (featuring Apocalypse Afterparty "songwriters") and unspecified "surprise guests" rocking out tomorrow night, so what should you know on that?

Though being held at a venue that requires requesting the address, this is the debut show at Mellow D's Underground, which is described as "a licensed and dimly lit wormhole to a dimension of rock & roll, cheap drinks, and few rules." Most of 80 planned tickets have already been sold for $5 (less in certain cases), but if you're up for a unique venue with a new local band and some minimalist metal, message the above links for details, and be there at 8:00 PM tomorrow! That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Pop Evil & Red Sun Rising previews and more soon! Thanks everyone!

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