Thursday, March 16, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Highway 63) & St. Patrick's Day Weekend Concert Previews!!

As is usually the case, the St. Patrick's Day weekend is yielding a solid batch of local concert action this year, so that's the entirety of this post, alongside a new video from one of the bands in question! Due to the amount, we'll touch on the 415E shows in St. Ignace in tomorrow's post, alongside potential late notice announcements, so don't worry, they're coming! Now, let's begin our weekend previews with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63 will return to Dondee Lanes TOMORROW NIGHT for one apparent night only! Apologies for the short notice, the venue only confirmed the show via their Facebook page on Monday, and like with Highway 63's concert there last week, the band themselves haven't announced it publically. Rocking out at the local bowling alley for the third weekend out of four, the Dondee isn't indicating (yet?) if there will be any St. Patrick's Day accoutrements TOMORROW, but definitely have some green stuff ready just in case for if you head down to check out Highway 63's entertaining hard and classic rock hits! I wonder if their teased "travelling" will take them beyond the Dondee or the St. Ignace Kewadin in the near future? TOMORROW'S show has a 21+ age limit, no announced cover charge, and an 8:00 PM start time, rather than the 7:00 PM kick-off last week. Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's a new video of Highway 63 in action!

Shared to the band's Facebook page on Monday by attendee Sara Gordon, this comes from last week's Dondee show, and it features Highway 63 covering Poison's "Nothin' but a Good Time" alongside a special guest singer: Rock 101's own Scott Cook, under the very Hair Scare-esque guise of "Chet Michaels"! He apparently sang a second song (not filmed here) with Highway 63 that night also, and he held his own on vocals alongside Henry and crew, but the video can be fairly dark, and the camera is sometimes flipped sideways. Fun video with a neat yet unexpected guest spot, so give it a look below, and don't miss Highway 63 at the Dondee TOMORROW NIGHT!

Next up, we'll move to previously announced concerts with the return of local hard rock cover quartet Project 906 to Pickles Bar & Grill in Brimley TOMORROW NIGHT, as they honour St. Patrick's Day and the one year anniversary of their live concert debut! Project 906 (who no longer list blues as a performed genre on Facebook) have had a great debut year in the E.U.P. scene, easily outstripping the success levels of Joe & Will's prior bands like Ten Kings and The Bottom Line, and it's only fitting that they return to Brimley to celebrate their anniversary and partake in the usual drunken celebrations and food specials that St. Patrick's Day entails, so don't miss it if you're in the Sault Michigan or Brimley area! I wonder if this will become a yearly tradition for Project 906? No word though on who's playing at Pickles on Saturday, if anyone. Also, keep in mind the $50 contest for best green attire & pool tournament if you are so inclined.

As usual for Project 906's Pickles gigs, there is a 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 21+ age limit. For more details, visit the band's and venue's respective Facebook event pages (linked here & here), and here's Project 906 live in their debut gig last year!

Closing this preview post in Sault Ontario, we'll start with newer local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck (formerly Nameus), who will topline their own St. Patrick's Day party TOMORROW NIGHT at The Rockstar Bar! This online page-less side project of Mourning Wood gave this show unusually early notice, presumably due to the holiday themes, and you can expect drink specials, green-dyed beer, and even some tailgate action with hot dogs available, so if you're looking for a huge shindig in honor of St. Patrick's Day, this would be a good bet! Note that Soundcheck still haven't publically confirmed the identity of their new band member, but for what it's worth, Lucky 13 guitarist Robin "Bones" Lee (who has guested with Mourning Wood in the past) is a confirmed attendee on the Facebook event page. We'll let you know when the new addition is announced online, whether it's him or not!

And no, I have not heard who's playing at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, if anyone. Tomorrow's Soundcheck concert has a 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. Check the above links for more details, and hopefully Soundcheck finally post a video and/or online page at some point so we can better preview them!

Finally, we'll close with the usual weekly matinee concerts from longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison, to be held as expected at Gliss Steak & Seafood TOMORROW & SATURDAY! Fans of his acoustic hard rock covers should be right at home this weekend, especially if you're familiar with his ongoing matinee arrangement at The Quality Inn's house restaurant, so don't bypass these for a more reserved and minimalist blend of hard rock favourites this weekend! Note that while Tym does acknowledge the holiday weekend on the Facebook event page, he doesn't indicate there if there will be any specific promotions, deals, or green coloured paraphernalia for the occasion. In any event, tomorrow & Saturday's shows are both 6:00 PM affairs with no announced cover or age limits, but remember where these are being held. See above for more details, and here's Tym live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our 415E preview and more tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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