This is a busy weekend for concerts in the Soo area to send out March and ring in April, so we're breaking up our previews by border, with Sault Michigan area shows (and potential late notice gigs) coming either tonight or early tomorrow, so look for them then! Now, let's dive into this weekend's currently known Sault Ontario previews, starting with SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS! (Updated at 12:35 PM)
Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will once again rock The Rockstar Bar for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the show was only announced via it's official Facebook event page earlier this week, and the band still doesn't have an online page to plug shows with. Marking their fourth straight weekend concert at a downtown venue (three of which being at The Rockstar Bar), the band could partially be picking up Mourning Wood's slack during their drummer search, but the former Nameus are continuing to carve their own name, so don't miss out TOMORROW! Also, keep in mind that at the stroke of midnight during showtime, singer/guitarists Terry Eaton & Travis Sharpe will both celebrate their birthday, so be sure to give them sufficient greetings for the occasion! As recently usual, this is a one-night-only event for Soundcheck, this time because of the The Rockstar Bar's participation in the annual Bunny Hop pub crawl, with live DJs performing on Saturday for it.
As usual for Soundcheck's Rockstar Bar gigs, expect a 9:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. Check the above links for more details, and in lieu of a public video of Soundcheck, watch their Billy Idol cover at Rednecks on personal Facebook accounts if you can!
Next up, prolific hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to The Barrelhouse Wine & Whiskey for a fifth time THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, joining his regular weekly matinee gigs at Gliss Steak & Seafood TOMORROW & SATURDAY! Apologies again for the short notice on the Barrelhouse show, it was only announced via it's Facebook event page yesterday. The newly announced nighttime show on SATURDAY will be Tym's second straight weekly gig at the downtown tapas restaurant, fourth in the past five weeks, and sixth total, but no finite word yet on if he has a new weekly concert arrangement there or not. He'll of course bring his acoustic rock covers back to Gliss tomorrow & Saturday evening, as previously announced, so if you want an earlier and more initimate setting, head down to The Quality Inn's restaurant! And yes, we'll touch on his April gigs on here when announced publically, almost certainly in time for next week's concert previews.
As usual for Tym's gigs at these venues, expect no cover at any event, with the Gliss shows being 6:00 PM gigs with no age limit (though keep in mind the locale), and SATURDAY'S Barrelhouse concert being at 10:30 PM with a 19+ age limit. For more details, click here and visit the above links, and for a preview, here's Tym live!
Moving to previously announced concerts, we originally previewed TONIGHT'S Quiet Riot-headlined concert at The Machine Shop, but it broke this morning that the Los Angeles metal legends had to drop out of the show, forcing the event to be postponed to Thursday, May 25th. Rock 101's Scott Cook was the first source for many to hear this news, while promoters CSA International revealed on the Facebook event page that "reasons beyond our control" forced today's cancellation, though they nor the band have elaborated further as of this writing. Hopefully nothing bad happened, as I know how anticipated this show was, but make sure to circle May 25th on your calendars, as that's less than two months away! No word on if Sudbury's The Wring and locals The Din will still be able to open in eight weeks, but hopefully they're still available. Also, no word yet on the process to get ticket refunds if desired, but hopefully you can get refunds at point of purchase.
While I know that there are some jokes online regarding yet another lineup departure being the cause, at least the show has been rescheduled for May 25th, so keep the rescheduled date in mind whether you're a current ticket holder or want to try again for a couple of months from now! Stay tuned for updates on the postponement and new date when and if they come in!
Finally for today's previews, we'll head to The New American Pub TONIGHT, where local doom metal trio AlgomA and death metal trio Pillory will join forces for one night only! Positioned in advertising as an alternative to the now-postponed Quiet Riot show (complete with a Sex Pistols-inspired poster), this concert will serve as AlgomA's first of the year, and their kick-off show before heading to Europe for their first ever international gigs, even though the band hasn't publically plugged them on their Facebook page, but members' personal Facebook accounts note at least two overseas festivals for the band. Very exciting, hopefully the trip is a huge success! This will also serve as the de facto release party for AlgomA's split vinyl single with Hooded Menace, which finally arrived in physical stock locally two weeks ago, so bring a $20 if you want to pick up your own copy before the trip! While we've seen Pillory often recently, this will be their New A debut as far as I know, so don't be late!
You can take in this double whammy of extreme metal tonight at a start time of 10:00 PM at The New A, with a $5 cover charge and 19+ age limit advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, here's AlgomA live last year, and good luck on tour!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan weekend concert previews and more next! Thanks everyone!