Here's another news post for your Friday, half devoted to updates from two bands with preview videos for their show TONIGHT, but to lead off, we have an intriguing LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this summer that, while having some unanswered questions, looks like a very interesting event, so here's what you should know!
Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck made their Reggie's Place debut last night, and will be back there TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Profuse apologies for the short notice (and for missing last night's show), we only heard about this triple booking via guitarist Terry Eaton's personal Facebook page last night, too late to rush a post on here. It appears that Soundcheck are picking up where their pre-merger predecessors Mourning Wood left off by not publically promoting Reggie's Place shows when booked there, but it will be nice for fans of that band to see Terry & Steven back at the downtown country-leaning venue TONIGHT & TOMORROW, plus last night if you knew! This would seem to imply that Soundcheck have adopted some country material post-merger, but their page still points to 1980s rock-centric sets (also, no word on if new bassist Paul Belair will miss these shows, as he often did with Mourning Wood.)
Also, the Sault Music Newsletter Facebook page lists these shows as belonging to The Jukebox Junkies, a short lived country rock sister band featuring Terry and ex-bandmates Robin Lee & Glen Thomas that played at Reggie's in February. With Robin & Glen's departures, it appears that Soundcheck took on future Jukebox Junkies gigs. In any event, TONIGHT & TOMORROW'S Soundcheck shows (and last night's) appear to be 10:00 PM affairs with 19+ age limits and no announced cover. See above for more details, hopefully videos turn up soon, and apologies again, we'd have plugged these shows in advance had we known about them!
Soo Art Rocks! concert at The Canadian Nightclub (also from Live705), and though they're not the advertised headliners, we'll actually start with local alternative/hard rock trio The Din, as they have an attached bit of news: They'll be among the openers for the Rock The Border Music Fest at The Roberta Bondar Pavilion on Sunday, June 18th! Promoters quietly confirmed their involvement on the Facebook event page in the past week, while also noting one more opening act, namely a duo act from Sudbury musicians Thea May and Kyle Robert Gagnon. Thea & Kyle have clear talent & strong indie material, even if they're definitely a genre jump from the night's other bands, so check them out above to see what they have in store for the Soo! One more band is to be announced, we'll let you know when they are confirmed. Things are shaping up for the Rock The Border Fest, so stay tuned for continued updates, and buy your tickets A.S.A.P. above!
As for the preview video for tonight's concert, this was uploaded to The Din's Facebook page yesterday, and it features drummer Brandan Glew in action (complete with tickets bouncing around on the drum head), before plugging the show, and as Mike Haggith learns from off camera, don't correct Brandan! Short but effective promotion, so give this video a look below!
Id Iota's Facebook page on Tuesday, which confirms some details on tonight's set. In the clip, guitarist Dustin Goodall calls his bandmates and former RedD Monkey cellist Pete Mozarowski (who will return as a guest performer tonight) to assemble for the concert, and without giving anything away, let's just say he doesn't set up the conference call at an opportune time. Funny clip, and Dustin could be a monster truck commercial announcer if he talked quicker! A short clip from Id Iota's set (with Pete) at The New A last month is at the video's end, no word on if full footage will make it online. The description notes that this will be Id Iota's last concert "for a few months", presumably tied into recording sessions for their debut album, so given that (and Pete's presence), there's all the more reason to stick around for Id Iota's headlining set tonight at The Canadian! Check it out below!
Finally for today, here's a new jam session clip from one more band playing at Soo Art Rocks!, namely Live705's flagship punk quartet A Dire Setback! Posted to their Facebook page on April 26th (so not directly a teaser for this concert), this features the guys rocking out in a jam space that will be familiar to fans of drummer Nick Kainula's old bands State of Misery and Unbound, though only guitarist Chris Nielsen is captured playing on camera. This is more of a "song in progress" clip than anything, but you don't see something like this very often on public view, so check it out below, and look for the full song tomorrow?
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and concert previews in the coming days! Thanks everyone!