Thursday, May 4, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Soundcheck & Tym Morrison) And Sault Ontario Weekend Concert Previews!!

A very busy weekend of concerts is upon us, so let's kick things off with three batches of Sault Ontario shows over the coming days, including SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS from two acts at three venues (plus more later this month for one of them), plus a preview of a very special Thursday nighter tonight for a great cause! If you're wondering where our Rock 4 Autism preview is, look for that with our Sault Michigan concert previews in our next post, as this is a packed weekend, so I have to spread everything out. Here's the first of what you need to know!

We'll start with another month of confirmed solo concerts from prolific hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison, who will return to Gliss Steak & Seafood for shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY, the remaining Fridays & Saturdays of the month, plus extra shows at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill TOMORROW NIGHT & The Barrelhouse Wine & Whiskey THIS SATURDAY NIGHT as well! Apologies for the short notice on this weekend's four shows, we were waiting for public confirmation of them, which came via the official Facebook event pages (linked here, here, and here) on Sunday or yesterday. Continuing his long-term weekly run at Gliss, Tym is expected back at the downtown restaurant with gigs TOMORROW, SATURDAY, and then on May 12th-13th, 19th-20th, and 26th-27th, so keep these acoustic matinees in mind for some quality hard rocking covers over the coming weeks!

TOMORROW'S Roadhouse and SATURDAY'S Barrelhouse shows will see Tym back at each locale after a month away, and he's certainly keeping busy with his solo project! You have ample opportunities to see him this month, including four times at three venues TOMORROW & SATURDAY, so keep these in mind as the month rolls along! All of this month's shows lack an announced cover charge, with the Gliss shows being 6:00 PM affairs with no announced age limit (though mind the locale), and TOMORROW & SATURDAY'S Roadhouse/Barrelhouse gigs being at 10:00 PM and 19+. Check the above links for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will return to The Rednecks Saloon for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT! Again, apologies for the short notice, the band only announced the concert via their Facebook event page earlier this week. Fresh off of their merger with sister band Mourning Wood following that group's farewell last week, this will be Soundcheck's first show at the former Nicolet Tavern in about a month, so if you were curious to hear how the former Nameus sound post-merger, TOMORROW would be a great night to do so! This show is a 19+ event with no announced cover charge, but the band's experimenting with an early start time of 8:00 PM TOMORROW, in an attempt to retain Rednecks patrons in attendance for their chicken wing specials on Friday nights. If you're expecting a typical start time, keep this in mind, lest you show up after midnight and there's no band playing!

Will this experiment work? I have no idea, but remember that The Park Grille's live band experiment last year also featured bands (including Mourning Wood) starting at 8:00 PM, but that was called off after 6 weeks, and one apparent reason for the run's end was that dinner crowds weren't being kept as expected with the bands' sets. Hopefully Rednecks has better luck in that regard, as Soundcheck are a talented veteran quartet with lots of familiar classics from the 1980s in their repertoire! Check the above links for more details, and hopefully some public videos of Soundcheck turn up soon!

Finally, we'll close with a previously announced concert with a fantastic charitable aim, that being the second annual The Sky's The Limit mental health fundraiser concert TONIGHT at The W.W. Baldwin Auditorium at The Tech! Taking places as part of the Children's Mental Health Week events from Algoma Family Services, this event is once again designed to raise awareness and funds for children's mental health in the Sault Ste. Marie area, with all proceeds going towards supporting related programs and services from the organizers. Always a noble cause, and hopefully tonight's concert at the former St. Mary's College helps encourage attendees to join the conversation on mental health! This year's headlining act is local alternative/hard rock trio The Din, who were among last year's openers, and they're a fitting choice to return in a promoted position, especially with Mike's close relatability with the causes being addressed this week!

I can only find public confirmation of two opening acts who passed the auditions two weeks ago, and they include young blues/hard rock trio Electric Church and Christian rapper Tristan "Bold Noize" Goslow, both returning from last year's event as well. Great to see both back for the cause, so don't miss their sets either! Unfortunately, promoters have not unveiled the full band lineup for this year, very similarly to last year's pre-show hype, but for reference, last year's Sky's the Limit event also featured now-defunct headliners The Pixo Control, relocated indie rockers Aldous, and at least three other youth groups. Naturally an ALL AGES event, The Sky's the Limit II has a 7:00 PM start time tonight, and while admission is $5, family groups of 5 or more will get a discounted group rate of $20, so keep that in mind if you're bringing the family along (as well, there will be a door prize of some kind from the Thomas Walls School of Music, so note that as well.)

At last word, tickets were still available at (705) 945-5050 or at Algoma Family Services' headquarters at 205 McNabb Street, unless you're intending to buy at the door. Despite the lack of a lineup announcement, this promises to be a fun night of young local music talent, and with everyone playing to support mental health awareness and support, you know that there'll be a great response overall, so kudos to everyone playing tonight! Visit the official Facebook event page for more updates, and here's The Din's full set at last year's event, including Mike Haggith's personal story!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our Sault Michigan and Rock 4 Autism previews next! Thanks everyone!

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