Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sault Michigan & Rock 4 Autism Weekend Concert Previews!!

As promised, here's the rest of this weekend's hard rock concert previews, barring potential late notice confirmations! For this weekend's Sault Ontario hard rock events that aren't Saturday night only, check out our post from this morning, but here, we have one more Sault Ontario concert and this weekend's hard rock gigs in the E.U.P, so here's what you should know!

We'll start at The Satisfied Frog, where Marquette, Michigan hard rock quartet Spun will make their local concert debuts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! If Spun look familiar, then you're not wrong, as they are essentially the successors to defunct Frog regulars Nudge, who disbanded last fall after Danzo McCracken departed and formed Reality Bites. We've seen that band locally multiple times since, but this weekend will be your first local chance to see Tim Prisk, Bob Libick, Bob Crawford, and new guitarist Doug Pennala together under the Spun name. With a similar sound & range of covers in store, Nudge fans should be eager for this weekend's concerts! 9:00 PM start times are in effect for this weekend, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there are no announced cover charges. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Spun live in Gwinn!

Next up, Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT themselves! Two weeks removed from their involvement in the Soo Kewadin's "80's Hair Band Rock Fest", this will be Scarkazm's first concert weekend in St. Ignace in almost two months, and as far as I can tell, does not contain any special themes like they had last month. Adam, Dave, and Jeff should have a solid weekend of hard rocking covers and select originals in store for local fans when they head back north to St. Ignace over the next two nights, so don't miss out if you're a fan! They won't be back there until late July, after all. As usual for their local concert weekends, expect 9:00 PM start times, no announced cover, and 21+ age limits. Visit the official Facebook event pages linked here and here (yes, there's two) for more info!

Just as an aside, it looks like Scarkazm have replaced sister band Peril for the July 14th-15th concert weekend at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino, as Scarkazm have launched Facebook event pages for those Rapids Lounge two shows (linked here & here.) A reason for the apparent band switch wasn't announced, but given that the two bands share two members, maybe Brooks Elliott has a scheduling conflict that weekend? Kewadin's entertainment page still lists Peril for that weekend, but unless they confirm otherwise,  keep these now-Scarkazm shows in mind for this summer, and as for this weekend's preview, here's Scarkazm live!

Rounding out a busy week on the hard rock spectrum in the E.U.P., Kinross classic/hard rock trio Banned will return to The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Last seen in Hessel last month, these will be the Traynors & Wayne's first shows in the Soo in almost two months, and their first since frontman Alex Traynor's recent uploads of material towards his solo project. Banned's skilled and wide ranging brand of covers should find another solid audience at the Soo Kewadin this weekend, so keep their return to this popular venue in mind! Note that Banned are not currently scheduled for any more Kewadin Casino gigs at either branch for the remainder of 2017, but there are open weekends at both lounges, so don't panic just yet. As usual for Banned's Kewadin gigs, expect 9:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and 21+ age limits. Visit the official Facebook event page for details, and here's Banned live!

Finally for this weekend's previews, we'll head north to Sault Ontario for Rock 4 Autism, a special fundraiser concert at The Canadian Nightclub THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, where three local bands will join forces to help kick off this year's kick-off event for the fifth annual Algoma Ride For Autism motorcycle rally next month! Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Algoma Autism Foundation's Sensory Lending Library, while pre-registration for the rally will also be taking place, so keep these great charitable causes in mind! The announced headliners are local country rock cover quartet and past Ride performers Bone Yard, but the varied lineup does dip into SMS territory via the inclusion of veteran punk trio Redundant and classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires. Redundant are a very fitting choice, given that they've played at the Ride for Autism's Family Fun Day for three years running, and it'll be nice to see The Millionaires in their Canadian debut as well!

An early start time of 8:00 PM is in effect for this 19+ event, and admission is $10 at the door or via advance purchase at The Canadian Motor Hotel's front desk, and you can also get pledge forms and t-shirts for the Algoma Ride For Autism on Saturday too. Sounds like a great event for a great purpose, and hopefully this is a good starting point for the ride proper on June 13th! Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Redundant live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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