Thursday, August 24, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Northern Vibe Festival, The Elements, And Tym Morrison)!!

Before we begin this weekend concert preview post, just a heads-up that Sunday night's Eye of Horus concert has apparently been cancelled, as per the deletion of it's Facebook event page by promoters yesterday morning. A reason for the cancellation wasn't publically announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened, I was eagerly awaiting this one! The show had also quietly been moved from The Canadian to The Rockstar Bar before being called off, but that venue never publically acknowledged the show online. Hopefully we hear more from Live705 soon, but in the interim, let's tackle this weekend's previews, including SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!

One week removed from their joint Canadian Nightclub concert, indie rock quartet K.I.C.K. and funk/ska/hard rock quartet The Elements will join forces once again to rock LopLops Lounge TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this show had been announced since last month on K.I.C.K.'s Facebook page, but The Elements' opening slot was only confirmed on Sunday, albeit with more notice than last week's show had. This should be another solid evening of folk and indie rock originals, as contrasted nicely with some ska-infused heavy originals and covers to "kick" things off, so keep TOMORROW'S K.I.C.K/Elements encore in mind for your weekend plans! For what it's worth, LopLops' website lists Saskatoon folk band The Whiskey Jerks as playing tomorrow instead, who confirm the same on their website, with K.I.C.K. instead opening for B.C. country/blues duo The Chicken-Like Birds (featuring Soo native Ari Lantela.) on Saturday.

So, what's the story with those events? For the latter, Sometimes Ange are now advertised to open for The Chicken-Like Birds (source here), and while The Whiskey Jerks' website still lists a LopLops date tomorrow, K.I.C.K. have advertised TOMORROW'S show since last month without any mention of an out of town headliner. Hopefully nothing bad happened! That all said, expect a $5 cover TOMORROW, as well as a 19+ cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time. Check the above links for more details, and here's The Elements live!

Next up, we finally have schedule confirmation for THIS WEEKEND'S third annual Northern Vibe Festival, as Toronto ska punk sextet Adam's Mind and local improv/hard rock instrumental collective Gianni Gagoots will rock the "Forest Stage" at the Hempfest successor festival on SATURDAY! Again, apologies for the short notice, we were waiting for public confirmation of daily schedules before calling anything on here, given that this is a multi-day festival (beginning today with bands starting tomorrow.) After not featuring any punk or hard rock bands in last year's outdoor event on Poplardale Road in nearby Ophir, the SATURDAY lineup will be bookended with bands that fit the SMS well, including the local debut of Adam's Mind, whose lively sound (including three horn players) should appeal to ska fans, two tone and punk alike, at this third-year festival! They're headlining at 11:00 PM, as preceded by Arizona solo guitarist and past Hempfest performer Scott Huckabay at 9:00 PM, and Niagara Falls progressive rock quintet The Road Waves at 7:00 PM, fresh off of their local headliner in June.

Remaining Saturday bands include Toronto reggae/soul trio The Harmonauts at 5:30 PM, the aforementioned K.I.C.K. at 3:30 PM, and Gianni Gagoots (who opened for The Road Waves in June) opening at 1:30 PM, while a Native American Dance Theater troupe from Cedar, Wisconsin will play a special set separately from the musical lineup at 11:30 AM. Tomorrow's abbreviated four band lineup will feature Sudbury bluegrass band Murder Murder alongside local openers Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect, The Steeltown Playboys, and The Shannon Moan Trio, while the separate "River Stage" will feature DJs and turntablists (local or otherwise) all festival long, including such familiar faces as DJ Spruceau & The Dub Selectah, while magician Ryan McFarling will also make the rounds to entertain festival goers. Sounds stacked to me, so visit the official website for more on all of this year's musical entertainment! Art installations, food trucks, and vendors will also be on hand all weekend long, and yes, camping is available on site for all of you fans staying multiple nights!

Tickets for the entire weekend are $90 or $60 for just SATURDAY, and while this may seem expensive, look at all you'll be getting this weekend! You can buy tickets online at this link or in person at Planetary Pride on Queen Street East, The Vape Escape on MacDonald Avenue, The Plant Farm Company on Third Line West, or presumably at the gate in Ophir, though note that there's no listed 2 day price for Friday & Saturday. This sounds like a great way to kick off year #3 of the Northern Vibe Festival, and with a little more of a ska/punk angle on SATURDAY, don't bypass all of this weekend's action if you can help it! Here's Adam's Mind live!

Finally for today's preview post, prolific hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will return to The Barrelhouse Wine & Whiskey for another solo acoustic concert THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, joining his ongoing Gliss Steak & Seafood matinees TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice on the Barrelhouse show, it was only announced via it's official Facebook event page yesterday. Staying very busy with his weekly Gliss trifecta as well as recent Monday and Tuesday night appearances at Mark's Breakfast Plus, SATURDAY's return to the Queen Street East tapas restaurant will mark Tym's first traditional Saturday night concert set there in three weeks, so if you're craving some acoustic hard rock cover favourites, be there or at The Quality Inn's house restaurant over the next three evenings! This weekend's Gliss shows are 6:00 PM events with no age limit, while the Barrelhouse show on SATURDAY is at 10:30 PM with a 19+ age limit.

Also, while none of these four shows have a cover charge announced, come prepared just in case, given that these are restaurants first. For more details, visit the above links and/or click here, and here's Tym live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Sault Michigan-area weekend concert previews and more on the site next! Thanks everyone!

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