Before we get into this weekend concert preview post (sans the Oh!No Festival, which will get an extended preview tomorrow), note that I am well aware of a major local band's announced farewell/CD release show next month, and that will be a featured story in an upcoming post, perhaps tomorrow's, so don't worry, it's coming! Now, here's what you should know for this weekend's non-Leeburn hard rock concerts, starting with some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!
Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock cover trio Banned will play a rare hometown show TOMORROW NIGHT when they rock... the Jack Passmore Grandstand at Kinross Speedpark?! Apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced via it's official Facebook event page on Tuesday, with the band even confirming that this was a "new booking" on their Facebook page. The unusual setting will see Banned provide musical entertainment after practice wraps up for Kinross Speedpark's 12th annual Memorial Invitational race, which is the Crazy Eight Racing Series' season finale, so if you love local stock car racing, get down to the West Fair Road race track this weekend! Alex, Don, and Wayne will play their fan-favorite covers to end day one of the weekend's events TOMORROW, and they should end things with a bang before the racing proper begins on Saturday!
Presumably all ages, Banned will take to the outdoor grandstand stage at 9:00 PM TOMORROW, and while admission for the races is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for kids 11 and under, I can't confirm if that applies to practice day and Banned's set. For more details on this weekend's entertainment, musical or automotive, check the above links, and for a preview, here's Banned live!
Tym Morrison will continue his long-term arrangement at Gliss Steak & Seafood with matinee shows TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY, but he will also return to new local bar Room 21 (above Low & Slow on Albert Street West) TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, and Mark's Breakfast Plus at the Market Mall for one night only THIS TUESDAY! Again, apologies for the short notice on the Room 21 and Mark's shows, these were only announced via their respective Facebook event pages (linked here and here) on Saturday. Now playing six concerts in six days, Tym's busy schedule sees him playing at two newer local businesses over the next while that he's previously played at, with TOMORROW's Room 21 show helping serve as the kick-off event for the bar's official logo, so keep that specific angle in mind along with this very full weekend of shows, including three downtown matinees as expected, and the second Room 21 night on SATURDAY!
No word on why Tym's not playing at Mark's on Monday, but keep his special matinee show there on TUESDAY for more acoustic hard rock action this month! The Gliss & Mark's shows are 6:00 PM affairs with no announced cover charges or age limits (but remember that these are restaurants), while the Room 21 shows are 19+ events at 10:00 PM with no cover. Click here and visit the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym Morrison live!
Moving to entirely previously announced concerts, we'll next head to The Canadian Nightclub, where local classic metal quartet Project 421 will play their second headlining concert of the year and third total TOMORROW NIGHT! Still riding high off of last month's Diamond Head show, this will be another solid opportunity for fans to take in 421's 1980s-centric brand of metal covers and select originals, so don't miss out on this one for another nostalgic mindtrip! As previously announced, local alt-punk quartet A Dire Setback will open in their first show in almost a month and first since the recent Live705 cancellations, so keep their return in mind for more of their strong originals! However, a third band was added on Monday, as hard rock quartet Skeyes of Seven will make their long awaited return to the local stage tomorrow! After a 2+ year hiatus from concerts, this will serve as both their re-introducton to the scene and their live debut with new rhythm guitarist Kyle Sweet, so come see how Skeyes of Seven sound in their big return tomorrow!
And yes, A Dire Setback will also be playing at Saturday's Oh!No Festival in Leeburn, which will be previewed tomorrow, so keep watch for it then! Tomorrow's show has a 10:00 PM start time, is a 19+ event, and has NO COVER CHARGE, so there's all the more reason to come check out this blast of metal, hard rock, and punk action tomorrow! Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Project 421 live!
Finally for today's previews, we'll head back across the river for the latest shows from Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63, who are slated to rock The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Keeping up their recent trend of monthly shows at the St. Ignace Kewadin branch, this weekend's shows should provide another solid opportunity for fans to take in the Monkey's Uncle successors' classic and hard rock cover selections, so keep these ones in mind if you're in the E.U.P.! Note that these shows haven't been recently plugged by Highway 63 online, but were among their shows in their schedule post on their Facebook page from January. Also, note that most of Highway 63 have recently formed a side project band (I assume) named Cousin Eddie that played a few shows this summer, and feature singer/guitarist Greg Smith in place of Henry Switzer.
No word on Cousin Eddie's genre range or online pages yet, but don't bypass them if you see them scheduled somewhere locally! This weekend's Highway 63 shows have no announced cover charges, 21+ age limits, and 9:00 PM start times. Check the above links for more details on their first shows of the fall, and for a preview, here's Highway 63 live!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Oh!No 2017 Music Festival preview and more tomorrow! Thanks everyon