We'll start today with our last verified hard rock concert preview of the weekend, as Sault Michigan hard rock cover quartet Project 906 will return to The Strongs Tavern in nearby Eckerman TOMORROW NIGHT! Last seen at Bay Mills Bands Together's softball tournament fundraiser in Brimley earlier this month, this will be Project 906's first show at The Strongs Tavern in over five months, so if you've missed this talented group there lately, here's your chance to see them in action again! Notably, this is their last announced show from their most recent concert calendar posting, though I would assume they'll have more shows in the works, so stay tuned for word when it rolls in. A 9:00 PM start time is in effect for this show, which has a 21+ age limit and no announced cover charge. Visit the official Facebook event page for more on this night of hard rocking cover favourites, and here's Project 906 live!
Next up, here's the first concert videos that we've seen from the Oh!No 2017 Music Festival in Leeburn whose colours weren't inverted, all of new Sault Ontario indie/hard rock trio Vol.'s set! Four videos of their set were posted to their Facebook page yesterday, all of original songs planned to be on their debut album, including tracks named "Dislocation", "In The Night (Part Two)", "Inspiration By The Ration", and as embedded below, "Early Bird". If their own write-ups are to be believed, these four songs were Vol.'s entire set, though no word on if there exists an "In The Night (Part One)". All filmed on a vertical camera angle (though the whole band's in frame), the songs showcase a variance in tempos, but all have a harder bite, especially the fast paced "Dislocation", and on "Early Bird" below, you get to see some dancing from attendees! Sort of grungy at times, and other times harbouring a 1980s indie influence, Vol. are off to a good start, so give their Leeburn videos a watch above and below!
Also today, here's some preliminary details on a big benefit concert event next month. The show is in support of Cherry Crush/ex-The Chosen singer (and former Foggy Notions owner) Taryn Bugyra, who was unfortunately diagnosed with kidney cancer last month. Taryn will need surgery in Hamilton on Halloween to remove the tumour, and will have to be off work while recovering in November, including a 2 week post-op stay in Hamilton. With no family ties there, and two children to support, her family is looking to raise money to cover accommodations in Hamilton and travel costs to and from there. As such, there will be a benefit concert at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, October 14th, which will feature bands to be announced, pizza, a door prize, games, and a prize table, with $10 admission via advance ticket sales and at the door. Prize donations would be appreciated by the family, and if you can't make the concert, you can donate $10 or more for the cause by messaging Taryn's mother Donna DeSimon at this link or via e-transfer at firstname.lastname@example.org, so you have many options to help.
A band lineup has not yet been announced, but will be as soon as confirmations are received from those donating their time (though I'd be shocked if Taryn's Cherry Crush bandmates didn't play in some form.) Cancer sucks, there's no two ways around it, and my best wishes are with the Bugyra family during this difficult time, hopefully Taryn beats this thing! Stay tuned for updates on the lineup when they come in, and visit the official Facebook event page for more on the benefit next month!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or venue name:
- Local alt-punk quartet A Dire Setback have been added as a second opening band for the Special Ops-headlined concert at The Rockstar Bar on Friday, November 3rd, and they will take on the middle slot that night between Special Ops and fellow locals Vol.. Not a bad choice to add some punk flavour mid-show, so check the above links for more on this intriguing event in over a month's time!
- Local alternative/hard rock trio Handsome Sandwich have been added as openers for The Din's Canadian Nightclub concert next week, as per the show's new Facebook event page. Solid choice, including with one final reunion of ex-Haggith bandmates Mike Haggith and James White on the same bill, so don't miss out... if the show is still on. Mike indicated in a comment that "there have been some issues" with bookings there, and that there's a chance that the concert may be cancelled. If that is the case, we'll let you know!
- We have removed The Roosevelt Hotel from our inactive concert venue links due to the deletion of it's Facebook page (their last remaining official page under that name) in recent months. Of course, the Korah Road venue was bought by Reggie's Place ownership in early 2014 and turned into the country-leaning sister tavern Reggie's West, though hard rock cover bands still play there on occasion. Hopefully fans don't forget the memories of The Rosie's original run, including their metal nights!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!