Thursday, September 28, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Tym Morrison) & This Weekend's Hard Rock Concert Previews!!

(Updated on Saturday at 12:31 AM) A quiet but eventful weekend of concerts is upon us to help end the month of September, and with no currently known short notice gigs, let's get right into what's going down for hard rock fans, starting with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Former Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison has his usual solo acoustic gigs at Gliss Steak & Seafood TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY, but Tym will also return to The Barrelhouse Wine & Whiskey on Queen Street East THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! Profuse apologies for the short notice on the Barrelhouse show (this post was edited on Saturday to add it), as it was only announced via it's official Facebook event page on Friday night. Now four weeks into a run where Tym plays a nighttime gig alongside his ongoing long-term Gliss arrangement, keep all four of this weekend's shows in mind for some entertaining hard rock covers, be you taking in the Gliss matinees or SATURDAY NIGHT's return to the popular downtown tapas restaurant for a second straight week! Yes, we'll touch on Tym's expected October gigs next week, we won't forget about them!

While there are no cover charges, mind the restaurant locale of these four shows, with the Gliss gigs being 6:00 PM events with no age limit, and SATURDAY'S Barrelhouse show being 19+ at 10:30 PM. Visit the Facebook event pages linked here & here for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, we'll head to The Canadian Nightclub, where local alternative hard rock trio The Din and fellow alt/punk trio Handsome Sandwich will join forces for their own concert TOMORROW NIGHT! After some earlier public uncertainty about this show's status, The Din have since verified that it's still on, meaning that their third-to-last concert (and last outside of LopLops) before their upcoming disbandment is on, so don't miss out on this one before it's too late! Material from their forthcoming second and final CD will be played along with older classics in what The Din are promising will be "a special night", so keep that in mind too! As for Handsome Sandwich, this will be their first live concert since the Oh!No Festival in Leeburn earlier this month, and first in Sault Ste. Marie since July's Vaultry show at The Canadian. This unique band has been quiet on Facebook since that event, but hopefully they deliver a fun set to kick off tomorrow's festivities!

No cover charge is announced for this 19+ concert, which has a 9:30 PM start time.  With The Din's time as an active band winding down, tomorrow's show is even more notable than it otherwise would be, so don't miss out, especially if you can't see them at LopLops next month! Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and for a preview, here's The Din live at The Canadian earlier this year!

In a quick detour to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, we'll next look at the return of Traverse City, Michigan metal trio Scarkazm to our area, as they'll be rocking The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Continuing a recent regular run of shows up north (having played St. Ignace and/or the Soo's Kewadin monthly since July), the Peril sister band should be in fine form for another high impact weekend of covers and perhaps originals, so don't miss Dave, Adam, and Jeff at the St. Ignace Kewadin tomorrow and/or Saturday! If you can't make this weekend's shows, Scarkazm will back in Sault Michigan in three weeks, and in St. Ignace in December. As usual for Scarkazm's gigs in our neck of the woods, expect 9:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and 21+ age limits this weekend. Visit the official Facebook event pages linked here & here for more details, and for a preview, here's Scarkazm live!

Finally for this weekend, a rare metal concert at The Essar Center will take place THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, as Los Angeles hair metal legends Dokken will make their long awaited return to our area! Almost 12 years removed from their set opening for Quiet Riot in Sault Michigan, fans will surely be rockin' with Dokken all night as they play hits like "Alone Again" & "Burning Like A Flame", so don't bypass this one if you're a hair metal fanatic! This will also be Dokken's first local gig with current bassist Chris McCarvill, having changed bassists thrice since their 2005 show here. North Carolina glam rockers FireHouse will join them in their third local concert set and first since 2014's Bret Michaels show in Sault Michigan, so look for more entertaining classics like "When I Look Into Your Eyes" & "Don't Treat Me Bad" in their first gig on the Canadian side of the border! Los Angeles melodic arena rock quartet Love 'N Revenge (fronted by Rockarma's Damon Kelly) will open in their local debut, who should pair well with the headliners!

A rare cross-border event courtesy of Sault Michigan concert/MMA promoters Superior Entertainment (of 2015's P.O.D. & Saving Abel shows), floor seats from the fifth row and back are still available for this all ages concert at 7:00 PM on Saturday, and tickets cost $62.15 (minus online service fees) at this link, at the in-person box office, or by phone at 1-866-775-9422. This should be a fun concert for hair metal lovers, and remember, if this show's a hit, it will encourage more major touring acts to play at The Essar Center in the future! Check the above links for more on this concert, and here's Dokken live earlier this year!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and this month's CD review in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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