Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Noochin' Lanterns & Tym Morrison) & This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

If you're a long-time follower of the Sault Metal Scene, you'll know that our weekend concert previews usually start to go online on Thursdays. That said, with a slow post-Halloween news stretch and two SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for TONIGHT connected to an artist already playing this weekend, I will make an exception and post our weekend concert previews on a Wednesday. I don't have a post lined up for tomorrow anyway, so hopefully this will work out this week! That all said, there's some intriguing concerts going down through Saturday, so here's what you should know!

Prolific local hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will once again play a special Wednesday night matinee concert at Mark's Breakfast Plus TONIGHT, in addition to his ongoing matinee gigs at Gliss Steak & Seafood TOMORROW, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice on the Mark's show, it was only announced via it's Facebook page on Sunday, with Tym indicating on his personal Facebook page that he'd only just learned about the booking. TONIGHT'S return to the Market Mall restaurant will "mark" the third in an at least four week run of Wednesday evening shows there, with previously announced matinees coming there next Monday through Wednesday as well. I have no idea yet if Tym is playing every Wednesday (or beyond?!) at Mark's or if this is just a good fall run, but keep TONIGHT'S show in mind for acoustic hard rock cover action, not to mention his regular shows at The Quality Inn's house restaurant tomorrow through Saturday!

As usual for Tym's restaurant matinee concerts, all four of these shows (be they at Mark's TONIGHT or Gliss through Saturday) are 6:00 PM engagements with no announced cover charges or age limits, but mind the locale, these aren't your typical nightclub venues. Visit the official Facebook event pages linked here and above for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, here's one more surprise late notice concert taking place TONIGHT, as local rap/metal project The Apocalypse Afterparty and sister pop/hard rock quartet The Noochin' Lanterns will join forces for a show TONIGHT at The Speak Easy for what they're calling "Local Band Wednesday"! Apologies again for the short notice, this show was only announced yesterday via it's Facebook event page, and only came to our attention today. After months of these two bands only surfacing on stage for unannounced and intentionally short notice "pop-up shows", this at least has slightly more advance notice and advertising! In any event, it's nice to see them both back at it, so if you want to see how their current lineups sound, including new Noochin' Lanterns keyboardist Sarah Jackson, then head to Algoma University's campus bar TONIGHT! The two bands will be opening for an act known as The Oldest Soul, and while I cannot 100% confirm this is still the case, this was the name given to a prior acoustic solo project from Noochin' Lanterns frontman Paul Stanghetta. If so, this will be interesting to hear, and Paul has unplugged chops!

Also, this will be the first advertised show from these bands since the recent marriage of Paul and Noochin' Lanterns drummer Amanda Stanghetta (née Brown), so congratulations to the newly wedded couple! An early 8:00 PM start time is in effect for this presumably 19+ concert, though Algoma University students under 19 may be able to get in with student ID, and there is no advertised cover charge. Check the above links for more details, apologies again for the short notice, and here's The Noochin' Lanterns live!

We'll move to previously announced concerts next with a brief detour to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, as Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover quartet Highway 63 are advertised to return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT! These shows will mark Highway 63's first announced gigs since rocking The American Legion in the Soo on Saturday, October 28th for their annual Halloween bash, the fourth straight featuring Highway 63 as musical entertainment. Profuse apologies for missing that show for coverage on the site, it was only announced by the band on their Facebook page that same morning, let alone on a day when we didn't have a news post scheduled. We'd have covered it on here had it we known with even a day's more notice, but hopefully it was a great time once again! As for this weekend's shows, these will be Highway 63's first at the Northern Pines Lounge in over a month, with only one more weekend scheduled there in 2017 after Saturday night.

Note that Kewadin's entertainment page does not list this weekend's concerts, but Highway 63 confirmed them on their Facebook page back in January. Expect 9:00 PM start times for this weekend's shows, which are both 21+ events with no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details, and here's Highway 63 live!

Finally, we'll head to The Rockstar Bar for one more show, where local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will play a special one-night-only concert THIS SATURDAY NIGHT themselves! Three weeks removed from their last show here, this talented veteran band will provide the musical entertainment for a fundraiser event in honour of the Community First Wild hockey team, who compete in the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League's Atom Major A division. While not a sort of fundraiser that often crosses our radar, it's always important to support young hockey players, so hopefully the Wild get a solid boost from this event on Saturday! Also, note that this is The Millionaires' only scheduled concert before Toystock in 2 and a half weeks, so if you're up for their hard rocking covers, you know where to be this weekend! A special $10 cover charge is in effect for this fundraiser, which has doors opening at 9:00 PM, and I expect this will be 19+. Check the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's The 3 Day Millionaires live!

As for Saturday night's Doors & Fours concert that was originally in this post, I have bumped it to our next news post (likely coming Friday) due to the late notice Speak Easy concert, in order to spread things out and not overstuff this post. It will be back, I promise! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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