Before we kick off this news/weekend concert preview post, I wanted to apologize for a missed show on here, as Tym Morrison was among the live entertainment at the launch of this year's Sault Pridefest outside of the Civic Center on Monday afternoon. Though not publically advertised in advance by organizers, Tym confirmed the set on his personal Facebook page on Sunday, and he's featured in a photo from Darren Taylor's SooToday article on the event. Profuse apologies for missing this set, we'd have covered it here had it gotten advance notice online, but hopefully Tym's set went well, and that Pridefest is another huge hit this week!
Now, today's post features some more Rotaryfest fallout, this weekend's slim pickings for hard rock concert previews, and first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next month, as Montreal ska/jazz punk quartet The Costanzas will make their Sault Ste. Marie debut as headliners at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, August 4th! With an upbeat, noise-filled blend of punk sub-genres, free spirit, and sense of humour, The Costanzas have a solid and edgy sound that should attract a good crowd next weekend, so don't miss out then! Local punk trio Stegadeth will open in their first show since returning home from Spiderfest, while a second local opener is to be announced. It is worth noting that one of the event hosts is The Killenials, who launched their Facebook page locally last month, but I cannot confirm if they're co-organizers, the planned second opening act, or something else entirely. You may be able to infer who's involved based on Facebook likes, but I won't speculate yet.
Promoted by Six, Two, Oh., this early stop on The Costanzas' Canadian tour has a $5 cover charge, a 9:00 PM start time, and a 19+ age limit. This should be a fun night of punk rock action, so visit the official Facebook event page for current details, and stay tuned for more on who exactly The Killenials are!
Next up, we have a very quiet weekend for hard rock concerts in the area (even Tym Morrison isn't advertised for a public gig at press time), so for a heavier fix, Sault Michigan is your best bet. There, you can check out Traverse City classic metal trio Peril, who are advertised to return to The Rapids Lounge at the Soo's Kewadin Casino branch TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Note that Peril have oddly not plugged these shows on their Facebook page this week, but their Reverbnation page announced them earlier this year, and we'll let you know if their status changes. This weekend's shows are surprisingly their first in Sault Ste. Marie this year, following the cancellation of their April weekend at the same venue, so if you've missed Peril's fan favourite covers attack, head down to the Soo Kewadin this weekend! Expect 9:00 PM start times, no cover, and 21+ age limits both nights. See above for more details, and here's Peril live!
Rotaryfest musical entertainment, startinw with coverage from The Sault Star, who conducted interviews before the festival with Stampeders frontman Rich Dodson and Stage 2's Thursday headliner Mark "M.D." Dunn,
which are both highly worth reading, and they include some new (to me)
information, like the makeup of M.D.'s Innocent Weapon Ensemble backing
band, and that Rich Dodson's kids are in Parallels,
the Toronto electronic band that headlined Stage 2 on Friday! The Sault
Star's Brian Kelly was on hand for all three days of the festival,
getting scattered pictures from both stages, and you can click here for photos of four bands from the stages on Thursday, here for a photo of Treble Charger's Bill Priddle on Friday night, and here for photos from The Stampeders' set on Saturday. He did tread some of the same ground on Thursday as Donna Hopper did for SooToday, but each batch of photos is worth checking out on their own merits!
SooToday did post one video to their YouTube channel
of performers on the Stage 2 (they sponsored it this year, after all.) Unfortunately, it is only 57 seconds long, and it only features three bands from the first two lineups, oddly out of performance order. It starts
with The Barn Board Trio's set on Saturday afternoon, before transitioning to Friday co-headliners Id Iota (albeit for just 9 seconds) and closing with The Elements'
opening set on Saturday. I wish there was more to this video, but the
recording quality is excellent while it lasts, so check it out below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's YouTube Channel Profile tomorrow! Thanks everyone!