Thursday, August 16, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Fringe North Festival) & Weekend Concert Previews!!

A busy weekend with lots of festivals and fundraisers is upon us, so let's get most of this weekend's hard rock concert previews up, including SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS and a related apology! Due to the amount of shows, we're holding our preview of Saturday's Rudyard Musicians Festival in the E.U.P. for tomorrow's post so we can give it proper emphasis, so look for it then! Now, let's start this weekend's previews in Sault Ontario!

Local funk/hard rock quartet The Elements are advertised to rock this year's Fringe North International Theatre Festival at the Up The Arts stage at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this concert had previously been announced via the festival website and related advertising, but between this event not being a hard rock haven, and The Elements not plugging it publically on their own pages, it fell through the cracks until now. As per the poster, The Elements are headlining at 9:00 PM ahead of indie rockers Great Chamberlain (in what's advertised as their local farewell set), folk/pop artist Hannah Lindsay, jugglers Karl & The Prodigy, and and young local performer Madi Schomogyi Lime. In case you needed a refresher, the Fringe North Festival is a week+ long arts festival featuring music, theatrical performances, busking, visual arts, culture, and more, which is a great idea for the local arts community, and hopefully this year's installment has been a hit so far!

Note that The Elements' acoustic side project The Wyld Stallyns had been advertised as being the co-headliners at the Pavilion this past Saturday alongside The Algo Rhythms, The Barn Board Trio, the debuting Johnny & The Revelators, and Sasa Jurko. The Stallyns did not publically promote the show in advance, but I profusely apologize for missing it last weekend, I promise to be on top of the Fringe North musical lineup next year! As for TOMORROW's Up The Arts stage action, it all begins at 5:00 PM, and this is a FREE & ALL AGES event. See above for more, and here's The Elements live!

Next up, and joining his previously announced Roadhouse Bar & Grill solo concert TOMORROW NIGHT, prolific hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will also be playing a special set THIS SUNDAY as part of the final night of the Fringe North Festival! Again, apologies for the short notice, this concert was only announced via it's Facebook event page yesterday. The festival's schedule lists local folk/indie solo artist Jackson Reed in SUNDAY's 5:00 PM slot, but for unannounced reasons, Tym has reportedly replaced him that day. Hopefully nothing bad happened with Jackson, but Tym's a solid choice to fill in! For this set, Tym will uniquely have a guest performer on SUNDAY, namely HTs bassist Ryan Disano, who was briefly a member of Caveman Morrison in the late 2000s. Nice to see Ryan back out there, hopefully he adds a solid component to this one hour set! Tym and Ryan are on at 5:00 PM, with poet Corey Marques at 6:00 PM, followed by an all-star finale at 7:00 PM, of which I have no extra details.

Of course, Tym alone will be at The Roadhouse on Trunk Road tomorrow for his already-announced night of solo covers, so east end fans won't want to bypass that concert either! That's a 10:00 PM affair with no announced cover charge or age limits,  while SUNDAY'S Fringe North finale is FREE & ALL AGES. Visit the Roadhouse show's Facebook event page and the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym live!

Moving to shows that were entirely previously announced, we'll take a quick trip across to Michigan's E.U.P., where classic/hard rock cover quartet Cousin Eddie are scheduled to rock The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Note that the band has not plugged these shows on their Facebook page at press time, but they are advertised on Kewadin's entertainment page, so we'll treat them as on unless otherwise stated publically. Last seen at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin last month, this should be a prime opportunity to see this group of (past?) Highway 63 members in a familiar live setting, so don't miss out on this hard rock action in Mackinac County over these two nights! As usual for Kewadin Casino lounge bookings, expect 21+ age limits, 9:00 PM start times, and no announced cover charge for this weekend. Visit the above links for more on these newest Cousin Eddie concerts in our area, and hopefully they have some videos to publically share soon!

We'll close today's previews back in Sault Ontario, where fellow local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will co-headline THIS SATURDAY'S Ride For ARCH street party concert outside of Reggie's West! Hard rock hasn't been a constant presence in the musical lineups of this four year old charity motorcycle rally (especially compared to the Rides for Autism and Sight), but this Algoma Residential Community Hospice fundraiser is back with another strong music roster for a wonderful cause! Visit the official Facebook event page for complete details on the non-musical aspects of this year's Ride, including on how you bikers can take part in the rally proper. Soundcheck's outdoor set on Korah Road takes place at 8:00 PM on Saturday, with country rockers Bone Yard at 9:30 PM. Preceding prize announcements at 6:30 PM, the remaining acts are Bone Yard's sister acoustic project The Bearded Lounge at 5:30 PM, Wild Iris side project Stone Orchid at 3:30 PM, ...

...young guest performer Amanda Jeffreys with a mini-set at 3:15 PM, and the aforementioned Algo Rhythms opening at 2:00 PM. Stacked lineup with many familiar faces, and a dash of hard rock via Soundcheck (last seen on the road in Wawa last week for a drag race event there), so don't miss out on all of this action for a great local establishment and the work they do! The concert proper appears to be FREE & ALL AGES, but visit the above links for costs associated with being in or fundraising for the rally. ARCH deserves all the support and funds it can get, so keep this concert and the ride in mind, and here's Soundcheck live earlier this year!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Rudyard Musicians Festival preview and more next! Thanks everyone!

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