Friday, August 17, 2018

Rudyard Musicians Festival Preview, The Studio Return Of C.T.W., And A 10 Years Video!!

As promised, our last currently announced hard rock concert preview is here, and while that makes up the first half of this post, we also have a recent Sault Michigan concert preview, and the long awaited studio return for a Sault Ontario extreme metal project, so here's what you should know!

One more summer music festival goes down in Michigan's E.U.P. TOMORROW, when the third annual Rudyard Musicians Festival takes place at Rudyard Township Park (18725 South Mackinac Trail!) Year #3 of the Musicians Fest will once again see all proceeds go towards supporting Rudyard Area Schools' music and band programs, so you can be assured that money is going to a good place tomorrow! Aside from the music, there will be a smoked pig roast dinner tomorrow at 6:00 PM, as well as day-long concession, while camping will be available at the park from today through Sunday, and there will be an open jam session at the stage tonight, so if that's up your alley, keep that in mind! Visit the official Facebook page for full non-musical details! This year's lineup is largely dipping into the performer well of past years, with only two debuting bands and only three not returning from last year (The Karstens, The Neighborhood Dogs, and Denny Verrett), so if you loved the 2016 and/or 2017 lineups, you're in good shape for a return trip in 2018!

Only one hard rock band is on this year's bill, namely local favourites Project 906, who are on at an early 3:00 PM timeslot preceding their set tomorrow night in Paradise (just outside of our coverage range) for that town's annual Blueberry Festival. Local classic rock quintet (and festival organizers) Steelhead will headline at 11:00 PM, with fellow classic rockers The Whole Shabang preceding them at 10:00 PM, while most remaining bands are country or bluegrass centric, as has been common for the Musicians Fest. Other acts tomorrow include Robert & Bob Malaski at 8:00 PM, The North Country Band at 7:00 PM, and The Wednesday Night Headliners (featuring Brian Harrison) at 6:00 PM, while new local country trio Rusted Spurs and St. Ignace country/folk artist Patrick Springsteen are harbouring the 5:00 & 4:00 PM timeslots. Preceding Project 906's set are Kevin Blakeney at 2:00 PM, pop singer Hayley Malaska at 1:00 PM, and Jimmy Williams at 12:00 PM

Finally, Traverse City's New Jazz Trio will open tomorrow's musical entertainment at 11:00 AM. Musicians Fest III has a $5 admission fee (though kids 10 and under are FREE), and this should be another stacked day of family entertainment and live music for fans in Rudyard and the surrounding area, and for a great cause supporting youth musical development in the township, so don't miss out tomorrow! Visit the above links for more details, and here's Project 906 live in Rudyard in 2016!

Next up, here's some overdue updates from local grindcore solo project Crucify the Whore, so what's been cooked up at Blood Shed Productions as of late? After assorted teasers on C.T.W.'s Facebook page in recent months, the Tyler Gibson-led solo project revealed late last month that he has been working on a split with longtime Blood Shed collaborator and prolific alt-folk musician Chase Wigmore! This will mark Tyler's first formally recorded studio output as C.T.W. in over two years, though Chase has kept busy in the interim via his own solo project and his techno-influenced band The Black Lodge Masters. Three songs of Chase's intended half of the split (entitled "A Couple of Degenerate Bastards") can be heard on his YouTube channel, and they are in the Black Lodge Masters mold, so if you like dark experimental techno, these should be worth a listen! Only one song of Tyler's is public yet, so what should you know on it?

Entitled "Allow Me To Re-Introduce & Drug Induce Myself" (partially alluding to Crucify the Whore's lengthy break from recordings and live concerts), this a short instrumental preceded by a sampled intro, and while there's no (discernable?) vocals, it has enough brutality to get Blood Shed holdouts excited for what's to come! Give this song a listen below, via the first Blod Shed Productions YouTube channel upload in over a year, and stay tuned for more from C.T.W. as it rolls in!

Finally for today, let's get the Seether concert videos rolling finally on the SMS! Last Saturday's Dreammaker's Theater show in Sault Michigan was a hit based on personal accounts, but videos were slow to hit YouTube or public video sources initially. Well, we have enough for a dedicated showcase post coming tomorrow, but there's one extra to note, courtesy of user Jeff Hagan, who filmed plenty of videos at last year's Alter Bridge concert. As uploaded on Monday, his only(?) video is actually of opening Tennessee hard rock band 10 Years closing their set with a cover Pantera's "I'm Broken", or at least, the last 30 seconds of it. I have no way of knowing whether they did the whole song, or if this was just an instrumental bonus tacked onto the end of "Wasteland", but it sounds good while it lasts on this vertical cell phone camera clip! Give it a look below, and stay tuned for much more from this Kewadin Casino concert tomorrow!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for that Seether concert video showcase on the site next! Thanks everyone!

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