Friday, September 7, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (The Gabba Heys, Re:Born, And Tym Morrison), Plus More Concert Previews!!

Today's post is half devoted to this weekend's remaining hard rock/punk concert previews, but to round things out, we have some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for this fall, and one of this weekend's gigs is on SHORT NOTICE as well! Here's what you should know!

The ever-prolific Tym Morrison will have at least one public concert this weekend, as he'll return to Room 21 for consecutive Saturdays TOMORROW NIGHT and next Saturday the 15th! Apologies for the short notice on TOMORROW'S show, that concert was only confirmed via it's official Facebook event page on Wednesday (next week's show was announced with more notice on Sunday.) With the ongoing wait for Tym's regular Gliss run to resume, it's great to see that he's staying busy with regional concerts, and these two Room 21 gigs should provide patrons and fans a solid chance to take in his unplugged hard and classic rock covers! Note that TOMORROW'S concert is a one nighter due to the previously announced Wyld Stallyns concert tonight, but I don't know why Tym's only playing Saturday next week. Both TOMORROW'S and next week's concerts have 10:00 PM start times, 19+ age limits, and no cover charges. Click here and above for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, here's some more new concerts with lots of advance notice, starting with the local concert debut of Toronto-based Ramones tribute band The Gabba Heys (fronted by prolific local punk musician Mikey Hawdon) on Saturday, September 22nd at LopLops Lounge! This is nothing new for Mikey, as he fronted the preceding Ramones tribute band The Merves from 2010-2015 (who played here 5 times in that span) before joining The Gabba Heys in 2016. New faces and name, but Mikey's Ramones love and knowledge isn't new to fans, so hopefully their set goes over well in two weeks! Mikey's Surfers & Tide bandmate Dustin Jones will open the proceedings with his active (but online page-less) punk quartet The Cover-Up, while fellow Merves alum Amy "Gabba" Zucchetto will play a selection of Joan Jett covers to kick off this concert, as she did for half of late-period Merves sets. Stacked lineup, which fans can also see the previous day in Sudbury, so click here for details on that Townehouse Tavern event if you're in the area!

This "Punk Rock Blitz-O-Rama Dance Party" is brought to you by Tidal Records, and it has a 19+ age limit, $10 admission fee, and 9:00 PM start time. Advance tickets can be purchased at LopLops' website, The Rad Zone, Case's Music, Thomas Walls School of Music, and presumably at the door. This should be a fun concert for long time followers of Mikey and Dustin's local punk careers, even if you're not a Ramones scholar, so visit the above links for complete details on this intriguing concert later this month!

Lastly for new concerts, local power rock quintet Re:Born and funk/hard rock quartet The Elements will join forces on Saturday, October 6th at The Sault Theatre Workshop as part of the musical entertainment for a benefit concert for prolific stage actor and director Pirie "Bear" Kaufman! A familiar presence in the local theatre community, including via his recent productions with the Chippewa Theatre Guild, Pirie is currently battling cancer, so his family has put together this benefit to help raise funds and support at this difficult time. A buffet, cash bar, and silent auction are all planned for next month, as well as a solid musical lineup, with The Elements' diverse set sure to nicely compliment Re:Born's first public concert appearance in four months! Unspecified acoustic acts are also advertised to open this concert, we will let you know when their identities are publicized. This presumably all ages fundraiser will have $30 tickets and a 6:00 PM start time, and the Sault Theatre Workshop is located at 121 Pittsburgh Avenue in the west end.

I don't know Pirie at all, but those that do have spoken very highly of his impact in local theatre and as a person, and I hope this benefit goes a long way to helping in this fight! Cancer sucks in every way. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, kudos to everyone involved in this concert, and if you'd like to support Team Bear and/or can't make the event next month, send PayPal donations to!

Finally, here's our last currently announced hard rock/punk concert preview of the weekend, as local musicians will hit The Marconi Club on Albert Street West TOMORROW NIGHT as part of Joe's Weekend Warrior Fest! This special event (co-presented by Joe's Sports & Surplus and Sault Ontario radio station Country 104.3) will serve as the kick-off for Northern Superior Brewing Company's new Weekend Warrior Wheat Ale, and for the occasion, fans can partake in a craft beer social, taste testing, and specially paired dinner selections. If you're in this more for the beer than the music, you'll be in good hands with the craft brews on tap, and where else have you seen a new type of beer launched this big? Scheduled performers will include indie/punk quintet Northwest, blues/country notables The Barn Board Trio, and Country 104.3 morning host Jeff McNiece, who is now publically listed on the bill.

The aforementioned Cover-Up & indie rock musician Jesse Merineau were also previously advertised, but have both since dropped out. Jesse cited "a miscommunication & unforeseen changes" on his personal Facebook page, while Cover-Up frontman Dustin Jones is currently in Toronto for concerts with his non-local bands. We'll surely see both back on stage soon! Tomorrow's 19+ concert is at 7:00 PM affair at The Marconi Club, with $25 admission, though remember that the price includes food and drinks. This is a very unique event, but with Northwest adding some punk to the proceedings, don't miss out on the tunes & brews tomorrow! Here's Northwest live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the SMS in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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