Today's news post ont he SMS is half devoted to some new video postings from earlier this month, but let's lead off with two LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the coming months that are both notable in very different ways!
Local Celtic punk quintet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide will be among the performers at a special benefit concert at The Roberta Bondar Pavilion on Saturday, May 25th! The event is to raise funds for Kayge Fowler, a 6 year old boy from Sault Ste. Marie who has been battling for the past year with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive form of brain cancer. This story has been frequently covered on local news and social media, including this Facebook group, as you may recall. Medical treatments, including experimental ones in Mexico, have led to many fundraising efforts, and this concert (entitled "Music 4 Kayge") is the latest, with four acts joining forces to raise money for the Kayge Fighters Against DIPG Foundation. The Rising Tide are the advertised co-headliners at 5:30 PM in their second show of 2019, while promoter Mark Tarantini will headline at 7:00 PM with a John Denver tribute set, notably featuring That's Chester alums Aubrey Falls & Ric Datson in his backing band.
Veteran local jazz/blues musician Jay Case will also play on the 25th at 4:30 PM, with new blues/country quintet Johnny & The Revelators (also featuring The Tide's Marshall Jaasekelainen) opening at 3:00 PM. This outdoor concert will have $10 adult tickets available at Northland Music and by phone at the number listed on the Facebook event page, while kids 10 & under get in FREE, and Mike Blair's 705Live Sound Company will handle sound on this day. It's great to see such a diverse roster of familiar local musicians join forces to help Kayge and his family in this time of need, and our best goes out to the Fowlers! Visit the above links for more on this benefit concert!
Next up, Edmonton heavy metal quintet Striker will make their long awaited return to Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday, June 9th when they hit Soo Blaster! This will be Striker's first local concert in almost 6 years, last seen melting faces at the former Roosevelt Hotel in June 2013, and their old school NWOBHM-inspired sound will surely be welcomed back by fans this summer with more hard rocking originals from their newest album "Head First"! Local openers will include power rock band Re:Born in their third announced show of 2019, all at Soo Blaster, so they'll be on familiar ground for their complimentary old school attack on June 9th! No word yet on if Frank will be back in the fold by this point. A second opening band is to be announced, but for reference, Striker's local openers in 2013 were Frightlight, The Bear Hunters, and Giwakwa, so a perfect sub-genre match isn't a requirement.
Notably, this is the first concert at Soo Blaster from promoter J.D. Pearce, following the quiet move of his Halloween Party concerts last year from the Queen Street nightclub/arcade to The Rockstar Bar. How will his entertaining live concert slate manage at the former Woolco building? Find out in seven weeks! This 19+ concert has a $10 cover charge and a likely 9:00 PM start time. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and hopefully Striker draws a big crowd in June as they give Soo Blaster a blast of metal!
We'll close today with new videos, starting with the latest from prolific local experimental musician Chase Wigmore's metal solo project Awokest, who posted their new album "Solving The Human Condition" in full onto Chase's YouTube channel last week! This was followed by a live version of "Rites of the Wendigo" from the album that Chase hinted may only be up "for a limited time", so give that a look just in case. The YouTube copy does not include individual track listings, so you'll have to go based on prior song postings and familiarity, or listen to the whole 54 minute album as one piece. As of right now, the album is not on sale, but physical pressings have been teased, and in case this gets reviewed on the site, I'll hold fuller comment for now. That said, if you like your extreme metal to have lots of samples, effects, bizarre soundscapes, and experimentation, give Awokest's new "album" a listen!
Finally for today, here's a new cover song from Sault Michigan classical metal band Theatre of Night, courtesy of their YouTube channel two weeks ago! Christmas materials aside, Theatre of Night's studio output is sporadic at best, unless you follow their Reverbnation page with any regularity, and this YouTube video is their first that isn't overtly season in almost a year. This is their rendition of the theme song from Game of Thrones, fittingly uploaded on the same day that the final season premiered (April 14th), and it seems like a strong cover from what I know of the original! Check it out below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!