Friday, May 17, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Peril, 415E, Highway 63, And Soundcheck!!)

Today's post is fully devoted to LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the coming months, via two long-term concert announcement sources, and while these are mostly in the E.U.P., we will cap things off with some Sault Ontario shows. With all of that said, here's what you should know!

As part of their newly renovated website and changed URLs for their Sault Michigan and St. Ignace branches' entertainment pages (links on the site are sufficiently updated), the concert calendars for Kewadin Casino's local lounges have been announced through the end of the year, and while most of the confirmed acts fall out of our verified metal/hard rock range, three bands have new show confirmations from one/both lounges. In rough chronological order, we'll start with Traverse City classic metal trio Peril, who now have show listings from Kewadin proper to match sister band Scarkazm's 2019 slate! At The Rapids Lounge in the Soo, fans can see Peril's old school attack on May 31st & June 1st, but their remaining new weekends are all at The Northern Pines Lounge in St. Ignace, where you can see Jeff, Adam, and Brooks in action on July 5th & 6th and the 26th & 27th (yes, four shows in the same month), plus on September 13th & 14th and on November 8th & 9th.

Nice to see Peril returning north of the Mac for another nice selection of concerts this year, and of course, they'll be back there in two weeks, so don't miss their hard rocking covers then and beyond! As usual, these are 9:00 PM events with no announced cover charges and 21+ age limits. See the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from Peril & Scarkazm!

Next up, Sault Ste. Marie classic/hard rock quintet Highway 63 will return to the local & St. Ignace Kewadin lounges for six more concert weekends in 2019, including a slight date change to note for their next gigs at The Northern Pines Lounge, as their previously announced June 14th & 15th gigs there appear to have been moved up two weeks to June 28th & 29th. A reason for the shift wasn't announced, but for what it's worth, St. John's country group The Louie Longoria Band are now scheduled on the 14th & 15th. Keep the altered Highway 63 dates in mind for next month! Beyond those gigs, Highway 63 will play The Rapids Lounge in the Soo on July 19th & 20th and then on August 2nd & 3rd, before returning to the St. Ignace Kewadin for gigs on September 20th & 21st, October 25th & 26th, and December 6th & 7th. Notably, the July 19th-20th shows will be their first in the Soo since Russell Mayer replaced Justin Lawless behind the drumkit, so keep that angle in mind in advance of that weekend.

Like with the above Peril shows, these are 9:00 PM events with 21+ age limits and no announced cover charges. It's great to see Highway 63 ramping up bookings now that they've settled on their Mamas Boys hybrid lineup, and hopefully there's more in the pipeline from this fan favourite hard rock cover outfit, so check the above links for more details!

Lastly for new Kewadin Casino show announcements, sporadically seen local hard rock quartet 415E have a scant three shows listed for the remainder of 2019. In terms of the St. Ignace branch, fans can see Dave, Chris, Brett, and Jason rock The Northern Pines Lounge on July 12th & 13th in their first shows there since February, while they'll play their only 2019 Rapids Lounge date in Sault Ste. Marie at the last possible moment, as they'll be the featured band for the venue's New Year's Eve festivities on Tuesday, December 31st! I don't know why 415E have been so infrequently seen on stage since reuniting last fall, but if you don't want to miss out on their Van Halen-influenced cover attack, don't bypass their shows in July and December! As above, these are 21+ concerts with 9:00 PM start times and no announced cover charges. See the above links for more details if they come in!

Finally for today's post, let's head north to Sault Ontario, as we'll add more of local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck's concerts to our listings! These were all previously announced via this concert calendar on their Facebook page, but to spread things our and avoid an all-Soundcheck glut later in the year for our listings, I've been waiting until other bands got show announcements, so we'll go as far as the Cancer Bats show in September for now. To start, fans can check out the Mourning Wood successors at Reggie's West on August 16th & 17th, while they are also confirmed to return to The Esquire Club on August 22nd & 23rd, and then on September 6th & 7th. There are more to come deeper into the fall and winter, so stay tuned for confirmation on those and other gigs to be announced. Travis, Terry, Paul, and Glen should be up to their usual fan favourite tricks on these six nights, so look for them then at around 10:00 PM with 19+ age limits and no cover. See above for more details, and don't miss their next shows at The Reggievelt TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for last month's poll results and our new poll tomorrow! Thanks everyone! 

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