At last, here's our final weekend concert preview post on this packed Rotaryfest weekend! Remember, for previews of Friday and Saturday events not involving Re:Born, check this morning's post, and yesterday second post covers Rotaryfest Stage 1. Now, we have previews of shows with the same headline band this weekend, one being a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, with overdue updates on an upcoming competitive event, so without any further adieu, here's what you should know!
Local power rock quartet Re:Born will be among the performers at this year's Loud & Proud Family Fun Day at The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON as part of this year's Sault Pridefest! Apologies for the short notice, the band did publically announce their involvement in this event last month, but we held a formal announcement for the formal reveal of the day's full musical lineup, which has surprisingly not come as of press time. Readers may recall The Din (featuring Re:Born drummer Brandan Glew) playing this event in one of their final concerts two years ago, and now it's the Project 421 successors' turn to rock out at a rare afternoon and ALL AGES set for them! Of course, this is a big annual kick-off event for the local Pridefest events celebrating LGBTQ2SIA culture & awareness, with vendors, games, demonstrations, and varying family friendly entertainment all going down at the Bushplane Museum THIS SUNDAY, so don't miss out on all of the Loud & Proud fun then!
The lack of a public lineup reveal is very surprising, but Re:Born guitarist Blair Burch told me in a Facebook conversation that the other performers will include solo musician Juliana Cartner (who I know nothing on), hip hop duo Planet Rock, folk rock veteran M.D. Dunn, and a new rock band named Woodwind, with Re:Born headlining at 3:00 PM. Thanks again to Blair for the help! A 12:30 PM start time is advertised for this FREE & ALL AGES event, and it's great to see everyone band together to support Pridefest on SUNDAY and beyond! If you're up for some all ages, mid-day classic metal, you know where to be this weekend!
With that said, Re:Born have one more show coming up for their first ever double header booking on one weekend, as they'll be headlining a more traditional nightttime and 19+ concert TOMORROW NIGHT at The Rockstar Bar! Marking their first public concert since the Cory Burch farewell show late last month, this event is titled "Brandan's Quarter Century Musical Extravaganza", referencing the show taking place on their esteemed drummer's 25th birthday. No extra frills are advertised beyond having "a few sparkling beverages", but be sure to wish Brandan a happy birthday if you're in attendance! Notably taking place concurrently with the closing acts at Rotaryfest Stage 1 tomorrow, this show could be seen as a festival alternative for those of you craving heavier or more original acts. As such, two Stage 2 bands from 2017 will be the support acts tomorrow night, including alt-punk trio A Dire Setback (who opened for Re:Born last month too) & funk/hard rock quartet The Elements!
Both bands are fine choices to open, especially as you don't see either as much live anymore, so don't miss out on them tomorrow! For what it's worth, LopLops Lounge (who have tended to book Stage 2 bands on Rotaryfest weekend) are hosting both K.I.C.K. tonight and Jack Pine tomorrow, albeit both as opening acts for touring headliners The Road Waves and The Boo Radley Project. As for tomorrow's Re:Born show, this is a 19+ concert with a $5 cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time. Check the above links for more on this metal and punk attack tomorrow night, and here's Re:Born live!
Soo's Got Talent competition, so what's new to report here? Well, the audition dates are now public, as prospective competitors can audition to make the cut for the live shows over the weekends of August 23rd-24th & September 6th-7th. Though the event proper will take place at The Verdi Hall on Queen Street West (due to The Tech's closure), auditions will surprisingly take place at Wacky Wings at 688 Great Northern Road, with donations to the ARCH Hospice encouraged. I assume these are publically attendable (starting at 6:00 PM on Fridays and 4:00 PM on Saturdays), but of course, we can't confirm the lineups. If a performer (musician or otherwise) is selected to go to the live elimination shows, you'll next see them at The Verdi Hall on September 13th, with two more rounds following in the next two weeks, before the finals take place on October 11th.
For reference, singer Daniella Brewer won last year, Tym Morrison made it past the first round, and any sort of entertainment performer will be allowed to audition (magicians, comedians, dancers, you name it.) That said, will we see any metal, hard rock, or punk acts this year? At least one, maybe, as Chase Wigmore expressed interest in auditioning back in April by posting this video onto The Soo's Got Talent Facebook page (apologies for the delay in this making the site.) While he called the video his audition, I assume he'd still have to show up at Wacky's, but the page administrator did enjoy his performance! The monochrome, filtered video features Chase playing an acoustic yet intense alt-folk number that makes good use of his aggressive, passionate vocals and stage presence, and fans of his will want to give it a look below, whether or not we see him at The Verdi Hall this fall!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site this weekend! Thanks everyone!