Sunday, August 4, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!! (Peril, Powerslug, Sir Charge, And RamWagon)

Today's post is 100% dedicated to LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS at The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino, as they've  recently added new dates to their entertainment page's schedule through the end of the year! Note that The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino has not added any new dates to their schedule that I have seen, so all of these new shows will require a road trip to St. Ignace, which is 50 minutes south of the Soo. Now, let's look at these new show announcements in rough chronological order!

We'll start this coming weekend, as newer local hard rock quintet RamWagon will make their Kewadin Casino and St. Ignace debut on Friday & Saturday at The Northern Pines Lounge! Fresh off their fourth and fifth shows (on late notice) at The Satisfied Frog, this union of Full Throttle and Analog Deficiency alumni should have an entertaining and proficient slate of hard rock covers for attendees in St. Ignace this weekend, so keep them in mind for this coming weekend's schedule! Admission should be free for these 9:00 PM-ish concerts, and you must be 21 or older to attend. For more details, check the above links! It's great to see RamWagon's bookings picking up steam, and hopefully this is just the next stop in a successful local run, so don't miss this new band's latest concert weekend at The Northern Pines Lounge on Friday and Saturday, and stay tuned for more updates as they roll in!

The rest of the new hard rock show announcements for the St. Ignace Kewadin are in the fall and early winter, starting with two new concert weekends from Monkey's Uncle successors Sir Charge! Though their Facebook page hasn't been updated in two months, sporadic online updates for Henry Switzer-fronted bands are par for the course, sadly, but at least Kewadin Casino keeps us up to date on their next shows at their local branches! The veteran local hard rock cover quartet will return to The Northern Pines Lounge for shows on October 4th-5th & December 6th-7th, so if you're up for some gritty old school hard rock and more recent hits, don't forget about these dates! (Also to note, guitarist Nathan Switzer is also in the aforementioned RamWagon.) 21+ age limits, 9:00 PM start times, and no cover charges are all very likely, so get more at the above links, and don't miss Sir Charge's next shows in St. Ignace in two weeks!

Two weeks after the first of the new Sir Charge shows, The Northern Pines Lounge will welcome Charlevoix classic metal trio Peril back to the region for a pair of shows on October 16th & 17th! Curiously, Peril's Facebook page hasn't seen updates for two months either, but according to frontman Jeff Hudson's concert schedule, they don't have any dates for the rest of the summer, with his other bands Audio Circus and Scarkazm (neither of which are local regulars) playing most weekends. Given the new local bookings (Peril's first St. Ignace shows since February), I'll assume this is just a break unless I hear otherwise, so circle the middle of October on your calendars for some classic metal originals and covers from this talented trio (featuring ex-Bad Side drummer Brooks Elliott!) Also, this will likely be their first local weekend since the departure of bassist James Cvengros, with either Adam Crawford or Steve Gauthier rotating bass duties in his absence. Like the above shows, expect 21+ age limits, 9:00 PM start times, and no cover charges, but check the above links for more details, and hopefully Peril rock the U.P. again come October!

Finally for the new St. Ignace concert announcements, Sault Michigan hard rock trio Powerslug will return to The Northern Pines Lounge on November 22nd and 23rd! Their first shows in St. Ignace since June, Powerslug's busy (though often online-elusive) schedule sees them play often in the area (as seen this past weekend at The Corner Pub), and their hard rock covers should get the crowd going and lots of mugs chugged for their Northern Pines Lounge return in November! Still wish they had an online page and more shareable media though, it'd help their exposure. Same as the above shows for ground rules, with a 9:00 PM start time, 21+ age limit, and no likely cover charge for both nights, so check the above links for more details! Nice to get some more advance notice gigs of theirs, so keep Powerslug's November Kewadin dates in mind, and (barring a short notice announcement) go see them live next at the Sault Kewadin on August 23rd & 24th!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for an all-video post TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!

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