Monday, August 5, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!! (The Ripcordz, Frightlight, AlgomA, And Tym Morrison)

Taking a cue from yesterday's post (all about new concerts in St. Ignace), we're focusing on LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for new concerts from this coming Saturday through October in Sault Ontario, including some big out of town acts, so read on below for what you need to know!

Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison didn't just play at The Road House Bar & Grill last Friday, as he'll be playing at this Trunk Road venue every Friday this month! Fresh off of his very busy (but all-short notice) concert weekend, including solo dates at The Road House on Friday night & The Nicolet Tavern on Saturday afternoon that we missed for full coverage (apologies all around!), Tym will follow up his August 2nd show at The Road House Bar with dates on Friday the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th! My source is the Facebook event page for his show there this past Friday, and again, don't be confused with his older frequent venue The Zone Roadhouse in Goulais River. No word yet on if this is a formal resurrection of his old weekly concert arrangements at venues like The Service Grill and Foggy Notions, but Tym's unplugged solo acoustic metal covers should go over well for his regular run this month! All 4 upcoming shows should have no cover charge, 9:00 PM-ish start times, and 19+ age limits. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from Tym's prolific unplugged solo concerts!

Next up in new Sault Ontario show confirmations is one we've been waiting almost a month to officially plug on here, as local horror punk/metal notables Frightlight will play their third show of the year on August 17th (one week from Saturday) as openers for Oshawa horror punk quartet Black Cat Attack and Welland punk/psychobilly trio Chainsaw Lobotomy! Featuring original Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh, The B.C.A.'s female-fronted mix of rockabilly and punk styles should attract a good audience, with enough familiarity and unique qualities to get a crowd going, while Chainsaw Lobotomy's genre blend and hard-to-define sound has a lot of entertaining punk intensity going for it as well, so keep both bands in mind come the 17th! As for Frightlight, this show will mark their second gig with fill-in bassist James "Slim Cadaver" White (presumably due to Eddie Fright's out of town commitments), but Slim filled in well the first time around, so all should be fine for their Misfits-inspired attack at this show! Note that the Facebook event page still advertises a band to be announced, but that isn't a guarantee that we'll see a new addition. We'll keep you posted!

Originally planned for The Algonquin Pub before being relocated (source here), it'll now take place at The Roosevelt Hotel, and there is a 10:00 PM start time, 19+ age limit, and $10 cover charge in effect. Also, like promoter Johnny Pints' earlier Striker concert at The Rosie, there will be a scary costume contest with the winner getting band merchandise, so bring your scariest getup, and check the above links for more details! Punk fans (horror-themed or not) should be right at home with this concert, and there's enough metal to get that angle as well, so don't bypass it in a couple of weeks, and stay tuned for potential updates!

In a detour we've never made for a metal concert, we'll move to Echo Bay (a half hour east of Sault Ontario) on October 12th for "The Big Loonie Bus Show" at La Cucina, the bar underneath the Bucci's Place restaurant at 3159 Highway 17B (right near the giant loonie, hence the name.) Promoted by AlgomA frontman Boyd "Darby Wigwaus" Rendell through his new promotion agency Oh! Right Arm! Promotions, this show will see no less than 5 local metal bands take the stage, including the aforementioned sludge trio AlgomA, their drummer Jamie Vincent's grunge project Bad Back, local/North Shore death metal quartet Crimson Crusade, and local hardcore punk veterans Destroilet (with one more band to be announced.) Interesting lineup to be sure, especially with the new venue! A full performance order is to be determined, and an earlier 8:00 PM start time has been announced, but nothing has been made clear yet on admission prices, age limits, or whether there actually will be a bus in play for any aspect of getting to and from Echo Bay. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!

Compared to Sault Michigan, heavier shows in outskirt towns and communities are much rarer on the Ontario side of the border, but if Boyd's promotion takes off, maybe that can slowly change! "The Big Loonie Bus Show" has a solid array of local metal talent, with a unique setting and more going for it, so stay tuned for updates, and if you live out east, this could be right up your alley!

Finally for the announced shows, the aforementioned Johnny Pints announced on his own promotion agency's Facebook group on Friday that his eighth annual Halloween Party will go down on October 26th (the Saturday before Halloween, as usual), and it will be headlined by the return of Montreal hardcore punk legends The Ripcordz! Over 6 months after their well received return to the Soo in April, Paul Gott and company should be ready for another hard hitting blend of hardcore punk classics for their local fans in just under 3 months, and the Halloween backdrop should prove very fitting! The other bands are to be announced, but the aforementioned Frightlight are very likely (they played at Johnny's last 4 Halloween shows), and at least one more band is likely as well (recent examples include Redundant, Winkstinger, and Sykotyk Rampage), though note that last year's party featured 4 bands (3 local), none of which was the previously-regular cover band who changed their name and genre each year.

The Halloween Party will see it's third home this year (the old Coch's Corner in 2006-2011 & The Algonquin Pub in 2012), as the event will now shift to The Roosevelt Hotel, which should be a good home, but the exodus of Johnny's recent shows from The Algonquin is still sorta odd. Like past years, a $5 cover, 19+ age limit, 10:00 PM-ish start time, costume contest, and Halloween motif are all likely, so make sure you have your costumes ready come October 26th, and check the above links for more details! Johnny always pulls out all the stops for his Halloween Parties, so keep it in mind for October, and stay tuned as more updates roll in!

That's all for today, but as long as nothing late notice or major comes up in between, stay tuned for an all-video post tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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