With metal and hard rock shows coming in the area daily from tomorrow through Monday, plus Pop Evil on Wednesday, there's very few breaks in the upcoming week's concert schedule and beyond, so let's commence with some upcoming concert previews in Sault Ontario for tomorrow and Saturday night! We have much more to come, but read on below for what you need to know on the first three heavier shows of the weekend on this side of the border, including the latest on the Swampstravaganza!
Lucky 13 to the stage at The Rockstar Bar! After a summer break of sorts since their Nicolet Tavern show in May, the band featuring Turner Up, Gully Yodelers, and Route 69 alumni should have a solid night of 1990s-leaning alternative hard rock covers in store for fans at The Rockstar Bar, and it will be good to see these talented veterans back on stage after a longer-than-usual break! A $5-ish cover is likely, you must be 19 or older to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is advertised. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be a welcome return for Lucky 13, and they definitely have the talent and experience to deliver a solid night of covers, so keep this show in mind for tomorrow, and for a preview, here's Lucky 13 covering The Stone Temple Pilots last year!
Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will return to The Road House Bar & Grill once again for a solo acoustic concert! His second show of his "every Friday in August" arrangement at this Trunk Road venue (and fourth Road House show overall in the past five weeks), it's great to see Tym's relationship with The Road House continuing successfully, and if you're up for some unplugged metal and hard rock covers in a more intimate setting, head east to Trunk Road tomorrow night for all of the action there! Admission should be free, this show also has a 10:00 PM start time, and I imagine there's a 19+ age limit in effect. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! If you miss tomorrow's show, you have three more chances to see Tym this month, but keep tomorrow's acoustic metal covers in mind for your concert schedule, and for a preview, here's Tym live at Mill Square a couple of months ago!
Finally for this preview post, we'll head to The Oddfellows Hall this Saturday for the third annual Sewer Swampstravaganza, the 10 band ALL AGES show promoted by local cello/punk standouts RedD Monkey! After two successful installments in April 2011 & July 2012, it's back for a third go-around on Saturday, which will also feature art exhibitions from local artists Charlie Metheany and Katie Huckson, but on the music side, 10 more acts will grace the Oddfellows Hall stage, and only 8 musicians have played in past years, so things will be very different! The lineup is definitely heavier than last year's event, with the first ever inclusion of out of town bands also, so let's explore the lineup in order from top to bottom! Montreal thrash metal trio Warsenal will make their local debut as headliners at 11:00 PM, with the aforementioned RedD Monkey bumped to co-headlining status for the first time at 10:00 PM for their first local date in 8 months. Fellow Swampstravaganza returnees The Bear Hunters will precede them at 9:00 PM, in what will be their first show following rhythm guitarist Josh Stephney's departure (though no word as of yet on if they have a replacement guitarist or will be playing as a quartet.) They have teased possibly debuting a new song on Saturday though, so keep that in mind!
Two Oddfellows Hall debuts will precede them at 8:00 & 7:00 PM courtesy of local grunge/alternative rockers Haggith and punk trio The Northern Tragedy, while late additions Goatface Killa (a grindcore band from Toronto) have replaced Giwakwa in the 6:00 PM slot, likely due to their recent member departures. "Blue Chinese metal crash punk" quartet Sykotyk Rampage will make their own Oddfellows Hall debut(?) at 5:00 PM, with local solo artist James "Delusionair Lionhair" Watterworth replacing the departed Winkstinger in the 4:00 PM slot. Rising young death metal quartet Crimson Crusade will be on at 3:00 PM, and local folk solo artist Guy Smith (replacing Ashes To Dust) will open the Swampstravaganza at 2:00 PM. Note that Goatface Killa's own Facebook post about the show implied that Shit Liver would be playing, but this hasn't been confirmed elsewhere, so it's likely erroneous. Also note that The Bear Hunters have been looking to trade their timeslot with The Northern Tragedy, but this hasn't been finalized at present. Admission is just $5 (50 cents a band) for this ALL AGES show, so check the above links and the official Facebook event page for more details!
A nicely diverse (though suitably heavy) lineup of bands is in store for this year's Swampstravaganza, and though some bands were disappointing exits, the current talent, return of RedD Monkey, and out of town acts should entertain in this marathon show, so don't miss out on Saturday night! For a preview, here's headliners Warsenal thrashing up the stage last year during their song "Hit 'N Run"!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan weekend previews and more tomorrow! Thanks everyone!