Thursday, March 7, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Fluid 5ive & Soundcheck), Weekend Concert Previews, And More!!

After a few quiet days for news, we're back with this weekend's concert previews and a new song from a prolific local artist, but first, let's lead off those previews on a relatively quiet weekend with some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, partially on SHORT NOTICE!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will return to Reggie's West for concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, but that's not all for their 2019 concert slate! Apologies for the short notice on this weekend's concerts, we only heard about them via this concert calendar posting on the band's Facebook page this past weekend, too soon to redundantly cover TOMORROW & SATURDAY'S shows twice. In a change of approach from their past concert announcements (which tended to come the week of the show, if at all), Soundcheck have confirmed their currently booked shows through the end of the year, and you can see all of those dates on your right. I definitely appreciate the advance word, but to avoid stuffing our concert calendar with just listings from one band for a months-long stretch, I'm only adding shows through the end of May to our calendar at present, but I'll slot more in down the road and/or when new gigs are confirmed.

Not counting private bookings, the Wawa Bonspiel, and an unspecified "Goulais Bash" (we'll let you know if that's a public concert), fans can look for Soundcheck at Reggie's West TOMORROW & SATURDAY, April 26th-27th, and May 17th-18th, as well as at The Water Tower Pub on Friday, March 22nd, and at The Esquire Club on April 19th & 20th. There's much more to come, but for now, these are 19+ events with no announced cover charges and 9:30-10:00 PM start times. Soundcheck's classic and hard rock covers should go over swimmingly THIS WEEKEND and beyond, so see above for more details, and here's Soundcheck live!

Next up, here's another new show confirmation for The Water Tower Pub, as fellow local classic/hard rock cover veterans Fluid 5ive will apparently make their debut at this venue THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! Again, apologies for the short notice, we only learned about this show via The Water Tower Inn's events calendar earlier this week, though note that Fluid 5ive have not posted on their Facebook page yet this year. Assuming all is well, this will be a big opportunity for Colin, Liam, Rob, Pierre, and Jeff to make a strong impression on a new nightclub and patrons with their selection of "danceable rock" tunes that you don't often hear from other local bands! This will be their first announced show since the Habitat for Humanity Builders Bash in late November. Expect a 9:30 PM start time on SATURDAY, you must be 19 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. See the above links for more details, and no, I don't have a preview video yet!

Finally for this weekend's currently known and announced hard rock concert previews, let's tackle another weekend of acoustic hard rock concerts from prolific solo artist Tym Morrison, who is slated to keep his long-term arrangement at Gliss Restaurant going with shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY! With no nighttime shows elsewhere this weekend, fans of Tym's diverse and prolific batch of covers will want to head down to Spring Street on one/both of these evenings for his solo concert action, and if you know his talents well, you know he'll deliver some great dinner-time entertainment at Gliss both evenings! As usual for his Gliss shows, these are 6:00 PM matinees with no announced cover charges or age limits, but remember that this is a formal sit-down restaurant. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live in concert a few years back!

To close today,  and after weeks of teasers, local/Thompson, Manitoba alt-hard rock solo artist Mike Haggith finally released the title track from his upcoming album "Bridges" to major streaming platforms on Tuesday! Mike shared a lengthy post outlining the song's inspiration on his Facebook page as well, specifically linking the title to bridges connecting people to come together against the mental health crisis and feelings of isolation, which readers who know Mike will recall has been an issue he feels very strongly about. Updates on the album proper are "coming soon", and while I'll hold comment on the song pending our review of the whole CD, fans of Mike's slower paced and more dramatic originals may want to take notice. You can hear the song "Bridges" for yourself on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and below via an auto-created YouTube channel under Mike's name, so give it a listen, and stay tuned for more from Mike's solo project!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site soon! Thanks everyone!

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