Monday, April 6, 2020

A Big Concert Postponement, New Facebook Live-Streamed Concerts, And A New Original Song!!

Another new news post is here to check out on this Monday morning, and it includes a prolific local musician's newest track, a couple of new hour-long Facebook live-streamed concert sets, and leading off, long awaited clarification of the last April concert we had in our concert calendars. With all of that said, here's what you should know!

The last domino has finally fallen for this month's local hard rock/punk concert calendar, as the First Jason-headlined show at The Canadian Nightclub has been postponed from Sunday, April 26th to Sunday, September 27th. The announcement was made on Vintage Games 'N Junque's Facebook page last night, due to their owners' promotional involvement via Steel City Events, who were to have also put on the cancelled Steel City Nostalgia Fair at month's end, where First Jason frontman Ari Lehman would have been the guest of honour. You can probably guess why it was postponed, alas. It is not immediately clear if a rescheduled Nostalgia Fair will take place that weekend too, but organizers had previously hinted on Facebook that they were "working on a little something different for September". In any event, the big change aside from the new concert date is that there will now be a pre-concert meet & greet at 6:00 PM, so if you want to meet the first Jason (Voorhees) without a VIP package, there you go!

The Facebook event page has not yet been updated with the new date, but if anything changes regarding admission, the meet & greet, or the openers, we'll let you know. It's great to get some clarity as to this highly anticipated concert, and while there are still questions to answer, hopefully things are much calmer re: COVID-19 in 5 months time! Before we move on, check out this video from Vintage Games 'N Junque's Facebook page where Ari himself hypes up the new Soo date! Short but sweet promotion once again, so give it a look below, and fingers crossed everything works out!

Next up, here's a new live-streamed Facebook concert video from local/Thompson, Manitoba alt-hard rock musician Mike Haggith! Entitled "#LockdownLive", he first teased it on Saturday with this short video plugging it (citing boredom from being locked down & off work for why he's doing one of his own), and the main event streamed on his Facebook page yesterday evening. Running for just over an hour, Mike's songs in order include "The Nature of the Times", "Communique", the new-to-Facebook "Back Away Slowly", The Din's "Missing", "MorningStar" (which may be his next formal single), "This Potato May Be Used As A Flotation Device", a cover of The Foo Fighters' "Times Like These", "The Best You Never Had", and "Out Of My League". The video also features some updates, including that Mike's planned CD release concert at LopLops on May 15th is "probably not going to happen at this point", and a rescheduled date would be sought, but the album proper will still be released on schedule next month.

For the record, I am leaving the release party in our concert calendar until it is officially called off by Mike or the provincial government, but things aren't looking great for it. It's clear Mike is relatively new to the live-stream arena, but it adds an authenticity to the proceedings, and his vocal and guitar ability is still as clear as day in these acoustic performances, including four songs from the new album! However, I too was hoping to see his cats. Stay tuned for more on the CD, it's release party, and perhaps future live-streams, but here's #LockdownLive to watch for yourself!

Also, here's another recent Facebook live-stream concert, this time from Rising Tide/Barn Board Trio guitarist Liam Seymour, who performed this live on his personal Facebook page yesterday afternoon, with his label Tidal Records publically sharing it on their Facebook page after the fact. Compared to many of the covers-heavy live-streams to pop up as of late, this one is full of covers you wouldn't expect, and even a few Barn Board Trio tunes, so what does Liam have to offer in this hour+ video? In performance order, he tackles Ace's "How Long", David Wilcox's "Downtown Came Uptown", The Barn Board Trio's own "Broken Footed Brewer", Dada's "If Tears Were Balloons" & "The Ballad of Earl Grey and Chamomile", Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?", and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze", before changing guitars for his covers of The Black Crowes' "Hard To Handle" (or by Otis Redding if you prefer), Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me", ...

....The Barn Board Trio's "This Big City", "Till I Get Back Home", and their not-yet-released "Run From Home", Free's "All Right Now", and Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed". Liam's been a familiar and talented sight locally for years, and while much of his recent band work has diverted from his old high school cover videos when he had longer hair, he has developed his talents and range really nicely, and his singing effortlessly fits whatever he's playing! Liam did tease a drumming stream of some kind as well, but for now, give his vocal/guitar performance a watch below!

We'll close today with a new solo original song from local hard rock musician Tym Morrison's YouTube channel, entitled "Number of the Beast"! No, this is not a cover of the Iron Maiden classic, this is firmly in line with Tym's current Christian beliefs, but it is still a metal tune. Interestingly using the same free trial program that The Isolation Sessions recently used, the song proper has a deliberate pace and serious tone, but it's well composed, and Tym gets some guitar solo time in there, so fans of his should definitely like this song! Give it a listen below, and stay tuned for more updates!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for part 3 of our WLS0 9O.1 FM retrospective series next! Thanks everyone!

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