Just Added! Nelly – All Work, No Play Tour

Today, Cabin Media announced that 3 time Grammy award winning artist Nelly will be headed to Sault Ste. Marie!

Best known for songs like “Hot in Herre”, “Ride Wit Me” and his collaborations with artists like Kelly Rowland, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera (just to name a few), Nelly has also appeared on country music charts with guest appearances on songs by Tim Mcgraw and Florida Georgia Line.

This show is to be held at the recently opened Soo Blaster on Tuesday March 20th, 2018.  Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 13th and can be purchased online at http://www.cabinmedia.ca/nelly  

Please note that this is a 19+, licensed event.



Two (More) Reasons to Always Check Out The Openers

I’ve never been the type of person who only goes to a show for the headlining act.  Generally speaking, this is partially because I’m also spending several hours waiting in line to get that perfect place on the barricade, but I also love to see the opening acts.  It’s the perfect way to get to know a new band – they’re going to come out, play their best material, and do their best to get the crowd excited for the main act.  This is usually an opportunity for them to introduce their music to a new crowd, and probably gain some new fans in the process so you know they’re going to try their best to put on a great show.

Today, The Machine Shop announced the openers for two of their upcoming shows, and after checking out what they have to offer, I’m pretty excited about both!

First up, joining Big Wreck on February 13th is Manitoba-based band Attica Riots.  It’s an interesting choice for an opener as Big Wreck has always struck me as having a grunge-y, heavier sound, whereas Attica Riots seem to be more rooted in pop rock (they share a producer in Mark Needham, who has worked with Imagine Dragons, American Authors and The Killers if you’re looking for a comparable sound).  It sounds as though they’ll be releasing their debut full length in 2018, but you can listen to a number of singles via their Spotify account or on Youtube for the time being.

Check out “No Mistake” below and make sure you get your tickets for Big Wreck and Attica Riots here – https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/big-wreck-the-machine-shop-tickets/7817415


Next, as part of the “Kick It With Kissel” contest held earlier this year, Buck Twenty was selected as the opener for the Brett Kissel show on February 25th.  They’re from a small town near Windsor and they’re just a super fun sounding band.  If you like James Barker Band, Cole Swindell or River Town Saints, I expect you’ll be into Buck Twenty.  I’ll fully disclose that I wasn’t intending to go to this show, but that Buck Twenty might just change my mind – and that is saying a lot.

You can check them out on Spotify, or via Youtube.  Their most recent single, “Here’s to the Nights” is below, check it out!  Tickets for Brett Kissel and Buck Twenty can be found here: https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/brett-kissel-the-machine-shop-tickets/7741695

Just Added! Johnny Reid – Revival Tour

Along with the release of his brand new full length album, Revival, country singer Johnny Reid has also announced his 2018 cross-Canada Revival tour.

Johnny Reid will be making a stop at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on March 29th, joined by special guests Glass Tiger.

Tickets range in price from $42.75 – $77.75 (plus applicable service fees), and go on sale beginning Friday, November 10th at 10am.  You can purchase tickets through the Essar Centre Box Office, by calling 1-866-755-9422 or online by visiting http://essarcentre.ca/

More information can be found by visiting https://www.johnnyreid.com/ or the official Facebook event page here


Just Added! Big Wreck – 20th Anniversary Tour

The Machine Shop in Sault Ste. Marie just announced today that they will be hosting Big Wreck on their “In Loving Memory Of…” 20th Anniversary Tour.

“In Loving Memory Of…” was first released in 1997, and songs like “The Oaf”, “That Song” and “Blown Wide Open” found commercial success both in the US and Canada.

This tour is going through select Canadian and US cities beginning January 18th, 2018 in Peterborough, ON.  Big Wreck will take the stage in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

Tickets are $35 and are set to go on sale Friday, November 10th, 2017.  They can be purchased in person at the Machine Shop Box Office or the Station Mall Box Office.  Online ticket purchases can be made at https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/big-wreck-the-machine-shop-tickets/7817415

This is an 18+ event.

More information can be found at http://www.bigwreckmusic.com or by visiting the official Facebook event page, found here.


Yes We Mystic – Live @ Loplops November 3

FFO: Andrew Belle, The Wooden Sky, cinematic folk-pop



(Taken from Yes We Mystic’s official website)

Delivering at times like a dive into a dark, warm ocean, and at others like a blast of icy water on bare skin, Yes We Mystic is a dynamic and emotional musical powerhouse originating out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Approaching genre as a tool rather than a barrier, the band takes instruments, ideas, and sounds from wherever they can to craft something that is all at once exhilarating, heartrending, pummelling, and grand. Hurling rock together with folk, hip-hop, and R&B, strings and mandolins together with synthesizers, pedals, samples, and vocal effects, they come up with songs that can mellow and groove but climb in an instant to towering, frenzied heights. Throwing opposites together has been a practice that they keep coming back to. The result is both unconventional and weirdly relatable.

Yes We Mystic was born of necessity. After the harsh breakup of their high school band, front men Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele picked up and started again; stole a name off a bus bench and began writing folk songs. These songs, born in bedrooms and basements, eventually became 2013’s Floods and Fires, an EP hailed by BeatRoute as a “complexly orchestrated masterpiece”. Cramming a full band into Adam’s parents van, they played those songs for two years at festivals and venues across Canada including performances at NXNE, M for Montreal, and Breakout West, sharing the stage with Dan Mangan.

But then, as it always does, came change. The long time members packed it in and moved away. Tastes shifted. New members brought new ideas and new strengths. From this sprung stranger and bolder music; music that has captured audiences across the country while slowly overtaking the folk of Floods and Fires in live sets; music that brought one Toronto audience member, in between songs on a sweaty November evening, to loudly proclaim “This is the best band I’ve ever heard to come out of Winnipeg. Period”.

If you had to put a finger on it, perhaps the best descriptor for the band’s sound is “intense, cinematic art pop”. The band took a bold step toward this new direction in their 2015 two-song 7” ‘Vestige’, a change from their folkier 2013 debut. It’s not often that a short EP from a young band stirs up as much excitement as Vestige did. The release, though just a tiny sampling of what was to come, was met with acclaim from all across the country.

Yes We Mystic works constantly at building and then defying expectations. Their new record, Forgiver, is sure to do just that. Forgiver was recorded over the course of three weeks in June 2015 with legendary Canadian producer Jace Lasek (Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade, Land of Talk). The album acts as their sonic ‘Rosetta Stone’, laying out everything that the band has picked up along the way, as well as the innovative approach to songwriting that they have held with them since those bedroom songs. With its lush, atmospheric guitar tones, delicately woven melodies, explosive drums, and aching lyrics, Forgiver is a howling wind coming from a place of irrefutable honesty.