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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Early November goes acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 25.

Since it formed in 1999, The Early November has released three EPs and three LPs, on labels like MCA, Drive-Thru, and most recently Rise Records. The band performs an all-ages acoustic set at The Loft. Openers are Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), and Signals. The Early November’s latest full-length is 2012’s “In Currents.” The New Jersey natives, known for its emo-slanted indie rock, signed with Drive Thru in 2002 and became regulars on the Van’s Warped Tour circuit. The band is lead by Arthur Carl “Ace” Enders (vocals/guitar). Aside from his work in Early November, the 32-year old songwriter also moonlights in his bands I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Ace Enders & a Million Different People.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17, $15 adv., 7 p.m., Friday, July 25.




Michaela Anne & the Wild Hearts at The Loft - Monday, July 21.

Michaela Anne & The Wild Hearts play a distinct brand of alt-country and classic honky-tonk music. The Brooklyn-based singer headlines Monday at The Loft, opening are The Whiskey Pickers, a local bluegrass/folk band. Michaela Anne’s new 10-song album, “Ease My Mind” (Georgia June Records), is streaming at American- Songwriter.com. Her honest songwriting has received praise from a number of publications including Real Detroit and BrooklynCountry.com. CMT compared her soprano to country legends Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. No Depression said her sound is “gloriously soulful and triumphant.” The Wild Hearts have kept busy playing Americana festivals as well as some SXSW dates.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $7, $5, 7 p.m., Monday, July 21.



Open Mic at Dagwoodīs - Tuesday, July 22.

Local singer/songwriter Jen Sygit hosts this long-running weekly open-mic. The stage is open to both veteran musicians and beginners. The eclectic night is often stocked with a blend of folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz and even some folk rock. The music begins at 10 p.m. and runs to 1 a.m. Artists sign up for three songs, or 15 minutes. You must bring your own instruments, but a four-channel sound system, two microphones and one acoustic guitar are supplied. Sygit has made a name for herself as a mainstay in the Lansing-area Americana scene. Aside from solo work, she’s also collaborated with local songwriter Sam Corbin and has gigged wit The Lincoln County Process, Stella! and Eight to the Bar.

Dagwood’s Tavern & Grill, 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, 21 and over, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesday, July 22.

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