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Wednesday, August 6,2014

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom

U.S. Royalty at Macīs Bar - Friday, Aug. 15.

U.S. Royalty, a D.C.-based indie rock band, headlines Mac’s Bar on its 2014 tour. Opening are Parkway and Columbia, Golden Youth and Matching Bricks. U.S Royalty, which formed in 2008, has been described as a cross between Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Fleetwood Mac. The band is known for exploring new ways of producing its albums, such as recording in a former church in upstate New York. Its first album, “Mirrors,” was released in 2011 and landed the band a spot playing festivals such as SXSW and CMJ as well as opening for Third Eye Blind. The band’s latest LP is 2014’s “Blue Sunshine.”

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 p.m. $10, all ages., Friday, Aug. 15.



Norma Jean at The Loft - Monday, Aug. 10.

The Georgia-based band Norma Jean formed in 1997 and has become known for its Christian metalcore/mathcore sound. The band, which headlines Monday at the Loft, has released six studio albums, the latest being “Wrongdoers,” released in 2012 via Razor & Tie. In 2006 Norma Jean received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Recording Package for its second album, “O God, The Aftermath.” Led by lyricist/vocalist Cory Brandan, the band has played festivals like Ozzfest, 2008’s Warped Tour and Mayhem Festival alongside A-list hard-rock bands Rob Zombie and Korn. Opening at The Loft are Verses, Know Lyfe, Dead Hour Noise, The Worst Of and I Am Six.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 p.m. $15/$10 adv., all ages, Monday, Aug. 10.




Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Wharton Center - Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been hailed as “Americaīs best traditional jazz band” by the authoritative jazz website All About Jazz. The band, named after the French Quarter venue where it first played, plays the essence of classic New Orleans music. The band tours over 150 days a year, performing at Carnegie Hall and alongside the Black Keys and Dr. John at the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Last year it put out its 28th album, “That’s It!” Preservation Hall Jazz Band emerged in the early 1960s and features a rotating door of musicians. One of the members is Ben Jaffe (creative director/tuba/bass), the son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

The Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. From $25. Tickets on sale Aug. 18 at (800) WHARTON and whartoncenter.com.

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