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Wednesday, February 17,2010

Ready to rock? Or ready to chill?

by Rich Tupica

For those looking to run up a bar tab while hearing some great local music: No worries — folk, rock‘n’roll and techno are all just a small cover charge away.


Loud rock and punk is booked for Friday, Feb. 19, at Mac’s Bar. This is a Turn It Down-sponsored event, featuring local acts and one touring band. Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens will offer up some Everly Brothers-style jams with some rockabilly accents. Brackx is a Lansing music veteran, having fronted bands since the late 1990s, including The Black Lungs and The Chirps. Another Lansing vet, Lord Vapid (a.k.a. Andrew Lucas) is set to perform his one-man-band-act. Lucas is a former member of the Lansing band Red Swan, and a current member of The Meatmen. The People’s Temple is also booked to make some psych-punk racket. The out-of-town DrManhattan is sure to offer a wild and witty live show.


@ 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. 18 , $5, 9 p.m.


For those looking for a tamer sound, check out the Basement 414 on Friday, Feb. 19. Set to play the art gallery/music venue is Canadian songwriter Jon Creeden. The Ontario native blends Blink 182 and The Ataris into a lighter, acoustic package. Another acoustic-driven act, The Ghostwrite (from Pennsylvania), will perform.


Rounding out the night is local solobass extraordinaire Stargrazer (Peter Richards), Liam the Magnificent and the airy, acoustic sounds of Jeremy Cronk.


@ 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. All ages, donation only, 7 p.m


Saturday, Feb. 20, Basement 414 will get loud with a roster full of rock’n’roll. One of those bands is Lansing’s own MK Ultra Culkin. The band is completing its next release “Homeland Insecurity.” A bonus is a performance by the Marquette-based Dan Daniels and the Southern Gents. The band combines Beatles melodies with a genuine rockabilly tinge — a great band. CBJ (St. Clair Shores) will offer up some ska and punk, while Kalamazoo’s Love Muffin will throw down some traditional, grimy punk.


@ 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. All ages, donation only, 7 p.m


Cocktail Wars resumes at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb, 21 at The Draft House, 12449 North US-27 in Dewitt.


In the Speakeasy Bracket Semi Finalists, Jon Shunk of Reidy’s White Rose will face Curry Lund of Rum Runners, and Kate Cedar of Uli’s Haus of Rock takes on Melissa "Inky" Kim of the Chrome Cat.


In the Blind Pig Semi Finalists, Michelle Dixon of Brannigan Brothers challenges Lauren Cowel of Coaches Pub and Grill, and Christy Warn of Old Chicago battles Natalie Poston of Trippers Sports Bar.


@ The Draft House, 12449 North US-27, Dewitt


Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche is set to perform at Mac’s Bar on Monday, Feb. 22. The early, all-ages show will be an intimate solo/acoustic performance and will feature songs from all of his albums, including his latest release “Heartbeat Radio.”


@ 2700 East Michigan Ave. All ages, $15 adv, $20 day of, 6:30 p.m.


For those who prefer glow sticks and turntables over guitars, Lansing is stocked with weekly live electronic music. Mac’s Bar hosts two weekly events that showcase the best local DJs. Every Tuesday, stop out for Neon Tuesday, a free dance party that starts at 9 p.m. Also, be sure to stop out every Thursday for Electro Nightz, which is free for 21 and $3 for under 21.


@ 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing www.macsbar.com

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