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Wednesday, September 8,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

This week is stocked with shows from a number of Lansing-area venues. From Mac’s Bar and The Loft, to a recently opened coffee shop in Okemos, live music from many genres are scattered across the city. Aside from locals, a few touring bands will also be passing through, here are just a few.

While it may be slightly off the beaten path, Oade's Hidden Camel is often the spot for hard rock and metal in Lansing. The bar, which is located on Washington, not far from I-496, will host a roster of local metal this Saturday. The show will feature Genocya, Black Tooth Brigade and Glass Mosh Pit Fighting. Oade's has a calendar full of rock shows scheduled, so be sure to check it out.
Saturday, Sept. 11 @ Oade’s Hidden Camel
1210 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing
21 , 9 p.m.
www.myspace.com/oadeshiddencamelbands


Weirdoes invade Mac’s
For those who prefer bands with a strange concoction of influences, Tornado Rider may be the oddball band you’re looking for.  The California-based three piece is booked at Mac’s Bar this Monday and are known for a dynamic/wacky stage show. Think Primus meets Gogol Bordello, mixed with a little Dr. Seuss.
Persephone's Bees and the rockabilly sounds of Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens will open the show.
Monday, Sept. 13 @ Mac’s Bar
2700 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing
$5, 18 , 9 p.m.
www.tornadoriderband.com


Joan Jett-approved rock-n-roll at The Loft
Since forming in 2006, Girl in a Coma have since signed to Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, reached the Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and more recently have a song featured on the soundtrack for "Machete," the latest Robert Rodriguez film. The Texas-based band, who will play The Loft on Friday, Sept. 10, has toured with Cyndi Lauper, The Pogues, Social Distortion, Tegan and Sara and Morrissey. The band’s new album, “The New Adventures in Coverland,” a covers album, features new takes on songs by Joy Division, Ritchie Valens, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, Patsy Cline and more.  


Opening the show is the San Antonio-based band, Hacienda, which is signed to the noteworthy garage label Alive/Natural Sound Records. Also Sick Of Sarah (Minneapolis) will also take the stage, along with Vinacious, a Mason ambient-pop band.
Friday, Sept. 10 @ The Loft
414 East Michigan Ave, Lansing
$10 in advance, $12 Day Of Show, all ages, 6 p.m.
Get your tickets online, at Music Manor or at FBC in East Lansing.
www.girlinacoma.com


Folk series kicks off
Four Michigan-based singer/songwriters (Ralston Bowles, Jen Sygit, Robin Lee Berry and Jay Stielstra) will kick off the opening night of the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series on September 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing. A fresh food dinner will be presented by the East Lansing Food Co-Op from 6 to 8 p.m. The Ten Pound Fiddle, a non-profit organization, has been bringing folk music to East Lansing, in various venues, for over 35 years. An assortment of Fiddle shows is booked through April of next year.
Friday, Sept. 17 @ Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove Street, East Lansing
$12 public, $10 Fiddle members,
$5 students, 8 p.m.
www.tenpoundfiddle.org


Whole latt' shakin’ goin on!

If you are a musician looking for a new place to play a gig, or score a cappuccino, you may want to look into Coffee and Friends, a newly opened coffee shop near the Meridian Mall. Every weekend it will host live music from every genre. That’s right - the word is bands/artists do not have to fit the typical “coffee shop sound” - so any band may enquire by calling (517) 347-0962. This Friday Josh Edward will perform from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., then on Saturday Bea Ferman will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11 @ Coffee and Friends
5100 Marsh Road, Okemos
All ages, FREE
www.coffeeandfriendscafe.com


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