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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Record Lounge hosts Middle of the Mitten


The Record Lounge, an East Lansing vinyl record shop, hosts the 3rd Annual Middle of the Mitten, a rock showcase for Michigan bands. The concert takes place at The Loft in downtown Lansing on Saturday, Jan. 29. Twelve area rock bands, and acoustic acts will perform.


This year’s lineup includes a long list of local indie rock, punk and singer/songwriters. Bands on the main stage will play 40-minute sets, with acoustic acts performing shorter sets on a secondary stage during the usual lull for set-up and tear-down.


The concert, which also includes raffles at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., was started by Record Lounge employee Joel “Hodge” Heckaman. On Thursday, Jan. 27, The Impact (88.9-FM) airs live performances and interviews from Life Size Ghost and Elliot Street Lunatic. The bands will promote the fest on “The Basement,” a local music show, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 29 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 18 and over, $5 presale tickets at The Record Lounge, $7 at the door, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.


6 p.m.: Adam Dahl


6:20 p.m.: Versus The Ocean


7 p.m.: Nathan K.


7:20 p.m.: Elliot Street Lunatic


8 p.m.: Joe Hertler


8:20 p.m.: Your Best Friend


9:20 p.m.: The Summer Pledge


10 p.m.: Scott Brown Countdown


10:20 p.m.: Frank And Earnest


11:20 p.m.: Life Size Ghost


Midnight : John Watrous


12:20 a.m.: The Bearinger Boys




Roots rockers at Green Door


Steppin’ In It plays every Monday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Green Door. The four-piece band combines blues, folk and Cajun into one melodic blend of traditional old-time music. Aside from being a staple in the Lansing roots scene, the band has toured the country; the band shared a bill with Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead at the 2009 Rothbury Festival.


While you’re at the Green Door on Monday you can enjoy $6 domestic pitchers, $1 off microbrews and 50 cent wings from 7 to 11 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 24 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, $4, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m.




Electro DJs shine at Mac’s


For those who prefer bumping house and techno music, Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesday every week. The area’s best DJs spin the latest dance tracks to a packed room. Electro fans may also want to check out the Lansing Electronic Artists Kollective (LEAK), a collective of local DJs that promote Lansing electronic music events.


Tuesday, Jan. 25 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, FREE, 18 and over, 9 p.m.




Vinyl record and CD show in Frandor


For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Lansing Record & CD Show on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Holiday Lanes).


The huge show, which opens at 11 a.m., sets up shop every couple of months and features lots of vinyl (45s and LPs), as well as CDs, music DVDs, band posters, T-shirts, vintage magazines and all sorts of music memorabilia. From rock 'n roll and soul, to jazz, funk and folk, all genres are represented. For more information e-mail Ken at kpwildwood@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday Jan. 22 @ University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave., Frandor. FREE admission. Show runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.




Open up at Dagwood’s


Tuesday Night Open-Mic at Dagwood’s has been running for three years. Performers from as far away as Winnipeg have performed.


Jen Sygit, a local singer/ songwriter, hosts the event, which is open to seasoned musicians, as well as rookies. Depending on the night you could hear folk, blues, blue- Courtesy photo grass, old-time, swing, jazz or folk-rock.


The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Artists sign up for three songs (or 15 minutes, whichever comes first). People are required to bring their own instruments, but a four-channel sound system and two microphones are supplied.


Tuesday, Jan. 25 @ Dagwood’s Tavern & Grill, 2803 E. Kalamazoo, Lansing




Laugh with Lavin at Ten Pound Fiddle


Christine Lavin stops at the Ten Pound Fiddle Friday. The singer/songwriter lives in New York. She has recorded 20 solo albums, her latest being “Cold Pizza for Breakfast.” She performs concerts all over America, Canada, and as far away as Australia, Germany and Israel — and she hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.


Friday Jan. 21 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — Unitarian Universalist Church , 855 Grove St., East Lansing, all ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 members, $5 for students. www.tenpoundfiddle.org





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