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Wednesday, April 20,2011

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

by Rich Tupica

The 78’s rock out country-style at The Loft


Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are a honky-tonk band from
Flint, signed to Bloodshot Records. Emerging from the Detroit area music
scene, the band has toured the country multiple times — playing around
200 shows a year.


Also set to perform is Lansing country rockers Dirt Road Logic.


Friday, April 22 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 advance, $10 at door, 18 and over, Doors 9 p.m.




Ten Pound Fiddle gets Red Hot band


Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, a throwback
small-band jazz group, performs Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle Friday.
Dancers who enjoy the two-step and swing may want to check this out.


Detroit native Kamalay, the singer, guitarist and group
leader, has been playing professionally since he graduated from the
University of Detroit in 1974. Artists he has worked with include Joel
Mabus, Betty Joplin, the Chenille Sisters and Howard “Louie Bluie”
Armstrong. 


Friday, April 22 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Unitarian
Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, all ages. 8 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. show. Tickets are: public $12, Fiddle members $10, students
$5, www.tenpoundfiddle.org




Detroit techno DJ spins into Mac’s Bar


World-famous DJ Paul Oakenfold recently called Kenneth
Thomas “one of the most promising young DJs in the electronic scene
right now.” Thomas, a Detroit techno superstar, spins his melodic dance
music Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Beyond touring the world as a headliner and
producing, Thomas is also a talent scout for Perfecto (Oakenfold’s
label), promoting the renaissance of the renowned U.K. trance label.  


Opening the show is Rob Perry, a fixture in the Lansing
electronic music scene. While he first started dabbling in electronic
music in high school, it wasn’t until 2008 that Perry performed his
first live show at Mac’s Bar, where he soon become a regular performer.
He’s also a member of the Lansing Electronic Artist Kollective
(L.E.A.K.), which hosts Neon Tuesday, a free weekly dance night at Mac’s
Bar. 


Also taking the stage is Sarah B, an active DJ in the
local electronica dance music scene, currently holding two weekly
residencies in the Lansing area. Last year she performed a DJ set at
Coachella 2010. She has also produced original music for films, radio
shows, and live performances since 2003.


Saturday, April 23 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $10, 9 p.m.




Blackened Moon hosts All Ends Black CD release


All Ends Black releases a new CD at Blackened Moon
Saturday. The Lansing band — which includes Adam Ray (vocals), Doug
Horstman (guitar), and Damanimal (drums) — formed in 2007 and draws
inspiration from metal bands like Pantera, Mudvayne and Hatebreed.


Also taking the stage will be Nineteenthirteen Massacre
(from Pittsburgh), Gomorrahizer (from Mentor, Ohio), Junk Drawer (from
Lansing) and To Kill a Mocking Bird (from Hartland).


Saturday, April 23 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, 7:30 p.m.




Blues guitarist channels SRV and Albert King


The Green Door hosts the Paxton Norris Band, a blues
guitar outfit, on April 27. Currently based in Indianapolis, Norris’
roots go back to Michigan in the early ‘90s, where he cut his teeth in
blues clubs and blue-collar bars. His influences include Stevie Ray
Vaughan, Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King, so classic blues fans
may want to check this out.


Wednesday, April 27 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.




If your band has an upcoming show, post it at www.facebook.com/turnitdown

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