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Wednesday, June 29,2011

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

by Rich Tupica

Canadian Celtic punk rockers skate into B414


Basement 414, a.k.a. B414. will host a roster of punk and acoustic rockers Thursday.


Headlining the night of free underground
music is Farler’s Fury. The Montreal-based band has been gigging across
Canada and the Midwestern part of the United States since it formed in
2003. The guys specialize in playing Celtic-style skate punk (complete
with bagpipes). For those into Drop Kick Murphys and Real McKenzies,
this show might be worth checking out. 


Psychedelic-folkie Jeremy Cronk (of East
Lansing) will play a solo set of tripped-out songs and instrumentals,
while Ellis Q. Mason rips through a solo set of energetic acoustic
songs. Mason is heavily influenced by old blues, as well as Paul
Westerberg and Neutral Milk Hotel. He plays what he calls “folk punk”
and cut his teeth at the now-defunct Magdalena’s Teahouse. Since then
he’s become a regular at various open-mics in Lansing. Over the past two
years he’s also been busking around town, playing for free on the
streets of East Lansing.


Also set to perform is Lansing songwriter Kyle Nelson Pentecost.


Thursday, June 30 @ Basement 414, 414 E. Michigan Ave., FREE, all ages, 8 p.m.




Green Door hosts ’H-Bomb Bash’ 


Local bands, including Big Willy, Jen
Sygit, Bad Gravy and The Lash will perform a benefit concert Thursday at
The Green Door for Green Door bartender Hannah Loncharich, who
experienced a close call on May 29 after a gusty wind knocked a large
tree limb through her roof. The incident left her with minor injuries
(she is fully recovered) and some unexpected hospital bills.


“It crashed through the roof and the
ceiling crashed down on me while I was (sitting) on the couch,”
Loncharich said. “I don’t have health insurance and have to pay some
emergency room bills. (The Green Door) generously offered to host a
benefit for me to help me pay for the medical stuff.  Mostly, we are celebrating how lucky I was to have survived with minimal injury.”


The cover is a $5 donation that goes
directly to help cover Loncharich’s medical bills. Also, there will be a
featured “H-Bomb” beverage, the proceeds of which the Green Door will
also donate to the cause.


Thursday, June 30 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, $5 donation, 8 p.m. 




Archeology headlines fundraiser with neo-folk sounds 


Portland-based indie-folk band Archeology
headlines a night of modern folk tunes at Mac’s Bar Friday. The band
has a rootsy, harmony-heavy sound that fans of Fleet Foxes and Band of
Horses may want to check out.


The band features guitarist Zach Dilday, a
Lansing native who played in local indie bands Ambush of Tigers and The
Hallows. All proceeds of this show go to the Literacy Foundation of
Kenya.


Also making some noise will be Gun Lake,
an Ann Arbor-based indie folk band that was formed in early 2010 by
folky-pop songwriter Mark Fain, whose songwriting can be heard on the
band’s debut album, “Balfour,” which was released in March. Fans of
Chris Bathgate or Frontier Ruckus might dig them.


Also taking the stage will be Sunset Club, Dizzy Dearest, The Plug Ugly, Skinny Black & Sloan Kettering and Bridegroom.


Friday, July 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $8, 7 p.m.




Okemos coffee shop serves up espresso, live music


Coffee and Friends opened a year ago in
Okemos’ Central Park Place plaza. It immediately began hosting free
weekly acoustic shows every Friday and Saturday night, primarily
featuring Michigan songwriters.


On Friday, the coffee shop will feature
Greg Robertson’s WAKE, a local singer/songwriter who performs a generous
mix of his original compositions, along with unique acoustic
arrangements of folk rock and classic rock standards. For booking and
show information, visit www.coffeeandfriendscafe.com.


Friday, July 1 @ Coffee and Friends, 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos (in Central Park Place), 7 p.m.


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

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