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Wednesday, August 10,2011

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

by Rich Tupica

Benefit show at Mac’s supports DIY punk mag


Razorcake Magazine is the first and only
official non-profit punk music magazine in America primarily dedicated
to supporting independent music culture. The magazine was formed in 2001
and has since been a resource and authoritative voice for
do-it-yourself punk culture — with help from over 120 independent
volunteer writers, photographers and illustrators worldwide.


A benefit show Friday at Mac’s Bar will donate all proceeds to help support the magazine.


Performers include Frank and Earnest, The
Plurals, The Playback and the punk sounds of Fisherking. While it’s
distributed throughout the United States and 20 other countries,
Razorcake often covers and reviews Lansing bands. A recent issue
featured The Cheap Girls (a Lansing rock band) on the cover. The first
31 people through the door at Mac’s get a free copy of the new issue of
Razorcake.  


Friday, Aug. 12 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $5, 5 p.m.



All-ages folk show with Sam & Jen


On Friday, (SCENE) Metrospace hosts the
Lansing-based Americana sounds of Sam Corbin & Jen Sygit. Opening
the show are special guests Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, dishing up
Americana with a powerful vocal style that recalls Ella Fitzgerald and
Billie Holiday. 


Friday, Aug. 12 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.



Edgy Celtic, traditional Bagpipes at Lake Lansing


The Lake Lansing Community Band Shell has
been hosting free outdoor concerts this summer, touching on many genres
and styles. The stage is located near the tyke track and playground at
Lake Lansing Park South (across from The Watershed Tavern and Grill on
Marsh Road).


This Friday’s performers include the
edgier sounds of Belfast Gin and the Glen Erin Pipe Band, which has a
traditional sound with bagpipes and drums. Belfast Gin describes its
sound as “twisted traditional.” It’s a high-energy, seven-piece Celtic
group with kit drum, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, viola, tin
whistle/flute and vocals.


There is free parking and, for the kids,
free entry to play on a moonwalk and the giant slide. It’s suggested to
bring a lawn chair and even a picnic. 


Friday, Aug. 12 @ Lake Lansing Community Band Shell, 1621 Pike Street, Haslett, all ages, FREE, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Space rockers Calliope land at (SCENE)


Since 1994 Calliope has been a staple in
the Lansing indie-rock crowd. Mixing swirling rock guitars and spacy
electronic melodies, the band blurs the line between dreamy experimental
tunes and conventional rock. The band’s song “A Taste for Killing” was
picked up by Coca-Cola for a commercial to run in support of the 1996
Summer Olympics.


Today, the band has a revamped lineup and
continues to work on new material. The band makes a somewhat rare live
appearance at (SCENE) Metrospace Saturday. Opening the show is Gnome
Village, a Lansing-based psych-folk band that also dabbles in country.


Also performing is Drinking Mercury, an
alt-rock band led by singer/songwriter Michael Boyes; other members
include GTG Records’ Tommy McCord (guitar), Timmy Rodriguez (bass) and
Kevin Adams (drums). The band is getting set to release its debut
full-length album Sept. 3 at Mac’s Bar.


Rounding out the roster at (SCENE) is
Stargrazer, a one-man project by local artist/songwriter Peter Richards,
who sings and plays bass guitar with a selection of effects pedals.  


Saturday, Aug. 13 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.



Lansing blues junkie hits LeRoy’s


Kathleen Bolthouse has been gigging
around Lansing since the formation of Blues Xpress in the late ‘90s. Her
latest band, The Kathleen Bolthouse Band, plays LeRoy’s Classic Bar
& Grill Saturday. In 2006 Bolthouse formed The Blues Junkies;
shortly afterward, the band took second place in the 2007 Capital Area
Blues Society Blues Brawl. Three years later, with the release of its
first album “No Way to Live,” The Blues Junkies changed its name to the
Kathleen Bolthouse Band and has continued to play a mix of traditional
and contemporary blues, sultry ballads, soul, swing and rock. 


Saturday, Aug. 13 @ LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.



Indie kids take over The Loft


The Loft hosts a night of local
alternative acts Saturday when The Rival, Alco, Elliot Street Lunatic
and The Sunset Club perform.


The Rival is a Jack White-influenced band
featuring Josh Maul (lead guitars), Justin Muffett (guitar), Bobby
Halick (vocals/bass) and Justin Fox (drums). The band has videos posted
at www.youtube.com/TheRivalTV. 


Saturday, Aug. 13 @ The Loft, 414
E. Michigan Ave., 18 and over, tickets are $5 advance. Day of show: $7
for 21 and over, $8 for 18 and over. Doors at 9 p.m.

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