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Wednesday, August 17,2011

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

by Rich Tupica

Lindsay Lou plays free Lake Lansing concert


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 features a performance by
local bluegrass-folkies Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, playing
Americana tunes with a vocal style that sometimes reflects old-school
jazz vocalists. There is free parking at Lake Lansing, and for the kids
there’s free entry to play on a moonwalk and a giant slide. It’s
suggested to bring a lawn chair, or even a picnic.


Friday, Aug. 19 @ Lake Lansing Community Bandshell, 1621 Pike St., Haslett, all ages, FREE, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Fahrenheit hosts Friday night dance party


Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge has hosted a
variety of themed nights since opening in June. Friday’s theme is “Night
2 Envy,” which features resident DJ Skitzo spinning the hottest dance
and hip-hop hits, with some mash-ups and requests. There’s also a
dueling flair-bar competition at 12:30 every Friday night.  


Friday, Aug. 19 @ Fahrenheit Ultra
Lounge, 6810 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 18 and over, $5 for 21 and over, $10
for 18-20 year olds. Doors at 9:30 p.m., open to 2 a.m.




Feel the noise with Jucifer


The obnoxiously loud sounds of Jucifer
return to Mac’s Bar on Saturday. The duo is gigging in support of its
new album “Throned in Blood,” one of the its most acclaimed albums to
date. The Athens-based doom-metal band has been blowing out eardrums for
18 years, thanks to an extravagant wall of speakers.


Opening the show is The Plague Years, a
Lansing-based instrumental outfit specializing in thrash metal and
crushing down-tempo sludge rock. The band describes its loud, riff-heavy
sound as “the bastard child of Motorhead and Black Sabbath.” 


Saturday, Aug. 20 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10, 9 p.m.



LeRoy’s got the blues


Motor City blues singer Cee Cee Collins
is known for powerful vocals and a dynamic stage presence. This Friday
she brings that swagger to Leroy’s Bar & Grill.


Collins has performed around the world
with Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” Alberta Adams. Her latest album,
“Don’t Mess Around,” has received high praise from numerous blues
publications. Backing Collins will be award-winning drummer RJ Spangler,
along with bassist Chris Rumel and Lansing guitarist Harry Oman.


Saturday, Aug. 20 @ Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., $5



Pump House spins you right round


Three Michigan-based Americana
singer/songwriters — Drew Nelson of Grand Rapids, Jen Sygit of Lansing
and Dave Boutette of Ann Arbor  —
will play “in the round” (taking turns playing songs, telling stories)
on Sunday at The Pump House. All donations collected go to the
musicians.


Nelson is known for his storytelling
style of folk. He escaped the confines of his small-town, Midwestern
upbringing by joining the Navy and exploring the world. Those
experiences provide inspiration for his songs that are often filled with
discovery, revelation and hope.


Sygit is a busy local folkie who writes
“the music of front-porch America.” She’s become a staple in the Lansing
roots music scene, playing frequent shows across the city and beyond.
Her album, “Leaving Marshall St.,” was nominated for a Detroit Music
Award for Best Acoustic/Folk Album in 2007 and made nine independent
roots music charts the same year.


Boutette, a veteran player at the Ark in
Ann Arbor, got started jamming with the Detroit-based alterna-rock bar
kings The Junk Monkeys. The band toured the nation relentlessly,
supporting such acts as The Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish
while recording on the Warner Bros./Metal Blade label from 1990-93.
However, by 1994, Boutette was in Ann Arbor, where he became intertwined
with the acoustic scene. Influenced by songwriters that span from Chuck
Berry to Chuck Brodsky, his sets reflect are often peppered with
stories culled from his times in Detroit and on the road.


Sunday, Aug. 21 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, $10 suggested donation (kids are free), all ages, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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