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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica


Mac’s turns into Funky Town


Kalamazoo-based Funktion brings its
funky, yet smooth R&B to Mac’s Bar Thursday. The band incorporates
island-dub rhythms, hip-hop flavor, and of course a large dose of
danceable funk. And according to the band’s official bio, “Funktion’s
sole mission in life is to make you shake your booty.” Opening the show
is Fundubmental (Traverse City-based reggae), Snaps Ultra (local
progressive reggae/rock), and Kyle Nelson Pentecost (local indie folk). 


Thursday, Sept. 15 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 9 p.m.



Ten Pound Fiddle kicks off 38th season of folk


The Ten Pound Fiddle, a long-running
East Lansing folk music concert series, is back in full swing Friday
with its season opener at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Kicking it
off on Friday is a performance by folk favorites Steve Gillette &
Cindy Mangsen. The duo is known for their tasteful song selection,
exquisite writing, and superb arranging of authentic, contemporary
folk. From world-class banjo players to Irish and bluegrass artists,
the Fiddle has hosted hundreds of shows at various locations since it
debuted on the campus of Michigan State University in 1975.


Friday, Sept. 16 @ Ten Pound Fiddle —
Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street East Lansing. ; Gate
opens at 7:30 p.m.; Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 public, $12 Fiddle
members; $5 for students. www.tenpoundfiddle.org 



Experimental monster’s ball at B414


Basement 414 is host to Digital
Monster Mash, a one-day experimental music festival happening Saturday.
Hosted by Caleb McPherson, a local musician who often performs under
the alias Kessenchu, the night will spotlight an assortment of digital
on-the-fringe genres like breakcore, IDM, glitch hop, and more. The
all-ages show, which starts at 7 p.m., is free, and dressing like a
monster is encouraged. Set to perform is Anontron (8-bit/hip
hop/dance-jams), Barbeque (chiptune/8-bit), PTCHWRK (IDM/glitch
hop/video), Angry Rancor (glitch hop/8-bit), Watabou (digital hardcore/
IDM/ glitch), Nyarlathotep (breakcore/Jungle/IDM/Noise/Drumstep),
Little Mack (breakcore/noise/psychedelic), Dental Work (grime), and
Terror Network (industrial/harsh EBM).


Saturday, Sept. 17 @ Basement 414,
414 E. Michigan Ave. (enter at the Jay Street alley), FREE and all
ages, music starts at 7 p.m. 



Coffee, friends, Wi-Fi, live music


Dan Unkefer will perform a set of free
music Saturday at Coffee & Friends Café in Central Park Plaza in
Okemos. Unkefer established the group Free Rein in 1993, though he’s
been playing guitar and performing honest, heartfelt tunes since the
1970s. For booking information call Aimee West at 517-347-0962 or visit
www.coffeeandfriendscafe.com. 


Saturday, Sept. 17 @ Coffee and Friends Café, 5100 Marsh Road., Okemos, all ages. FREE, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.



40 Watt Sun bring UK doom metal to Mac’s


Singer/guitarist Patrick Walker
(formerly of Warning) is back with his latest band 40 Watt Sun. The UK
band’s stunning debut LP, “The Inside Room,” recently dropped in March.
40 Watt Sun sees Walker accompanied by drummer/percussionist Christian
Leitch (best known as the guitarist and founding-member of London-based
band The River), and bass player William Spong. The band is known for
distorted guitars, down-tempo rhythms, strong melodies, and Walker’s
introspective, poignant vocals. Opening the show is the heavy sounds of
Interocitor, BerT, and Borrowed Time.


Wednesday, Sept. 21 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 9 p.m.


Wynton Marsalis plays Wharton with orchestra 


East Lansing has a huge name headed its
way. On Sept. 22, master jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs at the
Wharton Center along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This
extraordinary orchestra is composed of jazz music’s leading soloists
under the leadership of musical director Marsalis. This big band has
toured over 300 cities in more than 35 countries on six continents.
This current tour consists of may of Marsalis’ own signature
compositions, in celebration of his upcoming 50th birthday. 


Thursday, Sept. 22 @ Wharton Center’s
Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, $25-$45, Michigan State University
students $15 with valid student ID. For tickets call (800) WHARTON.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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