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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

RUN-D.M.C. legend walks Lansing’s way


Darryl McDaniels, or “DMC” as most of the world knows
him, made up one third of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, which
formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2001. The iconic trio scored rap hits
throughout the ‘80s with “It’s Tricky,” “Walk This Way,” “King of
Rock,” “My Adidas” and “It’s Like That.” 


Run-DMC was the first act of its genre to be nominated
for a Grammy Award, first to earn a gold album, first to go
multi-platinum, first to appear on MTV, “American Bandstand” and
“Saturday Night Live.” Oh, and the first rappers to make the cover of
Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine — not a bad list of musical
achievements.


DMC, now 47, will perform Saturday at an Michigan State
University Homecoming-themed show at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge. The
event, which he will also host, is fittingly dubbed “My Adidas.”


Also performing is Detroit’s DJ Fingers.


Recently DMC wrote his first book, “King of Rock:
Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC.” The book, written by
DMC with Bruce Haring, tells of his rise in the music business while
stressing the importance of respect and responsibility in today’s
society. DMC is also currently putting the finishing touches on his
album “Checks, Thugs, Rock-N-Roll.” 


Saturday, Oct. 22 @ Fahrenheit Ultra
Lounge, 6810 South Cedar St., Lansing, $20, doors at 9 p.m. More
information at www.myadidasmsu.com.




Tokyo rockers make noise in Lansing


Melt-Banana is a Japanese punk band that is known for
playing extraordinarily fast noise music mixed with experimental
electronica and pop-based song structures. The Tokyo-based band has
released nine albums and toured worldwide. Along the way, they’ve
worked with the likes of John Zorn and Mike Patton. On Thursday, they
make a stop in Lansing at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show is a cast of
local rockers, including Fisherking and The Plurals.  


Thursday, Oct. 20 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10 advance, $13 at the door, show at 9 p.m.












Brooklyn’s Bear Hands at Mac’s


Bear Hands is a post-punk/experimental/indie rock act
hailing from Brooklyn. On Monday, the band plays an all-ages show at
Mac’s Bar. The band, which formed in 2006, recently released an EP and
some 7-inch singles. Last November, the band dropped its first
full-length LP titled “Burning Bush Supper Club,” which received a
positive review from Pitchfork Media. Opening the show are
Pomegranates, Bananaconda and The Sunset Club.


Monday, Oct. 24 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $10, doors at 7 p.m.




Motor City is burnin’ at LeRoy’s


The Detroit Blues Series at LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill
continues with Detroit guitar slinger Bobby Murray, who will be joined
onstage by vocalist Wylie “Red” Redding. Murray was guitarist for Etta
James for 22 years, appearing on several of James’ Grammy-winning
records — he’s also played on a Grammy-winning CD with BB King.


Other legends he’s performed or recorded with include
John Lee Hooker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Percy
Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnnie Taylor and Otis Clay. He’s also
had music featured on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and performed on “The Late
Show with David Letterman” and “Austin City Limits.” 


Saturday, Oct. 22 @ LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.




LCC showcases musical chops at Dart


Lansing Community College Performing Arts presents
“Soundscapes 2011” Saturday at Dart Auditorium. The evening offers an
assortment of music, including jazz, classical, funk and rock, vocal
and instrumental, traditional and experimental. This annual concert
showcases samples of LCC’s music program. Making appearances are the
LCC Jazz Band (directed by Jon Gewirtz), the LCC Concert Choir
(directed by Meredith Bowen), the Experimental Music Ensemble (directed
by Ty Forquer and Cesar Potes), the LanSwingers Vocal Pop & Jazz
Ensemble (directed by Bill Bastian) and the LCC Percussion Ensemble
(directed by Beth Lewis). Also featured is a duet by faculty members
Liudmila Bondar (piano) and Ed Fedewa (bass) performing “Elegy” by
Giovanni Bottessini. An encore performance is set for 3 p.m. the
following day.


Saturday, Oct. 22 (8 p.m.) &
Sunday Oct. 23 (3 p.m.) @ Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave.,
Lansing, all ages. $5 suggested for Music Scholarship Fund.




Michigan folks make the (SCENE) 


(SCENE) Metrospace will be stocked with pop and
indie-folk bands Friday, when four Michigan acts take the stage.
Performers include Birches (Kalamazoo-based rock), Songbirds of the
Pacific Northwest (indie-folk from Traverse City), Adam Valente and the
folk/country sounds of Jack Grendel. Grendel, an East Lansing
performer, draws inspiration from a variety of old songwriters, but
still manages to put his own edge on each tune. 


Friday, Oct. 21@ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.


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