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Wednesday, November 16,2011

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Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts drops vinyl LP

by Rich Tupica

Jake Simmons, one of two songwriting talents behind the
now-defunct West Michigan indie band Dead Scene Radio, is back with his
new band, Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts. The band plays an
all-ages vinyl LP release show at Mac’s Bar on Thursday. With a
hand-picked supporting cast of musicians, Simmons is taking his blend
of punk, rock, country, pop and folk out of a southwest Michigan garage
and onto your turntable, via Lower Peninsula Records. The local label
is operated by Lansing music producer John Krohn. With the Little
Ghosts behind him, Simmons’ live show swings wildly from soulful
acoustic ballads, to catchy doo-wop, to cascading sheets of howling
feedback. For those who prefer brash and honest Midwestern
singer/songwriters, Simmons may be worth a listen. The new, self-titled
album is available at Lower Peninsula’s website, www.lansingscene.com.
Also performing are Husband and Wife, and Lansing’s own high-energy
rockers Narc Out the Reds. 


Thursday, Nov. 17 @ Mac’s Bar 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $7, all ages, 5 p.m.


Kyle Nelson Pentecost headlines (SCENE)


(SCENE) Metrospace hosts an all-ages indie/folk concert
on Thursday, featuring Kyle Nelson Pentecost, Paper Wings, Salvation of
the Logical Product, and Frannie Bennigan. Pentecost is a Lansing
native who has been playing the local music scene for the past two
years, appearing at open-mic nights and various venues, including
Basement 414 and (SCENE) Metrospace. He brings a blend of early rock
and roll and acoustic folk to the stage. Paper Wings features Brian
Fritz, an acoustic artist bouncing between pop and folk. Fans of Bright
Eyes, Elliott Smith and Dashboard Confessional may want to check him
out. 


Thursday, Nov. 17 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors 8 p.m.; music 9 p.m.




Dr. Kittle releases jazz disc at Sir Pizza


Local chiropractor and bassist Dr. Walter (Pete) Kittle
releases his debut solo CD, “BASSically Me,” on Thursday at Sir Pizza
in Old Town. Kittle, who practices at Chiro-Technology in Holt, wrote,
produced and arranged the new smooth-jazz disc. The show starts at 6:30
p.m. with Kittle performing; at 7:30, Kittle will sit in with the Kathy
Ford Band. Several veteran Lansing musicians will join Kittle
throughout the night, performing everything from funk to classic jazz. When
Kittle isn’t working on his own tunes, he also does session work as a
bassist and plays in Uptown Praise, an area Christian band.


Thursday, Nov. 17 @ Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River, Old Town Lansing, all ages, show at 6:30 p.m.




Taproot returns to Loft


Taproot, a four-piece hard-rock band
that formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, performs Saturday at The Loft. The
band first started to gain national attention toward the end of the
nu-metal phase, even scoring a national hit, “Poem,” in 2002. After
bouncing around a few labels, Taproot recently signed with Victory
Records and released “Plea the Fifth” in May 2010. In September, the
band announced it will record its sixth studio album. Opening the show
are Purgatory Groove, Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome and Medica.


If you enjoy espresso, WiFi and some legit folk tunes, this show might be worth checking out.


Saturday, November 19 @ The Loft, 414
E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $15 presale, $18 day of show
($2 surcharge under 21), 7 p.m.




Seventh Annual Punks vs. Pokes fest rides into Mac’s


Those who enjoy angst-driven,
three-chord punk songs as well as the high lonesome sound of a steel
guitar should check out the 7th Annual Punks Vs Pokes Fest at Mac’s Bar
this Saturday. Six bands take the stage to play loud rock and true
country ballads. Representing the country bands are Flatfoot, Rachel
Brookes, the Whiskey Daredevils and Bloodshot Records recording artist
Lydia Loveless. The Lansing punk spectrum is covered by Frank and
Earnest and The Guest Stars. The event is hosted each year by Aaron
Bales, singer/guitarist of Flatfoot, a local alt-country outfit. The
idea behind the show is that the roster of bands rotates back and forth
between punks and country pickers. The punk bands are also invited to
do their best cover of a country song, and vice versa. Last year at the
event, local punks Josh David & the Dream Jeans played an obnoxious
and unintelligible version of Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman.” For
those into both Johnny Cash and The Clash, this could be the show of
the year.


Saturday, Nov. 19 @ Mac’s Bar 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 advance, $10 day of, 18 and over, show at 9 p.m. 




You got the blues? Or some canned goods?


Local blues rockers will come together Sunday to play an
all-ages show at the Green Door in benefit of the Greater Lansing Food
Bank. The event, dubbed “Breaking Bread with the Blues,” is the annual
food and fundraiser hosted by the Capital Area Blues Society. Ripping
through sets of blues will be Andy Wilson & Johnny D, Frog &
the Malonetones, Big Bill & the Blues Ambassadors, Zydecrunch and
The Hoopties, featuring Twyla Birdsong. Proceeds go to the Greater
Lansing Food Bank. For more information, visit www.greendoorlive.com. 


Sunday, Nov. 20 @ Green Door, 2005 E.
Michigan Ave, Lansing, all ages, admission is $10 & food item, kids
under 16 are free with food item. Doors at 3 p.m., music from 4 to 9
p.m. 

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